Florida – Stuck in Customs

The Creepy Haunted House

3D Printed Village

I saw this article about a 3D Printed Village that is coming soon to a Latin American country near you… awesome!

Daily Photo – The Creepy Haunted House

Somehow, I talked the Disney people into letting me behind the velvet rope to take some photos! These Disney Imagineers are so amazing at their set design… I don’t even know how they do it all, or even where they source their materials. I do my own humble best to try to capture it…

The Creepy Haunted House

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-09 11:30:44
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Trump 2020?

Here are 10 photos +1 bonus at the rallies near the Trump event in Orlando, Florida the other day. Hey, I live in New Zealand, so I don’t have a dog in the hunt. All the streets were shut down, so I decided to visit both rallies; there are five photos from each rally… Pro and Anti. I’ll alternate the photos Anti/Pro. And the bonus photo is of the awesome police in the rain, standing ready to deal with Florida Man. I don’t know if you know about Florida Man, but if you do, you do.

Anti-Trump #1 – A giant inflatable baby Trump. I don’t know if it was the same one from London or a replicate.

Pro-Trump #1: This keeps your car cool when the sun is out. This child with an NRA shirt said one guy offered him $200 for it. He said no, but if I gave him $300, we had a deal!

Anti-Trump #2: This guy was dancing while the Mariachi band from Mexico was playing a tune.

Pro-Trump #2: That guy has two thumbs.

Anti-Trump #3: She jumped the wall, I suppose!

Pro-Trump #3: I asked this kid on my Insta story was his real hair and he said, “I wish!”

Anti-Trump #4 Some fun bedtime stories for the kids…

Pro-Trump #4: The line to get into the arena was several miles long… people traveled from all over to get here.

Anti-Trump #5: Meanwhile, at the other rally.

Pro-Trump #5: Yes, there was a scattering of LGBTTQQIAAP peeps in line to get into the arena to cheer for Trump.

Bonus Photo: Policemen stand by in the rain, ready to deal with Florida Man.
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Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

New Tour Info!

I’ve announced the first two events for the 10-city tour that starts in less than a week! The first two locations are Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Event details are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/treyratcliff/events/

In the former, I’ll be speaking at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa and in the latter, I’m hosting the event at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. I look forward to meeting you in person… this is a really fun event and I know you’ll have a blast! Also, I’m always looking for hot photo tips in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well. I’ll be in each city for four days, taking photos all over the place. I’m excited! After Orlando, other event cities on the tour include New York, Dallas, New Orleans, Montreal, Toronto, Pittsburg, Philly, Boston, and Burning Man.

Fort Lauderdale, I Think

Heartbeat Trance Music for Work

My friend Cliff Baise turned me on to this… sometimes, if I get tired of a playlist, I put on this generic stuff and then start cranking out the work!

Daily Photo – Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

Does anyone know where this lighthouse is? I actually Do Not! Or, at least, I cannot remember. I am 99% sure it is in Florida, but I forgot to tag it on input. Normally, I am great at tagging locations when I import into Lightroom, but something strange must have happened this time around… It was about 8 years ago, and I have very little memory of where the hell I was then! 🙂

Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-11-23 17:12:35
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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White Sand Beaches in Florida

I’m Behind This Book

It’s kind of fun to check Amazon Best Seller Rankings for my new book. We are #1 in a few categories, but definitely not OVERALL Kindle rankings, which are full of some Rather Silly Sounding romance books. For example, my book is many slots behind, “The Benefits of Bad Decisions,” which has the following description:


After a bad decision lands me a role on a reality show, I expect it to be my big break as a TV star. Despite getting kicked off the first night, I land on my feet again when a talent agent who saw the show offers me an audition as back-up dancer for a popular rock band.

Knowing this could be my stepping stone is exciting, but the real thrill is watching Brody bang on his drums every night. It’s a bad idea for a dancer to hook up with a band member, but after he kisses me, I can’t stay away.

Facing the consequences was inevitable, and it only takes one scandalous mistake from my past to cause our complete destruction.

Bad decision or not, I always manage to come out on top… until I don’t.

Woman that Can Smell Parkinson’s

Not 100% of my time on reddit is wasted. It’s more like 99%, with this very interesting article as the 1% exception.

Daily Photo – White Sand Beaches in Florida

I didn’t know Florida had white sand beaches! I don’t know why it’s that surprising, I suppose… I just had never heard of it. I can’t imagine how many millions of years it takes for the ocean to beat down quartz rocks into this fine, powdery sand. Can anyone guess exactly what beach this is?

