After the Blast Off

Other Rocket Photos and Richard Branson

So, if you know Richard Branson, show him these NASA Photos…  Tell him you know me and you want to get us together so I can take photos of his rocket ship.  I don’t know the guy yet, but I have a feeling we’d get along well.

Daily Photo – After the Blast Off

One thing that impressed me after the shuttle took off was the shadow across the top of the clouds.  I had never seen anything like it, and it was completely unexpected.  Of course, it makes perfect sense, but it’s one of those little after-the-fact-obvious things that makes you happy.

I have another offer to jump out of a plane with the US Army Golden knights DURING an upcoming rocket launch… and I can take photos on the descent.  That sounds pretty dang awesome and tough!

After the Blast Off One thing that impressed me after the shuttle took off was the shadow across the top of the clouds.  I had never seen anything like it, and it was completely unexpected.  Of course, it makes perfect sense, but it’s one of those little after-the-fact-obvious things that makes you happy.I have another offer to jump out of a plane with the US Army Golden knights DURING an upcoming rocket launch… and I can take photos on the descent.  That sounds pretty dang awesome and tough!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Sony NEX-7 Review

Live Show Tonight – all about the Sony NEX-7 Camera

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Tonight’s show is all about the Sony NEX-7 Camera. Watch live at 7 PM PT on Live.TWIT.tv – see you soon!

The Sony NEX-7 Review

The new review is up! See the Sony NEX-7 Review.

I bought one a few weeks ago and have been using it quite a bit. I really like the camera! Below is a scene from the Indiana Jones Show at Disneyworld. I was sitting back in the audience, and I used the kit lens to zoom all the way in as close as I could. I could crop and still get an image that was 5200 pixels across!

Since I was able to take so many photos so quickly, I was able to pluck out the frame that had the most interesting action — when the big German guy flipped up Indy into the air…

Indy via Sony NEX-7The new review is up! See the Sony NEX-7 Review.I bought one a few weeks ago and have been using it quite a bit. I really like the camera! This is a scene from the Indiana Jones Show at Disneyworld. I was sitting back in the audience, and I used the kit lens to zoom all the way in as close as I could. I could crop and still get an image that was 5200 pixels across!Since I was able to take so many photos so quickly, I was able to pluck out the frame that had the most interesting action -- when the big German guy flipped up Indy into the air...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Fireworks on the Disney Cruise

SmugMug Review

Are you looking for a place to host your photos? I’m still quite happy with SmugMug.  See my SmugMug Review for more information.  I’m about to have a portfolio re-design there on the site… so get ready for that too!

Fireworks Tip

Here’s a quick one… if you have “Long Exposure NR” turned on (which it is by default), be sure to turn it off when shooting fireworks.  The camera can take a LONG time to do that NR (Noise Reduction) processing, which will keep you from taking the next exposure.

Daily Photo – Fireworks on the Disney Cruise

I was not sure where exactly the fireworks shot off the top of the Disney Fantasy, so I gambled and guessed that this area on Deck 13 in the “Adults Only” area of the ship would be best.  There is a little curving area that juts out that I thought would be perfect…  I asked a few cast members, and they told me to be over on the starboard side, but I tried to explain that I wanted to get the boat in the shot too — this confounded them… so, anyway, I was over in this spot pretty much by myself… which is fine with me!

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Morning at Sea

New eBook from Paul Roustin!

Check out “Diary of a Body Painter” – now available!  Paul is an amazing artist – and someone I hope you all learn to appreciate as much as I do.  I’m proud that he has a new eBook over at Flatbooks.com.

  • Get first person insight into what it’s like to be a body painter, an artist that paints art on people’s skin
  • Includes some of the most candid experiences between the painter and subject
  • 75 visually stunning images complementing 27 diary entries that are certain to keep you entertained
  • Over 40 beautifully laid out pages

Daily Photo – Morning at Sea

I’ve been waking up at Ouch-o’clock every morning to see the sunrise off the front of the boat. It’s always been worth it… listening to music, moving around the boat, pretty much totally alone except for a few members of the crew out doing their morning duties.

