The Chocolate Shoppe

New Video for 100 Cameras in 1

I put together a new video that shows off some fun ways to use “100 Cameras in 1” for the iPad. There’s a lot to it, and many tricks you might enjoy seeing. We recently put out a 1.1 version, and we included this video inside the app itself to help give people some fresh ideas for using the app.

Over there on the right, you can see my human finger on top of one of the images I’m working on…

David Pogue from the New York Times recently had great things to say about the iPhone version, but he’s never tried this iPad version… When I met him at NASA, I told him to give it a run, but I haven’t heard back… and when I think about the warm chocolate we ate slowly… it makes me sad. …and speaking of chocolate…

Daily Photo – The Chocolate Shoppe

Some regulars know that I’m into gourmet chocolate. This is both good and bad because sometimes when I show up to events, people bring me chocolate from all over the world! And then, I get back to my hotel room, and I’m heavily laden with chocolate… and then the post-midnight haze sets in while I’m editing photos, and I start thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder what that 37% cocoa from Liberia tastes like…” And then it’s a very slippery slope.

Here’s another that I processed the other evening while people looked on… This is a chocolate shop in London that I found by accident called the Rabot Estate. I bought a lot of stuff here, and it didn’t last very long. I also had a very nice cup of drinking chocolate while flipping through some chocolate books in the back. I found out there is a chocolate resort somewhere in the Caribbean.. it’s like a regular Caribbean resort that also happens to be on a cocoa plantation. SIGN ME UP.

(EDIT – Thanks to M in TX in the comments below, you can see details on the Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia here)

The Chocolate Shoppe Some regulars know that I'm into gourmet chocolate.  This is both good and bad because sometimes when I show up to events, people bring me chocolate from all over the world!  And then, I get back to my hotel room, and I'm heavily laden with chocolate... and then the post-midnight haze sets in while I'm editing photos, and I start thinking, "Hmmm, I wonder what that 37% cocoa from Liberia tastes like..."  And then it's a very slippery slope.Here's another that I processed the other evening while people looked on...  This is a chocolate shop in London that I found by accident called the Rabot Estate.  I bought a lot of stuff here, and it didn't last very long.  I also had a very nice cup of drinking chocolate while flipping through some chocolate books in the back.  I found out there is a chocolate resort somewhere in the Caribbean.. it's like a regular Caribbean resort that also happens to be on a cocoa plantation.  SIGN ME UP. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://www.jacquesgude.com Jacques

    Great details in this one. Loved how you worked this one during the extended portion of the seminar, as it was great to see how you applied varies tools to get the colors just right, and to pull more details out of the labels on the cocoa bean bags.

  • http://www.colcartwright.com Col Cartwright

    Trey, this looks much better than it did when you were processing it during the webinar. I’m guessing the video capture software down-scaled it somewhat. It’s an interesting image to look at because there is so much detail everywhere. The coco beans, the wood grain, the chocolate bars and more. I appreciate you sharing your method to desaturate the chocolate wrappers located on the shelves to the right during the bonus extension of the webinar. Thank you. So where is that secret chocolate drink blog you’re hiding? I’ve googled and cant find it anywhere.

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

    YUMMY! Lots of details, as mentioned above. Looks great.

  • Simon Morris

    Tasty looking shot Trey – nice detail in the foreground, and as always with Photomatix – the woodgrain looks great! I agree with Col’s comment above regarding the shelves – excellent colour saturation for the yellows, especially in the lighting!
    Funny story about your chocoholic habits – nothing wrong with that mind! I laughed when you mentioned “Hmmm, I wonder what…” – I had this vision of Homer Simpson for some bizarre reason! “Hmmm, donuts” :-)

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

    Reminds me a lot of Patagonia here in Queenstown, ask Trey how good it is! Hehe… Webinar session 2 was great, see y’all tomorrow ;)

  • http://www.chrisdellerphotography.com Chris

    Like the pic Trey. . .great details.
    Weirdly i was outside this shop yesterday!! (Borough Market!!)

