Hey, I have my full profile on my blog at www.stuckincustoms.com ... where you can also check out my HDR Tutorial.

 

Briefly… A bio in bullet points:

 

- I was born blind in one eye and still only see out of my left. I call it "The Gift."

 

- My degree was Computer Science and Math and I did that for 35 years before finally diving full-time into my creative side.

 

- I started the blog StuckInCustoms.com immediately after getting a digital DSLR and started sharing 1 photo per day, stories, and free tutorials to help everyone enjoy this strange world of HDR Photography that I was discovering for myself. I was obsessed. As of the time of writing this, that was about 10 years ago and I still publish one photo per day and I love it. Here is the HDR Tutorial by the way.

 

- The site became very popular and I started getting into social media. Now, if you add up all platforms (FB, Insta, Pinterest, Google, Twitter), I have about 16 million followers and I love all these Internet friends!

 

- Google tracks views, and on that platform alone, it's over 140 billion views tracking at over 125 million a day of the photos. At least some of those views are from my mom, who is my biggest fan :)

 

- I do a lot of public speaking through my agent at CAA, I've been interviewed on most major TV channels around the world, and had the first HDR photo to hang in the Smithsonian. My young son went to go visit it in person, took a photo, and it made him proud. That made me smile.

 

- I'm really into meditation and yoga. I also go to Burning Man (my photos) every single year and love it.

 

- Over the past few years, I've started partnering with companies to build products and services. One good example is Peak Design, where we designed a number of bags on Kickstarter. The two Kickstarters made over $13 million and have been hugely successful. Most importantly, the bags make people happy! I give tremendous credit to the Peak Design team!

 

- I also teamed up to build our own Photo Software with Macphun. It got over 1.5million downloads (Mac only but Windows soon!) in the first year and been growing ever since.

 

- I love to do Free Photo Walks Around the World filled with tips and fun for the fans! Sign up for our newsletter to find out first about that or other goodies!

 

- The company here has grown to about 10 people, full time and part time. Everyone helps one another out and we have a lot of fun! There's lots more to talk about but already too many bullet points... so check my site for Workshops to Fine Art sales to Business Development to our Online Store to Luxury Brand Partnerships to Home Videos!

 

What's the core reason I do all of this?

A bit new-agey but maybe you'll dig it. I want to help spread consciousness and presence to the world. It's hard to teach billions to meditate, but you can help teach them photography and creativity. I believe when people are being creative they are being fully present and conscious, and that's the best thing we all can do for the world.

 

Some useful links...

Facebook Page: Come join for the latest!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/treyratcliff/

Twitter: twitter.com/TreyRatcliff

G+: plus.google.com/+TreyRatcliff

Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/treyratcliff/pins/

 

My Full Bio is on the "About Me" page of my blog here.

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  • JoinedJanuary 2006
  • OccupationDad & Artist
  • Current cityQueenstown
  • CountryNew Zealand
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I had never heard of HDR photography until I came across some amazing images done by Trey about 12 months ago, I did some research and now I am a HDR addict. I love his technique, to me he appears to enhance the natural beauty of a scene. Anyway funny story but true, my Teacher (pro photographer)kept saying we needed t… Read more

I had never heard of HDR photography until I came across some amazing images done by Trey about 12 months ago, I did some research and now I am a HDR addict. I love his technique, to me he appears to enhance the natural beauty of a scene. Anyway funny story but true, my Teacher (pro photographer)kept saying we needed to do some reseach on a guy called Trey Ratcliff (his words "best HDR photographer on the planet") and I kept telling him about this really cool photographer called "Stuck in Customs" go figure...The same person!! Rgds Clyde

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September 24, 2009

Trey's travels and work are inspiring. So much to see out there, and he brings it to our screens in living color ;) Keep on shooting and pushing the limits.

May 25, 2009

I think Stuck in Customs has the travelling life most of us want to have. He's a fantastic photographer. He captures images of the travel dream world of books and pictures we grew up with; when we were kids and everything sounded so deliciously foreign and misterious.

February 12, 2008
Luc says:

I had never heard of HDR when I started flickring and was completely shocked the first time I saw his stream: hey this is no fair, this guy is cheating and he must be stopped... My numerous attempts to stop him failed so I just started cheating as well. It's all been said, love the pictures, simply amazing. Great gu… Read more

I had never heard of HDR when I started flickring and was completely shocked the first time I saw his stream: hey this is no fair, this guy is cheating and he must be stopped... My numerous attempts to stop him failed so I just started cheating as well. It's all been said, love the pictures, simply amazing. Great guy, very accessible (he really tries).

