Moving to New Zealand

Why Did I Move to New Zealand?

There’s a long story to it all… but I think you can see a lot of the reasons in the video below.

By the way, if you are looking to buy a house here and need a recommendation, contact me via support@stuckincustoms.com and the team will get you to me. I can make an excellent recommendation for you!

This video was made with Animoto!

I used a cool online thing called Animoto to make this video. I also wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

New Video – Turning to Peace in New Zealand

It’s a hi-rez video… I recommend listening with earphones or good speakers too – enjoy :)

The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

Stuck on Earth 3.0

We are working hard on Stuck On Earth 3.0. We’re completely overhauling the “trip” system to make it more social. Not only will it be easier to create and share your trips, but now you can submit them to the community and to the editor to be included as one of the default Top 50 Lists. Before, it was a fairly cumbersome process, but soon, you’ll be able to do it all right from within the app.

Daily Photo – The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

This was my first time to sneak onto a Russian sub.

These are the kinds of things you probably are not supposed to do, but I figure the risk was about 1000% lower since the sub was no longer in Russian waters. In fact, it’s in friendly Long Beach, docked alongside the Queen Mary.

There was almost no security, and the gate was fairly easy to scale. I was with Tom, and somehow we talked one another into it. When you are with a friend and about to do something risky, either you talk each other into it or you talk each other out of it.

Russian Sub Queen Mary

The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

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The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

Father’s Day Special!

For Father’s Day, which I am partial to, we have a 20% off across-the-site special discount! Just use “StuckOnDad” at checkout and you’ll see the discount! It will work on the HDR Video Tutorial, eBooks on FlatBooks.com, the Textures Tutorial (where you can just get the textures) and more!

Trey’s Variety Hour #38: What’s in your bag?

Eric Cheng, Ron Brinkmann, Mike Wiacek, Michelle Robinson, and Angela B Pan join me as we do a little show and tell with what is in our camera bags. Eric wins right off the bat and even Tony Wang and Dave Veffer get in on the fun too. We discuss bags, gear, and show off some of our recent photos.

Thanks to Leo Laporte, Tony Wang, and Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production! To see the full video of What’s in Trey’s Bag, click here.

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Daily Photo – The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

Here is a crazy spot I found thanks to sweet sweet Stuck On Earth. I’ve been to downtown LA many times, and there are many good angles, but I think this one is just about one of the best.

There was a lot of waiting around, however. I had to wait for big busses to pass me on either side so I could set up for the long exposure.

Usually, I’ll take 5 exposures in these situations, but I do something a little special. I’ll take the quicker exposures right away (often 1 or 2 seconds). And then I’ll pause and wait for a bus or something before taking the longer exposures. I create the HDR then mask in the tail lights from the photos where I get the best trails. I made that sound easier than it is, I think.

The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles

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Sunset over Forest in Yosemite

Toad Hall in the British Virgin Islands

I know some of you that watched the live hangout already knew I stayed here a few weeks ago – I finally put together a whole video so you can see more of it. My friend Justin Troupe told me about this place and is friends with the owner, so I wanted to make this little video so more people find out about it! If you want to see more photos of this place, I dumped a ton on this Toad Hall Page here on the site.

You can also see Toad Hall’s website and Facebook page if you’d like to learn even more.

What do you say to Journalism students?

A few weeks ago I went to go give a talk to a Journalism class at UT.  Robert Quigley invited me over.  I gave a bunch of ideas and advice… I’m not sure how readily it was absorbed… but then I got to thinking, what DO you tell journalism students nowadays?  What kind of advice would you give them?  What would Thomas Edison say if he was going to give a talk at the local university to a group of students studying candle-making?

Daily Photo – Sunset over Forest in Yosemite

I had the best sunsets on one of my first evenings in Yosemite.  I drove down a long road from the Tenaya Lodge to Tunnel View alone.  The road is about a 45-minute twisty set of curves that is perfect for scenery and listening to audiobooks.  Every few minutes , the sun would pop out from the forest cover, and I would hunt and peck for a place to pull over to get a clean shot.

