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 :)

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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.

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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.

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