LA – Stuck in Customs

Best Of: California!

And here are some favorite photos from California! Enjoy!

Moonrise Kingdom

Girl Running in Santa MonicaThis is the first photo I got during the LA PhotoWalk. After I was on the steps and gave my little speech-thing, I went down right to the water's edge to see what I could find. This little girl was running up the beach to her dad, so I grabbed a quick one while I talked through the shot for the crowd. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, since everything was unplanned.- Trey RatcliffRead the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley This was my first real experience in a proper desert. The thing that surprised me most was the blast of hot air that kept rushing into my face. I was only here in Death Valley for a few days, so I’m not exactly an expert in deserts. But, while I was there, a nonstop wind full of hot, wet, heat that was pounding into me. The “wet” part was the most interesting… it did not feel as dry as I expected.The other thing I noticed is that walking up these sand dunes is not as easy as it is in video games.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Fog You Can Only See Through From Above

The Rock Moved So Slowly That I Did Not Notice

The Fog You Can Only See Through From Above

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Rejected Pictures for the Vanity Fair show at the Oscars

Here are some of my favorite photos that I submitted. Note that all of these were rejected! But that’s okay, because they selected nine other ones I really loved too!

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Sascha in LA

A Good Chance to Mention Plotagraph Pro!

Since today’s photo is of one of the founders, it’s a great chance to mention Plotagraph Pro! I continue to make quite a few of these, and I’ve been releasing about one new one a week on social media.

Also don’t forget to check out my new Class on Kelby all about this cool tool!

Daily Photo – Sascha in LA

Here’s a very rare modeling photo from yours truly. Note that I should clarify that I am not actually the model in this photo. While I was in LA, Troy and Sascha (owners of Plotagraph and our biz partners) came over to say hello. We used the opportunity to take a few photos! Troy used to be a model photographer, and, surprise surprise, she used to be a model.

Sascha in LA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-13 06:12:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Getting through border security at LAX

This was one of my most popular and controversial Facebook Lives of recent past. I didn’t mean for it to be so nutty, but, well, have a watch/listen and maybe you’ll see!



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Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Speaking of…

Today’s daily photo features one of the founders of Plotagraph! If you look around the Plotagraph site, you’ll probably see even more photos of her… the full story below! 🙂

Daily Photo – Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

One day while we were staying at one of my art collector’s homes in Beverly Hills, we had the team from Plotagraph over, Troy and Sascha. We were having a little catch-up session on Plotagraph, and my friend Tom Anderson was there too (you know, MySpace Tom!). Anyway, we were both ready to take some photos, and since Sascha is a model, she offered to slink around the pool a bit. Troy was really funny – he’s a Photographer as well – but he knows how to talk to models… so he was yelling out this and that and cracking me and Tom up… I’ll get a recording next time!

Pool Time in Beverly Hills!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-13 06:12:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length31.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Hollywood Hollywood!

All on Smugmug

Yes, I’m still hosting all my images on Smugmug. They’ve been a great partner and service for us through the years. Thanks Smugmug!

Daily Photo – Hollywood Hollywood!

I’d like to sincerely thank my good friend Caleb for taking me behind the Hollywood sign one evening for a beautiful photo session. The only thing missing was some of his yoga instruction! It’s really hard (as in pretty much IMPOSSIBLE) to get into this position. He told me the incredible and unbelievable story about how he got access. Just amazing. This place has so much security… we’re talking Dept. of Homeland Security level activity. We got waved through so many guards to get back here… I’ll never forget it!

Hollywood Hollywood!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-24 00:50:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

Zen Playlist

Here’s a link for my “Zen Playlist” on YouTube!

Daily Photo – Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

I really like it when Japanese girls dress up in crazy ways. It just makes me smile for some reason. In fact, I don’t know why Japanese girls don’t wear something like cat ears or rabbit ears all the time just to keep people around them more happy.

Japanese Beach Dress-up Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-23 11:12:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture
  • ISO5000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1.3

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Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

Aurora HDR Playlist

I’m slowly growing my Aurora HDR Pro Playlist on Youtube. As time goes on, I’ll add more and more to it. Actually, I have a LOT of Youtube Playlists in which you might have an interest!

Daily Photo – Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

I’ll be forever grateful to my friend Caleb for getting me back here! Actually we didn’t sneak in, as he has some insane level of connections… I was so impressed how he got us in here — really remarkable. And then being here was like a waking dream. I can’t tell you how those LA lights sparkled like jewels under the sea…

And it was Really Steep and Dangerous too. I had no idea. Just trying to move around to get different angles was a trial in itself! But boy, it sure was fun… I’ll never forget it!

Sneaking Back Behind the Hollywood Sign

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-24 00:00:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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A view of the city from the Hollywood Hills

The Google Science Fair – Free educational event – The Science of Photography

I know some of you were able to watch the Google Science Fair event a few weeks ago, but be sure to check out that website for some of the other videos. I wish I had all these resources when I was a kid!

Daily Photo – A view of the city from the Hollywood Hills

One night, Tom and I went up to the top of Runyon Canyon to shoot the city. On the walk up, I liked the view of one of the palatial Hollywood Hills homes through the valley. I zoomed in with my 28-300 mm lens to get this shot.

If you’re ever in LA and looking for some new types of city shots, take a hike around Runyon during the sunset. You may find some cool scenes!

A view of the city from the Hollywood Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-02-27 21:16:46
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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The Abandoned Boiler Room from the Queen Mary

Abandoned, Grunge HDR

Since you got into HDR photography, do you tend to seek out more abandoned, creepy places like this?

Daily Photo – The Abandoned Boiler Room from the Queen Mary

Here’s the next photo from the amazing ghost ship! Well, I don’t know if that is what it is really called or not, but we did walk into this room during our little ghost tour aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. It was very creepy, alright… mostly alone in this huge old ship from the war… and these vast interiors felt very hollow and eerie in their emptiness. I enjoyed taking the photos… and then I enjoyed getting out of there!

The following bit is from Wikipedia: “Anecdotal reports of paranormal activity have included children crying in the nursery room, used as the third-class playroom, and a mysterious splashing noise in the drained first-class swimming pool.”

The Abandoned Boiler Room from the Queen Mary

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-02-27 00:31:55
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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