Under the Louvre

That's Brian Crecente there, looking pensively into the future. Maybe he's thinking about how that beard gives him +2 to blogger.


Calling on your help!

Yesterday, we had great mentions for 100 Cameras in 1 from Kotaku and Gizmodo. More on that below.

I wondered if YOU had any good connections to sites or media that might like to review the app too. I got the Kotaku hookup from a very nice friend, who introduced me to two parties… I really haven’t done anything much to “market” the app yet. I don’t much like blind-emailing people and saying, “Hey please review my app I know you get 5,000 of these per day, but but but…” hehe. Anyway, I don’t like doing that… you know what I mean. Any good introductions would be appreciated… I have a pile of free review download-codes I can send out… our contact information is below, or just use business @stuckincustoms.com. Thanks!

Thanks to Kotaku & Gizmodo!

I’d like to give a big internet bear-hug to Brian Crecente at Kotaku who did this interview. Don’t worry — it’s a very manly bear-hug — the kind where you vigorously slap one another on the back with aplomb in public. Anyway, he’s super busy and he took a lot of time to put together some very thoughtful questions. Even at that, I predicted he would just format the story like question / answer / question / answer… but he went old-school and actually wrote a story!

The story also ran over at Gizmodo, right beside an ad for Windows Phone 7, which won't run the app. And yes, yes, we are building an Android one in the future...of course!

Kotaku and Gizmodo are related in the Gawker briarpatch, so Gizmodo also picked up the story – thanks to the team over there too. I used to be with Gawker Artists back in the day, and they would randomly show my art when they didn’t have advertising banners. I remember that Gawker contacted me because an angry reader thought I was beating my children because I had an HDR-photo of them in one of the banners. They were gonna call Child Protective Services! (Seriously!)

Under the Louvre

This is a definite no-no land for tripods, so that made me re-double my efforts to make this shot happen under the glass pyramid of the Louvre.

With the sun in my face, there was no way I could make an HDR out of a single RAW, and I knew I needed seven exposures, from +3 to -3 to make it happen. I ran around in circles to save up some bullet-time, and then I quickly unfurled my RRS tripod. It spun and rotated like the Hellraiser cube until I had it perfectly situated. I took my seven shots as quickly as possible before two security cards came over to get me.

I couldn’t Michael-Weston my way out of that one because my French is so bad, so I just slowly folded up my tripod while giving them a knowing grin. I wanted it to be the kind of grin that ate into their souls… but, I think they were just generally annoyed with me and wanted me to hurry the heck up.

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  • Richard (oldhickory)

    Cool shot. Funny how a tripod seems to turn your ordinary citizen into a sort of fugitive. And I can’t believe they let you in there with a tripod in the first place… Pulling that off is quite a feat in itself.. :)

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  • casusan

    Cool photo Trey – and great story as always!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157625203685374/ Andy Bird

    It baffles me as to why taking a photo in an art gallery / museum is so frowned upon. I remember taking my sketchpad to Kelvingrove art gallery In Glasgow to draw the mounted suits of armour when I was young and no one cared. I could draw them as good as any photo I would have taken at the time so what’s the difference? Anyway well done on another great victory over the authorities – a fine capture indeed and an even better reference to the awesome ‘Hellraiser’ movies! Doug Bradley himself would be proud…..

  • https://twitter.com/iWantnext iWantnext

    I wanna be honest here Trey: I don’t think you made a very good job of capturing the sun. It’s kind of…dirty.
    I mean no offense, for me this would still be a great, great photo, but you usually do a much better job with the sun right in your face…maybe that was because you only had one quick opportunity to capture the exposures and couldn’t review them and go back.

  • Simon Morris

    Good effort Trey considering the limited time you had to set-up… I like the texture detail on the ceiling, nice!

  • Jonathan Wylie

    I bet if you had Sam Ax to run some interference for you, that 7 shot HDR would have been yours!

  • Trevor Driscoll

    Haha I love the sneaky ones!

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    You may want to invest in a Manfrotto Magic Arm and Superclamp. RC shared a story on Scott Kelby’s blog about using it in NYC at Top of the Rock and other places where tripods weren’t allowed and no one bothered him. It won’t work everywhere, but if you can find a rail or something to attach the clamp, you’re in business.

