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Tony & Chelsea Northrup's Photography Show

I was recently on Tony & Chelsea Northrup's fun YouTube show where I critiqued a lot of different photos. We also got into all other sorts of topics as well. Here it is for you to enjoy!


Peak Design has another winner!

Once again, Peak Design has launched a great Kickstarter campaign, this time for a new Travel Line of Gear! On day 1, not only did they reach their funding goal, but they broke a million big ones. At the time I'm writing this they just crossed $1.6 million dollars. I’m very happy for them!

I wrote a detailed review over on PetaPixel to see why I'm in love with this new bag!


Fine Art Prints - Series A is coming to a close soon!

I am incredibly thankful for the many art patrons who have purchased one or more of my Fine Art prints over the past year. These are large scale art pieces, typically 2 - 3 meters in width, and printed by Grieger in Dusseldorf, Germany (watch this video to learn more about their patented printing process).

Series A consisted of 21 works with only 3 prints sold of each work. We'll be closing out this series very soon, so now will be the last chance to purchase one! Visit TreyRatcliff.com to see which prints are still available and contact us at [email protected] for more details.

Series A - Classic Works


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Reminder: The Text HDR Tutorial is Always Free!

I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.


A few of my favorites from my Fine Art Series

inception reflection new york
I now live in a small town in New Zealand with only 25,000 people, so I have a new delight around big cities. Being somewhat introverted, I never really feel like I fit in, and all these feelings are exacerbated in big cities. It makes me feel even more like a clueless little kid that doesn't belong in a big world. I routinely walk around with my head gaping up at all the big buildings, even though it makes me look like a bit of a country bumpkin. But then I saw this one day.

a polar sunbow erupts over an iced volcano
An epic place without scale or relativity. Somewhere on this terrible volcano are the remains of a jetliner, which crashed after taking off from New Zealand on a sight-seeing tour. I was on another plane, a CL-130, when I took this. The ""L"" means it lands on skis. It has no proper windows to speak of, but I managed to befriend the loadmaster who got me into the cockpit for take-off. Quite by chance, there was a polar sunbow that appeared over this most dreadful and awesome of volcanos. There is nothing that erupts new earth as close to the Antarctic pole, so to soar over it in peace was surreal. The white sun seemed to welcome everyone below and above.

where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind
This is perhaps the most-awesome and least-visited place in Paris. Everyone goes to the Eiffel, Arc-de-Triomph, Louvre, Orsay, etc, etc, but who would take time to visit the Museum of Evolution? Just me and other cool geeks like me. I had a hot tip from a friend that said, ""If Jules Verne were to design a museum, he would make this."" Say no more, I was there immédiatement!

water in four forms
I had on two layers, which kept out most of the cold. Actually, now that I think about it, the weather was perfect. My body was quite warm and bordering on too-warm, but my face was open to the ice-cold air, which kept everything perfect.

This spot is about a four-hour drive from my home. The edge of New Zealand is filled with fjords and drama, carved by the quirky Slartibartfast. Not only is it surreal here, but it feels like the edge of the earth and that humans are not supposed to be walking along its shore. There is every kind of earth and water here.

the rock moved so slowly that I did not notice
This is a mysterious place!

This magical place is deep in Death Valley and virtually inaccessible. These massive rocks move across the desert pan, carving trails of time behind them. Countless theories exist about what causes this phenomenon. I stayed here all night, and this was taken just after midnight as the moon rose to make new shadows. I thought the moon might give some clues, but it did not. I lay on the hard pavement near the rock to see if I could sense movement. After half an hour, not only did I see no movement, but I also felt quite redonkulous.

I was completely nude while taking this photo. That has nothing to do with the photo, but I thought you might like to know.

the fog you can only see through from above
Yosemite is a wonderful place for photography, and it's one of those places that is filled with an intimidating and rich photographic history. I don't even understand how Ansel Adams did it back in the day; but I have a sense of it, I suppose. So this is un-Yosemite in a way. I aimed away from Yosemite, to all the little mountains that walk up to the great park, and I embraced all the color that I felt flowing inwards.

walking alone and being somewhat lost on which way
I spent the day at the Met wearing earphones and a hoodie. I'm sure I looked like someone that wasn't supposed to be there, as I feel in most places. Naturally, I don't have a problem with this. I remember seeing a Renoir, and I won't say which one, but there were many things I cried about.

On the way home, I went the long way and saw this confusion of paths I might take.
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