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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.

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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.

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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.

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New York City Travel

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For everyone that didn’t win, you can at least use “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save money over at SmugMug. If you want more info, see my full SmugMug Review here on the site.

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.

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The Pier in Santa Monica

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Watch tonight to see tons of photos from our big photowalks in San Francisco!
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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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