Beijing at f/1.4

City Planning Museums

Is this simply a Chinese thing? The way they have these huge museums that are tributes to the city planning itself? It feels like a very “Chinese” top-down thing to do… to talk about how wonderful top-down design is and then build a museum around that idea.

Daily Photo – Beijing at f/1.4

I love taking photos in these Chinese city planning museums. It sounds so boring, I know… but they really are beyond wonderful. Maybe mostly guys like them because they are such cool models. I've taken photos of this from every angle, but I decided to get down low and take a prime photo at f/1.4 — I really dig the way it turned out!

Beijing at f/1.4

Beijing at f/1.4

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 25, 2014 at 2:41pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

SmugMug Review

Don’t forget to check out the SmugMug Review here on the site if you haven’t lately!

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth with Chris Burkard

Here’s an amazing new film from SmugMug and Anton Lorimer. Check it out!

Daily Photo – Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Here's one of the many ornate bridges I saw while walking around the many lakes at the Summer Palace. I decided to do a treatment with the new Analog Efex Pro 2 from Nik/Google. The original photo was pretty good, but it felt a little boring or something. The texture and the feel was not right… so I spent a fun 15 minutes in AEP2 to make it the right kind of interesting!

Walking to the Summer Palace in Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 27, 2014 at 12:29am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Huge Camera Gear Giveaway!


WE HAVE A WINNER!

Danielle Luker was randomly selected as the winner of the complete bundle of Peak Design products shown below! Congrats Danielle! Someone from Peak Design will contact you soon.


Win the complete bundle of Peak Design Gear

We’re giving away a COMPLETE BUNDLE of Peak Design products to one lucky winner. Just drop a comment below if you want a chance to win! We’ll pick a random winner one week from today. The bundle includes:

 

I’m a big fan of Peak Design!

I’m a big fan of Peter Dering and the team at Peak Design. I supported their original Kickstarter campaign for the camera clip and now they’ve got a new Kickstarter campaign for two new camera straps designs, Slide and Clutch. Watch the video below for a full preview, I think it will really resonate if you’ve tried a lot of different straps.

Support the Peak Design Kickstarter and a portion goes to Charity

Stuck in Customs and Peak Design have agreed that 10% of all money raised today for their Kickstarter campaign will go to my favorite charity, Kiva.org. They help empower people all throughout the world via micro loans.

Sign up for the Newsletter to win a bonus strap!

We’ll give away one bonus “Slide” strap to a new newsletter subscriber! Just sign up on the Newsletter Page or right there on the right side of the website!

Slide Camera Strap

From the Peak Design Kickstarter pageSlide is a camera strap, but one that’s different from every other camera strap out there. Slide is more than just a neck strap, sling strap or shoulder strap. Slide is a new kind of camera strap that incorporates everything we love about existing straps, as well as feedback from thousands of photographers worldwide. In a nutshell, we think Slide is the most thoughtfully designed camera strap ever created.


How did I find awesome spots in Thailand?

New Video: How did I find awesome spots in Thailand?

I made this video that shows how I used Stuck On Earth (free app!) to find some cool spots. This video might show you some stuff about Stuck On Earth that you don’t know too! BTW, we just updated all versions. There seems to be something quirky with the Mac version and the way the update is (not) working. You may have to uninstall then re-install to get it to work right!

Daily Photo – Entering the Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth, or, as I like to say, the ปราสาทสัจธรรม, is probably the most awesome temple I've ever seen. Everyone one of these statues is carved from wood. What is particularly interesting about this temple is it was started by a Thai businessman in 1981. That is kind of mind-blowing when you see the sheer epicness of this thing! You can see a bit more in the video above as well…

Entering the Sanctuary of Truth

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJuly 28, 2014 at 12:10am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The New Arcanum Trailer and the Sun Drifts Away Into Time

The New Arcanum Trailer!

Here it is! We also just put this up on The Arcanum website. I know thousands and thousands of you have applied and are still waiting in the Neverending Orphanage of Lost and Forgotten Souls. You drift about like wayward wraiths, waiting for a Master to choose you, plucking you out of your perennial purgatory.

But we are going slow on purpose and hand-choosing Masters and training them up on the culture and the leveling system. We currently have between 20 and 30 Masters, each of which are averaging about 17 Apprentices each. We could amp it up at any time, but we’re trying to do this right. No one has ever built a system like this, so the whole team is keeping this as organic and special as possible. We’ll hit scale soon enough, so we really appreciate your patience! :)

Here’s one of the newest blog posts from one of our Apprentices, Tricia Booker!

Heroes of The Arcanum – Volunteers Creating a Magical Experience for You!

Check out the Heroes Of The Arcanum! I’m so happy to have these amazing people behind the scenes volunteering to make the whole Arcanum experience even more rewarding.

Thank you Tania Court, Tiff Gilleland, Tanya Wallis, Chris Thompson, and Daniel Levy so much! You’ll get to know these five better over time… Pete, Curtis, and I are very thankful for yalls, as is everyone else in The Arcanum!

Daily Photo – The Sun Drifts Away Into Time

Southern China! It's so wild and untouched! Well that's not totally true. It's mostly untouched. When you do find the occasional town, they can be a bit third-worldy in terms of trash and architectural squalor. They are not terrible and dangerous, just a bit, well, rough-looking. There are quaint parts that are authentic and charming, but often times there is too much detritus strewn about to make you feel totally comfortable. At least, this is the way it is to me. But I like escaping kind of far away from those places, up into hills like this where everything is back in its natural and beautiful state.

The Sun Drifts Away Into Time

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 7, 2014 at 12:05am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Monk on a Trike

Upcoming PhotoWalk in Dallas!