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December 21, 2007
[bridget] says:

Simply - AM-A-Z-ING!!!!

November 21, 2007
Len says:

Tre's photos are beautiful, there's no doubt about that... as a matter of fact if you doubt it you need to have your head examined and possible shaken, violently. But more than that, Tre is a very generous individual that has answered numerous brainless questions I've sent his way. Thank you so much for your insights, … Read more

Tre's photos are beautiful, there's no doubt about that... as a matter of fact if you doubt it you need to have your head examined and possible shaken, violently. But more than that, Tre is a very generous individual that has answered numerous brainless questions I've sent his way. Thank you so much for your insights, your pixels and your tutorials.

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August 8, 2007
Closed Teaching (deleted)

I'm very happy that i have found Trey. Honestly it was by accident - when i was looking for HDR images. Now i check his photo stream few times per day. Each of his photos are unique and stylish. Thanks to Trey i have discovered many new techniques in photography. Thank you Trey for sharing your work!

June 22, 2007

I'm so glad I found Trey! What a fantastic photographer and artist he is at the same time! I learn from him everyday there is an endless inspiration for me on this photo stream! Thank you for being my friend! I'm looking forward to every photo you upload my dear friend!

May 22, 2007
Joel says:

Amazing work. Such an inspiration. The reason why I started experimenting with HDR.

May 24, 2007
sandmania says:

Trey is one of my fav flickr photographers. His images are so unique I get lost inside alot of his work. His images are very creative, artistic, and beautiful. His use of HDR is superb and the composition of his photo's always compliment the colours, the tones and detail thus giving his photo's their own personalities… Read more

Trey is one of my fav flickr photographers. His images are so unique I get lost inside alot of his work. His images are very creative, artistic, and beautiful. His use of HDR is superb and the composition of his photo's always compliment the colours, the tones and detail thus giving his photo's their own personalities. It is a pleasure to look at your work. A feast for the eyes.

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May 17, 2007

Trey's work captures the world as some of us fail to see it--beautiful. :]

May 13, 2007

absolute creative and artistic genius! this is the first testimonial i have written. i have been a contact for quite a while but it was viewing the set Portfolio:the best, that moved me to write this! envy at such an amazing talent is completely quashed by my admiration for your skill and ability! keep up the good … Read more

absolute creative and artistic genius! this is the first testimonial i have written. i have been a contact for quite a while but it was viewing the set Portfolio:the best, that moved me to write this! envy at such an amazing talent is completely quashed by my admiration for your skill and ability! keep up the good work!!

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May 9, 2007

Trey, your work is just phenomenal. Each and every time I visit your stream there is always something there to surprise me. You have travelled the world and given us a chance to be there with you through your images, your unique views on the world around you. You have told us stories, you've made us grin, smile, … Read more

Trey, your work is just phenomenal. Each and every time I visit your stream there is always something there to surprise me. You have travelled the world and given us a chance to be there with you through your images, your unique views on the world around you. You have told us stories, you've made us grin, smile, frown. And all with what comes naturally for you; creating perfect images, remnants of moments you have lived but chosen to show to others. Amazing work, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing.

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April 30, 2007
CSat says:

The way he sees and captures the world is simply amazing. He makes the rest of us see things in a different light. His entire stream is simply outstanding...

April 17, 2007

He's able to offer a different 'stunning' approach to photography, very personal and highly professional. Definitely one of the best artists on flickr.

April 17, 2007

This guy changed my way of seeing the world!

April 2, 2007

“In my opinion, you are by far the best HDR Photographer on flickr, better yet the best I’ve ever seen. Your work is truly inspirational and uniquely crafted. I'm just blown away by your photos on how fascinating, and ultimately your achievement of perfection.” I love your tutorials by the way, incredibly helpful … Read more

“In my opinion, you are by far the best HDR Photographer on flickr, better yet the best I’ve ever seen. Your work is truly inspirational and uniquely crafted. I'm just blown away by your photos on how fascinating, and ultimately your achievement of perfection.” I love your tutorials by the way, incredibly helpful “Ray” – X y L e -

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March 2, 2007
EncinoMan says:

The colorful, vibrant, animated, and visceral images by Trey radiate from the screen and consciously linger for weeks. I study, admire and peer at his subjects, methods, and artistic techniques. His frequent travel around the globe enables him to best express his artistic talent, capturing the essence of these ex… Read more

The colorful, vibrant, animated, and visceral images by Trey radiate from the screen and consciously linger for weeks. I study, admire and peer at his subjects, methods, and artistic techniques. His frequent travel around the globe enables him to best express his artistic talent, capturing the essence of these exotic locations and their cultures. His compositions simultaneously educate, entertain, and stimulate the visual sense. His images inspire me to be a better photographer.

