Sunrise Across the Seas

Five Ways To Get

Here’s an article I did for Idealog Magazine in New Zealand.

Daily Photo – Sunrise Across the Seas

There must be something about the warm air around the equator and the cool sea that churns up these clouds. No matter the morning, there was a new configuration of clouds and light. I got in the habit of setting up my tripod close to the balcony at Amateras so it would be ready in the morning. This minimized my morning wake-up pain. Note that VERY FEW of my sunrise photos are so easy to get… most involve a lot more bodily-morning-travel to find a good spot!

Sunrise Across the Seas

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How To Set Up A Large-Scale Live Webinar with YouTube Live and Google Hangouts

A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

We’re trying something innovative with our new Art of Photography online class – as far as I know, we are the first to try this.

For the previous one, we used GoToWebinar, which had the downside of being expensive and a Limit of 1000 people.

Using a combination of unique steps, we can scale a paid webinar to well beyond 1,000 people (unlimited, in fact) and it’s totally free.

Background

My team has figured this out, mostly because we’ve been really hitting Google Hangouts hard. I have a weekly show that goes out for free called “Trey’s Variety Hour” – go subscribe on YouTube! Very early on, I made friends with a genius named Dave Veffer, who is now my producer and has been doing all the heavy lifting on the logistics of that weekly show and the live webinar. Dave and Curtis Simmons worked together on the complete solution for this process, so a big thanks to both of them!

Note: we use e-Junkie for a payment system so that people can register and pay for the live Webinar.

Benefits of this Method

- It’s Free
- No Limit on Registrations
- Users can watch the video in 720p or 360p
- We can control the entire user experience
- We can show pre-canned videos live at a very high frame rate
- With everyone watching these pre-canned videos at the same time, it increases the excitement of the live event, it compels more people to stay with the event in real-time, and it keeps the Live questions in sync since everyone will be in the same place
- When we are done, the entire video is recorded so we can provide a URL to any registrants that missed the live broadcast.

The How-To

Step 1: Set up the page that the viewers will visit

1) We make a branded special page on StuckInCustoms.com. This page is password-protected.
2) On that page, we include the YouTube Live Event broadcast (embedded video player)
3) We also include the Google Moderator embed code (for Live questions during the event for our moderator to handle). How to Embed it.

Step 2: Set up your eCommerce solution

1) We set up an account with e-Junkie
2) We created a product inside eJunkie so people can sign up for the Webinar for $149.
3) After they register and pay, we have an email address that we will use to send them a link to the page with password we created above.

Step 3: Tell people about your Webinar and link them to your sales page.

1) We created a sales page at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/art-of-photography
2) On that page, use the code that you get from e-Junkie so people can buy a seat at the webinar. (basic shopping cart embed code)
3) After people make the purchase, they will receive a confirmation email automatically through e-Junkie.

Step 4: Run the Live Webinar

1) My producer, Dave, creates the Event (which is set to “Unlisted”) on my YouTube Live account, configures it for 720p and 360p, and notes the YouTube embed code.
2) Dave starts a Google+ Hangout with a limited audience of me and Karen Hutton who will be asking me all the questions.
3) Dave uses Wirecast to capture part of the screen where the Hangout window is, which he then streams through my YouTube Live account to the Event via 720p and 360p as well as recording a local copy to his hard drive.
4) Dave verifies that the broadcast does NOT appear on my YouTube live channel (it’s unlisted).
5) Dave takes the unlisted video embed code and places it on our private webpage on StuckInCustoms.com that we set up in Step 1.
6) We do live introductions and whatnot through the Google Hangout for everyone to see.
7) (optional) Dave can then play a pre-canned video on his computer and Wirecast can pipe that through to YouTube Live.
8) We then begin the detailed Q&A and take live questions through Google Moderator. I can answer on video and screenshare my computer to show how to do certain tricks or whatever in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

Daily Photo – Boulders at the Beach

This is quite a unique beach, isn’t it?

I came down to these boulders many times per day. The light was different, and on this particular evening, I was hoping for a good sunset. The kharma must have built up because everything came out quite nice…

And even better, the water was warm enough to wade into…

Boulders at the Beach

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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Footprints in the Sand

Stuff You Need

You might notice there are always little changes being made to the “Stuff You Need” page here on the site. And yes, I really do use a Really Right Stuff tripod that I bought over a year ago… it’s a great one!

Daily Photo – Footprints in the Sand

My RRS Tripod: “You promised you would walk beside me forever, and I would always see our footprints together in the sand.”

Me: “During your times of trial and suffering, when you only see one set of footprints, that is when I carried you, my son. That is when I carried you.”

Footprints in the Sand

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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The Vastness

Photos of Clouds

I’ve noticed that photos of JUST clouds are sometimes not so great. Even if it is an amazing sunset – aiming the camera up at only the clouds just doesn’t work so well (generally). I can’t figure out why this is – but maybe you have noticed this too?

I think it must have something to do with having a sense of perspective and scale. Clouds with a horizon are better than clouds without a horizon. This seems to be a fairly arbitrary rule, but it does ring true, so perhaps there is something anthropological happening in that humans need to know the distance and magnitude of upcoming weather.

Daily Photo – The Vastness

I know that photographers generally are especially mindful of things and scenes around them, and I wonder if landscape photographers are especially mindful of clouds.

I look at them like a Native American preparing for a reaping of the maize. I’ve really come to understand and respect a wide variety of cloud patterns, even though there are a few configurations and situations that evade me. I really enjoy being able to predict cloud patterns for the next several hours. I’m not always right, but it is a fun game to play with myself.

