The Crystal Forever in Sainte Chapelle

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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 TakenJuly 21, 2011 at 6:28am
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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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 TakenNovember 11, 2012 at 9:04pm
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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 TakenNovember 11, 2012 at 10:12pm
  • 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

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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 TakenMarch 17, 2012 at 10:40pm
  • 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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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 TakenNovember 9, 2012 at 2:37am
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO280
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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