Posts Tagged With: Trey Ratcliff

Free HDR Tutorial

Create stunning HDR Photos

I have just finished putting together the final touches of my free online HDR tutorial. I believe this is the most comprehensive free HDR tutorial on the web… CLICK HERE to check it out. I re-worked an image I took on easter sunday 2012 with my D700 and documented step by step what I do to create a HDR photo. I hope you like it… feel free to share it around!

Here is the Before and After shots from the tutorial

HDR Before and After

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Trey Ratcliff Back in Australia

This time Trey headed to Melbourne

Last time Trey was here he held a photowalk in Sydney, there was a great turn up and it was great to meet Trey and have a chat with him. About a week ago he announced that he would fly into Sydney then drive to Melbourne for a photowalk, the photowalk was held last night and from what I can see from the images he had a great turn out there too! You can check out the images from his photowalk on G+ HERE.

Today’s iCandy – 541am

Last year I spent a lot of time on the northern beaches of Sydney, for 2013 I thought I would head to the eastern suburbs more often. This is my first visit to the Eastern Suburbs and I decided to head to Coogee. This is Coogee Baths, and it was forecast to be a real scorcher in Sydney with temp’s reaching 43c, it was no surprise that by 6am the beach was starting to fill up… anyway, this is one I took of the baths at 541am (according to the clock on the Surf Club…

541am

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Sagacity

My 2012 Photojourney

Here is a selection of my Photojourney for 2012. It was a year of learning, up until this year I never had worked out what kind of photography I loved, I now have discovered Landscape and what I call HDR Plus – The music is from around 1995 when I was in a band called ‘Sagacity’, I wrote the music and played guitar on the track, My cousin Darrin wrote and sang lyrics, his brother Matt played Bass and and another cousin, Brad played drums… a bit of a family affair! It was a lot of fun so I thought I would share it along with my photojourney for 2012… enjoy!

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T’was the night before Christmas

A nice time to reflect

At this time of year I have more time on my hands and I always find myself starting to reflect on the year that was, and 2012 has been a fantastic year. I started this blog back in March, along with a Facebook page, then as the year went on, I started to use other social media tools and now I have somewhere around 5000 people that I have connected with. I have over 230 Posts, 25 pages and nearly 100 comments…

Some of the highlights (in no particular order, well yes they are, in the order that I remember them… he he)

I attended the biggest ever Google+ photowalk and met some cool people

I discovered Trey Ratcliff and his cool HDR style of photography, then I was lucky enough to meet Trey himself here in Sydney.

I held 3 photowalks of my own – 2 of them jointly with Rob Potter from Photography Hot Spots and had about 75 people attend in total

I made some amazing new friends

I learnt a lot…

I travelled to China and photographed the Great Wall of China and other cool chinese places and people.

I dropped my D700 and broke it… then replaced it with a D800… YAY!

I wrote and published my first photography eBook

I became a contributor to a HDR magazine (HDR one)

I learnt to do my own picture framing

I finally won a 14-24mm f2.8 on eBay! (they’re as rare as rocking horse poo…)

My photo’s have been featured on several sites and most recently, the front and back covers of a 2013 calendar!

And I learn’t more… (I don’t think the learning will ever stop!)

Most of all, you have followed and supported me in 2012… I am flattered that anyone would want to follow my photojourney, let alone buy my images (I get a buzz every time someone does!)

So thanks for a great 2012, I am looking forward to 2013 and can’t wait to see where my photojourney will take me!

Merry Christmas friends… stay safe and keep it real!

Ben

Today’s iCandy – View House

Yesterday I headed to the Northern beaches with Rene, one of the many great friends I have made this year. He wanted to head over to Bungan Head Beach for sunrise. As we arrived it was clear that it wasn’t going to be the most sensational sunrise we had ever seen. The first thing I spotted was this large area of yellow blooming flowers. I am not sure what they are but they looked great and I had to work out how to capture them.

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Ken Duncan’s Christmas Message

My Christmas Wish sung by Gina Jeffreys

Ken Duncan, one of the many great photographers that inspire me has created this video, Merry Xmas!

Today’s iCandy – Opera Crystal

I took this back when Trey Ratcliff was in Sydney. He ran a photowalk here and whilst the weather looked gloomy, clouds always add something to an image. I used photomatix to process this one, if you want to buy photomatix for yourself, I have arranged a coupon for you to get 15% off. All you have to do is enter the code ‘ON3LEGS’ when you check out of the HDRsoft shopping cart and you automatically get the discount! They also have a free trial version so you can try before you buy if you’re not sure… have fun!

Opera Crystal

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Photowalk with Trey Ratcliff

Trey finally visits Sydney!

