Tiny Tea House

Tea or Coffee?

Are you a tea person or a coffee person?

Daily Photo – Tiny Tea House

Once it got to be quite dark outside, I was dog-tired, so I retreated back into this little tea house to relax. There were so many ornate details and nic-nacs everywhere… It was very nice to zen-out, eat tea and snacks, and just sort of look around at all the little nooks and crannies.

After about half an hour, I had regained my wits and decided to set up for this quick shot to share it with you.

Tiny Tea HouseOnce it got to be quite dark outside, I was dog-tired, so I retreated back into this little tea house to relax.  There were so many ornate details and nic-nacs everywhere... It was very nice to zen-out, eat tea and snacks, and just sort of look around at all the little nooks and crannies.  After about half an hour, I had regained my wits and decided to set up for this quick shot to share it with you.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://none louis

    So nice that you were able to put some Chinese writing up for them to see. I really hope you draw the crowds,will be wonderful to see
    and love this shot with all its fine china

  • Susan

    Looks like a wonderful place for a ‘zen’ moment! I am a ‘coffee’ girl – although I do like tea in the evenings!

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

    Nice view. Love the chair… I’m either, tea when I care for the taste, coffee for the effect :) Lately it’s been coffee (LOL). Can I gush for a sec (this being eastern-themed it’s not too far off in left field…) that I got my first request ever to use a photo in someones blog- someone from Singapore, no less. Click on my name to see my website, or to see the blog post, click on it- https://livingbe.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/what-is-1-thing-that-gets-you-smiling-through-the-day/. Thanks to using Creative Commons licensing, I was happy to oblige!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Details indeed!

    I normally drink coffee (sometimes lots of it!). Sometimes I enjoy tea.

  • http://jlopez.ende.cc javier

    Coffee person. Not only totally a coffee person, but also allergic to something that is in Earl Grey tea. And yet here I am living in England ;-)

    Very nice photo. The hdr effect is very subtle in this one!

  • http://www.themarkeworld.com Mark Esguerra

    Very cool display. Very nice shot! You captured the details beautifully. I’m a tea person myself. Never got into coffee and haven’t had a cup since college. I’m partial to Green Tea and Earl Grey. Would you believe I had my first cup of Earl Grey because it was Captain Picard’s drink of choice? Yeah, I know. Geeky. ;-P

  • http://www.stevekalman.com steve K

    I’m a coffee drinker, my wife goes for tea. Consequently, we have lots of both at all times. In China a few months ago we stopped in a few tea houses for the full-on ceremony and tasting (and purchasing, of course). What a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a taste (pun intended) of a different culture.

    I do have a technical question for you: it appears you do all shots without flash. Is that correct? (I’m on lesson 5 of the webinar, so it might well be answered there. If so, I’ll get to it eventually.

  • http://www.chrisharnish.com Chris Harnish

    Coffee, but I do enjoy tea. I wouldn’t miss an opportunity like this! I had fun clicking on this picture and viewing it Original Size on your Smugmug. I could scroll around and it was like taking a stroll there myself and looking at all the items on the shelves. Really cool!

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    I’ll drink both coffee and tea. Typically coffee is to wake me up and tea is used to relax and read a book. I enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate too!

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  • http://www.maugiart.wordpress.com Noah J. Katz

    Coffee is my drink of choice. I usually like to have a cup or 2 in the morning to get things going. Then in the late afternoon a drop helps to finish off the day.

    Steve K — I’m pretty sure that Trey does not use a flash for these shots. I think he rarely uses it at all. When you take these shots, the exposure gets adjusted automatically from the aperture you set to get the right light levels. When I shoot at night or dark scenes the shutter just stays open longer. I watched the webinar and one tip Trey did have was if you want to make your shutter stay open longer, so as to blue objects like water, just closer your aperture down to f16 or smaller to force the shutter to stay open longer thus allowing moving objects to blur.

    Hope I was able to answer your question.


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

    Thank you all very much ! :) I think I am more coffee too…

    And Steve – I think Noah has your answer there – thanks Noah! I love it when you guys answer my questions for me because you know me so well now!

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    Lovely looking teahouse Trey – wonderful warm glow to it all… I’m definitely a tea person – well c’mon, I’m originally from the UK… tea drinking capital of the world! ;-)
    Have a safe journey to ‘Burning Man’… enjoy mate! :-)

  • https://plus.google.com/110470585067306625356/posts Alan He

    Trey, I have a technical question for you if you’d be kind to answer: i surfed thru most of your photos, 9 out of 10 appears to be AWB as shown in EXIF. Is that true that HDR would compensate this part or Nikon’s AWB is just a way superior than Canon’s? Since Canon’s AWB is a boo in my experience.

    Thank you very much!

  • http://justshootingmemories.com Daryl Clark

    I would have to say I am a coffee person. The fresher the beans the better. It just makes it smooth. On the other hand, there is nothing like southern sweet tea, but I don’t think you meant that kind of tea.

  • Vicki Wilson

    This is a really cool place, cool shot! I like both coffee and tea equally well. I often will have coffee with cream in the morning and ice tea in the afternoon.

  • http://www.maugiart.wordpress.com Noah J. Katz

    Alan He – Trey shoots his photos as RAW files as do I and most others. When you shoot in RAW format all the pixels of light are captured in the files and the wb can be adjusted in lightroom easily if needed. Lightroom, or Aperture for that matter, are Camera RAW editors which are designed for editing the direct RAW files. I typically always shoot in awb if doing HDR as I know I can tweak the wb in my program. I hope I was able to answer your question.

  • https://plus.google.com/110470585067306625356/posts Alan He

    Noah Katz- Got the idea and appreciate that!

  • http://www.marciaraffstudio.com Marcia Raff

    My daughter is in San Diego at a gallery and saw some photographs by Peter Lik. She called to tell me (I live in NYC) to look at his website as she was quite excited about his work and wanted to share it with me because even though I am a professional sculptor (Public Art is my love), I started my art career as a photographer. Some how on his website I found myself on yours??? But now that I’ve seen your work (FAB) and find myself impressed with the generosity of your knowledge, I feel like I’ve been “bit” and I’m going to have to try your technique….when I can find the time, I love that you live in Austin because I’m coming there to look for a place to live and find a studio because I want to make it my place of residence. It’s amazing that I find “Austin” screaming to me to come live there. I consider the fact that you live there another call to me. If we ever meet and you want to hear a quintessential story of synchronicity, I’d be happy to share it with you.

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

    Thanks very much :) And Marcia thank you! :)

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