Sunset over Forest in YosemiteI had the best sunsets on one of my first evenings in Yosemite.  I drove down a long road from the Tenaya Lodge to Tunnel View alone.  The road is about a 45-minute twisty set of curves that is perfect for scenery and listening to audiobooks.  Every few minutes , the sun would pop out from the forest cover, and I would hunt and peck for a place to pull over to get a clean shot.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Exploring Tokyo

Rothfuss Recap

Have you read “The Name of the Wind” yet?  I hope so…  Here is a recap of my talk with the author of the book…  And if you’ve read it, then you know why someone like me would like that book – I hope you do too!

Daily Photo – Exploring Tokyo

Some architecture just feels “Japanese.”  I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.

You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan.  There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo.  This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.

Exploring TokyoSome architecture just feels “Japanese.”  I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan.  There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo.  This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

New! Trey’s Favorite Things

Trey’s Favorite Things

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So, I’ve gotten many questions about all those “little things” that are in orbit around me. Some I need and make my life easier… some are just for fun. Okay, most are just for fun. But if you pop over to “Trey’s Favorite Things” – you can get some good ideas!

Wish I Had Time to Paint

There were a few places here where I wish I had more time to set up an easel and do some painting!  I think photography has kind of spoiled me and made my time: art ratio seem off-kilter.  I need to start looking at this in a new way, or at least make some exceptions from time to time, if you forgive the pun…

Daily Photo – Pretty Door in Arles

It was a perfect day in Arles while my wife and I were strolling around the streets and finding little things here and there.  She went into a cafe to get some food to go, and I took the time to wander the streets and find some pretty little scenes.  Many of the window shutters, gates, and doors were painted all sorts of colors.  I thought this little place along the street had a nice feel to it… made me wish I lived there!

Pretty Door in ArlesIt was a perfect day in Arles while my wife and I were strolling around the streets and finding little things here and there.  She went into a cafe to get some food to go, and I took the time to wander the streets and find some pretty little scenes.  Many of the window shutters, gates, and doors were painted all sorts of colors.  I thought this little place along the street had a nice feel to it… made me wish I lived there!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Hiking in Carmel

Most Expensive Places in California for Living?

Is there a list of these somewhere?  I know Carmel is expensive… so is Atherton… and I can think of a handful of other places, but I wonder if there was an official list somewhere… that would be interesting!

Daily Photo – Hiking in Carmel

Just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a hiking trail that goes along the coast.  I went down at sunrise one morning to see what I could find.  The entrance to the trail was blocked by a gate, and there was no ranger in the little box-place where rangers stand.  I was bamboozled.  There was no way through or around.  I could have walked, but it looked like the road went on quite a ways before the parking lot.

So I waited until some other guy came along to let himself in.  I was parked a ways back, and so I got his attention from afar by grunting and raising my Nikon-on-tripod over my head like a sand raider — he got the message and waved me through.

Hiking in CarmelJust south of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a hiking trail that goes along the coast.  I went down at sunrise one morning to see what I could find.  The entrance to the trail was blocked by a gate, and there was no ranger in the little box-place where rangers stand.  I was bamboozled.  There was no way through or around.  I could have walked, but it looked like the road went on quite a ways before the parking lot.So I waited until some other guy came along to let himself in.  I was parked a ways back, and so I got his attention from afar by grunting and raising my Nikon-on-tripod over my head like a sand raider -- he got the message and waved me through.- Trey RatcliffRead the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Holy Halls

Trey’s Variety Hour #37: Google+ Conference Photowalk Recap

Catherine Hall, Karen Hutton, RC Concepcion, Lotus Carroll, Alex Koloskov, and Eden Brackstone join me for this discussion about all the photowalks that happened during the Google+ Photographers Conference. We all share a ton of photos and stories from our walks.

Here are some of the people whose work was shared during the show:

Eric James Leffler, Michael Frye, Joseph Fanvu, Alan Morris, Alex Shamis, Almus Null, Beverly Anderson Sanchez, Darlene Hildebrandt, Dave Bell, Jamie Zartman, Joe Ercoli, Joette A. Wangsgard, Joseph Ip, Keith Cuddeback, Kimberly Hayworth, Logan Barrier, Omar AlQabandi, Paul Hurley, Peter Adams, Pradeep Das, Richard Camp, Shola Oderinde, Sly Vegas, Toby Harriman, Tom Hierl, Elizabeth Hahn, Curt Nordling, Sean Cawley, Richard Hay, Robin Leworthy Wilson, Angie Smith, Lisa Duncan, Jess Newcomb, Dennis Lodes, Kimberly Tweed, Noah Katz, Amy Heiden, Brian Rose, Sandeep Patil, Joel Horwath, Chris Chabot, Christianna Pierce, Juan Gonzalez, and Shawn Clover.

