The Russian Sub

This Week in Tech

The Instagram $1 billion… “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss… discussion of eBooks… breast recognition tech… and more more more… A fun show on This Week in Tech!

The others you see are Leo Laporte, John C Dvorak, Jolie O’Dell, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ.

A Personal Sub?

This has been a little dream of mine… I’d love to have my own submarine…  But I want it to be kind of big, roomy, and fancy.  With internet.  I don’t know how you get internet on a sub, but I guess you cloud float up a little satellite buoy or something.  The whole idea sounds very impractical, but also kinda awesome.

Daily Photo – The Russian Sub

There is a longer story around this photo that I caught on video… I’ll wait for that to be released!

But, as you can see, I clearly got onto a Russian sub in the middle of the night.  It was docked right next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  As I was walking across its iron surface and hearing the empty echoes below, I could not imagine the sub making it all the way from Russia to this harbor.  That was a long, dark, cramped ride…

The Russian SubThere is a longer story around this photo that I caught on video... I'll wait for that to be released!But, as you can see, I clearly got onto a Russian sub in the middle of the night.  It was docked right next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  As I was walking across its iron surface and hearing the empty echoes below, I could not imagine the sub making it all the way from Russia to this harbor.  That was a long, dark, cramped ride...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Nest

The Free International HDR Tutorial!

We do have the tutorial available in many languages now! I continue to make little updates to the tutorial here and there as I discover new things… I hope you enjoy it! :)

Sony NEX-7 Review


shhh…. tomorrow is the official day, but if you want to watch me “build” the review today as I add new photos and make changes, see the inchoate Sony NEX-7 Review page now…

More from China

Click the China Category to see a bunch more stuff from the country.  I spent about a month there recently, so there is a bunch of new work that I’ve published.  Once you scroll to the bottom of the screen, you can select “PREVIOUS” to see even more.  Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Nest

I took this photo while I was outside another tower in the open air with Joe McNally.  It was a great time..  It was also a bit scary.

For this one, I took my 28-300 and turned it upright to portrait mode and zoomed in quite tight.  I liked the way the layers of the city stacked upon one another into the distance, and that was lost in the wide-angle landscape mode.

HDR Photo

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The Impending Storm

This Week in Tech on Sunday

See you on Sunday at 3 PM PT. I’ll be up in the studio in Petaluma (stop by to say hi!) with Leo for a live recording of This Week in Tech. It will also be viewable on http://live.twit.tv. See you soon! :)

Photos of Me from Recent PhotoWalks

So this is kinda crazy…  I get tagged a LOT nowadays from these photowalks… and now they all just kind of collect here like junk in an eddy…

See the photos here.

Daily Photo – The Impending Storm

And about three minutes later, I was drenched.

I barely got this photo in time.  I could see the storm coming across the beach towards us.  About 60 seconds after I took this photo, you couldn’t even see the islands.  The worst part wasn’t getting soaked — it was having to run back to the car in the torrential downfall with all my equipment.  I wasn’t a happy camper at the end… but I felt good because I was pretty sure I got a good shot…

The Impending StormAnd about three minutes later, I was drenched.I barely got this photo in time.  I could see the storm coming across the beach towards us.  About 60 seconds after I took this photo, you couldn't even see the islands.  The worst part wasn't getting soaked -- it was having to run back to the car in the torrential downfall with all my equipment.  I wasn't a happy camper at the end... but I felt good because I was pretty sure I got a good shot...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Late for a Very Important Date

Two Camera Setup

Today’s photo really took two different cameras… that is, unless I had two cameras ready to go, I never would have gotten it.  Do any of you walk around with a two-camera setup as well?

Daily Photo – Late for a Very Important Date

I spent most of one morning shooting in Union Station in Los Angeles, and I highly recommend this to any photographer!  Not only did they let me use my tripod, but there are all kinds of cool people-watching along the way.

My tripod was set up for an HDR of the interior, but I saw this couple walk in and start doing, well, whatever they are doing.  I had my hip-shooter on, so I squatted down to take this shot…

HDR Photo

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The Long Dock

Monterey PhotoWalk Today! Over 260 people RSVPed!

Time/Date: April 12 starting at 9:30AM – Arrive early to shake hands! :)
Start Location: Monterey – across from the Aquarium 
End Location: The Wharf!

- Free event
- Hosted during the EG Conference – day passes will be avail if you want to come
- All skill levels – bring your mobile phone!
- Family-friendly – great for kids and dads and moms
- RSVP on Google Schemer: http://goo.gl/8JrU0
- Can’t get on Google Schemer? Click link: http://goo.gl/RoxQg

Tag to use for your photos on Google+:  #MontereyPhotoWalk

Trey’s Variety Hour 30 – The Great Aussie Photowalk

Australian Photowalkers Michael N Sutton, Gretchen Chappelle, Mykal Hall, and Alexander Kesselaar join adopted Aussie Brian Rose from the Google+ Photos team, Keith Barrett and me for the show!

We have a great time sharing all kinds of photos and stories from the record setting photowalk in Australia.