White Sand Beaches in Florida

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-21 09:18:06
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture9
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Pre-Launch Countdown

Personal Trainer

I recently got a personal trainer at Industrial Fitness and it’s been great! I never thought I would enjoy having one so much… His name is Gary and he’s a badass. Anyway, I’ve always been very disciplined and never thought I needed outside moderation, but I was wrong. Not only does he push me farther, but I like that it’s one hour a day where I don’t have to make decisions. When you run your own business, you spend all day making decisions, and it can get a little tiring, honestly… even more tiring than a good workout!

Daily Photo – Pre-Launch Countdown

I was lucky enough to be part of a special group for some of the final launches of the space shuttle to get up-close access. I was able to spend a few hours here. Very nearby, I planted a camera to automatically take photos at launch. It was one of my greatest ideas that ended with a total mess, like many of my greatest ideas. For one, the camera flooded. For two, nothing was in focus. For three, all I saw was a bright orange flash before most of the camera melted. But, other than that, it was a smashing success.

Pre-Launch Countdown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-05-15 11:03:57
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length145.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Quiet Night in Portofino

Fun Critique Show #4!

These are pretty fun shows, eh? Or do you hate them? It’s okay, be honest, I can take criticism really well! 🙂 Once again, we rapid-fire critique 10 different photos… this time, it’s all portraits!

Daily Photo – A Quiet Night in Portofino

I can’t tell a lie… this isn’t Portofino. It’s actually Universal Studios, so I feel a little weird about taking photos of “fake” places like this. But, as fake as it is, it’s still pretty beautiful! I don’t actually know if you can get in those boats or not. Probably not. But I’d like to see them stop me.

A Quiet Night in Portofino

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-01-19 07:28:06
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Postplume

Rocket Man Passport Sunday!

Today, I’ll post two photos from the same shuttle launch that I recently worked on. This launch was particularly cool because of the low cloud cover. Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll get to see both edits today!

Postplume

Editing the Rocket, man

Today, a two-for-one! You’ll get to see me edit two of these space shuttle photos. I also show a pretty cool trick to add more trees so that I can fix the horizon. Well, the horizon was not actually off, but the trees made it look like it.

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Daily Photo – Postplume

One of my favorite things about this photo is how you can see the shadow of the vertical plume as it kept going up, up, up. I tell ya, these rocket launches are really emotional and exciting. It’s a strange combination of fright and awe.

Postplume

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-08 10:30:43
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Disney Castle

Great Documentary

Try out that Garry Shandling documentary. It’s very interesting! I always liked him… but never knew much about his story until I saw this thing… It’s called “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” so check it out!

Editing the Disney Castle

Happy Sunday! Here’s a very simple and quick edit, showing how I used Aurora HDR to finish off this Disney Castle photo.

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Daily Photo – The Disney Castle

Are there any bad photos of this thing? I mean, come on. But the challenge for me is to try to find new angles and new contexts. I like this one because it’s both a little haunted-looking and I like these repeating lamps that add more depth to the shot.

The Disney Castle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-09 21:53:15
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Shuttle at Rest

Part 2 for Passport Sunday

The creation of this photo took many steps, so I decided to split the process into two videos across two Sundays for Passport Members. So, today, we get to see the resolution to our exciting cliffhanger!

A Panorama of the Road from Glenorchy to Queenstown

Part 2 of the Mavic 2 Zoom Panorama

Here is a Link to Part 1 of this video from last Sunday if you did not see it. In this one, you’ll see how I put the finishing touches on this challenging pano with Aurora HDR.

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Daily Photo – The Shuttle at Rest

This is actually another panorama, but it was a little easier to put together. I was lucky enough to go out and get really close to the space shuttle on the day before the big launch. I was so excited… just a like a little kid! I still get excited thinking about it.

The Shuttle at Rest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 18:42:32
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Today for Passport, Part 7 in Antarctica!

In today’s video for Passport Members I show how I am getting pictures of snowflakes on black wool gloves in Antarctica while camping out in the Dry Valleys. This is the seventh part of some Antarctica videos I have created for Passport Members, so enjoy!

If you want to jump to the “Lesson” part of this video where I talk about shooting snowflakes, then go right to the middle. In the beginning, I talk about peeing in a bottle and in the end I show the extremely awkward way of getting into and out of the little hole entrance for our tent.

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Daily Photo – The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

I visited this lighthouse many times while there in Key Biscayne. On my final night, there was a great sunset so I got the quadcopter up to see if I could get a better shot. It turned out to be 100x better than the shot on the ground. My first idea was to line up the sun with where the light comes out of the lighthouse. It looks pretty good but felt a bit forced. I then moved it over just to the left and thought it looked a lot better.

The Lighthouse on Key Biscayne

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-08 17:44:30
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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