The Pacific Sea Mist

My ever-changing bags, a new problem!

My camera bags keep getting smaller thanks to my smaller mirrorless cameras, but I have a new problem! I guess it’s a good problem to have because it is my quadcopter! I want to take it with me all the time when I travel now, and even though they are compact, they still require a lot of space. Thank goodness it’s not heavy, but there is still a commitment of another bag! Well… this is how it goes I guess!

Daily Photo – The Pacific Sea Mist

Flying along the PCH south of San Francisco, the road gets extremely curvy. I remember when I was a kid driving along here with my sister. She got really sick and threw up all over my grammie's face, which was super hilarious. I was dying laughing… everyone was except for Bianca. Haha jeez… anyway, now that I drive up and down it, I'm reminded of how curvy it is! On this particular evening, there was one of those super-wet air layers that was sweeping in from the sea… somewhere between cool fog and wet mist.

The Pacific Sea Mist

Photo Information

  • Date TakenApril 22, 2013 at 5:26am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

More PhotoWalks Being Planned!

More cities for this year and next

I’m thinking about combining PhotoWalks with some very special event. More to come… but these are really always so fun! They are always free events, and I invite each and every one of you to join us!

The Big San Francisco Photowalk

I realize I never posted about the results of this thing! This was a bit ago, but thought you might like a little photo and video recap! We had over 400 people show up, and it was absolutely insane! This photo is by Peter Adams.

The Virtual Photowalk Footage

Here’s some of the footage from the Virtual Photowalks from that day. Thanks to Karen Hutton and so many others! :)

Daily Photo – San Francisco and the foggy bay

And here's yet another photo of San Francisco, one of the most photogenic cities in the world!

San Francisco and the foggy bay

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200mm (200mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Flying in a Glider while taking Photos

A new video!

This video was made for The Arcanum — but decided to release it to the public for fun! For those of you that have signed up and are enjoying The Arcanum (or are still on the waiting list for a Master) — thanks!

This is kind of a strange video, but it talks about how to take photos from the air in high-speed conditions. I stayed in Aperture Priority and let the camera figure out the shutter speed. This worked out great everywhere except at landing where the speed delta and shake was too intense. I was using a Sony A7r with the NEX 10-18mm lens — you can see the full Sony A7r review.

I was shooting in Autobracketing not for HDR but just for some exposure variety in the shots. I was not totally sure at the time, so I figured having some exposure coverage would be smart. In post-processing, I appreciated having three different photos to choose from.

Daily Photo – San Francisco at Night

I haven’t been back to San Francisco in a while — I need to change that! I heard that Pete is going to organize a little Arcanum get-together for the Masters somewhere around here… I sure wish I could easily pop over there to join the festivities! :)

San Francisco at Night

San Francisco at Night

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 20, 2011 at 9:08pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Jeremy Cowart

Keep an eye out for his app!

Today’s photo is of my buddy Jeremy Cowart. Be sure to check out his blog and keep an eye on it for an announcement of an awesome new app!

Daily Photo – Jeremy Cowart

Here’s the always awesome and mega-humble Jeremy Cowart. Man — he’s such a cool guy… I love these guys that you meet in real life and they are EXACTLY like you think they are. That’s always a big relief… It’s the biggest bummer in the world when someone turns out to be less…than…

I took this one with my NEX-7 with a prime f/1.4 Leica mounted Voigtlander.

Jeremy Cowart's App

Jeremy Cowart

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMay 22, 2012 at 4:57pm
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Hat Store in San Francisco

Episode 1

I don’t know if you saw this or not… but you may enjoy Episode 1 of The Art of Photography tutorial. Here’s the whole thing in its entirety! :)

Daily Photo – Hat Store in San Francisco

These are the kind of situations that really call for a wide angle lens. It takes every single line and makes it 2x as extreme. When you walk around with your “wide-angle” mindset, you start to pay special attention to high contrast lines. Lights, stripes in the streets, car streaks, and anything else starts to take on a new sense of drama. If you’re looking to make your photography a bit more exciting and see things in a new way, go borrow (or rent) a wide-angle lens and give it a try! :)

Hat Store in San Francisco

Hat Store in San Francisco

Photo Information

  • Date TakenOctober 21, 2011 at 10:06pm
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Google Glass Giveaway!

