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.
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!
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…
My kids and I love watching funny animal-related YouTube videos… the more the better! Any you want to share with me? I promise, I’ll click on any YouTube link that has some possible destination of animal hilarity!
Daily Photo – Suspicious Chipmunk
Why is the chipmunk so suspicious? How much intrigue and backstabbing can there be in the world of the woodland creature? What are the other unexpected emotional states of chipmunks? Mildly-surprised-chipmunk? Angst-ridden-chipmunk? Walk-of-shame- chipmunk? Only the internet knows…
And the internet DOES know… go do a Google video search for “Dramatic Chipmunk” – you’ll never forget it
Gordon shows Thomas Hawk, and Karen Hutton the kit he chose for this trip to the US… It’s a quick little video I made in SF.
Traveling with a Pegasus
I’m not in Paris now (today’s photo is from earlier in the year), but I’m currently taking this 20-lb Thunderbolt Pegasus drive around with me for about 60 days. It holds about 12 TB, but I do need access to all that data! Since I’m on the road for such a long time, I simply need more data locally than I can successfully get onto my laptop or USB drives. It’s a bit of a problem… I deal with lots of data and I can’t figure out a better way to do it.
If I only had 15 TB on the cloud that was instantly available… oh well… maybe someday… 2016 maybe? I’ll mark my calendar and come back to see!
Daily Photo – Gardens in Paris
It was a cool and rainy morning when we left our hotel in the Latin district of Paris. The rains stopped just as soon as we walked into the nearby gardens. The sun would peek out from between the clouds and splash some extra light on the flowers below.
I took a bunch of photos before the sun came out, thinking it was the best I could do. But then after the sun came out, I had to run around and re-create the exact same photos with the proper lighting! So, it took us twice as long to get through the gardens… but that is not such a bad thing.
I have half-a-plan. I think one summer (when it is cold in NZ), I’m going to rent a flat somewhere near the Seine for a month. And then, every day for at least a week, I’m going to visit a different area of the Louvre with my sketchpad and snacks. Well look… okay… I’ll just go ahead and plan on it… no need to “think” about it anymore… I’ll just do it. There, I talked myself into it.
Daily Photo – I Love Paris
Sometimes the most fun things to buy are things you can’t get on Amazon. But that also means you have to carry the thing. I have gotten a little spoiled by not-buying things in person. Often times, I’ll just scan the image with my phone and then have Amazon ship it right to my house so I don’t have to carry the thing. I know this is lazy, but it is also kind of cool. But, then you are in little markets here and there and you see nice little custom-made things… and that trick doesn’t work any more…
Right after the photowalk is the EG Conference, which goes on for a few days. The tickets are about $4,000 or so, so my talk there won’t be open to the general public. It will just be a short talk this time, I believe… Here is my talk from last year’s EG Conference.
Daily Photo – Little Telephone Booth in France
I went through a small market not too far from Notre Dame that was filled with thousands of little curios. I had my 50mm prime on my camera, so I went a little crazy. It’s a tough thing, really… how do you know when to stop? There were literally 1,000 different cool photos to take in the little market… I made due with about 50 and called it a day. Here’s one of them that I quite like…
Daily Photo – Tree and Path and Little Tower in France
Walking across the country gardens of Versailles can make you feel as lazy and relaxed as royalty. And that’s not a bad thing. Well, unless you are a photographer, which means you can’t ever just stroll along and forget what you are seeing. It’s a blessing and a curse… the need to always be “on” and taking hyper-notice of everything around you. I’m glad for it though, really.
Here is my most recent interview on TWIT Photo from this week. I hope you enjoy and find it interesting/helpful!
New Comment System
Well, we’ve had this new comment system for a while now on the blog – what do you think about it?
Daily Photo – Bizarre Necropolis in Paris
My hotel was very close to the Panthéon in the Latin section of Paris, so it seemed a shame not to explore the inside. It wasn’t really what I expected.
I thought I would have seen the traditional European cathedral stylings that are always so familiar and pretty. I never get tired of those, but the Panthéon was a curious collection of strange crypts, giant pendulums, and other assorted agnostic items.
The necropolis holds the remains of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Emile Zola, among others.
Since I am posting a new photo of Paris today, I wanted to share this popular video that maybe some of you missed the first time around!
Daily Photo – Airport in Paris
Upon arriving at the airport, I headed straight for the subway system. When you enter this area of the airport, all the architecture changes into this neo-gard of sorts. The lines and struts and bridges and rails and light all make such interesting lines and compositions.
There was no terrible rush for the train, so I took my time to walk around and capture as much as I could to bring it home to you… so you could maybe be as impressed with this place as I was!
Google Currents is a fun way to read the latest, be stimulated, and see new things. You can get it now on your iPad or Android device — it’s free! I am on there in two places — I’m in the “Curators” and in the “Lifestyle” category. It’s kind of an alternative to Flipboard… and quite a good one! If you get it, tell me what you think.
Daily Photo – The Cathedral Under the Cathedral
What an awesome place this is… This is the cathedral that is on the bottom level of Sainte-Chapelle. I did my best to capture the feeling of this place, and I hope I did an adequate job.
This is a handheld HDR taken with 5 exposures. It was really quite difficult to hold the camera still. I felt a bit like a sniper in Call of Duty.
Limited Quantity! 2012 Calendar Now on Sale!
When they’re gone, they’re gone.
We’ve decided to do something new this year and put together a monthly calendar! This is an 11 x 8 1/2″ saddle-stitched calendar featuring 12 of my favorite images from the U.S. and around the world. We’re very excited to offer this … it’s very different for us to offer something in a physical medium. I mean, we do sell prints of the photos (just click through any photo on the blog to go to the SmugMug gallery and click “Buy” ) but we’re mostly into the digital goods. Nothing beats a nice wall calendar though, yes?
It’s a great gift for you, for your family, and for your friends. Oh heck, get a few!