Bridge Through Steamy Jungle

Stuck on Earth 2.0

I wanted to remind you to grab Stuck On Earth (Free in iTunes) for your iPad if you have not already.  We just came out with version 2.0, which has some amazing features, like the ability to download a whole slew of photos from a map and save them into a trip.  Find out more on StuckOnEarthApp.com.

Daily Photo – Bridge Through Steamy Jungle

Here’s another photo from that Disney resort in Oahu.  I guess there’s nothing about that make it Disney other than it’s kinda cool and “feels” right.  It makes me wish all bridges had little lights like this!

Just in the distance there maybe you can make out a bit of light blue water.  That is part of a little lazy river that snakes around the property.  By this time, I was pretty tired and was really thinking about jumping on a raft while people handed me hors d’ oeuvres while I floated by…

Bridge Through Steamy JungleHere's another photo from that Disney resort in Oahu.  I guess there's nothing about that make it Disney other than it's kinda cool and "feels" right.  It makes me wish all bridges had little lights like this!Just in the distance there maybe you can make out a bit of light blue water.  That is part of a little lazy river that snakes around the property.  By this time, I was pretty tired and was really thinking about jumping on a raft while people handed me hors d' oeuvres while I floated by...- Trey Ratcliff Read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Village of Lijiang

Time Travel

This is one of the few places in the world where I feel like I’m time traveling…  If you could time-travel, where would you go and when?

Daily Photo - The Village of Lijiang

I tried to get this shot for almost a week!

It turns out there is a hill/mountain that requires significant planning and calories to ascend for this dusky time falls.  And I kept miscalculating the time with Tom.  We always thought the sunset would be a little later than it was.  And then we would start to get up into position, and we realized it was too late — so we went to go do something else instead.

This evening, I would snap a few photos and then sit down with my sketch pad and work on a few drawings.  I’d wait about 10 minutes for the light to change between photos… and it was nice just to listen to music and play around with some sketching-ideas…

The Village of LijiangI tried to get this shot for almost a week!It turns out there is a hill/mountain that requires significant planning and calories to ascend for this dusky time falls.  And I kept miscalculating the time with Tom.  We always thought the sunset would be a little later than it was.  And then we would start to get up into position, and we realized it was too late -- so we went to go do something else instead.This evening, I would snap a few photos and then sit down with my sketch pad and work on a few drawings.  I'd wait about 10 minutes for the light to change between photos... and it was nice just to listen to music and play around with some sketching-ideas...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

San Francisco on an Early Morning

Kent State Talk Soon!

See you March 29th!  It’s free and open to the public.  Get more location and time information here.

Also, here’s a video that the president just released about the event…

New Banner

So, a few weeks ago we swapped out the “top” of the page so it is not so supa-thick.  I haven’t heard many comments (a few) — what do you think?  Do you like that it doesn’t take you 30 minutes to scroll down to see the daily photo?

Daily Photo - San Francisco on an Early Morning

And speaking of the daily photo, here we go again.  And I’m excited to share this one!

I think this is my favorite image of San Francisco I’ve ever taken.  It wasn’t terribly difficult.  The hike was pretty short, even though there was one dangerous part.  The only other hard part, I suppose, was planning the day/night before so I could stay in Sausalito and wake up early for a quick jaunt over to this area.

San Francisco on an Early MorningI'm excited to share this one!I think this is my favorite image of San Francisco I've ever taken.  It wasn't terribly difficult.  The hike was pretty short, even though there was one dangerous part.  The only other hard part, I suppose, was planning the day/night before so I could stay in Sausalito and wake up early for a quick jaunt over to this area.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Disney Temple

Latest Episode – Photography, iPad, and more

The new iPad! Photography! +Leo Laporte, +Andy Ihnatko, +Eric Kim, +Victor Cajiao, +Teresa Stover,+RC Concepcion, and +Steve Stanger join me for a fun discussion about iPads and photography with a healthy sprinkling of street photography thrown in for your pleasure. And see that photo in the thumbnail? That’s a sample of Miss +Teresa Stover, who shared her art along with all the other guests… it turned out much better than the selfie that +Leo Laporte took of himself in the forest…

And, as usual, we close the show by finding other photographers on G+ to mention… so be sure to check out the “G+ Discoveries for the week!” +Peter From, +Michiel de Lange, +Nathan Wirth, +Niki Aguirre, +SwitcherMark P, +Ed King, and +Thomas Leuthard.

