New Nikon Fisheye Review

Nikon Fisheye Lens Review

I’ve started putting the framework around a new Nikon Fisheye 16mm Lens Review. I’ve added many sample photos over there so you can take a look at the results of my experimentation and thoughts thus far…

Daily Photo – The Mysterious Places of Paris

Isn’t this room amazing? It’s not in the main part of the Paris Opera House, but it had the most ornate and Inception-esque room I’ve seen in a while. I took this photo while in the middle of experimenting with the Nikon fisheye lens. It seemed to fit the bill for these ornate grand locations that are still in a relatively confined space.

Opera Paris Ceiling

The Mysterious Places of Paris

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What Prints Hang in My Home?

9.7 Million Minutes Watched on Video!

Well this one is kind of crazy. I checked my YouTube stats for the first time ever. I don’t add a lot of videos, but the ones I add are quite long. Anyway, this stat shows almost 10 million minutes of my videos have been watched – that is crazy! I don’t think I’m THAT entertaining on video… honestly… I’m not like, say, Flavor Flav or anything…

What Prints Hang in My Home?

I got this question the other day, so I thought I’d list them out here. I’m always changing them out… but here are some of my favorites, including the new one from Paris below, which I just had printed here in Queenstown at WePrint.

Our Prints page has more details. But you can order the Artist Proof series on metal. Each of those is in a limited quantity of 50, and each one is individually signed by me. There is another more affordable series, which you can access by ordering via the SmugMug portfolio.

Anyway, here are a few of the prints that I have chosen to hang in my home:

Mountains Forever During the Yosemite PhotoWalk, the sky was beyond belief for the first few nights.  The second half of the trip had fairly mundane skies.  So, I was happy I went out there and got a lot of shots in the beginning!I’m often optimistic about the “future” of the trip, assuming that the sunsets will always get better and better.  This rarely is the case, so I don’t know why I’m consistently optimistic about the prospects.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

HDR Photo

 

The Bamboo Forest While exploring Kyoto, I eventually found my way to this fanciful bamboo forest.  There had been a light rain most of the morning and everything was quite lovely.  The rain does strange things as it moves its way through these sorts of trees.  I waited and waited, and that was nice too.  In the early afternoon, the rain stopped while the sun peeked through the top.  It shone down while the earlier rain misted down from the tops of the trees.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

-The Gentle Path to the Beyond-The little train that carried me into Hakone started winding through misty mountains.  The trees were thick and a fog was rolling in.  I had a feeling that it would stay wet, moody, and fairly perfect.  It had that heaviness that made you feel like it would remain like that for a few days, and it did.Before I get on train rides, I have a wonderful but dangerous habit of loading up with pastries.  Train stations seem to have nice little selections of all sorts of foreign twists on the usual subjects.  And, since I consider myself an explorer, I thought it would be good to get a TON of pastries and try them all.  It's very nice... sitting there... looking out the train window at a new land... rain falling... eating pastries...  (and I'm only a little ashamed to say that, upon arrival, my pastry bag was empty.)

 

The Secret Passageway to the Treasure After the crowds of Angkor Wat, it was nice to go find a remote temple in the jungle and be alone. This temple laid under the jungle, completely undiscovered for centuries.  The hallway and mysterious chambers seemed to go on forever.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris

I shot this just recently with Tom Anderson. We almost didn’t leave the hotel because it was so stormy, but we had been watching the clouds all day. We started out with Miss Aniela at the Paris Opera before exploring the rest of the city. Sunset comes early here around this time of the year (about 5 PM or so), and it always sneaks up on us.

Some of the best sunsets come right after storms… so it’s always worth a little adventure if you don’t mind getting a little wet…

Paris France Romantic City Eiffel Tower

The Amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris

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Sunset at the UFO Landing Zone

Our Menu in Paris for the workshop

Want to see what we ate for lunch? It’s hard work, you know, shooting all day at a French chateau and then sitting around post-processing with wonderful people. Sometimes you have to take a break for a super-elongated French meal! You can see Tom Anderson’s fingers back there dancing away on his Mac in this photo taken by Daniel Hurtubise.

If you want to see a video from the event, come sign up at for the Newsletter so you can find out first once it is edited together…

Daily Photo – Sunset at the UFO Landing Zone

This was shot back behind the chateau after dusk settled into its final colors for the evening. All the light was so strange outside, from the blinding white near the fountain to the golden hues reflected off the chateau to the nebula purple from the dithering sky…

Sunset at the UFO Landing Zome

Sunset at the UFO Landing Zone

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The Chateau in Paris

New SmugMug Pricing

There is a new pricing situation at SmugMug! The STUCKINCUSTOMS code still works for it to — and will save you 20% even off the new pricing. Here is the new pricing option lets you print and sell your work!

Here’s a video I did with SmugMug… they sent their video team down to join me in Big Sur…

Daily Photo – The Chateau in Paris

We are all having the most wonderful time exploring the French countryside. I wish everyone could be here with us!

I’m sitting in the class right now, showing people how I make blog entries. They now see it is not as exciting as they may have envisioned.

The Chateau in Paris

The Chateau in Paris

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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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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.

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