The Giant PhotoWalk Event

This will be an amazing PhotoWalk event in San Francisco soon! It’s officially sanctioned by Google and everything, and yes, I’ll be giving away Glass to one lucky person! It all takes place on May 14 in San Francisco. Sign up here on the the Official Google+ Event Page!

Just announced on the Live Show!

Join me and Thomas Hawk on the 14th. We talk more about it here when we first announced it…

How to Watch

You can watch the embedded player magically appear here live on StuckInCustoms.com just before the show goes live. You can also engage in the live chat, but join early because it maxes out quickly!

Time to Watch

Check your local time in the Google+ Event. Or, of you’re in the US, it starts tonight (Monday) at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET.

Are you going to miss the live event because of a time commitment?

No worries. These Hangouts are recorded automatically to YouTube. It will show up on this YouTube channel.

Thanks to Chris Chabot for taking this photo! I think I look at little smarmy in it… but that’s how he made me pose.

Magical Fog in San Francisco over the Golden Gate BridgeI recently drove across the bridge and up this little mountain road to try to find this shot. I started driving up a road I knew well, but it was closed. Closed! So I parked, got out my tripod, and hiked about a mile up this hill to get to this spot. It was a very cool night, but there was some strange inversion happening. Almost anywhere I stood on the side of the hill was a stead hotel-room 72-degrees. And there was zero wind. It was a perfect night, and just when I arrived, the fog really started pouring over the bridge, so I set up for this shot...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The New Facebook HQ

Updated Drobo Review

I’ve been playing with one of the New Drobos — the much faster Thunderbolt version, and they are very good! I have since updated my Drobo Review here on the site for you to enjoy.

Daily Photo – The New Facebook HQ

I had a fun afternoon walking around the new Facebook campus when I was recently there. Here’s a quick one! :)

The New Facebook HQ

The New Facebook HQ

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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 Golden Gate Bridge Fog

San Francisco in the Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300mm (300mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Why Flatbooks will make the world a better place

New Flatbooks Available! Big World Little Lens

New from Justin Balog – Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography will teach you everything you need to know about taking great photos with your iPhone.

  1. Amaze all your Facebook friends with your new found creativity
  2. Turn your iPhone into a loyal creative companion and never miss a moment again
  3. Learn ten tips and tricks to easily enhance all your iPhone images
  4. Be inspired by iPhone images from around the world, annotated with the apps that were used to make them

Why Flatbooks will make the world a better place

Here’s an article from Justin at Hossedia he wrote about Flatbooks – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Inside the San Francisco Hyatt

Here is one from our San Francisco PhotoWalk when we made a surprise move and ducked into the Hyatt hotel. As you can imagine, I was not too excited about leaving the vibrant city to go into a hotel, but the people I was with assured me it was really cool inside. And it is! I was pleasantly surprised at the art and architecture on the inside… it was very complex and busy, but it proved to be a fun and challenging situation for composition.

San Francisco Hyatt Lobby

Inside the San Francisco Hyatt

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Eat at Facebook

Interview with Astrum People Part 1

Here’s part 1 of the interview below – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Eat at Facebook

Last week I spent the day at Facebook and got a private photo-tour of the campus. They just moved to their new HQ, so it was interesting to see how everything was spread out.

I was first escorted by a private security guy. He was ex-Marine and kind of a bad-ass. I asked if there were a lot of ex-Marines now hired at Facebook and he said there were quite a few… I figured they were the ones that were most badass.

I took a ton of photos, and I don’t know why I am sharing this one first, but here it is anyway. There are many cafeterias all over the campus, and I thought that this one was kinda cool…

Eat at Facebook

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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