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My First Photo of Toronto

Passport Sunday! Toronto Photo Processing

Today, if you’re a Passport Member, you get to see the edit of one of my newest photos of Toronto that I took a few weeks ago. Remember, every Sunday, a new Passport Video for you! 🙂

Toronto Skyline Processing

This is a really cool editing video where you get to see my process for editing this photo of the stunning Toronto skyline. I decided to edit one where the plane was taking off to add a bit of flair to the final shot.

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Daily Photo – My First Photo of Toronto

I took this one all the way back in 2013 when I went to Toronto to speak at a travel blogger convention. It was a really fun event, and after the talk, we all went over to Centre Island to take photos of the city. It was a stormy night, as you can see, but I managed to get in a pretty decent photo!

My First Photo of Toronto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-06-01 22:20:41
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Montreal from the Hilltop

More Montreal Behind-the-Scenes for Canada

Last week, Passport Members got to see the 360 video that I took up here while preparing to take the photo. Today, the actual processing in Aurora HDR has been unlocked! I hope you enjoy!

Montreal Downtown Processing

Today, you get to see my process one of the final photos that I shot during my 360 video session from last week’s Passport Sunday. I really like the way this photo turned out and I hope you enjoy watching the process! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Montreal from the Hilltop

This spot reminded me a lot of The Peak in Hong Kong, except with about 10,000 less people! If you saw last week’s video, then you can see how easy it was to belly up to the bar to get a clean shot. Unlike China, you’re not constantly getting elbowed in the ribs by rather rude people. In Canada, it’s the total opposite. If someone even gets remotely close to you, they immediately utter a heartfelt apology!

Montreal from the Hilltop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Montreal from Above

Passport Sunday 360 Video

When I was in Canada a few weeks ago, I took time to make a 360 video for you awesome Passport Sunday members. It was a beautiful spot up there to capture the city from above. In an upcoming video next Sunday, you get to see me process it!

Montreal in 360

Remember you can grab the video any time you want and look around…

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Daily Photo – Montreal from Above

What a great city! It was my first time to Montreal and I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it! My very first international trip was to France with my dad, and that made my sort of a francophile for life. I was surprised at how deeply ingrained the French culture is here in Montreal. I thought it would just be a “light dusting” of French, but I think I heard more French than English!

Montreal from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 18:53:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Special!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member then you get to see my final edit of this photo. Last week, I shared the 360 video of when I actually took the photo (and I was scared about getting into trouble for my tripod!). Enjoy!

Notre-Dame in Montreal

Editing the photo from Notre Dame in Montreal

This is one of my favorite new photos from the tour! I absolutely love this cathedral. If you saw last weeks Passport Sunday post then you got to see the 360 video of me taking the photo. And now here is the final edit!

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Notre-Dame in Montreal

Passport Sunday Goodies

If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see a cool new 360 video I shot while in Notre Dame here in Montreal… some behind-the-scenes of the making of today’s photo!

360 Video of Notre Dame in Montreal!

Well, this started out very sketchy. I was SURE I was gonna get caught for using a tripod in this holy sanctuary… But, there is a good surprise ending, as you’ll see in this video! Don’t forget you can spin around the camera and look in any direction you want! 🙂

In an upcoming video, I’ll show you how I edited the final shot.

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Daily Photo – Notre-Dame in Montreal

What an amazing cathedral! I’ve been to A LOT of these sorts of places, and this probably has the most beautiful backdrop of any I’ve seen. I hope you find it just as beautiful as I did!

Notre-Dame in Montreal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-27 08:11:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Fun in New York

Passport Sunday Info

For those of you that are Passport Members you get to see the creation of today’s photo. I think you’re gonna love it! 🙂

The Making-of the New York Photo

In today’s video, you get to see the steps I went through to create the photo above!

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Daily Photo – Passport Sunday Fun in New York

We received an amazing invite from some friends from New Zealand to visit their apartment in New York to take some photos one evening. It was in a very unique location, and one of my favorite things about this angle is that it doesn’t even look like New York!