It looks like it’s gonna be on September 5! I’m very excited about it… details to come, but block off that evening!

Denver PhotoWalk Winners!

And now, for the two Grand Prize winners in Denver! Sorry it took me so long! Both of you receive Trey’s Complete HDR Tutorial! Just contact luke@stuckincustoms.com and he can get you set up.

Prize #1 for Dan Sanabria – A very interesting shot of as the evening light splashed across one of the facades.

Prize #2 for Michael Kleih – what a smart shot!

And here’s a bunch of the #StuckInDenver photos that were posted on G+!

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Daily Photo – Monk on a Trike

I visited this wonderful monastery and temple in Beijing. I arrived there just as they were getting a delivery. Monks would ride these specialized trikes back and forth to ferry the goods back to their living area. You'll never guess what is under that blanket. And I'm not kidding. About 100 Red Bulls!

Monk on a Trike

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 31, 2014 at 3:20pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

One Day Left before Live Event!

New Lightroom Tutorial

Tomorrow is the big show, but the whole tutorial is now available for download so you can get a head start! Pop over the Trey’s Lightroom Tutorial page and grab it! If you miss the Live part of the show, then you can always download the recorded version of it.

Daily Photo – Another Queenstown Sunset

I took this photo right before our last workshop here in Queenstown, New Zealand. We only have one of these planned for 2015, so that is sure to be a good one. One thing interesting I did here for this photo is I also made a “Photosphere” while waiting on this sunset to develop. Follow that link to see how that works… you can click on it and zoom around… it's a pretty easy and fun thing to do with your Android phone.

Another Queenstown Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 19, 2014 at 7:02pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Summer Palace and New Gear Page!

Updated Camera Gear Pages

Since Sony has now kinda renamed all their NEX stuff to Sony Alpha stuff, we’ve redone the “Trey’s Gear” page here on the site with Good, Better, and Best. I know it looks like I’m a total Sony shill, but they actually don’t pay me to say any of that… I love my A7r so much that I even bought a second one! Hehe… anyway. Related to that, btw, is the Leica Lens Buying Guide if you want to equip your new Sony with some Leica lenses. Be sure to look at the R-lenses there too — they are quite affordable!

Also new on there is the DJI Phantom Review, among other things.

Denver PhotoWalk Prizes

Sorry for being a bit recalcitrant in the Denver PhotoWalk Grand Prize winners! I will get on that soon – I will not forget. I promise! :)

Daily Photo – The Summer Palace

This is my third time to visit The Summer Palace in Beijing and the first time I've ever gotten a photo I liked! This is one of those places where you're gonna walk for many many miles if you want to see all the angles. This spot was about 4 miles from where I entered, and the palace was closing soon. Luckily, I found another exit so I didn't have to walk back all that way. Honestly, I could have used the exercise, but, also, honestly, I didn't really want to do it.

The Summer Palace

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 27, 2014 at 12:42am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Across the Sunset Bar

China Drone video interview on New Zealand TV

I was interviewed on NZ Television recently. It’s now up on their website with the funny title “Kiwi photographer baffles Chinese authorities.”

Internet Kerfuffle

Hey thanks to Matt Granger who sent me and the team a nice email explaining the situation. Apparently he did not mean to use my photo of London to commercially advertise his London Workshop. It was his web designer who put up the image quite a while ago and it was assumed to be legit. Anyway, all is good and nothing more of it to come. And since we’ve been talking quite a bit behind the scenes about the whole thing, and we’ll probably end up doing something together soon – would even be happy to have him join The Arcanum. We’ll both keep you updated on that, but, in the end, everything is cool.

Daily Photo – Across the Sunset Bar

Here's a photo of the Sunset Bar at sunset! This was taken in Bora Bora on my recent trip there. What an amazing place… I think every night there was a great sunset! I don't know what it is about those island conditions, but it was really wonderful. This Sunset Bar there at the Four Seasons was actually also a sushi restaurant! We went there a few nights for a little bit of that action! :)

Across the Sunset Bar

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 27, 2014 at 4:57pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Burning Man PhotoWalk!

Burning Man PhotoWalk Details

Check This Event for the latest info. That is where I will keep everything updated, as this blog post may be old news at some point!

Burning Man PhotoWalk! Tuesday, Aug 26, 7 PM ! :)

An amazing event! It gets bigger every year, and this one will be very special! Anyone is welcome. All skill levels with any kind of camera from DSLRs to Mobile Phones. It’s a super-family-friendly event, so feel free to come and bring some friends!

Location: Center Camp (just outside of Center Camp in the direction of The Man MAP
Day and Time: Tuesday evening at 7 PM.
Hashtag for event: #BMPhotowalk2014
Prizes: Something special from CameraPunk ! http://goo.gl/yKz2pG and maybe more!

For this photowalk, we’ll have a special theme: Self-Expression. Naturally, you can take photos of everything, and I’ll be giving instruction, tips, tricks, etc etc… but for the prize, when you post your photos, I’ll be choosing a random photo that best exemplifies this theme. This is gonna be great… I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone! 

Some Favorites!

Here are some of my favorite Burning Man photos! You can see the whole Burning Man Album here on SmugMug!

Daily Photo – The Lady of the Sands

Here's the first photo I took at Burning Man last year, and it's still one of my favorites. When the occasional sandstorms come, a lot of people go take cover, but that's when I go out to take cool photos! It adds all the depth and mystery that is really there, I think.

The Lady of the Sands

Photo Information

  • Date TakenAugust 27, 2013 at 8:24am
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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