Inside Hearst Castle

PhotoWalk in Melbourne Australia!

See All The Event Details here!
Everyone is invited for a fun evening of photography and learning! 🙂

I’m really looking forward to this… I’ve always wanted to come to Melbourne, and I promised I’d do a photowalk when I came! 🙂 I look forward to meeting you all!

Skill Levels: All skill levels! From mobile cameras to DSLRs
Time: Friday, Jan 11 7:30 PM – Or come a little early if you want to say hello!
Cost: Free
Location: Federation Square outside the Info Centre
Tag: #MelbournePhotoWalk2013
Who can come: Family friendly…bring the kids! 🙂

I’ll be setting up for many shots and talking through my settings and this sort of thing… feel free to ask me any questions or whatever you like!

If there are more questions, good man Paul Pavlinovich will be able to answer them… a big thanks to Paul for helping me to put this together! See you soon!

More from Hearst

If you click on the “Hearst Castle” category below the photo, then you can see all the photos from this amazing place. When you get down to the bottom, be sure to click to go see the other pages as well!

Daily Photo – Inside Hearst Castle

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any photos from Hearst Castle, but this one stuck out to me. These rooms are so ridiculous in a way, yes? I mean, even if I had all the money in the world, I don’t think I’d ever want a room like this in my house! It’s so formal and unlivable… I prefer something a bit more comfy!

Inside Hearst Castle

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Evening in Santa Cruz

Fox News Central Park Bit Part 2

When I mentioned this on Facebook, everyone started coming out with their hot-news-opinions about Fox News! All you have to do is just put those two words together, then everyone will tell you want they think… and, they seem to simply assume that you care about the intricacies of their opinions. Hehe… it cracks me up… hey, I know some people take what people say on the news to be very important, that’s fine…that’s fine… Over here in New Zealand, the news mostly talks about horses when the best week to put blankets on them for the winter.

Daily Photo – Evening in Santa Cruz

I really rushed here at the last minute for this photo! I arrived just as the sun was setting to get some shots from above, then came down to the beach to take some more of the reflection off the wet sand. It was so perfect down there, and it lasted for a good thirty minutes after sunset, which was quite convenient!

After I was done taking these, a gentleman came over that recognized me from the website. It was good of him to do this – we talked for a little while – I always enjoy meeting new people, so if you see me, don’t be afraid to come say hello! 🙂

Evening in Santa Cruz

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Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley

Keep Sharing Your Photos in the Community!

The Stuck In Customs Community on G+ is a GREAT way for you to share your own photos and get to know other people in the community too! So, thanks for all the activity over there – I hope you are enjoying yourself! 🙂

Daily Photo – Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley

This was my first real experience in a proper desert. The thing that surprised me most was the blast of hot air that kept rushing into my face. I was only here in Death Valley for a few days, so I’m not exactly an expert in deserts. But, while I was there, a nonstop wind full of hot, wet, heat that was pounding into me. The “wet” part was the most interesting… it did not feel as dry as I expected.

The other thing I noticed is that walking up these sand dunes is not as easy as it is in video games.

Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley

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What Prints Hang in My Home?

9.7 Million Minutes Watched on Video!

Well this one is kind of crazy. I checked my YouTube stats for the first time ever. I don’t add a lot of videos, but the ones I add are quite long. Anyway, this stat shows almost 10 million minutes of my videos have been watched – that is crazy! I don’t think I’m THAT entertaining on video… honestly… I’m not like, say, Flavor Flav or anything…

What Prints Hang in My Home?

I got this question the other day, so I thought I’d list them out here. I’m always changing them out… but here are some of my favorites, including the new one from Paris below, which I just had printed here in Queenstown at WePrint.

Our Prints page has more details. But you can order the Artist Proof series on metal. Each of those is in a limited quantity of 50, and each one is individually signed by me. There is another more affordable series, which you can access by ordering via the SmugMug portfolio.

Anyway, here are a few of the prints that I have chosen to hang in my home:

Mountains Forever During the Yosemite PhotoWalk, the sky was beyond belief for the first few nights.  The second half of the trip had fairly mundane skies.  So, I was happy I went out there and got a lot of shots in the beginning!I’m often optimistic about the “future” of the trip, assuming that the sunsets will always get better and better.  This rarely is the case, so I don’t know why I’m consistently optimistic about the prospects.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

HDR Photo

 

The Bamboo Forest While exploring Kyoto, I eventually found my way to this fanciful bamboo forest.  There had been a light rain most of the morning and everything was quite lovely.  The rain does strange things as it moves its way through these sorts of trees.  I waited and waited, and that was nice too.  In the early afternoon, the rain stopped while the sun peeked through the top.  It shone down while the earlier rain misted down from the tops of the trees.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

-The Gentle Path to the Beyond-The little train that carried me into Hakone started winding through misty mountains.  The trees were thick and a fog was rolling in.  I had a feeling that it would stay wet, moody, and fairly perfect.  It had that heaviness that made you feel like it would remain like that for a few days, and it did.Before I get on train rides, I have a wonderful but dangerous habit of loading up with pastries.  Train stations seem to have nice little selections of all sorts of foreign twists on the usual subjects.  And, since I consider myself an explorer, I thought it would be good to get a TON of pastries and try them all.  It's very nice... sitting there... looking out the train window at a new land... rain falling... eating pastries...  (and I'm only a little ashamed to say that, upon arrival, my pastry bag was empty.)

