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

Through the Hotel Lobby

Speaking of Paris

I added this photo to Google+ and was enjoying this new “Sparkle” feature. I know it’s kind of silly, but I think it is actually pretty cool! haha… sparkle unicorn baby! Yeah!

Daily Photo – Through the Hotel Lobby

When we did our big event in Paris, pretty much the whole class stayed at this amazing hotel. Even though we didn’t really do any official shoots in the hotel, almost everyone set up here to get a bunch of shots all over this place. It was really awesome inside, but you couldn’t tell from the street. These places always make me wonder what it is inside every banal looking door around Paris. You never know!

Hotel Paris

Through the Hotel Lobby

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

A hint of disarray

An online index of abandoned places

Help! Several years ago, someone sent me a website that had a list of all the awesome abandoned places around the world. It also had tips on how to get inside, safety, sample photos, and all other kinds of cool stuff. Do any of you know this site I’ve forgotten?

Daily Photo – A hint of disarray

The more I thought about taking the photo, the more I liked it. There is something wonderfully formal and French and chateau-like about it… but there is also something amiss. You can tell, after a moment’s pause, that this is an old forgotten hallway where they stick random bits of furniture. And then it makes you think about the whole house – what’s going on here where formal things are moved haphazardly around? I feel like I’m capturing it in the middle of a decay cycle.

A hint of disarray

A hint of disarray

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Walking through the parks in Paris

Thanks again for the great PhotoWalk in Paris!

I FINALLY got around to editing this photo below. It was so fun to meet everyone there – we’ll have to do it again some time! :)

Movie Slideshow from France

Here is a little movie-slideshow I made. To find out more about how I made it, see the Animoto Review.

Daily Photo – Walking through the parks in Paris

I love this park! I end up walking through it a lot because it is centrally located. It’s the Tuileries Garden and it’s located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concord. During the photowalk, I decided to set up for a shot almost straight up that considered the classically shaped light poles and the trees.

Walking through the parks in Paris

Walking through the parks in Paris

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Thumbs Up

Photos of Art

Do you ever take photos of other art, like statues and other things of this nature? I find it quite difficult to do something unique that does not feel like a derivative work. A good case in point is below… I find it to be a nice little challenge to do something new with the piece of art… maybe get an angle or explore an idea that would even please the original artist! An homage of sorts, perhaps…

Daily Photo – Thumbs Up

This comes from a cool and unexpected part of Paris called La Defense. Regulars know the area well, but I had never been there until this most recent trip. There were thousands of interesting angles, objects, lines, reflections, statues, and, well, everything! I only spent one evening there shooting, but it is definitely going to be on my list for next time… it’s not “traditional Paris” but it is still most photo-worthy!

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Evening approaching the Chateau

Miss Aniela

Don’t forget to check out the website of the great Miss Aniela! I know many of you have been there already, and most of you already know we spent the weekend together teaching a class at the chateau. Thanks again to everyone that purchased the video in the store or came to the actual event. If you go pop over to her website, you’ll see some of her more recent amazing work…

Daily Photo – Evening approaching the Chateau

This was a nice evening with a bunch of new friends at the chateau! I feel like we should do events like this more often… I was actually also loosely thinking about doing something crazy like this in Venice one day. I love Venice, and I haven’t really been back since I’ve been serious about photography.

I really enjoyed taking a ton of photos around this place and coming back to post-process. It’s fun going back in and seeing new angles and stuff… I get re-excited about the whole thing once again! :)

Evening approaching the Chateau

Evening approaching the Chateau

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Stairs to the Monastery

Scary Cats

Even though there were no tourists around while I was shooting below, there were a bunch of crazy feral cats. They were running around and acting extra-scary. In fact, they kind of freaked me out… I would turn dark corners and loony black cats would jump out or run across the path. If a wild cat bites you, can you catch something? I figure there are cat experts around here that know these things… !!

Daily Photo – Stairs to the Monastery

I went up and down those stairs about six times throughout the night to explore this amazing place. The best part was that it was completely bereft of tourists. Whenever you get to walk around a huge medieval walled town like this in the middle of the night with no one around, you really begin to feel like you’re not supposed to be there, as if you’ve broken into some place secret…

The Stairs

Stairs to the Monastery

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Mont Saint Michel in Repose

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Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel in Repose

I can’t wait to go back to this place! I really hope that I do. This amazing island-monastery has various degrees of “islandness” depending upon the time of day. I think next time I go I will plan out the tides even better so I am sure to get more shots from various angles.

I also read on a few sites that there is “quicksand” out there… and if you go the wrong way to take a photo, you can get stuck in the quicksand! I think that sounds like one of the worst possible things in the world… so I was a little scared to go try. There was no one to throw me a vine, like in the cartoons…

Mont Saint Michel in Repose

Mont Saint Michel in Repose

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length170.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

Miss Aniela Extravaganza!

Bonus event for the kids out there – Astronaut Ron Garan talks to kids around the world!

This happens on Wednesday of this week — Thursday if you are here in New Zealand. Ron will be doing a live google hangout with kids here in Queenstown, New Zealand at Queenstown Primary School. You’ll even see my son there in the classroom somewhere! :) We’re also using the new Google Hangout Questions interface, so we’ll be able to take questions from around the world… it will be great fun! See the Event Info and Time here.

You can watch live and ask questions here on my Google+ stream, where I’ll be broadcasting out to the most awesome 5+ million followers in the world! :)

Tonight’s Live Show – Miss Aniela and the Watermarking Controversy!

You can watch here on the blog or see more info at the Event Page here. It starts at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET! :) We’re gonna be talking all about Watermarks. You probably read my recent article on Watermarking. Miss Aniela wrote the opposite article called Why you SHOULD use Watermarks in response. So this will be a fun show while we fight it out ! :)

If you don’t know who she is (!!) then here is a video we made together when we were in Paris. If you want to get the whole video, here it is in the Get Awesome Stuff area of the site! :)

Daily Photo – The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

Here is the final shot from that awesome room Miss Aniela and I found tucked away in the back corner of that mansion. What a creepy place! Actually, we had a good time re-organizing everything in the room and setting up the animal heads in the right positions and whatnot. I never thought I’d be moving around dead animals in mansions with Natalie, but this is what life brings you sometimes…

The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

The Old Room of Macabre Detritus

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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