Gentle Hills and Summer Storm in New Zealand

 

The Business of Photography

This is Hangout #16 (an older one that just got uploaded — we are on Hangout #19 already!).  This one is about the business of photography, and I invited various people that make money in photography in different ways.  Enjoy!

People involved included Gordon Laing, James Brandon, Cliff Baise, Dave Veffer, Keith Barrett, RC Concepcion, Anna Rumiantseva, and Jacob Lucas.

Daily Photo – Gentle Hills and Summer Storm in New Zealand

While driving from Nelson to the south, we went through an area with many vineyards and pastoral scenes.  I mean, it doesn’t get any more pastoral than this.  In fact, it’s so pastoral, it’s almost a time-warp and everything is in slow motion.

I stopped the car and jumped over a fence to walk out into a field to frame this shot.  I thought it might work from the road, and I was in a bit of a hurry to get this weather system before it moved along too far.

HDR Photo

Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier

 

New Comment System! Now with attached Photos and more!

What do you guys think of the new comment system? Now, if you have recent photos you want to show people, little thumbnails appear in the comments… that is kinda awesome. Also, it makes it very easy for you to connect with Facebook, Google, and more.

Hangout in G+

Here was a casual hangout where you get to see some of the paintings of Daniel Ibanez. You’ll also hear about Mohamed Monsoor talk about his Hangouts plugin.

Daily Photo – Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier

Ethan and I went walking for a long valley to get close to the glacier. We wanted to see the blue undercarriage that formed in the cave – the mouth of the glacier where a river empties. Along the way, we go through a verdant green valley that plummeted into the rocky flood plain. As I stopped to take photos, Ethan would root around in the rocks and try to find a piece of Jade to take home and polish up.

Hiking Through the Valley, on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier Ethan and I went walking for a long valley to get close to the glacier. We wanted to see the blue undercarriage that formed in the cave – the mouth of the glacier where a river empties. Along the way, we go through a verdant green valley that plummeted into the rocky flood plain. As I stopped to take photos, Ethan would root around in the rocks and try to find a piece of Jade to take home and polish up.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Long Road to New Zealand

 

The Taxi Video

This was one of the more popular videos of the year… I wanted to reshare it in case you missed it! :)

Daily Photo – The Long Road to New Zealand

This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo! I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area.

As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called “compression,” a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far. It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.

The Long Road to New Zealand

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length125mm (125mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
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  • Exposure Bias

Beautiful Akaroa

Anyone play Minecraft?

Minecraft is really fun… I play with my 10-year-old son. We started a little server here at home… build on it a little while every day. It’s great fun, and I recommend it. Be sure to watch some of those intro videos on the website, otherwise you’ll never figure it out! :)

Daily Photo – Beautiful Akaroa

This is a great town over on the coast of New Zealand. I only spent a short time there, but I’d like to get back. I think it was one of THE most recommended places in NZ, and that’s saying a lot, because the recommendations come fast and furious there.

Beautiful AkaroaThis is a great town over on the coast of New Zealand.  I only spent a short time there, but I'd like to get back. I think it was one of THE most recommended places in NZ, and that's saying a lot, because the recommendations come fast and furious there.Read more and talk to me about Minecraft here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Pink Mountains During Morning Sunrise

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Daily Photo – Pink Mountains During Morning Sunrise

Te Anau is a great little town down in the southern fjord area of New Zealand. It’s sort of the stopping-off point for Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. It’s also a great home base for photography, because there are countless things to see within just a short drive. I woke up early one morning to drive out towards Doubtful Sound and I saw this scene in my rear-view mirror.

Pink Mountains During Morning SunriseTe Anau is a great little town down in the southern fjord area of New Zealand.  It's sort of the stopping-off point for Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.  It's also a great home base for photography, because there are countless things to see within just a short drive.  I woke up early one morning to drive out towards Doubtful Sound and I saw this scene in my rear-view mirror.- Trey RatcliffThe rest of this blog entry is here at stuckincustoms.com.

Evening Light on the Remarkables

Nikon 28-300 Update

I think this is the 2nd or 3rd photo I have released that uses this lens with the zoom fully loaded… I still love this lens and use it about half the time. If you want to see more, see the full Nikon 28-300 review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Evening Light on the Remarkables

Misty and cloudy on the mountains… from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains. It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there. But I guess there is this idea of relative drama. If you are actually there on the mountain, it’s probably quite mild and pretty. But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.

Evening Light on the RemarkablesMisty and cloudy on the mountains... from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains.  It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there.  But I guess there is this idea of relative drama.  If you are actually there on the mountain, it's probably quite mild and pretty.  But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Orange Light in Queenstown

Do you have a favorite cloud type?