These humid, windy skies in Virgin Gorda made for a tumultuous tableau. Everything would change quite quickly, so it was harder to predict several hours away. But I did have a good feeling about this time in particular…

I kept a few of the islands in the bottom of the frame so you could get a sense of perspective to see how huge the clouds actually were.

The Vastness

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Amateras in the British Virgin Islands

Great Villa!

I searched all around the internet to find a good place to stay with my family in the British Virgin Islands, and we decided on this place at Amateras. There were actually two houses all together with a big gathering house in the middle. That middle house is where we spent most of our time, mostly because the kitchen was there.

As far as photography goes, it was one of the best spots on the island! It was high on a hill, so there was plenty of good shots of both oceans. I hardly had to move for sunrise and sunset shots!

Regarding the PhotoWalk Today

We can use the Event I posted on G+ to share photos… here’s a little video about how it works… I think this is a really cool way to share photos from the event!

Daily Photo – Sitting in the Breeze

This is the other area of Amateras where we spent most of our time. We would make drinks and then relax outside and read books in the breeze. There is that warm ocean breeze that is not too cold or two hot. In the evenings, it did get a little cool, but it was still nice to sit out here and read books. I finished off two while I was here. They were both about time. One was called “The End of Time” by Julian Barbour — quite a nice book about physics. The other was called “The Fabric of Reality” which puts a different take on the whole thing…

HDR Photo

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The Edge of Virgin Gorda

Also from Virgin Gorda

Today’s photo was taken at the same beach as the video below. I could have taken pretty much the same photo with the Sony NEX-7, but I chose the D800 because I like the wide-angle lens a little better. I mean, I suppose it’s not a big deal, but I still get a tiny more flexibility with lenses when it comes to the D800.

However, if I only had the Sony NEX-7, I could get something very very close to this, I believe.

Daily Photo – The Edge of Virgin Gorda

I wish my D800 had a articulating screen! It’s so hard to shoot close to the ground, isn’t it? I mean, Live View helps a little bit, but it’s so tough to really know for sure.

There are certain positions you can get in (I call them the camera sutra) that can be crazy-painful. I’ve gotten a little better over the years, since I simply kind of “know” what the picture will look like without having to gorilla-pod my neck…

The Edge of Virgin Gorda

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  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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The Magical Cave

Many Comments Yesterday – Responses (and an upgrade!)

The comments from yesterday got a little crazy, and I did my best to respond. You’ll also notice a massive-upgrade to the commenting system. What do you think?

Trey’s Variety Hour #39: Body Painting and Photography

Warning: If you are offended by nudes, watch the TWiT pixelated version in the podcast.
Opportunity: if you can effortlessly handle the naked naked, be sure to watch the embedded YouTube below! :)

Artists Paul Roustan, Alexa Meade, and Daniel Ibanez join me this week and show us a bunch of their artwork and tell the stories behind them.

*Bonus Notes:

- Awesome time travel movie I recommend: “Primer”. Give it your full attention otherwise you might miss something :)
- Barry Glassman, a colorblind photographer, of bgphotos.net is looking to pay someone to help him process photos. Go check him out if you are interested!

Thanks to Leo Laporte, Tony Wang, and Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production!

Podcast Options – Get it free FIRST via:

Daily Photo – The Magical Cave

The Baths on Virgin Gorda are filled with many tiny little caves here and there. For some, you have to crawl through sand or swim to get there. This one was one of the tightest and one of the most awesome! I thought it would be a great place to take a photo… I first went inside here with Justin Troupe and it was so awesome, I decided to return inside with my camera!

Because the light levels were so extreme in here, I went with a 7-exp shot in this situation.

The Magical Cave

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21mm (21mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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Kids in “The Baths”

Toad Hall – Virgin Gorda

A few days ago, I posted a video that I did while at Toad Hall. I received a few questions in email, and wanted to remind you there is a detail page for Toad Hall with a bunch of photos there so you can see what it’s like. I wanted to post this photo below of what it was like in the nearby Baths, which is just a short walk from this house.

Daily Photo – Kids in the Baths

This is my oldest son, Ethan, holding my youngest daughter, Scarlett.

I took the NEX-7 (see my ever-updating Sony NEX-7 Review) into the amazing waters of The Baths in Virgin Gorda. I feel more comfy taking my NEX-7 into “risky” situations because it is so small and light. It’s still fairly expensive, so that is a worry (!!), but I do find myself getting “more” shots with this camera in certain situations like this.

Kids in the Baths

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  • ISO400
  • Focal Length18mm (27mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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Hans Zimmer Music and Trey Ratcliff Photos

A Visit to the Counter-World

The HD version is up on YouTube now. This was a personal project where I put together some of my favorite photos to the music of Hans Zimmer. And, in case you missed it, here is a long story about a day I had with Hans in his studio.

If you are able to watch this full screen in HD with earphones – I recommend it! :)

If you are in Germany or having trouble seeing it on mobile, the Vimeo version will work.

Daily Photo – Massive Storm hits Virgin Gorda

This turned out to be one of my favorite spots on Virgin Gorda a few weeks ago. There is a long road that trails up and down the island. Along one side of the big mountain, there is a little spot where you can get this perspective. I went up there early to grab photos of the sunset, but I was greeted with the sight of a massive storm instead!

Massive Storm hits Virgin Gorda

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  • Focal Length24mm (24mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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Behind the Scenes in the British Virgin Islands

Behind-the-scenes

Enjoy this brand new video that we just shot down in the islands!

Daily Photo – The Mining Coast

And here is the final shot from the how-to video above!

The Mining Coast Here is the final shot from the how-to video you can see at the link below.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post (and see the video) at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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