Sitting on a Bench and Watching the Sunset

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.

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Big Sur Sunset

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!

Big Sur SunsetLast 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!- Trey RatcliffRead more and see a behind-the-scenes video of this shot here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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New SmugMug Vid! Want to see even more Behind-the-Scenes videos?

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.

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Dinner at the Post Ranch Inn

 

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.

Dinner at the Post Ranch InnThis 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.  - Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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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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