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Two Photos from Jack’s Point

Here are two photos from pretty much the exact same spot. I did two wildy different edits on them. I’m 100% sure I like the first one in the sequence better. It’s a good reminder of how much variance there can be in post-processing sessions.

Jack’s Point in Queenstown I went out with Eden Brackstone the other night to take some photos. After he decided to wade callously into this crystal clear water and ruin the placid reflection, I had about five minutes to contemplate life while the ripples settled down. And then I took this one!Man, I do love this Sony NEX-7. And no, Sony didn’t pay me to say that or give me my camera…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And here’s another bonus photo from very close by…

Failed Supermoon Shot at Jack’s Point I made a big mistake when I decided to come here to get a photo of the super moon about a week ago! I had it all planned out, but then nothing went as planned. My Big Awesome Plan was to take a photo of the super moon and the mountains and get a reflection off the lake. Well, I was so close to the Remarkables here that the moon took about four hours after moonrise to get over them! It was pitch black by then… oh well. But, while waiting, the water calmed down nicely and I took this photo. This is an area called “Jack’s Point” — sort of a private home community and golf course. That’s the clubhouse there where you can get some great food too if you are in the area! - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Such an awesome area!

Jack’s Point 360 Behind the Scenes!

Here’s a fun video that shows a bit about my journey over to Jack’s Point here in Queenstown. You can see a little bit about what I was thinking and doing with my shots that evening. It’s NOT related to the photos above, however. Remember if this is your first 360 video, then you can grab the screen and look anywhere.

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Ruins in Sintra

Origin PC Review

Today for Passport Members I’ve got a little bonus info on how I’m using the Origin PC in my overall workflow. Also, be sure to check out the full Origin PC Review here on the site!

My new workflow with the Origin PC

In my ever-evolving situation, I made a short behind-the-scenes video a few days ago to show you my new workflow with the Origin PC. It’s really simplified things for me. I think my favorite thing is having this “home base” situation where 100% of my photos are on a super-fast machine. This gives me a great steadiness of mind!

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Daily Photo – Ruins in Sintra

Here’s another one of those cases where I enjoyed using the drone more than my ground-based photos. Sometimes when it comes to old ruins, one of the most interesting angles is how the core of the ruins are integrated with the environment itself.

Ruins in Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 19:44:19
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday – Art Talk at SLOW in Queenstown

Art Talk in Queenstown!

If you’re a Passport member then today you’ll get a little tour of some of my art hanging in Queenstown as I prep for an art talk. Also, I MAY be coming to a city near you in the US and Canada to do a similar talk! Check our Rediscovering The Americas tour page for details!

Art Talk at SLOW in Queenstown

Hi Passport Members! I recently gave an art talk in Queenstown where I have three pieces hanging. Here’s a quick video I made before the event so you can get a look!

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China Wander

Passport Sunday – China Wander!

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see me wandering all over Beijing to get these shots!


Power Boxes In China

Girl Outside RestaurantI normally don't re-process photos. Most of you may know this about me. But, I went over to have a little session with Jaime Ibarra (at the same time I talked him into writing an eBook for us!), and I took a few photos with me to work on. This is one of them. He has a very interesting technique, and I thought this would be a good candidate.I found this girl sitting outside of a restaurant. There's a dead time around 3 to 4 PM... to late for lunch and too early for dinner. I suppose she worked in the restaurant and was just taking a break...- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Child in a New Hutong

Little Girl Eating Rice near Yangshao

Clowning Around In Beijing

Waiting For The Bus In Beijing

Girl in Park in Beijing I was walking around a park in Beijing -- and it was quite unusual.  It was a city park, but it had all sorts of rides like Disneyworld.  Except, it wasn't really very good.  It was quite dated and everything was spread out all over the place.  To get from one attraction to the other, you had to walk for almost a mile along lonely pathways.There would be occasional clusters of people here and there, mysteriously milling about.  Inside one of the clusters was this girl, so I grabbed a quick shot with my 50mm lens on the D3s. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest at the Stuck in Customs blog.

China Wander

Okay, this is maybe the dumbest video I’ve ever made. I don’t even know the purpose of it really! But maybe it’s so pointless and strange that it is interesting! I flipped on my 360 camera just to show random stuff in Beijing. I had a free day, so I just kind of wandered around with no goal. I was taking photos here and there… and, well, you just maybe can get a sense of what Beijing is like!

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Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To on Passport Sunday

If you’re a passport member, then today you get my newest video I just made in Japan about the creation of photos from this location:

Ginzan Onsen

Bridge Crossing in Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen How-To

Here’s some of the behind the scenes and my thoughts on composition and story-telling around these shots. And, thanks again for being a Passport member! Btw, hint hint… it’s a good gift to get for a friend! 🙂

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Interview about How to Stay Zen on Social Media at Google

The new book is still doing great on Amazon so thanks for that! If you don’t have your copy yet, now is a great time to grab it! Or even get one for a friend!

