The Pink Sea Spray at Sunset and Interview with Kate Russell


Recent Interview with Kate Russell

You may remember Kate from the BBC; many years ago when she did a story about this site. She helped to make the site very popular in the UK — so we all have her to thank for that!

Kate has launched a new book called Working The Cloud, where she just posted a recent interview with me. There is a lot about business and this sort of thing, not so much about the photography. But maybe you’ll still enjoy it if you want to hear about those sorts of matters. Here is a little snippet from it:

Pinterest is another huge success for you, but is there any reason for non-visual businesses to engage with it?

TREY: Pinterest is awesome. I think I have about five million followers there and it is 90% women. Women connect the world and make it work! I know this because I was raised by my mom and sister… so I am sensitive to these things, you see. Anyway, even if, as you say, someone has a “non-visual business”, then they should still use Pinterest to build a brand around people and passions associated with the product or service. Let’s say for example, err… maybe a non-visual-business is something like… errr… let me see here, thinking out loud… well it’s hard to think of one… okay how about an accounting firm. I can’t think of anything more boring or non-visual than that. You could post photos of things that people in the accounting firm are passionate about… and you can build a personal connection that way. Let’s say that Steve, who is an expert in Irish Intellectual Property Tax Law is really into collecting steampunk stuff. Well he could pin a lot of steampunk gizmos. And Sally, who is a real killer when it comes to Inheritance Law in the Isle of Man is into candle-making. She can pin a lot of pretty candles and nonsense like that into the firm’s Pinterest with her own little personal note. That will give the accounting firm more of a human face and a bit more personality.

Daily Photo – The Pink Sea Spray at Sunset

Behind this exploding wave at Big Sur is something that I have never seen before. Why didn’t I take a photo of it? It’s because taking a good photo of a pod of whales from the beach is almost impossible! At least, it appears to be impossible for me. I’ve never seen whales so close into the beach. Maybe it happens all the time around there, but I was quite surprised. Have you ever seen a pod of whales from the beach?

The Pink Sea Spray at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Glen Oaks Big Sur


Queenstown Speaking Engagement with NZIPP

Join me in Queenstown on the 8th of May! All are welcome! 🙂

This will be a fun event! Thanks to the NZIPP for setting it all up. There is limited space, so please contact [email protected] to hold a spot for you. Here is more info below:

Beautiful hidden gem in Big Sur

I bet most people drive by this place at 60 MPH and never notice – but they should! I ended up staying here a few nights recently while I was taking photos all around the area. It’s a perfect homebase for all the hotspots in the area. Plus, the rooms are really nice, comfy, and swanky… I took a bunch of other photos I’ll share soon, but you can also see some good ones at their website. One of the photos is below: the Forest View cabin.

Daily Photo – The Cabin in the Forest at the Glen Oaks Big Sur

These trees are huge! I’ve visited these huge redwoods along the coast of California many times, and I don’t think I could ever get used to how gigantic they really are. It’s almost like an alien planet!

The cabin there is one of the many varied rooms at the Glen Oaks. They are all different, but each one is nicely appointed. I’m recommending this place to my friends who are looking for awesome lodgings in the Big Sur area!

The Cabin in the Forest at the Glen Oaks Big Sur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Google Science Fair ! Google科学展!


Gather the kids and join me online soon!

I’ll be broadcasting live on YouTube for the Google Science Fair! You can watch online on the Event Page Here. This is a free educational event, aimed especially at kids. It’s all about science and photography.

It’s on May 7 (May 8 in some parts of the world) – check The Event Page for your local time. I’ll be joined by schoolkids from all around the world. It should be great fun!

Here is info from the event:

The Science of Photography

Digital photography offers amazing flexibility to capture and modify images. But how does the science of photography actually work? What are the basic principles of light, and how do they affect how photographers shoot? How do different cameras and lenses capture images differently? And how do software tools change the way those images are ultimately viewed?

Come to this Hangout On Air with Trey Ratcliff, the world-class photographer whose work is displayed at StuckInCustoms.com. He will be interviewed by well-known blogger, technology analyst, and amateur photographer Robert Scoble, as well as by Google Student Ambassadors. Here’s your chance to learn about the science behind those amazing images.

Tuesday, May 7, 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET / 2200 GMT / 2300 CE / 900 NZDT (8 May)


小朋友们快来 上网看老Trey!