Is this like Barbara Walters asking what kind of tree would you be? Gosh I hope not… But, maybe being someone that looks at the skies a lot, then you might have a particular cloud type that you find particularly appealing?

Daily Photo – Orange Light in Queenstown

I was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light. I’ve only seen it about a dozen times in my life. It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon. It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds. The reason this doesn’t usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.

Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true. I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.

Orange Light in QueenstownI was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light.  I've only seen it about a dozen times in my life.  It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon.  It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds.  The reason this doesn't usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true.  I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this and tell me what your favorite cloud type is here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

 

Enjoyed the Live NASA Hangout!

The launch was incredible, and I enjoyed the live part beforehand. I’ll try to do more of these in the future… the problem is always getting a good connection while I am out and about, but that should get easier over time… it’s sort of like a virtual photowalk! :)

Daily Photo – Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

I’ve driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can’t wait to do 100x that!

They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.

Mountains on the way to GlenorchyI've driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can't wait to do 100x that!  They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Tree at the Serene Lake

Copyright Discussion – Wednesday Night

Join me at the AT&T Executive Education Center in Austin on Wednesday night at 6:30 PM. The topic being discussed is: “Copyright: How do I protect myself from legal trouble and how do I protect my content?”

I’m a panelist, so I’ll be talking about some of my experience in this arena. Some of you may know I’m engaged in a lawsuit with Time Magazine, and you also know about the Huffington Post issue. Beyond that, there’s a lot more, and we’ll see how much time we have to discuss it during the event.

The event is free if you are a AFBA member or $10 without (RSVP here)… but there will be amazing food there, I understand from @MisoHungry (who recruited me for the event). I’m not getting paid for it… just doing it out of the questionable goodness of my heart.

Anyway, if you come, be sure to come up to me before or after and say hello! :)

Daily Photo – Tree at the Serene Lake

Queenstown, I miss you! The summer here in Texas has been bitter-hot. I remember the long run I had along your shores… comparing that with my 100-degree run here in Texas that just makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry…

When I was there in Queenstown, I took to waking up about an hour before the sunrise and brewing a whole pot of coffee. And then, I would just the take the POT in the car with me and drive around. The lake can be pretty still in the morning, and that is when I grabbed this one… I’m jealous of my friends Gordon Laing and Eden Brackstone who get to spend almost every day in these environs!

Tree at the Serene LakeQueenstown, I miss you!  The summer here in Texas has been bitter-hot.  I remember the long run I had along your shores...  comparing that with my 100-degree run here in Texas that just makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry...When I was there in Queenstown, I took to waking up about an hour before the sunrise and brewing a whole pot of coffee.  And then, I would just the take the POT in the car with me and drive around.  The lake can be pretty still in the morning, and that is when I grabbed this one... I'm jealous of my friends Gordon Laing and Eden Brackstone who get to spend almost every day in these environs!- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Coming Home to the Inn After Dinner

New Video – Sharing Online

This was a great episode! We talked about topics like:

  • How to share your photos online (I give some philosophical advice in addition to logistical, practical advise)
  • Pricing your images and selling prints
  • Getting inspiration from other online photographers
  • SmugMug and how I use them  (see my full SmugMug Review here)
  • Memory cards and horror stories  (I use Hoodman, which Leo thought was funny…hehe – but see my Hoodman Review here)

So, in addition to Lisa Bettany and Leo Laporte, we had on RC Concepcion, which was really cool.  He just finished a book on this very subject, so he was a fount of knowledge.  And if you guys don’t know who RC is, well then this is a great introduction to him!

Shuttle Launch Upcoming on April 29

I hope NASA doesn’t delay this thing again! Re-organizing planes, hotels, and cars is not an easy thing. Luckily, my “inside gal” got me some quick info so I was able to re-book the hotel near Cape Canaveral before it filled up. There’s gonna be a lot of people there… I should be getting in close, about three miles away in the media section. I’m excited about seeing the rocket launch, but I’m also worried about getting an interesting shot. I’ve been thinking about it a lot… I have some ideas but nothing solid yet.

Daily Photo – Coming Home to the Inn After Dinner

This is a nice feeling — this idea of walking to dinner and arriving back at the inn with family and friends just before it gets dark. I don’t know how to explain it, but perhaps you have experienced this too.

This is in the far northern part of the South Island if New Zealand. The town is named Nelson, and I think it is one of the five biggest on that island. But all of New Zealand only has four million people, and the vast majority of those are on the north island. I wonder what has happened to towns like Nelson since the big earthquake in nearby Christchurch. Maybe some of our NZ community readers can fill us in with some on-the-ground info.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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