When I was out in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I was invited to do an interview about the topics in the book with Bradley Horowitz. It was a really fun conversation, and I bring it to you thusly!

Behind the Scenes of my New Book – Part 2

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the book. As with most projects, they are way more involved than I can anticipate. I always KNOW this going into a project… that it will be a lot more work than I think, but it never ceases to surprise me when I think I am 90% done, but I’m only 50% done!

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Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

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If you’re a Stuck In Customs Passport Member, today you get a super-cool travel tip video from Kyoto!

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from that area for you! 🙂


Two Women In Kyoto

The Golden Pavilion (or Kinkaku-ji for my new Japanese friends)This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, so of course I had to go.  It's sort of like going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rudy's BBQ in Austin.It was originally built back in 1397 and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times.  The building itself is as meticulous as the gardens around it.  The Japanese really know how to tend a garden!  There was a fleet of workers all over the grounds, sweeping up and rearranging little bits here and there.  It was all very quaint and wonderful.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Monk In Kyoto

Finding Dinner in the Alleys of Kyoto After exploring an area (and era!) of ancient temples in Kyoto, I was absolutely starving.  I tend to get in a "shooting mode" where I do not undertake basic human necessities like eating, sleeping, and making regular bathroom breaks.  In fact, Nikon makes this great set of diapers you should try.  They're Japanese so there are little buttons that dispose of everything and leave you fresh as a daisy.  Anyway, after shooting, I headed down into the old part of Kyoto to find a traditional Japanese dinner.  I sat there for a long time, enjoying myself thoroughly.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Kyoto Travel and Tip Video

I hope you’ve been enjoying these RATHER high-quality videos we’ve been making recently. I really wanted to thank the team for making it all happen. Here are more tips, tricks, and mind-vitamins from Japan… this time, Kyoto!

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The Owl Cafe

I don’t actually like this place, so I am not sure why I am posting a photo. Well, I guess it is to honor how awesome this owl looks! When Ethan and I were in Tokyo, we decided to go to an “Owl Cafe.” There are all sorts of cafes all over the city where you can dine with all sorts of animals. It took us forever to find this place, and we had to walk up about six flights of some pretty sketchy stairs. We were instructed to wait outside until our “seating time.” We stood out there looking at a bunch of other Japanese owl-seekers, whom all seemed pretty excited.

Finally, the door opened and we were ushered in. It wasn’t a cafe at all unless you consider humans feeding owls the goopy entrails of mice to be a cafe. We each got a little apple juice carton like we were in kindergarten. There was a small green circle sticker on it. They instructed us to take the green circle sticker and put it on the wall to signify our favorite owl. I voted for this one, which already had about 500 stickers… but there was this one really ugly owl that was not even close to symmetrical. It had only three stickers. It was both super sad, and I was wondering what three crazy people would vote for that owl.

Anyway, I don’t recommend going to an owl cafe… I thought the owls would be happier or get to fly around some big awesome owl Disneyland or something, but I was wrong.

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What the F-Stop? In Okinawa

In the spirit of today’s post about Japan, here’s a video I made about F-Stop when I was in Okinawa. BTW, Okinawa is ALMOST like a different country than Japan… many different customs, food, drinks, and even weather. Also, people in Okinawa are some of the longest-lived people in the world.

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Behind the Scenes of my New Book

Inside info in the new book… The Making Of…

Now, this may have NO interest to you at all… because it’s not even about photography… it’s about the creation process of a book. My new book, actually… so, today, for you Passport members, you get to see my towards the end-cycle of a random creative endeavor!

Passport – Book Behind the Scenes Part 1

And now for something COMPLETELY different. I’m always trying new things… I think this is very important to keep the brain plastic and always learning. I’ve never written a book of this nature before, so here is some of the behind-the-scenes stuff of the things I was working through with the book. Enjoy!

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The Chaos of Tokyo

For Passport Members, as special Tokyo Travel Vid Full of Tips!

If you’re a Passport member then today you get one of the coolest videos I’ve ever made! It took about a week to make this, shooting all over Tokyo, and I hope you enjoy it!

Awesome Tokyo Video!

Here’s a special treat for you! You get to follow me around Tokyo for a while and find out more about my mission there, creating order from the chaos!

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Daily Photo – The Chaos of Tokyo

Here’s one of the photos we’ll be releasing in Series 2 of the fine art collection. It’s one of my favorites of Tokyo because you can’t really tell it’s Tokyo!

The Chaos of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

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