The Night Before Chinese New Year in London

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Daily Photo – The Night Before Chinese New Year in London

Here I am in Chinatown in London around midnight. It was the evening before the Chinese New Year and everyone was getting pretty excited. The next night was to be absolute chaos, but this night things still had a nice electricity in the air.

I also made a little video here of what things looked and felt like… sometimes I record little videos here and there to remind myself. I don't usually publish them because the editing takes so long! So I just kind of save them for myself. It helps when I edit the photo later to remind me of how things felt at the time.

The Night Before Chinese New Year in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Everyone check out the white dude!

The video behind it

I happened to have on my Google Glass while doing some photography here. When these nice people came up, I just kept it rolling!

Daily Photo – “Everyone check out the white dude!”

I don't know if this is how it translates exactly from Chinese to English, but I'm pretty sure that is what these people were saying when they surrounded me in Tiananmen Square. I find the vast majority of people around the world to nice, smiling, and very happy to meet new people. This is one of those patterns I see time and time again and it gives me faith in the whole human race — this was kind of one of those shining examples!

“Everyone check out the white dude!”

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dubai PhotoWalk!

See you soon in Dubai!

I’m going back to Germany for a spell then stopping in Dubai for a few days. Let’s do a PhotoWalk!

It will be on Monday, March 16, at 5 PM. It’s a family-friendly and all are welcome. All camera types too, from mobile phones to DSLRs — this is just a fun chance to get together, learning some things, and take some new sorts of photos!

Google+ Event

FB Event

Meeting Location: Meet Here!- The Dubai Marina Walk. Even if you’ve done this walk 100 times, I’ll challenge you to re-invent the shot! :)

Date: March 16

Time to meet: 5 PM

Hashtag: #TRDubai2015

Skill Level: ALL! If it’s your first photowalk, don’t be afraid, this is the case for Most people at photowalks… we’ll help ya out! :)

Plan: I’ll say hello to everyone and give everyone some artistic and technical goals for the day. I’ll talk through my camera setup and discuss the whole plan for the evening. Then we’ll all walk around like a huge centipede to find our photographic muses for the day! I’ll stop 5 or so times and we’ll all congeal into a slime-mold at which point I’ll set up for a formal shot and talk about my settings, framings, what I’m trying to communicate with the shot, etc. You are ALWAYS welcome to ask me questions any time… Please don’t hesitate! :)

This awesome video below shows how crazy Dubai is… it was made by Rob Whitworth.

The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

No time for Reviews

I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing many reviews for you lately. I’ve been running around working on too many projects and taking a ton of photos. One of the first things that slips off the list is New Reviews. I’ve got all kinds of new fun stuff I’m testing, but I just don’t have enough time. You know how it goes. I don’t want to hire someone to write the reviews either… I kind of like everything here being in my own voice, you know? Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am behind… sorry about that!

Daily Photo – The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

This is one of my favorite new photos I think! I had a lucky sighting out the left side of my truck while I was driving with some friends around the south island. It required a little jump over a barbed-wire fence to get to this exact spot, and whenever I can do this and not slice open my leg, I consider it a real success! This is a pretty good example too of what you can get out of the new Sony 16-35mm lens on the A7r. I do wish that I had a slightly larger range though… that 14mm is so nice!

The Pond in Ophir, New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

March 1 – The First-of-the-Month Lightroom Preset party continues!

March 1, a Fresh Pack!

For 24 hours on the first day of each month, I release a new Lightroom Pack at half price ($2.50). It went great for Jan and Feb so let’s keep the party going! See more on the Lightroom Presets page!

Today’s photo below was made with one of the presets. Each pack always includes a Black & White preset, and this is one of them.

Daily Photo – Super Hef Comes to the Rescue!

We were camping out in a valley near a glacier on the main continent of Antarctica. We were only supposed to be there for three nights, but bad weather came in. It was not quite a blizzard, but too intense nonetheless. That delayed us for another night. We started to get a bit worried about rations and everything, but everything turned out okay because Hef came to grab us in his chopper the next day. Here's a photo I got as he was landing, with snow whirling about…

Super Hef Comes to the Rescue!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

London PhotoWalk Recap!

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Not your last chance to win a DJI Inspire Quadcopter!

Even if you were not the Grand Prize winner in London, you can still win by dropping a comment on the YouTube video below. It’s a crazy one where I dressed up like a pilot with Kai in Hong Kong… what a fun guy and fun video!

PhotoWalk Recap!

Here’s a great photo of the crowd before the London photowalk. It’s hard to see me, but do you see that statue of the Holy Crusader holding the Crucifix Sword with +2 to Holy Damage? I’m the little guy just to the left of that standing up on the 2nd level. Thanks Naf Selmani for taking this cool photo before the event!

The Winners!

Thanks again to EVERYONE that came along and entered. I really enjoyed looking at all the photos. I scanned the hashtag everywhere from FB to G+ to Flickr to Instagram to Twitter to Pinterest — you name it! Anyway, here are the winners, and thanks again! If you won, please contact luke@stuckincustom.com to find out how to get your goodies!

Grand Prize winner of the DJI Inspire! Carl Crosby for this amazing shot of the PhotoWalkers on the way to the London eye.

And the following 5 get an unlimited shopping spree of all downloadable products in the Stuck in Customs Store!

More London PhotoWalk goodies

Daily Photo – Tower Bridge

I didn't take this during the PhotoWalk, but I took it the next evening. If you want to see all the photos I turn during the walk, just check the photos above.

As for this one, I had just seen a Very Strange play by myself called The Nether. Whoa that was some weird stuff… Anyway, it put me in a strange mood, and I think it helped me capture this scene!

Tower Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

An Infinity of Lupins

Any Good Yoga YouTube Channels?

If you know of any good channels that have good yoga stuff, let me know! I’m always looking for good new routines… I like a bit of variety sometimes!

Daily Photo – An Infinity of Lupins

Yay, my favorite flowers were blooming here just before I went through the Lindis Pass. There are a series of meadows and forests as you approach the pass, and it's one of the best areas in New Zealand to see these flowers. They go on for miles and miles and beyond. The Lindis Pass is the place you cross the Southern Alps as you drive from Central Otago up to Christchurch… It's one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

As for this spot, it was about a 5 minute walk away from the roadside.

An Infinity of Lupins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Hacking through the Ice

While taking this photo…

He noticed me taking photos of him from the shore… and he said, “I hope this turns out to be a good photo, because it might be the last time anyone ever sees me!”

Daily Photo – Hacking through the Ice

We went to go visit Captain Scott's second hut, the Terra Nova, with a few geologists. They were charting the progress of the sea ice up on the edge of the hut. When not taking photos inside the hut, I would go outside to watch these guys hacking around the sea ice… it looked so crazy and awesome to me!

Hacking through the Ice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Special Lightroom Tutorial Sale!

Special deal for 3 days!

Until Feb 28, you can get 30% off Trey’s Lightroom Tutorial for Beginners and Beyond. The price is already discounted on there… no coupon code or anything – enjoy! :)

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

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Don’t forget to join me Over On Pinterest if you want to see some of my favorite shots re-cropped for that format. I get quite a kick out of doing it! :)

Daily Photo – Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

I got in the habit of taking morning photowalks around the property here at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. With these over-water bungalows, there is almost no bad angle! It's so nice to be able to fall out of bed and kind of stumble/amble around, half awake, and see things like this. I was often so morning-groggy that I barely had the wherewithal to actually take a photo! But when I saw this nice rainbow in the distance, I mustered all my focus to try to take a decent shot!

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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