Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

Updated the Sony A7r Review

I’ve just added more photos and info to the Sony A7r Review here on the site – check it out! :)

Does anyone know the history here?

So, I do like the photo I posted today, but there is ONE thing that REALLY bothers me. When you see it, you can’t unsee it. Go ahead… take a moment to look.

Did you see it? You see how there is not real symmetry here? The triangle is right in the middle, but if you follow that hallway straight, then it is way off to the side. It’s not even close, really, even though everything else around the Louvre is symmetrical and perfectly placed. I can’t figure out why this one particular (and major north/south corridor) is so off-center, and I was wondering if there is a reason for it. It must have been some major problem in the construction that no one realized until later. And I’m sure it bothered everyone that was involved with the process… anyway, probably going down a rat hole here…

Daily Photo – Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

No matter how you approach the Louvre it is impressive. The entire building is the Louvre — that pyramid bit is just the entrance. I remember when I was a kid and they built that pyramid bit and how controversial it was. Now I can't imagine this place without it! It would be even better if there was total symmetry with all the interdependent hallways (*ahem*!)

Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Chateau at the End of the Lane

From the Midnight in Paris Tutorial

We did a great event last year in Paris. Most of you may already know about it, but here’s a video about it in case this is new to you! Today’s photo was taken from the event as well…

Daily Photo – The Chateau at the End of the Lane

You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a whole chateau for the day! There are SO MANY of them all over France, and a ton of them just sit there empty. It's so crazy-expensive to run them and maintain them that they just kind of sit there collecting dust. I was afraid that when we rented this place it would be like $10,000 for a few days or something, but it was all less than $1,000 I believe. What a deal! And, when we were inside on the first day, it was so strange… it was kind of like we had the whole place to ourselves and we didn't know what to do with all the space and all the power! It was kind of dizzying — but at least it was dizzying in a beautiful place.

The Chateau at the End of the Lane

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length160.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cute Cat in Paris Market

80 Days – 8,000 Photos

Today’s photo you may recognize from this video sequence below! :)

Daily Photo – Cute Cat in Paris Market

Whenever I walk around cities, I carry two different cameras. One has a lens for landsapes and wide-angle stuff. That one is usually also on a tripod. For the second one, I carry a different lens for portraits, street photography, or “found things” photography. Like this! I walked into a little market by a subway entrance and it was full of hundreds of tiny little things here and there…

Cute Cat in Paris Market

Cute Cat in Paris Market

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3S
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture1.4
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paris after the storm

Post-Storm Shooting

I’ve ended up getting some of my best photos if I just ride out a storm and wait for sunset. Of course, you never know when a storm will end, but I’m trying not to give up lately. I mean, rather, sometimes when it is raining hard around 4 or 5 PM, sometimes my instinct is just to give up the sunset, but every now and then, things really work out well. So I have to keep reminding myself of this!

Daily Photo – Paris after the storm

What a crazy night in Paris this was! It was raining all day and totally depressing. Then, magically, at the end of the day, the skies opened up and went silent while every type of cloud and light started to recede. Some very low clouds were drifting by the Eiffel Tower while the lights of the city shone up through them. It was all so overwhelming — I was having so much fun while taking this photo!

Paris after the storm

Paris after the storm

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture4.2
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length48.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Corner in Paris

Wide Angle on Corners

These tight-angled corners are great for photos, but they look even better if you back up with a bit of a wide-angle lens. You can get a sense of the effect in the photo below!

Daily Photo – Another Corner in Paris

Whenever I get back into my processing mode and I come across a photo I took of some corner in Paris, I think to myself, “Trey, why didn't you just stay out all night and take photos of corners until your fingers bled?” I don't know! I know when I am there, I get a little overwhelmed and lose a little bit of perspective on the whole thing… I need to work on this!

Another Corner in Paris

Another Corner in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

HDR Tutorial

The text version of the HDR Tutorial is looking pretty good here on the site now! Be sure to give it a quick visit if you haven’t been in a while!

Daily Photo – The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

I decided to have a little fun with this shot!