Passport Sunday Fun in New York

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-20 21:17:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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New Zealand in LA

The Making Of

If you’re a Passport Member you get to see a bit behind-the-scenes of the creation of a photo of one of my photos!

The making of the photo, photo…

Hopefully this helps any of you who hang your own photos around a house or gallery and want to share an image of them in that location for any reason…

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Daily Photo – New Zealand in LA

Here’s a photo from Brandin Cook’s home in LA. He’s been a great collector of my art, and I really appreciate him! Another cool thing about Brandin – he’s an avid photographer! We spent a while together in Japan and we’ll do some future trips together. He’s so curious about photography and he has such an amazing work ethic. Plus, he’s probably one of the nicest and most loving people I’ve ever met. Follow him on Instagram at @thearcher.

New Zealand in LA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-11 17:51:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Behind the Scenes for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Today, you’ll get to see some of the “making of” of the new yacht video. It took me about 9 months or so to finish off… lots of back and forth with the team there… and I think it turned out great!

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Video

Here’s a cool video I hope you like! While I was on tour across Europe a few years ago, I would give art talks at different Ritz-Carlton hotels along the way. One of the gentlemen there that helps run the show, Nick Teare, asked me if I’d be interested in making the video for the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It was a very fun project! I ended up with about 22 iterations before we finally ended up with what you see now. If you end up staying at some of the Marriott Luxury locations, you will probably see this video playing in your room on a loop! Also, a big thanks to Sam Mehrtens for composing the music!

The making-of video

This is just about the editing part of the video… I’ve been collecting footage for the past 8+ years, so luckily I was sitting on a ton of data.

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Check out Episode 2 of My Audio Podcast

Trey Ratcliff’s 360 Podcast – Discussing World Building with Author Hugh Howey

In this podcast I’m walking on the Camino de Santiago with author of the popular Silo series, Hugh Howey. We discuss World Building, which is the process fiction writers go through to create the fundamentals of the situation in which the story takes place.

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Myself and Hugh Howey

And so you can put a face to the voice, here’s Hugh and some other guy on the Camino…

Behind the Scenes from the Vessel in NYC

Here is a little behind the scenes action from NYC. The awesome Professor Hines was kind enough to arrange access to The Vessel at sunset and he brought along his fashion designer friend DrissFit96 for some portrait action too…

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The China Galaxy

Passport Sunday Fun!

Thanks again to all of you that have subscribed to the Stuck In Customs Passport! Today I’ve got some fun behind-the-scenes from a very interesting place in China. I’ll add a few of my favorite photos below… and if you’re a Passport member, you can see the video in the expanded section.

Beautiful Shapes In Beijing

Evening at the Summer PalaceI didn't make it to the Summer Palace until my final evening in Beijing, and I was graced with a delicate sunset.This place is also called the "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony" and it rests on top of "Longevity Hill", a very Chinese-folk-sounding name.  What is kind of interesting is that this entire area was manmade, and the huge hill was built out of dirt when they excavated the man-made lake!It is a truly beautiful place, as you can plainly see.  I could not have asked for a better place to explore on my last night in China.- Trey RatcliffRead more (and check out a new TWIT Photo Webcast) here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Resting Egg National Centre for the Performing Arts in China is one of the easiest AND most challenging things to photograph. This is an interesting duality, I think. Obviously, it’s a beautiful structure, and it’s easy to access and circumnavigate, but that is not the “easy” that I mean. I suppose it’s easy because it’s hard to take a bad picture of the the structure. The challenging bit is doing something very interesting. And that comes with the use of light and composition. I have hundreds of photos of this thing — and the challenging part to me is picking “the most interesting” — it’s a fun task that never gets old!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Farming in Deep Southern China

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The China Galaxy

Here’s some behind-the-scenes from a rather unique area of Beijing that I always wanted to visit!

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