Inside the Conciergerie

Ben Willmore’s Amazing Book


Ben is a great teacher, and I highly recommend his eBook, The Fine Art of Painting with Light, over at Flatbooks.com! Here are the bullet points we have listed out over there:

  • Over 90 pages of lightpainting info
  • 28 real world examples
  • Easy-to-understand how-to guide
  • Tips on flashlights & other tools
  • Guide to image processing
  • Photoshop compositing walk-through

Daily Photo – Inside the Conciergerie

The French know how to build a beautiful prison! On the downside, it held up to 1,200 prisoners at a time, which sounds more like a French subway.

They don’t like you using tripods in here. I asked if the punishment was to just leave me in the prison while I take the photos. And then, when I stopped using the tripod, they would let me out of prison. This seemed like a pretty good compromise to me, but they did not find it amusing.

Inside the Conciergerie Paris France

Inside the Conciergerie

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Windows in Paris – The Saint Chapelle

Paris PhotoWalk Approaches!

I look forward to meeting you all at the PhotoWalk in Paris soon! See all the Event Details here. That event is also a great place to share your photos afterwards.

Photomatix Light

We still get new people coming to the website all the time! Many people ask how I get this kind of light in the photos. It’s all thanks to Photomatix — just check out the full free HDR Tutorial here on the site and have fun! It’s easy…and you’ll have a great time trying it out!

Daily Photo – Windows in Paris – The Saint Chapelle

I wish I could find a good wide-angle lens like this Nikon 14-24 for my Sony NEX-7. I think one is coming out in a month or so… and I’m thinking of trying out the Olympus 7-14mm (Adorama link). The NEX-7 has served me as a good camera while my D800 is getting repaired!

(Edit, I’ve changed my mind and decided to wait on this new lens from Sony)

The Saint Chapelle

Windows in Paris – The Saint Chapelle

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Midnight In Paris – Join Me at a French Château!

Registration Today!

This will be a great a event in Paris — join Miss Aniela and me at a French chateau for two amazing days of learning and art! Registration opens soon.

Check the Midnight in Paris page now for all the details, and keep hitting Refresh at the registration time to grab one of the limited spots!

Here’s a little bit of info below. :)

About Miss Aniela

Miss Aniela is a fine-art and commercial photographer based in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Europe and the US.

“Photography is always my ‘living’ whether I am working on personal or commercial work, because it is creating that keeps me feeling alive. I pour my mind into everything I create, and always aim to push the envelope with consistently compelling imagery with the highest production value I can make possible. In my personal work I want to stir people to question and to think, intelligibly – about the problems, the beauty, and the conflict between them, in the world around us today.” – Miss Aniela

And, well, you guys know me… but here are a few of my Paris photos :)

Drama at Versailles

Going Back to Versailles

I’ve been here twice, and I haven’t really had enough time to shoot. I think a few more trips are in order… one problem with Versailles is that it is so big! It takes quite a while to get from one bit of it to another bit.

Daily Photo – Drama at Versailles

This is one of the smaller “guest houses” at Versailles. It was filled with all kinds of art and the sort of ornate furnishings one would expect of French Royalty. Outside, there was a tremendous courtyard and the clouds were quite dramatic, so away I shot :)

Drama at Versailles

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Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

The best part of Montpellier

This city was different than any other than I visited in France. It had an amazing public electric train system that had the awesome feature of running across grass. It was very cool to look down and see yourself floating across grass…

Daily Photo – Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

We passed this amazing cathedral a few times while walking around Montpellier. It looked great from almost any angle, and I really liked the lines and shapes. That was part of the reason I decided to go with this treatment.

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

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A Night at the Museum

The New Commenting System

Now the new comment system has been there for about a week. What do you think?

I really like it. I think it is cool how you can see other discussions and trail off to read what people are writing on other posts. It’s also been more convenient for me, personally, because i can put in embedded replies on occasion. Anyway, thanks again for all the comments – I read them all! :)

Daily Photo – A Night at the Museum

This is one of the final photos I was able to squeeze off before the security guards nabbed me. Arg! I wanted to get so many more… but you know, you know… it’s the same old story.

Anyway, if you ever visit Paris, you absolutely need to make it over here to the museum of natural history. It’s known to the locals, but not to visitors. All the other sites in Paris are great, of course… but if you have a penchant for science and a love of crazy interior design, this is the place for you!

A Night at the Museum

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Angelina in Paris

Chinese Version of Website?

I wonder how many of you are able to see the Chinese version of the website.  It’s perfectly identical, except there is a “/zh/” after the StuckInCustoms.com — most browsers should automatically switch to that if your browser is set up, but I have never really asked you guys if you see that version.

Daily Photo – Angelina in Paris

This is some of the decadent hot chocolate from Angelina in Paris.  Thanks for the people on the blog here that turned us onto this place!  I’ve ended up there many times, and I always order too much… enough to get a little bit queasy, but the good-kind of chocolate-queasy.

If you go, be sure to stop there and get one… it’s also a full restaurant/cafe.  I got the croque-madame, which is like the monsieur, except there is an egg on top.