It's one of my favorite photos from France inside the Sainte Chapelle. When I was there, I managed to sneakily get my tripod into position, much to my wife's chagrin. Oh, and the chagrin of security once they finally discovered my rouse (which is very difficult to hide, btw). Anyway, I got my shots before getting in trouble… and then I decided to make the most interesting bit and reflect it downwards upon itself to give it more of a feeling of infinite crystal.

The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

La Défense de la Matrix

Introducing another Arcanum Master, Dallas Nagata White

I know many of you are excited for the doors to open on The Arcanum! Many masters are making “intro” videos so that their 20 Apprentices (and everyone else in The Arcanum) can get to know them. The vast majority of the videos inside are private, but we are releasing a few here and there for fun, like this one from Dallas!

Daily Photo – La Défense de la Matrix

This whole area in and around La Défense in Paris is an amazing area for photography. Everyone knows that Paris is a delight for artistic reasons, but the area in and around this building is relatively quiet. I didn't really see many other photographers around here, so it was free and easy. I did get in trouble a few times for using a tripod from some security guards. But it wasn't anything too rough, and I just moved away till I could not be seen any more and kept taking photos. They would just ride around in golf carts and be a little frenchy-mean. You know the type… while they talked to me, they would just shake their head with haughty, disapproving eyes…

La Défense de la Matrix

La Défense de la Matrix

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Double-inner Cloister in Mont Saint-Michel

Don’t forget about the freebie version of “Organize Your Photos!”

On the day we announced the new blog, we did a huge giveaway of this video series to local camera clubs! Be sure to pop over there to see all the details. It’s only valid for two more days, so check it out! :)

Daily Photo – The Double-inner Cloister

When touring the fortified monastery inside Mont Saint-Michel, one of the final areas after many twists and turns opens into this charming cloister. The arches and craftsmanship is remarkable and makes for at least a few hours worth of photos. It's one of those amazing places where you just take a few steps then resign yourself to taking yet another photo!

Unfortunately, this place is not open at night, which was too bad because I was really looking forward to one of those sorts of shots. I think this place would be so moody in low light!

Mont Saint-Michel

The Double-inner Cloister

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Edna

Beta Testing the new site!

We are rolling out the New Version of Stuck In Customs over the next 24 hours. A full update is coming soon and I’ll go through all the changes with you! Of the HUNDREDS of new things, one of the coolest is that it is now a responsive design that should be super mobile-friendly! Anyway, more info to come when it is official (probably tomorrow).

More about Edna from The Incredibles

I bet SOME of you in the audience know who this woman is, and if you do, feel free to educate everyone else! :)

Daily Photo – Edna

How awesome is this woman? I saw her while in Paris.

Or did I? No, not really… but there she is, evidently, yes? And I did take the picture.

But, amazingly, this is a store window display along the streets of Paris. Now that I say that, you see it, yes? Yes. But still, pretty cool I say! :)

Edna from The Incredibles

Edna

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-3

The Purple Crystal Christmas Tree

Winner Selected for the Quadcopter!

You can go view all the details on this post. And here is a note from the winner, reprinted with her permission!

Hi Trey,

I am so excited to learn I won the Phantom 2 Quadcopter! Thank you so very much for having this contest. I am still in shock that I won this as I have been dreaming of getting one someday.

I can’t wait to start using it. I have several ideas of what I want to do with it first. Now I can capture video and photos of places I can’t get to physically. My wheelchair limits where I can go and as well as the terrain I need to be on. (I am famous for getting Stuck in Mud! As I usually get so engrossed in the wildlife I am photographing that sometimes I forget to check if I am heading for wet or muddy areas). So this will open up even more opportunities and places for me to photograph. I can go on and on about what I want to do but I won’t bore you with that.

I just want to thank you and everyone for this. You made a dream of mine come true!

Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Carrie “Sharkbayte” Conte

Daily Photo – The Purple Crystal Christmas Tree

Is it full of real crystal? Yes oh yes. Crazy eh? Only in France would they erect sometime so wonderfully ornate and over-the-top. Has anyone ever seen a timelapse of this thing going up? I’d love to see it. The engineering required must be mind blowing. I’m a big fan of when big engineering projects combine with big art projects.

The Purple Crystal Christmas Tree

The Purple Crystal Christmas Tree

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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