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February 24, 2007

this is the best HDR photographer i have ever seen wish you all the best :)

February 24, 2007

Wow is sometimes all I can say to myself everytime I look at one of your new photos (also accompanied with amazing, awesome, beautiful, incredible...and more!). I never ceased to be amazed every time I see another great image on my contact's images page, and it's no surprise that you've made such an impact on many peop… Read more

Wow is sometimes all I can say to myself everytime I look at one of your new photos (also accompanied with amazing, awesome, beautiful, incredible...and more!). I never ceased to be amazed every time I see another great image on my contact's images page, and it's no surprise that you've made such an impact on many people all over the world on flickr. Keep up the great work!

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February 12, 2007

I am so happy that this guy travels...I am even happier that he takes us with him, with his images. He has a camera and is not afraid to use it. He is one of the photographers here on flickr, that I can't wait to check in on. He hasn't dissappointed me yet, and I have a feeling, he is going to take me places, that I… Read more

I am so happy that this guy travels...I am even happier that he takes us with him, with his images. He has a camera and is not afraid to use it. He is one of the photographers here on flickr, that I can't wait to check in on. He hasn't dissappointed me yet, and I have a feeling, he is going to take me places, that I could not hope to visit. Thank you Trey for being our guide through this world we live in.

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February 12, 2007

Trey, you have earned a lot of high praise for your work, and you obviously get it on flickr. I am a web-posted art photo viewing junkie, so a see a lot. Your work alone motivated me to sign up for flickr. You correctly say you change image reproduction to force the mind to process images differently. Your photos… Read more

Trey, you have earned a lot of high praise for your work, and you obviously get it on flickr. I am a web-posted art photo viewing junkie, so a see a lot. Your work alone motivated me to sign up for flickr. You correctly say you change image reproduction to force the mind to process images differently. Your photos are a terrific composite of the varying impressions the careful observer gets from viewing a scene in person. They thus best convey the feeling of the viewing as well as the impression in a way that I have not encountered before. I think you are really on to something here. Have you considered more beach photography, especially big wave and big sky combinatons? With your incredible sky photography, the big surf and great skies of the North Coast of Oahu, Rapa Nui, or even Puerto Escondido in Mexico and many other sites could yield some shots that would potentially blow the mind. Not to mention, would be highly marketable to several magazines. Thank you for sharing your amazing body of work.

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January 30, 2007

All i can say is that out of everyone on flickr.com 'Stuck in Customs' actually puts me in the frame of everyone of his pictures. They are breathtaking and seem to imprint themselves in my mind for the rest of the day/week. Thanks again, im looking forward to many more pictures!

January 29, 2007
Isis Bi M says:

magnific,like modern Magritte surealist, bravo et merci isis

January 27, 2007
iamlmg7 says:

You are a Fantastic Artist, Perhaps the Best I have seen. You have a great Gift and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work!!

January 23, 2007

Trey, You are a true leader on Flickr and I appreciate your work and inspiration. Thank you for producing great quality work that pushes all of us to the next level! Personally I've grown in skill over the last few months learning from you and many of the other members of the "Brilliant Cabal." I look forward to se… Read more

Trey, You are a true leader on Flickr and I appreciate your work and inspiration. Thank you for producing great quality work that pushes all of us to the next level! Personally I've grown in skill over the last few months learning from you and many of the other members of the "Brilliant Cabal." I look forward to seeing what we all can create in 2007!

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January 22, 2007
Boundless Chalk (deleted)

The only word to describe your images is 'awesome'. Totally meant in it's true context as well. I say 'wow' to myself upon viewing EVERY single one of your pictures. Your work makes me wish I had an HDR switch on my eyes to view the world as your images portray it.

January 18, 2007

So, you have great use of HDR! Even if that's a bit differ from my point of view on tone-mapping — respect. Even if I envy for your number of comments — you're doing right and great job. Thanks.

January 15, 2007

Great traditional photography skills + Great Eye + Bold man +HDR guru = Trey. Thanks for all your help

January 3, 2007

SUPERB HDR!!

December 27, 2006

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