Sutton shared this really cool Google Spreadsheet of all the photo albums from the walk: http://goo.gl/6BqR2

We finish the show by sharing some G+ Discoveries:
Stephen Godfrey, David Savage, Michelle Robinson, Francis Gorrez, and Andrew Sanigorski.

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

Podcast Options – Great ones! Get it first via…

Option 1: Subscribe for free in iTunes: http://goo.gl/ZAKd8
Option 2: It’s not in “podcast” form, but you can subscribe to My YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/stuckincustoms
Option 3: There are other subscription options avail on the TWIT page at http://twit.tv/tvh

Been Skiing Lately?

I’ve had some busy winters, so I haven’t been doing much… actually, I’m a snowboarder.  But I recently had a friend tell me that they notice that a LOT of people are using GoPros on the mountain.  Have you noticed this?

Daily Photo - The Long Dock

On one of my final nights in San Francisco, I walked out on the dock off the Embarcadero to see what I could see.  There were nice views in every direction, and one of the best was looking straight back up the dock at the Transamerica building.

This wide-angle 14-24 lens is one of my favorites, but it does have one little problem that can also be an advantage.  It takes whatever is in the center of the frame and makes it quite small.  The opposite of that happens on the edges, where things get quite spread out.  So, I did that little trick here to help the Transamerica building to seem a bit taller.

The Long DockOn one of my final nights in San Francisco, I walked out on the dock off the Embarcadero to see what I could see.  There were nice views in every direction, and one of the best was looking straight back up the dock at the Transamerica building.This wide-angle 14-24 lens is one of my favorites, but it does have one little problem that can also be an advantage.  It takes whatever is in the center of the frame and makes it quite small.  The opposite of that happens on the edges, where things get quite spread out.  So, I did that little trick here to help the Transamerica building to seem a bit taller.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog

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Sunrise over San Francisco Bay

Your Internet Radio?

Do you use Pandora or Spotify or Last.fm or something else?  I’m a Pandora subscriber — I use it quite a bit to discover new music.  I notice it starts to repeat songs sometimes, so I keep spawning new stations off songs I like… that seems to work.  Anyway, yes, I was wondering what internet-service you like?

Daily Photo - Sunrise over San Francisco Bay

After my very early morning in San Francisco, I started moving my way further up the mountain.  The orientation of the bridges kept changing relative to one another with Oakland in the background.  Once I got up high enough, I affixed the 28-300mm to the body, zoomed in, and got this shot.

I was lucky that the morning mist/fog gave a nice sheen to everything.  I kind of wish I lived in SF.  I think I would force myself to get up here every day for a year… and see the different light every single day.

Sunrise over San Francisco BayAfter my very early morning in San Francisco, I started moving my way further up the mountain.  The orientation of the bridges kept changing relative to one another with Oakland in the background.  Once I got up high enough, I affixed the 28-300mm to the body, zoomed in, and got this shot.I was lucky that the morning mist/fog gave a nice sheen to everything.  I kind of wish I lived in SF.  I think I would force myself to get up here every day for a year... and see the different light every single day.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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I Love Paris

A Week at the Louvre

I have half-a-plan.  I think one summer (when it is cold in NZ), I’m going to rent a flat somewhere near the Seine for a month.  And then, every day for at least a week, I’m going to visit a different area of the Louvre with my sketchpad and snacks.   Well look… okay… I’ll just go ahead and plan on it… no need to “think” about it anymore…  I’ll just do it.  There, I talked myself into it.

Daily Photo – I Love Paris

Sometimes the most fun things to buy are things you can’t get on Amazon.  But that also means you have to carry the thing.  I have gotten a little spoiled by not-buying things in person.  Often times, I’ll just scan the image with my phone and then have Amazon ship it right to my house so I don’t have to carry the thing.  I know this is lazy, but it is also kind of cool.  But, then you are in little markets here and there and you see nice little custom-made things…  and that trick doesn’t work any more…

I Love ParisSometimes the most fun things to buy are things you can't get on Amazon.  But that also means you have to carry the thing.  I have gotten a little spoiled by not-buying things in person.  Often times, I'll just scan the image with my phone and then have Amazon ship it right to my house so I don't have to carry the thing.  I know this is lazy, but it is also kind of cool.  But, then you are in little markets here and there and you see nice little custom-made things...  and that trick doesn't work any more...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Girl Running in Santa Monica

The Disney Castle Shot video

I mentioned this yesterday after I edited the post later in the day, but I decided to go ahead and embed the video now as well. This was made by William Beem when we were together, shooting the Disney castle…

PhotoWalk Live Stream

Watch it here. We had only half an idea for the Austin Photowalk – to have the always-unpredictable Gino Barassa follow us around and do a live Hangout from the event. The video quality is REALLY bad, but you still get a sense of the event in a way…  and an accidental shot inside the women’s bathroom…

Thanks to Keith Barrett and Dave Veffer for helping it happen!

Daily Photo – Girl Running in Santa Monica

And speaking of PhotoWalks, this is the first photo I got during the LA PhotoWalk. After I was on the steps and gave my little speech-thing, I went down right to the water’s edge to see what I could find. This little girl was running up the beach to her dad, so I grabbed a quick one while I talked through the shot for the crowd. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, since everything was unplanned.