Google科学展期间我会在Youtube做现场播客,登录活动页面即可收看网上直播。这是一次免费的教育活动,旨在向小朋友普及科学和摄影知识。

活动5月7日开始(有些地区是8号)——点击活动页面查看当地时间。会有来自世界各地的小朋友跟我一起,肯定无比有趣!

以下提供部分活动信息:

摄影科学

数字摄影为捕捉与修饰影像提供了不可思议的巨大空间。然而其中有着怎样的工作原理呢?光照的基本原理是什么?它又是如何影响摄影的?不同的相机和镜头怎样捕捉风格各异的景象?不同的软件工具又是怎样改变其呈现方式的?

与Trey Ratcliff在线相约,听这位来自StuckInCustoms.com的世界顶级摄影师畅谈他的观点。知名博主、 技术分析师、摄影爱好者Robert Scoble担纲采访,Google学生大使亦有参与,让你了解美景背后的故事。

5月7日,星期二, 2:00PM (太平洋时间) / 4:00PM 中部时间 / 5:00PM 东部时间 / 2200 格林尼治时间 / 2300 欧洲中部时间 / 900 新西兰当地时间 (8日)

每日一瞥——大苏尔:亲密接触

上周去大苏尔拍流星雨,结果只看到几颗。拍了几张夜空,这张最有趣。它让我想起《第三类接触》的开头场面。超长曝光期间,一辆车从山那边开过来,造成的效果就是这个样子……

The Shooting Stars

Daily Photo – Close Encounters over Big Sur

I went out to take photos of the shooting stars in Big Sur last week, but I only saw a few. I took a few shots of the night skies, but I think the most interesting one was this. It reminded me of that opening scene from Close Encounters! This is what it looks like in the middle of a long exposure when a car comes up over a hill towards you…

Close Encounters over Big Sur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Moonrise Kingdom and new story from the BBC月升王国+BBC新报道


Did you miss the latest newsletter?

I hope not! It’s always free and we promise to never spam you! We send out one a month (or so!). Anyway, here’s a link to the April newsletter and be sure to sign up at StuckInCustoms.com/news if you have not already! 🙂

Our Austin PhotoWalk on the BBC

You’ll see a short interview with me in the middle of the first bit from the Austin Photowalk. You may see a lot of other familiar faces in here too! Thanks to LJ Rich from the BBC for putting together this piece – that was fun!


全新新闻快报,收到了吗?

希望你没有错过!依然免费每月送达(差不多吧!)。总之,还未加入的朋友记得到 StuckInCustoms.com/news 订阅哦! 🙂

BBC:我们的奥斯丁摄影行

这是奥斯丁摄影行之初一段我的采访,熟脸很多哦!感谢BBC的LJ Rich剪接编辑,很有趣!

每日一瞥——月升王国

今年最喜欢的照片之一!!!几天前才拍的。

此处是加州的大苏尔,拍摄时太阳早~~就落了山。海滩上一条瀑布倾泻直下。公路上看不到,得走一小段才过得去。找到这里多亏了Stuck On Earth,不过想必当地人对于这个有点神秘的地方早已熟悉!其实也没有那么难,你也能够找到!它叫“麦克维瀑布”,终日美景不断。

对了,感谢最近订购印刷版图片的朋友们——本人不胜荣幸!:)点击图片下方的链接即可选择不同的型号和价格,找到自己中意的作品。再次感谢各位支持!

McKay Falls in Big Sur

Daily Photo – Moonrise Kingdom

This is one of my favorite new pieces from this year! I just shot it a few days ago.

It was shot waaaay after the sun went down in Big Sur, California. This is a crazy waterfall that pours off onto the beach. You can’t see it from the road, and it requires a short walk. I found it thanks to Stuck On Earth, although I am sure other locals have known about this semi-secret place forever! You can go here too… it’s not terribly difficult. It’s called “McWay Falls” and it’s beautiful any time of the day.

Also, btw, I’d like to thank those of you that have been ordering more prints recently — I am honored! 🙂 You can always click just below the photo to check sizes and prices to find something to fit your budget. Thanks again!

Moonrise Kingdom

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Wind and Driftwood强风流木


PhotoWalk in San Francisco

Are you coming to the Google+ Photographer’s Conference and joining me on my PhotoWalk on Monday the 21st? I’m getting many questions about the location, so Here Are The PhotoWalk Details!