This morning, we went to Castaway Cay, which is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. I thought it would be kind of lame (I’m both cynical and optimistic!) — but it was really awesome… we had a great time there!

Morning at SeaI've been waking up at Ouch-o'clock every morning to see the sunrise off the front of the boat. It's always been worth it... listening to music, moving around the boat, pretty much totally alone except for a few members of the crew out doing their morning duties.This morning, we went to Castaway Cay, which is Disney's private island in the Bahamas. I thought it would be kind of lame (I'm both cynical and optimistic!) -- but it was really awesome... we had a great time there!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Disney Fantasy Cruise – The Skyline Bar

Daily Photo – Disney Fantasy Cruise – The Skyline Bar

Which city do you think this is??

This is the coolest bar on the ship.  I was in here this night with John Lasseter (I think!) – but he was sitting with a group of people and I didn’t want to interrupt him to say hello.  Anyway, these walls are filled with images of different cities that change out every 12-14 minutes or so.  And, if you get up close to these hi-def walls, you can see movement!  People walk around the streets, cars move, lights flicker, people go about their days inside their homes, etc.  It’s endlessly fascinating.  I also have some video of this too — I’ll release that as soon as I have more bandwidth at dock!

Disney Fantasy Cruise - The Skyline BarWhich city do you think this is??This is the coolest bar on the ship.  I was in here this night with John Lasseter (I think!) - but he was sitting with a group of people and I didn't want to interrupt him to say hello.  Anyway, these walls are filled with images of different cities that change out every 12-14 minutes or so.  And, if you get up close to these hi-def walls, you can see movement!  People walk around the streets, cars move, lights flicker, people go about their days inside their homes, etc.  It's endlessly fascinating.  I also have some video of this too -- I'll release that as soon as I have more bandwidth at dock!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Disney Fantasy Cruise – Tunnel Vision

The answer

Of yesterday’s quiz was NO.  It is not HDR.  I did it just with Lightroom… and nothing tooooo fancy in Lightroom either.  I may or may not have another video tutorial coming up soon about Lightroom and a few of my tricks… stay tuned for that!

Daily Photo – Disney Fantasy Cruise – Tunnel Vision

Here is one more photo from the Fantasy!  I’ve been going photo-crazy.  Not only is the cruise kind of expensive, but the internet costs 75 cents a minute… so, many Bothans died to bring you this image!  But… it is so amazing I wanted to share it ASAP.

See those tubes there on the right and left?  It’s a huge waterslide that even extends out beyond the edges of the ship!  Amazing…  and that huge movie screen there?  They play movies on it regularly… so you can relax at the pool while seeing something more interesting than what always seems to end up on my airplanes:  Miss Congeniality 2.

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The Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

Is this HDR or not?

Do you think this photo is HDR or not?  It’s the second photo I have released with the Nikon D800 with it’s 36 megapixel extremeness!  I’ll leave it open for debate for a while… you may enjoy watching the discussion over on Google+ as well!

Daily Photo – The Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

And speaking of that… I am here on the maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy.  It’s an amazing ship (50% bigger than the other ships) and a great playground for photographers!  Forget the kids!  In fact, I almost did a few times… but they are having fun in all the kids’ clubs…  Well… I have a ton to talk about and show… but busy busy busy with photos and not much internet!  Anyway, debate away on whether or not this is HDR…  Either I’m tricking you, I double-tricking you, or something unknowable… I look forward to coming back and seeing what you think!

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Where the Princess Dwells at Night

Behind-the-Scenes Video

William Beem (frequent community commenter here on the blog… you know him… you love him…) recorded a video of the situation below.  See it here on YouTube.

Missed our Cruise!