  • http://blacktie360.com Carol

    Love the color and details. The Caribbean Resort sign me up :)

  • http://JapanDave.com David LaSpina / JapanDave

    It’s a harmless addiction.
    (as long as we are going to eat it anyways, we have to create these little myths)

    Cool shot. I never think to take photos like this. Gotta try it.

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

    Mmmmm…chocolate. Cool shot Trey!
    @ Simon Even before I saw your comment I had the same “Homer Simpson” thought haha!

  • M in TX

    Trey,

    Hi, my name is ‘M’ and I’m a chocaholic…

    The hotel is in St. Lucia – http://www.thehotelchocolat.com/.

    From their web page I think they’re connected to the Hotel Chocolat stores in the UK which also have stores in Boston , MA. that will do mail order to the rest of the states. Their main London store is on the opposite side of the road to Harrods, in a mews down to the left – and they have sample trays under the counter! :-) Website for Boston – http://www.hotelchocolat.com/Our-Stores-Ausstores/

    I spent about $350 in their London store once, have been advised to “Move along, you’ve eaten enough” in the Cadbury factory at Bourneville and used to eat ~2lbs/night when I did shift work – it must be healthy as since changing to a healthier diet I’ve gained >20lbs! :-\

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

    Hehe thanks everyone.

    M in TX – I just finished a huge book called “The Chocolate Wars” that spends much of the book talking about Bourneville… it is on my list to visit! :)

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot – looks so warm and inviting! I want to go there! Have fun at the Webinar tonight!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    While I don’t share your appreciation for things Chocalat-ey, I do like the perspective and tones of this shot. Nice details, too. Constantly getting ideas from you on this site ;)

  • http://www.marcofama.it Marco Famà

    ciao Trey!
    this is wonderful, mate. May I ask you which lens you used for it?

    take care
    Marco Famà’s photography

  • http://blog.trushots.com Trudy

    Wow what a magical place! Love this photograph.

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    So ready for some of that chocolate! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157626672614814/ Andy Bird

    What a charming chocolate shop! I like a bit of chocolate myself but alas i’m off the sweet stuff while I get back into shape for my holidays in September – I wouldn’t be able to live it down if I got mistaken for Shamu when I go to Seaworld.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Love chocolate, love the photo.
    Question. Can someone clue me on how to change the stupid icon to one of my own.

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

    George – the only way to do that is to log in through Facebook I think

  • casusan

    George – Trey told me once a long time ago to go to gravatar.com and you can use the same pic on all sites you visit – I know it worked for Simon here too!

  • Simon Morris

    Yes, Gravatar works a treat – thanks again Susan for the link!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Thanks guys, Gravatar is the way to go. This icon may be just as stupid looking, but its ME.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Well that didn’t work!

  • Kevin Phelan

    Trey, I was just curious on shots like this do you just do handheld bracketed shots, or do you pretty much always setup your tripod to grab a quick shot like this?

  • Vicki Wilson

    I love this photo, I had a great time learning how you went about processing this in your webinar. I am also a chocolate lover. A friend came back from Germany with some German choloates, they were wonderful.

  • Gail in Montana

    Yummy, my kind of store!!!! Great shot of a shop I would love to go to, but best not. I am a chocoholic, too!! I’m trying the gravatar, we’ll see if it shows up when I press the comment button. Thanks for sharing that info, my friend, Susan!!! Thanks for sharing your chocolate adventure, Trey!! :-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Yay, it worked!!! Thanks again, Susan!!

  • Julie

    Cool shot. Wish I could have afforded the webinar. BTW if you are ever up in the Springfield, Missouri area, you need to try out Askinosie Chocolate. Very good stuff. Single origin chocolate pairs well with single origin coffee. Its a rewarding habit. ;)

  • http://www.aputure.com/blog Aputure

    I can relate to this! My mom sent me a bunch of to-die-for chocolates from USA, and I just give them away to my friends, cause I know if I got started I couldn’t stop!

  • http://www.smith-photography.net Michael Smith

    MMM Chocolate!

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