Angelina in ParisThis is some of the decadent hot chocolate from Angelina in Paris.  Thanks for the people on the blog here that turned us onto this place!  I’ve ended up there many times, and I always order too much… enough to get a little bit queasy, but the good-kind of chocolate-queasy.If you go, be sure to stop there and get one… it’s also a full restaurant/cafe.  I got the croque-madame, which is like the monsieur, except there is an egg on top.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

New! Trey’s Favorite Things

Trey’s Favorite Things

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So, I’ve gotten many questions about all those “little things” that are in orbit around me. Some I need and make my life easier… some are just for fun. Okay, most are just for fun. But if you pop over to “Trey’s Favorite Things” – you can get some good ideas!

Wish I Had Time to Paint

There were a few places here where I wish I had more time to set up an easel and do some painting!  I think photography has kind of spoiled me and made my time: art ratio seem off-kilter.  I need to start looking at this in a new way, or at least make some exceptions from time to time, if you forgive the pun…

Daily Photo – Pretty Door in Arles

It was a perfect day in Arles while my wife and I were strolling around the streets and finding little things here and there.  She went into a cafe to get some food to go, and I took the time to wander the streets and find some pretty little scenes.  Many of the window shutters, gates, and doors were painted all sorts of colors.  I thought this little place along the street had a nice feel to it… made me wish I lived there!

Pretty Door in ArlesIt was a perfect day in Arles while my wife and I were strolling around the streets and finding little things here and there.  She went into a cafe to get some food to go, and I took the time to wander the streets and find some pretty little scenes.  Many of the window shutters, gates, and doors were painted all sorts of colors.  I thought this little place along the street had a nice feel to it… made me wish I lived there!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Holy Halls

Trey’s Variety Hour #37: Google+ Conference Photowalk Recap

Catherine Hall, Karen Hutton, RC Concepcion, Lotus Carroll, Alex Koloskov, and Eden Brackstone join me for this discussion about all the photowalks that happened during the Google+ Photographers Conference. We all share a ton of photos and stories from our walks.

Here are some of the people whose work was shared during the show:

Eric James Leffler, Michael Frye, Joseph Fanvu, Alan Morris, Alex Shamis, Almus Null, Beverly Anderson Sanchez, Darlene Hildebrandt, Dave Bell, Jamie Zartman, Joe Ercoli, Joette A. Wangsgard, Joseph Ip, Keith Cuddeback, Kimberly Hayworth, Logan Barrier, Omar AlQabandi, Paul Hurley, Peter Adams, Pradeep Das, Richard Camp, Shola Oderinde, Sly Vegas, Toby Harriman, Tom Hierl, Elizabeth Hahn, Curt Nordling, Sean Cawley, Richard Hay, Robin Leworthy Wilson, Angie Smith, Lisa Duncan, Jess Newcomb, Dennis Lodes, Kimberly Tweed, Noah Katz, Amy Heiden, Brian Rose, Sandeep Patil, Joel Horwath, Chris Chabot, Christianna Pierce, Juan Gonzalez, and Shawn Clover.

As always we close out the show with our Google+ Photographer Discoveries:

Amanda Recker, Alex Stepanov, Teri Lou Dantzler, Danny Tan, G Dan Mitchell, and Ian Thomas.

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

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Off the Map

This is a place that no tourist would find… I found it by accident and put it into Stuck On Earth!  You’ll find this area inside the “Sample” trip of Paris.

Daily Photo – The Holy Halls

I returned here a second time with Scott Kublin to show him my little discovery.  We didn’t have much time… and I don’t like to be rushed… but we did our best to move quickly around this area and squeeze in as many shots as we could!  This is one of my favorites, a view down one of the long rows of unusual columns and vaulted ceilings…

The Holy HallsI returned here a second time with Scott Kublin to show him my little discovery.  We didn’t have much time… and I don’t like to be rushed… but we did our best to move quickly around this area and squeeze in as many shots as we could!  This is one of my favorites, a view down one of the long rows of unusual columns and vaulted ceilings…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Cafe near the Colosseum

Interview on GigaOm

The tech blog GigaOm came out the conference to grab me for an interview — here are the results!

Gladius

Did anyone else ever play this old game?  It was one of my favorites…  I was reminded of it by the Colosseum photo today…

Daily Photo – Cafe near the Colosseum

While I was taking a photo of this scene, a fight broke out!  I wasn’t in the middle of it…  but I was close enough to hear the nature of the argument.  It involved a bunch of drunk guys and mentions of futbol players from various countries.  There was even a barstool that was brandished!  It was very exciting, but I had to wait for everyone to get their grip before I took the photo…

Cafe near the ColosseumWhile I was taking a photo of this scene, a fight broke out!  I wasn’t in the middle of it…  but I was close enough to hear the nature of the argument.  It involved a bunch of drunk guys and mentions of futbol players from various countries.  There was even a barstool that was brandished!  It was very exciting, but I had to wait for everyone to get their grip before I took the photo…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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