The Impending Storm

This Week in Tech on Sunday

See you on Sunday at 3 PM PT. I’ll be up in the studio in Petaluma (stop by to say hi!) with Leo for a live recording of This Week in Tech. It will also be viewable on http://live.twit.tv. See you soon! :)

Photos of Me from Recent PhotoWalks

So this is kinda crazy…  I get tagged a LOT nowadays from these photowalks… and now they all just kind of collect here like junk in an eddy…

See the photos here.

Daily Photo – The Impending Storm

And about three minutes later, I was drenched.

I barely got this photo in time.  I could see the storm coming across the beach towards us.  About 60 seconds after I took this photo, you couldn’t even see the islands.  The worst part wasn’t getting soaked — it was having to run back to the car in the torrential downfall with all my equipment.  I wasn’t a happy camper at the end… but I felt good because I was pretty sure I got a good shot…

The Impending StormAnd about three minutes later, I was drenched.I barely got this photo in time.  I could see the storm coming across the beach towards us.  About 60 seconds after I took this photo, you couldn't even see the islands.  The worst part wasn't getting soaked -- it was having to run back to the car in the torrential downfall with all my equipment.  I wasn't a happy camper at the end... but I felt good because I was pretty sure I got a good shot...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of the post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Paddleboard in Hawaii

Monterey PhotoWalk Soon! Over 260 people RSVPed!

Time/Date: April 12 starting at 9:30AM – Arrive early to shake hands! :)
Start Location: Monterey – across from the Aquarium 
End Location: The Wharf!

- Free event
- Hosted during the EG Conference – day passes will be avail if you want to come
- All skill levels – bring your mobile phone!
- Family-friendly – great for kids and dads and moms
- RSVP on Google Schemer: http://goo.gl/8JrU0
- Can’t get on Google Schemer? Click link: http://goo.gl/RoxQg

Tag to use for your photos on Google+:  #MontereyPhotoWalk

Big Lenses = Big Sun

Do you notice how some photos just seem to have HUGE suns and moons?  Well, for one thing, I think that 75% of the “cool” moon shots in landscapes are faked.  That is, they will paste in a “big” moon from another photo above a mountain range or something.  I don’t do that.  Like, for example, the sun here was really here.  I don’t add stuff like that to photos.

Anyway, to get the sun or moon to look Big, you have to do two things:

  • Orient an object that has a known size (human, tree, car) in front of the moon or sun.
  • Use a huge lens (in this case, it was around 300mm) to zoom in and make the distant object seem even bigger.

Daily Photo - Paddleboard in Hawaii

The weather in Hawaii was rather dour and dismal for most of my trip. I only caught one sunset while there, so I decided to try to make the most of it.

This lone paddleboarder was skating across the surface of the ocean while I was walking along the beach. Although this photo looks fairly serene and calm, I was not. You only get one chance for this shot, unless you are willing to take a shot, sprint, take a shot, sprint, take a shot, SPRINT, etc. I’m sure people on the beach thought I was a loon, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get it done!

HDR Photo

Bridge Through Steamy Jungle

Stuck on Earth 2.0

I wanted to remind you to grab Stuck On Earth (Free in iTunes) for your iPad if you have not already.  We just came out with version 2.0, which has some amazing features, like the ability to download a whole slew of photos from a map and save them into a trip.  Find out more on StuckOnEarthApp.com.

Daily Photo – Bridge Through Steamy Jungle

Here’s another photo from that Disney resort in Oahu.  I guess there’s nothing about that make it Disney other than it’s kinda cool and “feels” right.  It makes me wish all bridges had little lights like this!

Just in the distance there maybe you can make out a bit of light blue water.  That is part of a little lazy river that snakes around the property.  By this time, I was pretty tired and was really thinking about jumping on a raft while people handed me hors d’ oeuvres while I floated by…

Bridge Through Steamy JungleHere's another photo from that Disney resort in Oahu.  I guess there's nothing about that make it Disney other than it's kinda cool and "feels" right.  It makes me wish all bridges had little lights like this!Just in the distance there maybe you can make out a bit of light blue water.  That is part of a little lazy river that snakes around the property.  By this time, I was pretty tired and was really thinking about jumping on a raft while people handed me hors d' oeuvres while I floated by...- Trey Ratcliff Read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Smooth Landing

 

A Few Days till the Keynote at Kent State

I’m looking forward to it!  If you’re in the area, maybe I’ll see you there!  More Information on the Kent State website

Daily Photo - A Smooth Landing

This was a wild last-second shot!  I was driving down the highway along the coast of Oahu with Tom and we saw this area where these parachuters were practicing landing.  Not being a hardcore parachuter (having only done it once!), I didn’t really understand that a landing was something one could “practice” — I figured you just either landed or you died.  It seemed pretty binary.  Anyway, while there was all this activity, I jumped out there and put my 14-24 on my camera so I could get in close on some of the landings for some fun shots…

