A Facebook fan club, of all things, and a nice email from a guy who is now quitting his job

Today I saw on Flickr that someone started a fan club for Stuck In Customs on Facebook. So be sure to join it and get one of the last remaining spots since, well, it can hold an infinite number of people. Maybe we can prove the inverse paradox of Zeno by filling it up slowly and never getting to the halfway point. The previous sentence was a very nerdy joke and I apologize…

You guys can also find me on Facebook right here, so you can add me and we can be BFFF.

Moving on… I get nice emails all the times from all kinds of interesting people around the world. I got this one over the weekend from a nice chap named Tony who seems to have opened up a new photography chapter in his life!

Hey Trey, About 1.7 years ago i last emailed you. I saw your fireworks shot and it inspired me to leap into photography. I scored some gear and went shooting/learning. Since that email almost 2 years ago i have moved up a bit in know-how and rank as a photographer. Recently i have made the leap and started taking commercial photos. I have now shot and sold numerous works. I am retouching for authors and PR companies. I am shooting book covers, PR shots, Sr. photos, modeling/fashion..the list goes on. I didn’t even know what F-stop was when i started.

I recently made 1st place in explore with a clients shot that allowed me to post. It’s all thanks to a glimpse of your photo on a gawker banner while i was looking at gizmodo.com at work. I have plans to quit my day job (Sr. Director of Operations for a national credit card company) in the next 3 months… i just wanted to tell you that your work was the motivation for my new and wonderful life. I have never been more happy. I went to a flickr meet-up in my home town and i was like a celeb…people knew me i was the bell of the ball. I never thought for a moment i would ever get here. Today a man wrote me an email, he said he saw one of my HDR’s and it inspired him to take up photography. He wanted me to see his first HDR…it was a proud moment and i thought of the email i sent you a while back… it said the same thing… thanks man.

Anyway, I thought that was a pretty swell email. You can see his Flickr stream here.

In response to the nice memo and the first photo he saw, I am posting a few old classics from my  HDR Tutorial, which I suppose sent him down his own rabbit hole!

Fourth on Lake Austin

Le Crypto

U-Turns

Ghost in the Cathedral

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  • DEE

    A great selection for viewing.

  • Gail

    What a fantastic feeling that must be to know you inspired that fellow to change his life and find a career he is very happy in. Way to go!!!! I can see how your pictures would indeed have that effect. They are always a wonder to behold. Congratulations on your good work and your inspiration. Just think of how many others you have done the same for, but are now aware of them. I always enjoy your daily picture on my home page and I’m so glad I added your link!!!!! Thanks!!

  • Dr. Electro

    It’s called self-actualization. It is permissible to feel a sense of pride at the moment. I know how it feels as well.

    It happened for me while I was teaching computer maintenance. One of my former students stopped in for a visit and told me I had mde a positive change in his life.

    That is still one of my favorite memories and always will be. There were others but he was the first. You should print and frame that email to hang on your office wall. Beats teh Hell out of a diploma anytime.

  • scott

    Not to belabor the point, but lets get back to the proccessing of your pictures……Its like putting too much make up on an already perfectly beautiful woman. Worse yet, my roomate thought a few shots were computer generated or paintings. What a waste of your great skills if people are going to mistake them for artificial!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenii kenii

    Way to go! You’re da man! Great stories, Trey!
    Definitely an inspiration…

  • Susan

    Super email Trey- you should be proud of your accomplishments ….and his!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks for the comments :) No worries Scott — yes some photos are more amped up than others depending on my feeling and the intensity of the memory — it comes and goes in waves and I hope you find enough variety over the ampage spectrum to keep you happy and coming back! :)

  • LCItala

    This is one place i’d be happy to come back to everyday!!!!Thanks for all the pleasure…

  • http://expatraveler.blogspot.com expatraveler

    I think there are some of us who were meant to inspire and help others. You are definitely that type of person. It must feel great to have something come back full circle. I’ve been a fan of yours from the beginning too…

    What a great email to share with us, definitely inspiring!

    One question I have for you, is how do you get to travel to some many interesting places?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks – I travel a lot for work and I like to spend nights or weekends off getting lost. I also make sure my personal travel is off to somewhere new!

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