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

Podcast Options – Great ones! Get it first via…

Idea for Facebook Interest Lists

I’d like to do an “Interest List” for the community here at StuckInCustoms.com — since MOST of you are on Facebook, it might be fun to have a list with a lot of you in it. The only problem is that I don’t have time to maintain the list. Who would like to do it? You’ll have to go through and add a bunch of people now and in the future… so it will be a lot of work… but let me know! :)

Below are some of the lists that I already made…

Disney Cruise

I’m going on the maiden voyage of the new Disney ship next week…  I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ve never been on one of these Disney cruises, so this will be an interesting experience.  The whole family is going, so it should be a good time! :)

BTW, Disney is not paying for the trip or anything… people sometimes suspect that I get everything for free in exchange for blog posts, but that isn’t the case...  If a company does sponsor something, I’ll be sure to let you know… not that you would really care anyway… just letting you know the ground rules around here :)

Daily Photo – The Disney Temple

I put up a photo of a temple in Oahu yesterday, and it occurred to me that this is just another form of the temple…  sort of a modern-day worship of spas and relaxation!  You can make an argument that, in many ways, this is just as beautiful as those revered buildings of another age…

This is the Aulani, a Disney resort on Oahu.  Tom and I drove over here to take photos one evening.  I didn’t stay here overnight, but I did stay late into the evening to take photos.  There’s also a big beach and a ton of cool spots to take photos.  I think I pretty much filled up a card with all the photo ops!

The Disney Temple I put up a photo of a temple in Oahu yesterday, and it occurred to me that this is just another form of the temple…  sort of a modern-day worship of spas and relaxation!  You can make an argument that, in many ways, this is just as beautiful as those revered buildings of another age…This is the Aulani, a Disney resort on Oahu.  Tom and I drove over here to take photos one evening.  I didn’t stay here overnight, but I did stay late into the evening to take photos.  There’s also a big beach and a ton of cool spots to take photos.  I think I pretty much filled up a card with all the photo ops!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Deep inside the Haunted Engine Room

New eBook Available over at Flatbooks!

Here’s a new kind of eBook for you over at FlatBooks.com.  Most ebooks, like my recent one about Photoshop, are photography-centric. This one is a bit different and more of a life-centric book.  It has gotten great reviews – hope you enjoy it!

3-2-1 Stop was written by Lorilee Lippincott and it’s filled with over 80 pages of advice, experiences, and application from someone who has experienced the freedom and power of being a minimalist in a consumerist world.

How I upload photos to Google+

I get this question a lot, so I made a little how-to video so you can see a little of my workflow.

Daily Photo -Deep inside the Haunted Engine Room

Right after the LA PhotoWalk, I decided to do something that may or may not have been illegal.  There is a haunted ship docked off the coast of Long Beach that has been partially converted to a hotel – the Queen Mary.  There is a little tour that takes you around haunted bits here and there.  Tom and I left the tour to start exploring on our own….  we found all sorts of amazing and creepy, abandoned places… this is one of them.

Deep inside the Haunted Engine Room Right after the LA PhotoWalk, I decided to do something that may or may not have been illegal.  There is a haunted ship docked off the coast of Long Beach that has been partially converted to a hotel – the Queen Mary.  There is a little tour that takes you around haunted bits here and there.  Tom and I left the tour to start exploring on our own….  we found all sorts of amazing and creepy, abandoned places… this is one of them.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Runyon Canyon

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Daily Photo – Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon

I spent most of the day at Tom’s house in the Hollywood hills doing interviews.  Getting interviewed all day is kind of a draining thing, in a way.  The day was dreadfully cloudy, but around 5 PM, I started to think the sky would be interesting at sunset and into the night.  So we wrapped up everything quickly then headed up to the top of Runyon Canyon to see the city from above.

I used the 28-300mm lens here in portrait mode and zoomed in all the way to the 300mm setting.

Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon I spent most of the day at Tom’s house in the Hollywood hills doing interviews.  Getting interviewed all day is kind of a draining thing, in a way.  The day was dreadfully cloudy, but around 5 PM, I started to think the sky would be interesting at sunset and into the night.  So we wrapped up everything quickly then headed up to the top of Runyon Canyon to see the city from above.I used the 28-300mm lens here in portrait mode and zoomed in all the way to the 300mm setting.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

San Francisco Golden Gate by Night

TWIT Photo – Finding Your Artistic Self

I didn’t plan on this being the topic when I went into do this show with Leo Laporte, but this is what it turned into. I hope you find some bits and pieces in here of use to you! :)

Daily Photo – San Francisco Golden Gate by Night

I’d had a very long day up at the TWIT studios with Leo Laporte and gang, where I recorded TWIT Photo and MacBreak Weekly recently. After all that, I drove down south to find a place in Sausalito for the night with Tom. We planned on waking up early the next morning for photos. Since we were so close, we decided to take a small hike up the trail near there to see the bridge in the evening… and that is when I grabbed this shot.

San Francisco Golden Gate by Night I’d had a very long day up at the TWIT studios with Leo Laporte and gang, where I recorded TWIT Photo and MacBreak Weekly recently. After all that, I drove down south to find a place in Sausalito for the night with Tom. We planned on waking up early the next morning for photos. Since we were so close, we decided to take a small hike up the trail near there to see the bridge in the evening… and that is when I grabbed this shot.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Little Beijing

Category and “Previous” Reminder

I’ve been taking photos of different places around the world for many many years now, and you might enjoy a few deep dives into the history of it all!  To see more of any particular country, go choose it from the lower right.  Try, for example, Argentina.  After you scroll down through a page of photos, click “Previous” to see another page.  Most regular readers here know this, but new people pop in all the time — so there you go! :)

Daily Photo - Little Beijing

While at the top of one of new towers built for the Olympics, I was able to get a good vantage back towards different parts of the city.  Beijing is so spread out — there does not seem to be a central focus in the traditional “skyscraper” sense.  I’ve taken a few other downtown shots you might recall (click on the”Beijing” category), but this spot was kind of cool and unique because of this tower I was in.

I happened to be outside with Joe McNally, after we finally convinced the officials to let us get beyond the inside and dirty windows.  We were out in the “5th ring” where many Olympic venues were built.  And so, here was this huge tower in the outskirts, looking back towards the city.  It seemed like a good situation for a zoom-in compression shot.

Little BeijingWhile at the top of one of new towers built for the Olympics, I was able to get a good vantage back towards different parts of the city.  Beijing is so spread out -- there does not seem to be a central focus in the traditional "skyscraper" sense.  I've taken a few other downtown shots you might recall (click on the"Beijing" category), but this spot was kind of cool and unique because of this tower I was in.I happened to be outside with Joe McNally, after we finally convinced the officials to let us get beyond the inside and dirty windows.  We were out in the "5th ring" where many Olympic venues were built.  And so, here was this huge tower in the outskirts, looking back towards the city.  It seemed like a good situation for a zoom-in compression shot.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Caves of Despair

 

New Share Buttons

We’ve put a lot of those “share” buttons at the top of each post now.  They’ve been up there for a few weeks, and I kind of like them.  I don’t like that the UI is different for each one, but, well…  that’s kind of the way of things I guess.  What do you think?

Daily Photo – Mystery Location- The Caves of Despair

We haven’t done one of these in a while!  You guys are SO good, that it is almost useless to try to stump you… but I will try one more time… and here we go… with a most mysterious cave… but where is the smoke monster?

The Caves of DespairWe haven't done one of these in a while!  You guys are SO good, that it is almost useless to try to stump you... but I will try one more time... and here we go... with a most mysterious cave... but where is the smoke monster?- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry on the Stuck in Customs blog.

Romantic Evening in the Alps

 

Other great mountain-towns?

Zermatt was really one of the best mountain-towns I have visited.  Maybe you know of many more – any recommendations?  I’m guessing, for example, there are some real gems in Germany I have never heard of…

Daily Photo – Romantic Evening in the Alps

The best time of day.  (To me.)

When you are in a new place and there are too many things to see and do.  There are too many places to eat and explore.  There are too many streets and alleys to visit and photograph.  This is a good thing.  It is a nice feeling of being overwhelmed by it all.  So, in these times, there are no bad decisions.  Just go whichever way the night takes you… get lost and find pretty little things.

Romantic Evening in the AlpsThe best time of day.  (To me.)When you are in a new place and there are too many things to see and do.  There are too many places to eat and explore.  There are too many streets and alleys to visit and photograph.  This is a good thing.  It is a nice feeling of being overwhelmed by it all.  So, in these times, there are no bad decisions.  Just go whichever way the night takes you... get lost and find pretty little things.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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