Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

Speaking of Sydney…

Many people have been asking for an update in the Sydney Morning Herald situation. There has since been an article on another Australian media outlet by Nic Christensen where he got in contact with the editor of the SMH. Below is a quote from the article in response that they have made an apology to me.

“Perhaps they have placed a handwritten apology in the pouch of a kangaroo and it jumped in the wrong direction, for I have yet to receive it (or any digital facsimile thereof),” said Ratcliff.

Otherwise, I’ve handed everything over to the legal team. This is the same team that dealt with the Time issue and countless others. I’ll give another update later, assuming I’m allowed to.

Daily Photo – Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

This might have been the last shot I took with my Nikon D800 before the wind blew it over to destroy it. It turned out that I could not repair it, so I had to buy another D800. Sad Trey. I hope the shot was worth it… many Bothans died to bring you this photo… :)

Sydney Australia

Sydney Harbour Under Mountains of Clouds

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I’m not a reader, Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald – What’s up?

Errr… Anyone heard of Creative Commons Noncommercial? Maybe someone involved with copyright there at the Sydney Morning Herald perhaps? I like how they say, “a selection of our readers’ photographs” — very sly. This both indicates that they have legions of readers and that all the photographs are from these adoring legions. I just checked my doorstep here in Queenstown, New Zealand. Nope, I don’t see the Sydney Morning Herald there.

My license, which is quite generous and clear on the site says noncommercial. Now, I know newspapers are commercial, even though they are hemorrhaging money as people flock online to get more timely news and better photos (which, apparently, they are doing too for content-mining). So, the commercial use is definitely a no-no.

But in worse form, I think it’s a bit rude not to give credit down there towards the bottom of the photo. Instead, they used that valuable space to indicate that “oh we’re just one big community with ‘our readers’ who take these pics for fun.” Oh no, I didn’t pay thousands of dollars to fly to your country and stay in a hotel and buy camera equipment so I could take photos of your duck to adorn your newspaper. /said in the voice of Tim from The Holy Grail when he said “I warned you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little *bunny*, isn’t it?”

HDR Photo

(thanks for the tip off on Google+ from Daniel Shortt.)

Speaking of Copyright Infringement…

I saw a comment on Google+ from CNET reporter Lexy Savvides

Hilariously timed +Trey Ratcliff given that the SMH [Sydney Morning Herald] last week recently posted pieces on photographers having content stolen. See this article

Looks like it was used online too, littered with revenue-generating ads…

Good person “Dawnstar Australis” sent me this tweet that it is also being used online (image):

@dawnstarau: @TreyRatcliff Incidentally here’s the digital copy of the article with your image front and centre – http://bit.ly/VVQ4po

Harlan Ellison says it better than I could (and funnier!)

This is the famous Harlan Ellison, who I first came to know through his work on Babylon 5, but he’s also won the Hugo Award over nine times! It’s great to see him go off… I’m sure many photographers will really enjoy hearing him get angry! :)

Thank you to good man Matt Fangman who left this video link below.

Update…

There has since been an article on another Australian media outlet by Nic Christensen where he got in contact with the editor of the SMH.

Daily Photo – Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman

I think it is a wonderful surreal work of art! Then again, I’m a huge fan of David Lynch and Twin Peaks. Anything surreal in my parallel universe gets a big thumbs up…

Artist: Florentijn Hofman

Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman

Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman

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Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

FlatBooks Author Recap!

We had a fun show recently with all FlatBooks authors! We decided to make a special bundle at 50% off all their books! You can get the whole Author Bundle at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/AuthorBundle

Here are the people that joined me (and a the books included in the bundle!) in the video below.

Daily Photo – Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, and it’s down by the harbour. I have to make sure I get the “u” in there to appease local sensitivities. Anyway, it’s a cool area full of a lot of old-world charm. Now there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and little hotels that are sprinkled around the area.

I took this one from the top of a 3-story salsa bar. I didn’t even really go into the bar, except for the way to find the top of it! I looked quite strange walking around the salsa dancefloor to get to the other side, dancing with my tripod!

Sydney from the Rocks Australia

Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

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Coming Back to Australia

Coming Back to Australia – Where should I go?

Maybe we can even do a Google+ PhotoWalk somewhere, if you wanna! I’ll be coming there in about a week with +Tom Anderson. We land in Sydney, but then were going to rent a car and drive either towards Melbourne or Brisbane, stopping to take photos all along the way. I’ve never been to either place… and I know there are many Very Active Aussie photographers on here, so we value your advice!

Below is a photo that I took while in Sydney last time… I’m really looking forward to coming back – it’s just a 3 hour flight from here! :)

Daily Photo – Opera House and the Docks

I took this bright and early one morning when I forced myself to get outta bed and go for a walk. I was feeling particularly lazy that morning and was oh-so-comfy in bed. I was sharing a room with a friend, and I didn’t want to wake him up. It’s very difficult to wake up, get dressed, and get all your photo equipment together while staying quiet! The only thing I was missing was a cheery assistant there with a cup of coffee. Maybe I should recruit some Starbucks barista to be my assistant – they are always hauntingly cheery and near-coffee.

Sydney Opera House and Docks

Opera House and the Docks

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Shopping in the Queen Victoria Building

Next Trip to Australia

Where should I go? There are many options… I’ll return many times especially because it is such a short flight… but I just can’t pick where to go next!

Daily Photo – Shopping in the Queen Victoria Building

Whenever anyone (non-photographers) sees me with my tripod in a shopping mall, they assume I must be on some kind of a commercial assignment! I guess there is still a general association of big equipment to commercial photography by those outside of our sport.