As always we close out the show with our Google+ Photographer Discoveries:

Amanda Recker, Alex Stepanov, Teri Lou Dantzler, Danny Tan, G Dan Mitchell, and Ian Thomas.

Thanks to Leo Laporte, Tony Wang, and Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production!

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Off the Map

This is a place that no tourist would find… I found it by accident and put it into Stuck On Earth!  You’ll find this area inside the “Sample” trip of Paris.

Daily Photo - The Holy Halls

I returned here a second time with Scott Kublin to show him my little discovery.  We didn’t have much time… and I don’t like to be rushed… but we did our best to move quickly around this area and squeeze in as many shots as we could!  This is one of my favorites, a view down one of the long rows of unusual columns and vaulted ceilings…

The Holy HallsI returned here a second time with Scott Kublin to show him my little discovery.  We didn’t have much time… and I don’t like to be rushed… but we did our best to move quickly around this area and squeeze in as many shots as we could!  This is one of my favorites, a view down one of the long rows of unusual columns and vaulted ceilings…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

New York City Travel

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I picked five people from the recent photowalk in San Francisco (see the tag on G+), and here they are: Keith Cuddeback, Omar AlQabandi, Joe Ercoli, Joette A. Wangsgard, and Dave Bell. Just leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to have our support team hook you up with your prize!

More categories?

Are you a newcomer to the site?  Yes, besides all the photography tutorials and stuff, there are endless categories of countries and locations down the righthand side there.  The site may be going through a redesign soon, but I’ll be sure to always keep that monster-list somewhere!

Daily Photo – New York City Travel

So this is my newest photo of Times Square.  I return to this spot time and time again.  The situation, light, cars, people, and billboards are always different, so it’s never a dull subject.  It’s also always such a challenge to shoot that it keeps all my senses fully honed.  In fact, I’m already thinking about going back to New York City for another photograph of Times Square!

New York City TravelSo this is my newest photo of Times Square.  I return to this spot time and time again.  The situation, light, cars, people, and billboards are always different, so it’s never a dull subject.  It’s also always such a challenge to shoot that it keeps all my senses fully honed.  In fact, I’m already thinking about going back to New York City for another photograph of Times Square!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read this entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Pier in Santa Monica

Live Show Tonight!

Watch tonight to see tons of photos from our big photowalks in San Francisco!
Date / Time: Monday night at 7 PM PT
Location: Find the “Live” button on my YouTube Channel

On NPR

NPR featured Stuck On Earth the other day. You can listen to the audio bit of it here! And thanks again to everyone that came to the very special Stuck on Earth session in San Francisco – that was a great time! :)

Fun in LA

Thanks again everyone for coming out for the photowalks lately!  I know it takes a lot of time and effort — so I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  And yes, I plan on coming to [your area] at some point in the future… since I want to go everywhere, why wouldn’t I come there?

Daily Photo – The Pier in Santa Monica

After we finished shooting down on the beach, we moved the photowalking party up to the pier.  There was just an edge of light left when I took this photo.

The dock is in two parts.  The first part has the amusement park and the second part extends further out into the sea.  Sometimes docks aren’t so great for night shots because they are shaky and move with the waves.  But this one was pretty solid — I suppose because of the rides and whatnot that also need to be stable.  Anyway, it was more than steady enough for the very long exposures need for the shot.

The Pier in Santa MonicaAfter we finished shooting down on the beach, we moved the photowalking party up to the pier.  There was just an edge of light left when I took this photo.The dock is in two parts.  The first part has the amusement park and the second part extends further out into the sea.  Sometimes docks aren’t so great for night shots because they are shaky and move with the waves.  But this one was pretty solid — I suppose because of the rides and whatnot that also need to be stable.  Anyway, it was more than steady enough for the very long exposures need for the shot.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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