We were supposed to get on a cruise for Disney today and we missed it because of flight problems!  Oh no… so now we are scrambling to get down to Grand Cayman to meet the boat.

Daily Photo – Where the Princess Dwells at Night…

But, while in the middle of all this drama, I happened to already be Orlando, so why not make the most of it?

I called for a little PhotoWalk at Disney! It was really really really fun — and getting this shot was tough! I think +William Beem +Gilmar Smith +Keith Barrett or perhaps +Ali Elhajj got a video of me trying to convince half a dozen Disney workers to “sweep water” in front of my camera, which was splayed on the ground. At first, one guy didn’t want to do it because he might get in trouble… then the other acquiesced… and then, before they knew it, they were all being controlled like crystal farmers in Starcraft… we eventually got all the water in the right place!

I had to go over and whip out my sweet Android phone to show them some photos from Google+ — I found the one from Paris with the puddle — I said I needed a puddle about thiiiiis big … and eventually we got it all engineered out. They were all very helpful and nice… I convinced them all to come onto Google+ to see the final result — so I hope they are here! Hi guys – Y muchas gracias!

Where the Princess Dwells at Night…

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The Old Market

Trey’s Variety Hour #23:  Wearable Cameras of the Future

Daniel Suarez (author of Daemon) joins me, Leo Laporte, Kevin Kelly, and Gordon Laing to talk about Augmented Reality, Drone Swarms, Cameras and Art in the Future, and much much more.

Facebook Subscribe and the New Timeline

My Facebook page has been getting more and more subscribers lately, so if I was unable to friend you because I hit the 5K limit, this Subscribe option will work out well for you.  I also activated the new Timeline, but I notice not everyone has yet.  Have you done it?  I think it is kinda cool, even though I know there are a few FB-haters out there.

Daily Photo – The Old Market

I have another Disneyworld trip coming up, and I was reminded of this place.  This is Epcot, one of the best spots for photography at sunset and into the evening.

This area makes me long to go to some of these places for real.  It’s all so wonderfully fake around Disney, but that is nice in its own way.  I have several more places in the Middle East to visit, and I hope to make that happen over the next few years.  Before I actually decide on a place and land on the shores of Tripoli, I’ll be sure to blog about it!

The Old MarketI have another Disneyworld trip coming up, and I was reminded of this place.  This is Epcot, one of the best spots for photography at sunset and into the evening.This area makes me long to go to some of these places for real.  It's all so wonderfully fake around Disney, but that is nice in its own way.  I have several more places in the Middle East to visit, and I hope to make that happen over the next few years.  Before I actually decide on a place and land on the shores of Tripoli, I'll be sure to blog about it!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The French Quarter of Disney

 

Fake Book in China

I’m not sure – but I think this is a rogue copy of my book in China! 🙂 I signed it anyway 🙂

Daily Photo – The French Quarter of Disney

Amazing Disneyworld! I am starting to switch my opinion about the best place to shoot in Disneyworld. I’m now thinking it is definitely Epcot. It used to be Animal Kingdom, which is still amazing.. but I find myself with more options and variety at Epcot, especially in the evening.

Here’s a great tip. If you stay at the resort, then go to Epcot on the “bonus hours” evening. Then get yourself way out at the opposite end of the park when it closes. You can then take your time and leave, taking photos all along the way. It’s pretty much absolutely deserted! The security guards did not seem to bother me either…

The French Quarter of DisneyAmazing Disneyworld! I am starting to switch my opinion about the best place to shoot in Disneyworld. I'm now thinking it is definitely Epcot. It used to be Animal Kingdom, which is still amazing.. but I find myself with more options and variety at Epcot, especially in the evening.Here's a great tip. If you stay at the resort, then go to Epcot on the "bonus hours" evening. Then get yourself way out at the opposite end of the park when it closes. You can then take your time and leave, taking photos all along the way. It's pretty much absolutely deserted! The security guards did not seem to bother me either...- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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