Video Recap for Smugmug

As you know by now, I process photos out of order.  The photo I am posting today was taken on the day I made this video for Smugmug.  If you want to know more about it, see my Smugmug Review.

Daily Photo – Wind and Driftwood

It was so windy out there — I’m not even sure the video captures it!  Maybe you can see the wind ripping the top of the foam away from the waves… or maybe you can see some of the sand blowing across the beach.  And it’s just as hard to capture the feeling of it all in the photo as it is in the video.  I don’t have the benefit of multiple frames, so I try to get all of that in a single frame.  It’s a wonderful challenge and puzzle!

Wind and DriftwoodIt was so windy out there — I’m not even sure the video captures it!  Maybe you can see the wind ripping the top of the foam away from the waves… or maybe you can see some of the sand blowing across the beach.  And it’s just as hard to capture the feeling of it all in the photo as it is in the video.  I don’t have the benefit of multiple frames, so I try to get all of that in a single frame.  It’s a wonderful challenge and puzzle!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Smugmug视频翻新

现在你也知道了,我处理照片没有顺序。今天这张照片是我为Smugmug拍这段视频时照的。如果想了解更多,请关注我的Smugmug评论

每日一瞥—— 强风流木

风很大——我都不知道视频上看不看得出!也许你能看出大风撕扯着浪花,搞得泡沫飞溅…… 或许可以看到沙滩上的飞沙。那种感觉用相机捕捉起来跟用视频一样困难。不用多帧,我尽量用一帧概括。这真是个有趣的挑战!

Wind and DriftwoodIt was so windy out there — I’m not even sure the video captures it!  Maybe you can see the wind ripping the top of the foam away from the waves… or maybe you can see some of the sand blowing across the beach.  And it’s just as hard to capture the feeling of it all in the photo as it is in the video.  I don’t have the benefit of multiple frames, so I try to get all of that in a single frame.  It’s a wonderful challenge and puzzle!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Sitting on a Bench and Watching the Sunset长椅观日落


Previous EG Talk

I don’t have my latest up… but here is the previous one that you might have missed the first time around.

Daily Photo – Sitting on a Bench and Watching the Sunset

I took this at the Post Ranch Inn one evening.  I went here after my last talk at EG to spend some time relaxing.  It’s not like the EG Conference was stressful or anything, but it is high-intensity.  I do like having periods of high-intensity followed by periods of low-intensity.  A nice sunset in the Big Sur area qualifies as one of those low-intensity events!

Sitting on a Bench and Watching the Sunset I took this at the Post Ranch Inn one evening.  I went here after my last talk at EG to spend some time relaxing.  It’s not like the EG Conference was stressful or anything, but it is high-intensity.  I do like having periods of high-intensity followed by periods of low-intensity.  A nice sunset in the Big Sur area qualifies as one of those low-intensity events!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Order a Limited Edition print of this photo

 

之前的EG畅谈

最新的视频还没发上来,先发一个之前的,如果上次你错过了,这次可以补上。

每日一瞥——长椅观日落

这是一天晚上在波斯特农庄酒店照的。上次EG之行结束后我跑到这里放松一下。并不是说EG大会开得很紧张。当然,会程非常紧凑。我喜欢这种时张时弛的生活节奏。在大苏尔惬意观落日就是这种轻松享受之一。

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_nxsXfB/1752801061_PcspWvZ/A

Big Sur Sunset苏尔落日


The Behind-The Scenes Videos

Okay I heard a ton of feedback here and on Google+ from my question a week ago:

  • You would like to see a bunch more behind-the-scenes videos filmed by Anton!
  • You’d like them to focus on technical things, but still with an artistic discussion of composition, light, and how I choose my subjects
  • They will be much more informational and not “commercial-for-SmugMug” like you see here. (BTW, SmugMug did not pay me for this)
My SmugMug Review has a bunch more info for you.

I think we can do all of that!  I’ll talk to the SmugMug guys about sending Anton out to meet me at some exotic spots… these things take a while to execute and plan, but I am on it!

Daily Photo – Big Sur Sunset

Last week I promised I would reveal the photo today that I took during the video above, and here it is.

I guess you can get the sense from that video how windy it was! What a crazy day… I spent all afternoon and evening getting ready for this. There was a decent amount of hiking, preparation, and walking-around to figure out the best place to stand.

Maybe the bad thing about that video is showing how easy it all appears to be… in future videos, you may see some more of the problems that I face and how I deal with them. In some ways, I think that is more real than something that appears to fairy-book perfect!

