We’re doing one of these a week here on the blog and they are a mix of some stories from my life which I hope will inspire you and post-processing tips. Here’s Episode 3 for ya!
Becoming an Artist - How to Find Your Creative Self Part 3 | Trey Ratcliff - YouTube
Daily Photo – Floating Market in Malaysia
I’ve been to a few of these different floating markets, but I’ve never seen them from above until this time that I visited Langkawi. Our concierge at the Ritz-Carlton there got us a boat to use for the day. This floating market was much better than my last one near Bangkok. I remember I was there and it must have been 120 degrees with no wind. I got stuck in a boat traffic jam for about three hours, trying to jam-float my way through the market. It was quite miserable, actually! So, this one in Langkawi was about one million times better!
I feel like this Blade Runner trope is getting old. I wish I had another comparison to make. Fifth Element, maybe? Yeah, either way, even though I am a total introvert, I do enjoy spending a bit of time in these crazy cities. Maybe because I live in a tiny town of less than 50,000, I get overly excited with my camera when hitting these megacities in China.
Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee? I have it almost every day and it provides a very good energy balance through the first chunk of the day. There is a recipe on the official site, but I will reduce the recipe to something more simple. That site seems to be trying to upsell some products. The recipe actually works, but you don’t have to follow their links. Here’s my recipe, link-free:
1) 1 full cup of coffee (made from coffee beans or instant)
2) 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil (available from any health food or bodybuilding shop)
3) 1-2 tablespoons of Unsalted butter
I know it sounds strange to mix butter and oil into your coffee, but it actually helps to slowly deliver the caffeine to your body in the most efficient manner.
Daily Photo – Between Operas
I was in Chengdu near a hot pot place that was entertaining the diners with a little opera variety show. Between shows, the girls would go sit outside and eat snacks, still with all their makeup on. I just kinda sat there and watched them for a while, drinking the whole thing in.
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.
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.
Based on today’s Venice post, I was thinking about the time Rene fell into a canal in Venice, Italy. This video below never fails to make me laugh. I mean, you know what’s gonna happen, but it still always cracks me up.
Drunk guy plays golf - YouTube
Daily Photo – Textures of Venice
Last time I was in Venice, I was there for a long 3 weeks. That’s a long time to be in a place! Hey, but I got to know it really well! It took me about 10 days before I stopped getting lost. Well, sometimes at night when I would walk around my friends, taking a drink of wine every time we crossed a bridge (we call it bridge-wine), we would end up getting quite lost. That may have been a contributing factor to Rene falling in a canal one night.
Episode 1 seems like it was a hit with people, so here’s show #2. We’re learning more as we go… Episode 3 is even more punchy as we drop the critiques to 1 minute each (or well, we try).
The Half Hour Variety Hour Critique Show with Trey & Harriet Ep.2 | Trey Ratcliff - YouTube
Daily Photo – Half Moon Bay at Sunrise
This is the Ritz-Carlton there, and it’s in maybe one of the most epic locations I’ve ever seen. I got up early one morning and got the drone out over the Pacific Ocean to get this. I had a little vision for the shot the evening before while I was watching the sunset and eating s’mores!
Hey, how about another mesmerizing making-of video from one of my favorite artists, Android Jones. I find his process to be quite inspirational.
Daily Photo – Jamming Out in Tokyo
Shibuya Crossing in the middle of Tokyo is a paradise for photographers. If you enjoy taking photos of people, this place will provide the maximum bandwidth for you. One time when I was there, I saw a live band playing on one of the corners. They were all dressed in gas masks and I have no idea what they were singing about (it was in Japanese). But, they looked pretty awesome, and I grabbed this shot whilst listening to their inscrutable music.
Welcome to another Wednesday here on the blog, which means another episode of Becoming an Artist, Season 1! We shot a bunch of these while in Africa and I’m happy to share them now here on the blog with you.
Here is episode 2!
Becoming an Artist - How to Find Your Creative Self Part 2 | Trey Ratcliff - YouTube
Daily Photo – Social Media Influencers on a Mountain
I don’t know how I got caught up in this scene. It was my first time hanging out with supposed “Influencers.” Most of the time, I’m by myself, taking photos and wandering around for an interesting photo. These Influencers seemed obsessed with taking photos of one another, illustrating how they are experiencing nature. Many Influencers are very weird.
only spent a week in this country, but I’m just going to go ahead and assume it’s always blazing hot. I met this tribesman and we had a hard time having a discussion. I told him I thought he looked awesome and I liked all the decor. He sort of nodded as if he understood what I was saying. And then I said he looked pretty fit and asked him if he worked out. He was a bit more confused by this question.
Here’s another video from one of my favorite artists, Android Jones. We happened to be at the same place at the same time at Burning Man. I love his interpretation of the scene.
First, I can share my “Before” photo of Embrace, before yet another genius, Matthew Shultz and the Pier Group completed the work with its burning a few days later.
Daily Photo – Burning Embrace
Schedules are a little bit lax at Burning Man, to say the least. I think this was originally meant to burn right at sunrise, but it took a few extra hours to actually get going. No matter. It gave us all a chance to sit down and have some good conversations with whoever happened to be seated beside you.