See that castle in the middle? Every so often, there is a little automated puppet show that delights the crowd. Everyone crowds around the rails to watch the event.

Queen Victoria Shopping Australia

Shopping in the Queen Victoria Building

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The Old Pub in The Rocks, Sydney

Which Pub is this below?

I don’t really mean for this to be a photo mystery… but it kind of is, because I forgot the name of the place! I know there are lots of heavy-drinkin’ Aussies that visit the site here, so I figure one of you will and can comment in a passing moment of sobriety.

Daily Photo – The Old Pub in The Rocks, Sydney

What a cool place! I was in Sydney on a secret mission with a friend (to be revealed later), and it was important that we visit as many pubs as possible in the oldest part of Sydney. I think this was one of our favorites.

Inside, there was a warm, old feeling that only comes from old buildings. This feeling is always missing from new buildings that are made to look old. Maybe it’s just in my head, or maybe something else is going on beyond my ken.

The Old Pub in The Rocks, Sydney

The Old Pub in The Rocks, Sydney

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Deep inside the Queen Victoria Building

Paris PhotoWalk

There is a Paris PhotoWalk coming soon – everyone is invited! As usual, all of my photowalks are free, and everyone is welcome to attend – this will be a fun one! :)

New Event Added to the Paris Workshop!

For the upcoming Paris Workshop, we added a bonus event. You can join me at this spot below — the remarkable Jules Vernesque Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle! It’s really so amazing inside if you’ve never been. These are very challenging shooting conditions, and we can try a few fun things together!

A Night at the MuseumThis is one of the final photos I was able to squeeze off before the security guards nabbed me. Arg! I wanted to get so many more… but you know, you know… it’s the same old story.Anyway, if you ever visit Paris, you absolutely need to make it over here to the museum of natural history. It’s known to the locals, but not to visitors. All the other sites in Paris are great, of course… but if you have a penchant for science and a love of crazy interior design, this is the place for you!- Trey RatcliffRead the entire post over at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Deep inside the Queen Victoria Building

This is an amazing place to explore in Sydney! There are great photo-ops around every corner. The Romanesque architecture is whimsical and full of color. And even better, no one bothered me about my tripod!

Here’s a cool little factoid about this place. Inside, there is a secret letter from Queen Elizabeth II that is to be opened and read by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2085. I have just checked my schedule, and currently that is the only thing I have planned for 2085.

Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Deep inside the Queen Victoria Building

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Exploring The Strand

Nikon D800 Review

I’m in the middle of updating my Nikon D800 Review — be sure to check it out – I will be adding to it over the weekend too!

New EBooks on Flatbooks.com

Be sure to pop over to Flatbooks.com and see some of the new eBooks that are offered over thataway. I’m sure you’ll find a few things you like.

Daily Photo – Exploring The Strand

I was able to spend a short amount of tine in Sydney, and I heard this was a place I really needed to visit. After I walked in, I understood why! It’s a very old building, and there were many natural compositions that presented themselves. It seems a little easy to make it symmetrical, but it’s okay to take the easy way out from time to time! :)

The Strand Sydney

Exploring The Strand

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Downtown Sydney

SmugMug Coupon for Signing Up

Many of you know that I use SmugMug (see my SmugMug Review) for managing my online portfolio and selling prints. They have new packages available there, and the code “STUCKINCUSTOMS” will save you $60 on the Business Pro package (that is what I have).

After you sign up, there are many different ways to customize the layout. This below is my current layout on there, although we are working on a new one… I don’t know when it will be ready for release, but soon I hope!

Daily Photo – Downtown Sydney

I didn’t get to spend as much time in Sydney as I would have liked, but I do look forward to a return trip!

It turns out that one of the better angles of Sydney requires a long drive across a bridge and then a series of confusing roads to find this little spot. I’ve forgotten the name (maybe one of you smart Aussies can help me)!

While I was here, it was super-windy. Maybe that is normal in this spot. I’m not sure. It was so windy that my camera/tripod blew over! But the D800 took it like a man… no problems… not even a scratch!

downtown sydney australia

Downtown Sydney

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The Sydney Opera House

Paris Workshop News

We heard that many people are having trouble affording the Paris event, and we’re not in the business of making people upset. So, I worked with the team to figure something out. We dropped the price dramatically with a “New Plan” of losing money on the event itself. Great plan, eh? Hehe. Actually what we are going to do is have a video crew come along to make a video of the workshop to sell at later date. This way, the people that come to Paris will spend two full days with us shooting and post-processing and one-on-one help. Then later everyone else can enjoy the highlights of the event on video. Good plan that hopefully strikes a happy medium? Yes I think so! :)

Christchurch Event

We’re also soft-launching a page about a fun post-processing workshop event in Christchurch, New Zealand in December. I’ve been meaning to do something special here for my new neighbors, and this will be a really cool event. All levels are welcome!

Daily Photo – The Sydney Opera House

I’ve waited a very long time to see this famous building in Sydney! I’ve been meaning to come to Australia for a very long time, but this whole plan was delayed because of my move to New Zealand. Since I knew that I would be moving to NZ, I figured Australia would be a much more convenient trip. And now that I am here, it is! In fact, it’s just a 3 hour direct flight from Queenstown. But, since it took me longer than expected to get to NZ, then it took me much longer than expected to get to Australia! But now, I can make up for lost time, and spend more time across the Tasman…

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House

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