My Irregular Annual Student Interview

Brain Pickings!

You guys know I only recommend stuff if I think it’s awesome.  Life is too short not to focus on the awesome!

One of the accidental things I have found is called “Brain Pickings”, and you gotta see their end-of-the-year redux for 2010 – amazing stuff they found last yea!.  I found them because we were both featured on FlipBoard, and it looked kinda artsy.  And then I got in deeper, and saw that the woman that curates Brain Pickings is my kinda gal!

Besides the link above, also see their “10 Most Popular Articles” – it’s a good sushi sampler from the chef, Maria Popova.  Also, it’s one of those sites that lives off donations — so maybe you are feelin’ internet-generous.
100 Cameras in 1

iPhone App Updated

Our team cranked away and put in a ton of new features and updates, so thanks to everyone! You can download 100 Cameras in 1 pronto.

Here are some of the new features and updates:

➤ Option to disable sound & music
➤ Added option to dramatically increase resolution in cropping phase for each iPhone model (e.g. for iPhone 4, which is 2592×1936 pixels — the square is cropped to 1936×1936)
➤ Added ability to turn on/off cropping after you take the photo or select from Library
➤ Three new Achievements
➤ Upload to Flickr, Facebook, Twitpic at maximum resolution for your given iPhone (in square format)
➤ Even more features added! See all of them on our 100 Cameras in 1 page.
➤ (shhhh… and many more currently in super-secret development for next update… shhh)

New Video – My One Student Interview for the Year

Hehe… well… I explain the title of this early in the interview. Here are a few things that are discussed in the video:

  • The business side of Stuck In Customs
  • What my wife does (and other personal questions… *ahem*
  • My thoughts on Getty licensing and what a RIP OFF model they have
  • My thoughts on micro-stock photography (I’m sure people won’t like what I say)
  • My thoughts on contests and judges and how silly contests can be
  • My thoughts on using a lot of lights in your photos and what happens by accident
  • And a bunch of other BS. But – well… all kinds of stuff… hehe.

Daily Photo – The New of Old China

I found this place near the one of the old Imperial rice barns that had been converted into an opera house.  It’s a hard-to-find but charming area of the city.  Not even my driver or assistant could find it, and they’ve lived in Beijing their entire lives!

To find out more about other things found amidst these hidden gems, see “Amazing Opera Discovery in Beijing“.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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  • casusan

    Oh pretty – love the lights and the reds – you always manage to find these places! WTG!!

  • http://vickiwilsonphotos.wordpress.com Vicki Wilson

    Love the colors in this, especially the complementary colors blue and orange are great together in a photo! You find amazing places, thanks for sharing!

  • jon

    Any plans to bring the app to the Android Market?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157625495017836/ Andy Bird

    I like how old-meets-new in this one – very nice indeed :)

  • Patrick Ahles

    I’m with Andy here, great shot!

  • Simon Morris

    WOW, what a find! I agree with Andy & Patrick… perfect capture of old-meets-new. I like the contrast of colours, they really make the image ‘pop’… excellent!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks!

    Yes – jon – that is on the horizon for sure. I’m an android user myself, so it’s very exciting to me! :)

  • http://www.marcofama.it Marco Famà Fotografo a Torino

    Simply gorgeous, Trey!
    I’ve been in Beijing in 2006.. how do you manage to find such views? This is what makes the difference from “beginners”! :)
    keep it up..

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Marco – my local hosts set me up with a bunch of cool places that I would not have found on my own..

  • http://egearingphoto.blogspot.com Evan Gearing

    Nice shot! You have a way of capturing interesting things! Also, nice interview, but I gotta ask, what’s that thing around your neck? I hope it’s not some form of an iRenew! ;-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo, what a nice way to put an old building to use!!! Thanks for sharing, Trey. Have a wonderful Wednesday! :-)

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com/ Keith

    Amazing colors. Awesome as usual.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks y’all!

    Evan – it tells the spaceship behind the moon that I am ready

    Keith and Gail – thanks as always!

  • SoCal Mike

    Could someone tell me what “Exposure Bias 12/6 EV” means? I’m obviously kinda new…

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    The video is very entertaining, Trey. Why not embed the Vimeo version though since we have to track it down anyway to get the rest of the interview?

  • casusan

    Awesome interview – so funny – love the music…soooo fitting!

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    OK. I’m back from watching the (3) vimeo interview segments. I now see that it really wouldn’t have mattered which version you embed since you have to watch the other two segments anyway. You can’t say she wasn’t prepared! I think it’s really great that you took the time to answer all those questions.

    I kept waiting for her to ask if you find yourself going back to your early work and wanting to improve it. Phil Collins once said that he avoided listening to his earlier Genesis work because he would hear so many things he felt he could improve upon.

  • george g

    Wonderful colors with great depth of field! Everything is sharp from the blades of grass in the foreground to blue lit building in the background. You had to have either very long exposures or a very high ASA but without any noticeable noise! Terrific job!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all!

    t.linn – yes – it was a bit of a problem figuring out how to embed it all.. but, I’ll post the other bits later too!

    SoCal – that is a strange was of saying it — but it is probably simply the +2 exposure.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com Mark Essel

    Dig the remix-ability of the interview, way to scale yourself.

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