    That said, I really love my RRS tripod.

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo and cute story, Trey. Glad they didn’t arrest you ;-) Congrats on all the sites you are being mentioned on, WTG!! But we all know why, you are great at what you do!! Ok, enough said, don’t want to give you a big head, lol. Thanks for sharing all. :-)

  • Anthony

    @Andy Bird, I don’t think it’s so much about taking photos of the exhibits, it’s the damage a tripod may cause to the exhibits.

    Trey – I like the subterfuge you employ!

  • http://chasingtheshot.wordpress.com/ Chapperingo

    Sounds like you had fun sneaking about and it was definitely worth it nice shot !

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

    Thanks all.

    Jonathan – yes I needed a Sam Ax there with me!

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    It is funny, Richard, that they would let someone in with a tripod.

    Andy, they do allow photography in the Louvre; just not tripods. It’s a matter of safety. If you’ve ever experienced the crowd around the Mona Lisa you understand that it’s not practical to allow everyone to set up tripods. People would be tripping right and left. God forbid someone trip into a wall with a painting on it. That could be a potential disaster.

    I actually give the French kudos. The Germans and Italians often forbid photography altogether. Even this is defensible, though frustrating. The problem is the folks with point and shoots who don’t know how to turn their flashes off—very bad for paintings. This only reinforces the importance that photographers act responsibly.

    While I’m a fan of Trey, I have mixed emotions about cheering on this tactic in museums. It not only makes Americans look bad; it could possibly lead to banning photography altogether if enough people followed his lead.

  • http://www.marktisdalephotography.com Mark Tisdale

    Wow! More power to you! I didn’t even try any camera in the Louvre but my simple point and shoot. So, seeing this makes me a little jealous! Well worth it for the result!

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    I always expect to see images of the guards coming towards you threateningly… try to get that shot next time, won’t you? lol. Beautiful image and nice job with keeping your hands from shaking the camera while you photograph the unphotographable.
    On the camera app… any chance you have a copy coming out for the new mac app store?

  • http://susancarrollseger.blogspot.com Susan Carroll-Seger

    Nice capture Trey… This does bring up a valid point..How to get the image you want and not be intrusive?? Something to think about..

  • Jeremy

    Any idea when the Android version is coming? :)

  • http://www.mivision.tv george

    ah … great photo from a great point of view , just couldnt help it but to remember the scene of the professor realizing that the Holy grail is being well kept under the tip of the glass pyramid ” Davinci code ” :)

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

    This could be a new sport! SPEED HDR!

  • really

    >>Anyway well done on another great victory over the authorities>>

    That’s what Willie Sutton said after he finished each job.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5379719690/ Eden Brackstone

    Cool shot mate! I don’t see why photography is so frowned upon in some situations… Its like my brothers attitude, he seems to think that all forms of photography boil down to the stereotype tourist happy snapper — The reality is completely different ;-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5379719690/ Eden Brackstone

    Oh, and yes that whole tripod issue really is baffling… We need some form of portable force field generator so we don’t have to carry these things around… I’ve only pulled off ONE tripod-less HDR in my short time on the scene, lucky shot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5206452510/

  • http://blog.trushots.com Trudy

    Beautiful work as usual. I love the splash of sunlight.

  • http://imageammo.com/player Richard

    Fantastic …

  • http://shibuya246.com/ Alan

    Nice shot. I managed a few non tripod shots the other day and was quite pleased, but most had to be 1 frame shots. A few were 5 frames, but the wind made it difficult.
    http://shibuya246.com/2011/01/08/tokyo-sunset/

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great shot, Trey! Love how the sun shoots through the pyramid.

  • Lessermahn

    Too bad that to photo came out bad, all that effort wasted :(
    Oh well! Looking forward to the next one!

  • http://photobooksolutions.com Joanna

    Which RRS tripod do you have? I always debate between tripods and camera gear vs. traveling light. Last time I was in the Lourve until close and I managed to get a clear enough stop to set up my camera on the ground for long exposures.

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