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_AuyBk/1380714825_rqpSX54/A

幕后视频

关于一周前的问题,我在Google+上看到了各种回复:

  • 大家想看Anton拍的幕后视频!
  • 更多地关注技术层面,同时也穿插对构图、灯光和选景的讨论。
  • 添加更多的实质内容,而不再是这样的SmugMug广告。(我可是分文未取啊!)
更多信息,尽在SmugMug评论

我觉得这些我们都能实现。我会联系SmugMug,看看可不可以让Anton跟我找个有“情调”的地方。可能计划和执行起来需要点时间,但我已经在做了!

每日一瞥——苏尔落日

上周我向大家保证,今天会拿出视频中提到的那张照片,这就是了。

你们一定感觉得出来,风很大。简直无法想象,我花了一下午加一晚上时间:选地点、做准备、选角度,就为了这个。

可能视频的坏处就在于:一切都显得过分容易。以后,我可能会多放一些过程中遇到的问题和我解决的办法。单纯看结果总以为是一蹴而就,一步步走来则要真实得多。

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_AuyBk/1380714825_rqpSX54/A

New SmugMug Vid! Want to see even more Behind-the-Scenes videos?SmugMug 新视频!想关注更多幕后?


SmugMug Review

You guys know that I’ve been using SmugMug for years. If you want to try it out, they gave me a discount code of STUCKINCUSTOMS to save you money. To really get the full scoop and compare to Flickr etc etc, see the full SmugMug Review here on the site.

Want to see more behind-the-scenes videos???

So, even though this video below is obviously a promo for SmugMug (they didn’t pay me btw), I thought it was SO COOL that I wanted to share it. The guy that filmed it, Anton Lorimer, is absolutely fantastic.

So, I liked it so much, that I was thinking about bringing him with me on a photo adventure and have him grab a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff. I’d like them to be both scenic and technical. What do you think of this?

I’m sure I could get SmugMug to spring for the cost of sending Anton along with me (I’ll pay for myself as usual.. I never accept paid trips or free hotels, even though I get offers all the time).

Photo Reveal – 1 week from Today

In the video below, you’ll see me in the Big Sur area of California. You’ll see me taking a photo of the surf and rocks at sunset… want to see how it turned out? I’ll publish it here a week from today!

New Video – SmugMug Pro Promo

Well, this is obviously an ad for SmugMug pro (didn’t pay for my appearance in the ad OR me putting it on the website, since you may be wondering)… but, besides the commercial side, it’s also amazingly cool footage. Anton followed me around a double-wicked evening of wind and skin-ripping sand on the beach here in Big Sur. I assumed he knew what he was doing, but when I ended up seeing the footage, I was really blown away!

If you like this “look”, we’ll assemble a lot more behind-the-scenes stuff. In future ones, I’ll focus on the technical details of the shoot, how I compose, how my camera is set up, and these sorts of matters… again, let me know if you want to see this, and I’ll put together a formal plan.


SmugMug评论

大家想必知道,SmugMug 我已使用多年。如果你们也想试试的话,他们给了我一个STUCKINCUSTOMS的打折码,可以帮大家省钱。如果想了解详情及与Flickr作比等等,可以点击SmugMug 评论

关注更多幕后?

虽然下面的视频有替SmugMug宣传之嫌(我木有收他们一分钱),可它做得实在太拉风,我都忍不住要分享一下!拍摄此片的Anton Lorimer太不了不起了!

既然如此,我就在考虑,能否让他随我一起去拍照,他可以弄几个幕后视频出来。我所希望的效果是意境与技术的结合,大家觉得怎么样?

说服SmugMug出钱支持Anton与我合作应该不成问题(当然,我还是自力更生,从来不让别人为我的旅行买单,也不住免费的酒店,即使这样的邀请总是源源不断)。

图片揭秘:就在一周后

下面的视频里,大家将看到我在加州的大苏尔(Big Sur)于落日之时拍摄海浪和岩石。想知道最后的效果如何吗?一周以后就能知道啦!

全新视频——SmugMug Pro推广

显然这是在给SmugMug Pro做广告 (从代言到做链接本人全部是义务劳动)。但是,虽然其中有商业成分,但是镜头画面还是相当的精彩。 Anton跟着我在风卷狂沙的夜晚在大苏尔的海滩拍摄。我觉得他知道自己在做什么,可最后看到那些画面时,我还是下了一大跳!