 

The Secret Passageway to the Treasure After the crowds of Angkor Wat, it was nice to go find a remote temple in the jungle and be alone. This temple laid under the jungle, completely undiscovered for centuries.  The hallway and mysterious chambers seemed to go on forever.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris

I shot this just recently with Tom Anderson. We almost didn’t leave the hotel because it was so stormy, but we had been watching the clouds all day. We started out with Miss Aniela at the Paris Opera before exploring the rest of the city. Sunset comes early here around this time of the year (about 5 PM or so), and it always sneaks up on us.

Some of the best sunsets come right after storms… so it’s always worth a little adventure if you don’t mind getting a little wet…

The Amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris

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The Old Train Station in Los Angeles

Nikon 14-24mm Lens

If you never saw my Nikon 14-24 Review, now is a good time! I try to pop in there from time to time to add new photos. And yes, of course I post-process all my photos… so it’s not exactly lab conditions. But, that’s not how I roll, you know… at least you know what you’re gonna get ahead of time with my reviews! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Old Train Station in Los Angeles

Here’s another place I found thanks to sweet Stuck On Earth.

I think LA has a bunch of these places that are kinda secret – sort of hidden away and no one would ever find them. For example, I can’t think of a reason I would ever go into the train station in Los Angeles. Maybe if trains were a bit better in the US, then I would have occasioned them… anyway, I’m glad I found out about this place.

Tom and I went in here and had a fun time shooting. We were approached by security because of our tripods. We thought we were in heap-big-trouble, but it turns out they brought a form to sign right there on the spot. How convenient! 🙂

The Old Train Station in Los Angeles

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San Francisco in the Fog

Thanks Thomas Hawk!

I found this spot in Stuck on Earth thanks to Thomas Hawk’s Top 50 Secret Spots in San Francisco. More are getting added all the time, and especially more soon with the upcoming release of Stuck on Earth 3.0!

Daily Photo – San Francisco in the Fog

SF would not be the same without the fog, would it? It’s part of the city, like the wind in Chicago. But the wind in Chicago kinda sucks, so I guess that is a bad analogy. Maybe a better one is it’s like the water in Venice or the neon in Vegas.

I took this photo from the top of Twin Peaks with a 28-300mm lens. I think it’s probably the best spot to take this photo because of the black background behind the bridge. If you shoot it from the other side, then you get the city behind it. Of course, that can be cool too – it’s just a different sort of shot.

San Francisco in the Fog

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Nylon Pink

Lightroom Presets

Today’s picture is from one of my favorite presets in Trey’s Lightroom Presets. I believe it is called “Big Wheel Race” and it tends to make photos more punchy and vibrant.

Asian Girl Bands

Have you ever heard of Nylon Pink? They are one of those all-asian-girl bands… Maybe there is just one of those? I don’t know… but I bet some experts out there in the community know! Anyway, Tom and I took a bunch of photos of them one evening while they were in some Japanese store in LA. Anyway, you can look ’em up if you are interested in this sort of thing!

Daily Photo – Nylon Pink

This is Jamie Scoles, one of the band members. This little Japanese shop had all sorts of different things that the girls would try on and play with… and no, Tom and I did not try anything on. 🙂

Nylon Pink

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Inside the Google Veniceplex

2nd Talk at Google

I’ve given about six different talks at Google offices around the world, and two of them have been recorded. Here is the second one of them from the Google HQ in Mountain View, CA.

Daily Photo – Inside the Google Veniceplex

Last time I was in Venice, California, I went into the new Google offices there. They recently moved into the Frank Gehry building, and everything is quite stylish, as you would suspect. Just to the left is a conference room that looks like something out of a Bond movie. The furniture is all vintage 1950’s styling from Eames, shag carpeting, the works… BTW, I recommend the Eames documentary, if you are documentary-kind-of-person!

Inside the Google Veniceplex

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The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

Stuck on Earth 3.0

We are working hard on Stuck On Earth 3.0. We’re completely overhauling the “trip” system to make it more social. Not only will it be easier to create and share your trips, but now you can submit them to the community and to the editor to be included as one of the default Top 50 Lists. Before, it was a fairly cumbersome process, but soon, you’ll be able to do it all right from within the app.

Daily Photo – The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

This was my first time to sneak onto a Russian sub.

These are the kinds of things you probably are not supposed to do, but I figure the risk was about 1000% lower since the sub was no longer in Russian waters. In fact, it’s in friendly Long Beach, docked alongside the Queen Mary.

There was almost no security, and the gate was fairly easy to scale. I was with Tom, and somehow we talked one another into it. When you are with a friend and about to do something risky, either you talk each other into it or you talk each other out of it.

The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary

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An Endless Desert

Huge Live Show tonight!

I’ll be going live on the air tonight at 7 PM PT to talk about a new, upcoming event somewhere…in Europe! See the Google+ Event Details here. You’ll also be able to watch live here on the blog!

Trey’s LightRoom Presets

Today’s photo (and many others) has been made possible by Trey’s Lightroom Presets! Here’s one of those fun slider-things that we have on the page so you can see the before and after.

before
after

Daily Photo – An Endless Desert

This was my first trip to a proper desert. It’s the kind of desert that I imagined after watching Lawrence of Arabia countless times (it’s one of my favorite movies). Getting up and down these dunes in the middle of a hot summer day is enough to make you collapse. I think I lost one liter of water per dune.

After a while, I started to find it a little easier to walk around once I could better predict the hard parts and soft parts of the sand. But, by then, I had already made all my mistakes and my shoes were completely full of sand. Trudging around with 15 lb feet makes the effort across the dunes extra-special.

An Endless Desert

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