Girl Running in Santa MonicaThis is the first photo I got during the LA PhotoWalk. After I was on the steps and gave my little speech-thing, I went down right to the water's edge to see what I could find. This little girl was running up the beach to her dad, so I grabbed a quick one while I talked through the shot for the crowd. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, since everything was unplanned.- Trey RatcliffRead the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Driving from Petaluma to Napa

Trey’s Variety Hour #28 – Pinterest, Photographers, Copyright, and all these soul-rending Topics!

Thomas Hawk, Denise Howell, Kalebra Kelby, Patrick Di Fruscia , and Jodi Ettenberg join me for a lively discussion all about Pinterest, Photographers, Copyright, Online Sharing, etc etc…

Extra stuff includes but is not limited to: Sharing New Photography, Embarrassing Photos of Trey as a Kid, Other Photographer Discoveries…

Pinterest Links:
Trey: http://pinterest.com/treyratcliff/
Thomas: http://pinterest.com/thomashawk/
Kalebra: http://pinterest.com/flygirlkpie/
Denise: http://pinterest.com/denisemhowell/
Patrick: http://pinterest.com/difruscia/
Jodi: http://pinterest.com/jodiettenberg/

Thanks to Tony Wang from TWiT.tv and Dave Veffer for producing.

Podcast Options – Great ones! Get it first via…

Option 1: Subscribe for free in iTunes: http://goo.gl/ZAKd8.
Option 2: It’s not in “podcast” form, but you can subscribe to My YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/stuckincustoms
Option 3: There are other subscription options avail on the TWIT page athttp://twit.tv/tvh

 

Cable vs. Internet TV

How many of you watch MOST of your video on the internet? I wonder about this… I know that we got rid of cable about a year ago and watch everything over the internet now on our TVs… We use Google TV, Roku, and Apple TV. There’s no one-stop-shopping for everything video, but it’s not bad… What is your approach to this ever-changing video world?

Daily Photo - Driving from Petaluma to Napa

I’ve made this trip a few times, but it is usually in the morning and on the way from Napa to Petaluma.  This is usually the situation because I stay at my mom’s house before going over to do a show with Leo Laporte.  This time, it was the opposite (well, kinda… I didn’t sleep with Leo), but I did the show first then drove to Napa to have dinner with my mom.

Tom was with me, and we were on a sharp lookout for a good sunset situation.  While driving by this old barn, I saw a great opportunity, so we got out of the car to get all the equipment ready…

Driving from Petaluma to Napa I've made this trip a few times, but it is usually in the morning and on the way from Napa to Petaluma.  This is usually the situation because I stay at my mom's house before going over to do a show with Leo Laporte.  This time, it was the opposite (well, kinda... I didn't sleep with Leo), but I did the show first then drove to Napa to have dinner with my mom.Tom was with me, and we were on a sharp lookout for a good sunset situation.  While driving by this old barn, I saw a great opportunity, so we got out of the car to get all the equipment ready...- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Nikon D800 – First Photo

Why I’m Getting the Nikon D800

But Colby and Bill and Jarvie have the D800 — they show it off in the hangout video below!

So, I wrote this controversial article at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2012/01/04/dslrs-are-a-dying-breed-3rd-gen-cameras-are-the-future/ about DSLRs being a dying breed… something that I still believe… In the article I said that DSLRs are on their way out and Mirrorless cameras will take over in the next few years. I didn’t see myself spending more money on DSLR equipment, but that is before the D800 came out, which is half the price and better for my situation than the D3X! So…. this is my loophole… hehe… and well… you can see more in the video.

Thanks Kent State!

Thanks again for the great day and evening.  I enjoyed the talk and meeting you very much.  Here’s some photos from the event.

Daily Photo – Severance Hall

I shared this photo in the beginning of my talk.  I shot it earlier in the morning with the Nikon D800 (that I borrowed from Lester) when I went to visit the amazing Severance Hall.

I’m going to start up my Nikon D800 Review page and fill it up over the next few weeks with my thoughts and samples from the camera.  I won’t really get the thing “done” for a while, but at least you’ll get some ideas of my thoughts and feedback on the camera.

So, Severance Hall was a beautiful venue.  It’s the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and it’s one of the most beautiful conference halls in the world.  If you visit Cleveland, this is on the must-see list!  I got a lot more shots, and I can talk more about this amazing place in the future… for now… it’s been a long day and I’m awfully tired… enjoy. :)

Severance HallI shared this photo in the beginning of my talk.  I shot it earlier in the morning with the Nikon D800 (that I borrowed from Lester) when I went to visit the amazing Severance Hall.I'm going to start up my Nikon D800 Review page and fill it up over the next few weeks with my thoughts and samples from the camera.  I won't really get the thing "done" for a while, but at least you'll get some ideas of my thoughts and feedback on the camera.So, Severance Hall was a beautiful venue.  It's the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and it's one of the most beautiful conference halls in the world.  If you visit Cleveland, this is on the must-see list!  I got a lot more shots, and I can talk more about this amazing place in the future... for now... it's been a long day and I'm awfully tired... enjoy. :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post, including the D800 review, over at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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