如果你喜欢的话,我们会制作更多的幕后花絮。今后的视频里,我会更多地关注拍摄的技术细节、构图的方法、相机的设置等等。如果大家感兴趣不妨告诉我,我再制定一个正式的计划。

Dinner at the Post Ranch InnPost Ranch客栈的晚餐

 

Portfolio on Picasa

Because of Google+ (my profile), I’ve ended up putting some of my portfolio over on Picasa too.  I feel like I spend a good portion of my day just moving bits of data from one part of the web to another!  Anyway, I’m not as happy with it as I am with my portfolio over at SmugMug (see my SmugMug Review), but it does make it easy to share in Google+.

Daily Photo – Dinner at the Post Ranch Inn

This is the second photo I have released from the Post Ranch Inn (first one here).  It’s such a beautiful place, and, while not exploring the property, we were busy looking forward to a great dinner.

Just outside the restaurant is this earthy sculpture and waterfall.  It was very nice the way the evening light came and refracted through the water…  I don’t think I’ve ever been able to watch the sunset through a sheet of water, so it was quite nice.

And the food was great too… a multi-course fixed price menu… It wasn’t cheap, mind you.  It’s one of those meals where I ended up paying over $100 before the menus even arrived.  But it was all tasty and memorable.

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_AuyBk/1329675764_CmzFQB5/A 

Picasa资料

有了Google+ (我的主页),我顺便也把部分资料放上Picasa。貌似折腾了一整天,就是把各种资料从一个网站放到另一个网站!反正看着不如在SmugMug (我的 SmugMug评论)上的满意。但它的确让 Google+分享方便不少。

每日一瞥——Post Ranch客栈的晚餐

这已经是第二张Post Ranch客栈的照片了(第一章在这儿)。这里真漂亮,除了欣赏里面的陈设布置,大家都满心期待一顿丰盛的晚餐。

雕塑与小瀑布竖立门外。夕阳西下,阳光通过落水时产生别样的折射,十分惬意。我还从没透过一挂清水看日落,所以感觉好极了。

食物超赞!一张多道菜品组成的定价菜单。可不便宜哦,菜单还没看已经一百多刀出去了。不过非常值,好吃又难忘。

http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/10668747_AuyBk/1329675764_CmzFQB5/A

The Black Rock

HDR Video Tutorial – Coming Down

Hey everybody… I’m only leaving the HDR Video Tutorial up for a few more days before I bring it down forever. It will never be available again… If you want to grab it, now’s your last chance!

It will replaced very soon with something even better… but just in case you wanted the existing one, I wanted to give you fair warning.

Daily Photo – The Black Rock

When I was in Big Sur spending a few days at the Post Ranch Inn, my wife and I ended up spending some time with Anton Lorimer.

Anton was down filming a new video for SmugMug, which I’ll share here when it’s finished. Since I get about 1 million photo views a week from SmugMug, they wanted to feature me in their new video. BTW, if you want to know more about it all, see my SmugMug Review, or try them out for free…if you sign up, STUCKINCUSTOMS code saves you 20%, btw…

You can see Anton’s existing SmugMug video on his site. He does really elegant work, nice editing, and puts together a tight little story. I had him film a little bit “extra” stuff with me, and I’ve encouraged him and SmugMug to put together an extended behind-the-scenes video. Let’s hope he does it!

One of the places I wanted to visit was this amazing beach not too far from the inn. I planned on getting there early so I would have time to set up. We got there a little too early, and the sun was too high in the sky. But we still took time to check out the scene. It was hellishly windy, but I did grab a this shot below before we retreated to a nearby cafe to get some hot chocolate before returning for the sunset. The sunset gave us some amazing light for a crazy ocean sunset, but I’ll save that for a future day…. Maybe when that new video comes out!

The Black RockWhen I was in Big Sur spending a few days at the Post Ranch Inn, one of the places I wanted to visit was this amazing beach not too far from there.  I planned on getting there early so I would have time to set up.  We got there a little too early, and the sun was too high in the sky.  But we still took time to check out the scene.  It was hellishly windy, but I did grab a this shot below before we retreated to a nearby cafe to get some hot chocolate before returning for the sunset.  The sunset gave us some amazing light for a crazy ocean sunset, but I'll save that for a future day....  - Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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