Me with Trey Ratcliff

Well, I guess it finally had to happen, now that world renown photographer Trey Ratcliff has moved to NZ he is only a few hours away. I found out the day before he was scheduled to arrive (as did everyone else due to a last minute change in Trey’s plans) that Trey was planning a photowalk in Sydney. I guess he thought he wouldn’t be able to sneak in and out of Sydney without doing a photowalk, it is almost expected from him in every city he visits!

You can call it a ‘man crush’ if you want, I would certainly say that Trey has changed the way I look at photography, and he has played an instrumental part in the way I take and process a photo, for me, I was looking forward to being able to personally say thanks and shake the mans hand. I have a lot of respect for him on two fronts. Firstly, his ability to take a great photo, he has managed to capture so many great images over the years and he is a damn fine photographer. HDR is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’  and he cops his fair share of hate mail for pushing on with his art form. Secondly, as an entrepreneur myself, I am inspired when I see someone succeed in the way that Trey has, and he is such a humble guy, I think his success sometimes surprises him! So it was nice to be able to personally congratulate him on his success!

The photowalk begins…

Of course, the media is onto the fact that Trey is in town… this is Sunrise interviewing Trey… even they couldn’t get him to spill the beans on why he was here… it really is ‘secret’ business!

image by Phillip Conroy

Trey addresses the group, about 300 people registered on Google + and Facebook for the event, I was surprised to see what I would guess to be approximately only 100 show up!

Image by Robert Estherby

After Trey gave his introduction and by his own admission spoke for too long about his 28mm-300mm lens… it was time for a group shot. Eaton Zhou was quick to accept the challenge and he did a great job!

Image by Eaton Zhou

After the group shot we all headed off like a herd of cats… I found it amusing to see so many onlookers wondering what on earth was going on… so many people with tripods and cameras!

the daily pic – Opera House & Circular Quay

The last 2 images here are taken by me with my trusty D800… I took a few images that I was happy with, in particular I really liked these two… enjoy!

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Trey Ratcliff is in Sydney!

Come and join in for the Sydney Photowalk…

Trey Ratcliff

At very short notice one of my favourite photographers and mentors is visiting Sydney… Trey Ratcliff is known the world over for his HDR photography style and his blog http://www.stuckincustoms.com

You can find out more details and register for the walk by clicking on one of the following links

FACEBOOK

Google+

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The Hornby Lighthouse

A photo every day

I was inspired by Trey Ratcliff and his blog www.stuckincustoms.com and so far I have managed to post a photo every day since the 1st of March. I was looking back through all my pics over the last 40 odd days and I am pretty pleased with how far I have come with my HDR processing. My first few that I processed I thought were fantastic at the time, and when I look at them now, I see so many things wrong with them. I will go back and re-process those that I deem worthy! Hopefully, in another 40 days I will look back to todays daily pic and have learnt so much more that I will want to re-process it too!

the daily pic – The Hornby Lighthouse

Do you know why this lighthouse is painted red and white? It is so it is easy to distinguish it from the Macquarie Lighthouse that is two miles south. I have been wanting to photograph a lighthouse for sometime now, and found this one on Rob Potters Site www.photographyhotspots.com.au and decided to head out and shoot it!

This was the first time I felt I needed a wider lens, this is shot at 16mm so I could get the lighthouse and the sun at the same time, and the challenge was the amount of distortion on the edge of the pic made the Lighthouse lean in towards the ocean. After some tricky photoshop work I managed to fix it!

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The lonely Lathe

Trey Ratcliff’s HDR tutorial

A quick review… I stumbled across the HDR technique when looking for ideas for inspiration on the web, and once I looked a little deeper, Trey Ratcliff was the name that kept popping up. Little did I know but this guy is a world renowned (and very humble) HDR photographer with some of the best photo’s I had ever seen!

I was quick to check out all of his free stuff, including the free tutorial on his site. And whilst that got me and my photo’s part of the way there, it wasn’t enough to produce results like today’s daily pic. If you buy his HDR tutorial, you are getting to watch Trey Ratcliff processing photos for 11 hours, you see his techniques and tools. In addition, you get his insights into how he composes a photo and his thought process behind an image. Overall, this would be the best $97 I have ever spent on photography, and if you’re keen on producing high quality HDR results, I can recommend you head over to stuckincustoms.com and buy his tutorial.

the daily pic – The lonely Lathe

If you do get Trey’s HDR tutorial you will understand why I have named this the LONELY lathe…. He loves to give all of his pics funny emotive names and I think it’s kind of cool… anyway, the daily pic is from the recent google + walk I went on. This is an old lathe in the machine workshop on Cockatoo Island. Enjoy!

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