HDR Photo

The Disney Temple

Latest Episode – Photography, iPad, and more

The new iPad! Photography! +Leo Laporte, +Andy Ihnatko, +Eric Kim, +Victor Cajiao, +Teresa Stover,+RC Concepcion, and +Steve Stanger join me for a fun discussion about iPads and photography with a healthy sprinkling of street photography thrown in for your pleasure. And see that photo in the thumbnail? That’s a sample of Miss +Teresa Stover, who shared her art along with all the other guests… it turned out much better than the selfie that +Leo Laporte took of himself in the forest…

And, as usual, we close the show by finding other photographers on G+ to mention… so be sure to check out the “G+ Discoveries for the week!” +Peter From, +Michiel de Lange, +Nathan Wirth, +Niki Aguirre, +SwitcherMark P, +Ed King, and +Thomas Leuthard.

Thanks to +Tony Wang from TWiT.tv and +Dave Veffer for producing.

Podcast Options – Great ones! Get it first via…

Idea for Facebook Interest Lists

I’d like to do an “Interest List” for the community here at StuckInCustoms.com — since MOST of you are on Facebook, it might be fun to have a list with a lot of you in it. The only problem is that I don’t have time to maintain the list. Who would like to do it? You’ll have to go through and add a bunch of people now and in the future… so it will be a lot of work… but let me know! :)

Below are some of the lists that I already made…

Disney Cruise

I’m going on the maiden voyage of the new Disney ship next week…  I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ve never been on one of these Disney cruises, so this will be an interesting experience.  The whole family is going, so it should be a good time! :)

BTW, Disney is not paying for the trip or anything… people sometimes suspect that I get everything for free in exchange for blog posts, but that isn’t the case...  If a company does sponsor something, I’ll be sure to let you know… not that you would really care anyway… just letting you know the ground rules around here :)

Daily Photo – The Disney Temple

I put up a photo of a temple in Oahu yesterday, and it occurred to me that this is just another form of the temple…  sort of a modern-day worship of spas and relaxation!  You can make an argument that, in many ways, this is just as beautiful as those revered buildings of another age…

This is the Aulani, a Disney resort on Oahu.  Tom and I drove over here to take photos one evening.  I didn’t stay here overnight, but I did stay late into the evening to take photos.  There’s also a big beach and a ton of cool spots to take photos.  I think I pretty much filled up a card with all the photo ops!

The Disney Temple I put up a photo of a temple in Oahu yesterday, and it occurred to me that this is just another form of the temple…  sort of a modern-day worship of spas and relaxation!  You can make an argument that, in many ways, this is just as beautiful as those revered buildings of another age…This is the Aulani, a Disney resort on Oahu.  Tom and I drove over here to take photos one evening.  I didn’t stay here overnight, but I did stay late into the evening to take photos.  There’s also a big beach and a ton of cool spots to take photos.  I think I pretty much filled up a card with all the photo ops!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Temple in the Jungle Highlands

Video – PhotoWalk Fun!

I honestly get a little confused about what videos I have posted here.  I can’t remember!  I’m producing so many videos lately that I lose track.  So, rather than perhaps forgetting entirely, I think I will opt on the side of posting videos twice, especially if they are good.  Also, I know some of you don’t come every day… so this also serves as a nice “repeat” in case you missed it the first time.

We did this hangout the night after the big LA PhotoWalk.  It was a great event, and we share a lot of photos as well…

Daily Photo – Temple in the Jungle Highlands - Byodo-In

I would never have guessed that something as ornate and unique as this would be buried up in the deep jungled highlands of Oahu!

It is a popular destination, and I guess people in Oahu know about it, but I had never heard of such a place.  This is the Byodo-In Temple, and I happened to arrive right when the sun came out.  This is a nice time because the morning fog and storms had left many layers of clouds and mist in the background, which gave everything a very unusual feel…

Temple in the Jungle Highlands - Byodo-In I would never have guessed that something as ornate and unique as this would be buried up in the deep jungled highlands of Oahu!It is a popular destination, and I guess people in Oahu know about it, but I had never heard of such a place.  This is the Byodo-In Temple, and I happened to arrive right when the sun came out.  This is a nice time because the morning fog and storms had left many layers of clouds and mist in the background, which gave everything a very unusual feel…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Chinaman’s Hat

 

Facebook Interest Lists

I decided to do something different when I curated some Interest Lists over at Facebook.  Come see and subscribe!

Keynote at Kent State

Are you in the Ohio area and want to come to a great event?  The admission is free and I’ll be talking a bit about the future of photography, sharing, and the internet.  I think.  Actually, I like to throw in a bunch of wildcards that I’m not even fully aware of until a few hours before the talk.

Daily Photo – Chinaman’s Hat

Also known as Mokolii, this distinctive island seems to stay in your view for a few hours as you go along the coast of Oahu.

EXIF-hunters will notice that I used my D3S to take this photo instead of my D3X.  I had to give that D3X a rest after getting it too wet over the previous four days of rainfall.  In fact, this was the first opening of the skies after an endless torrent of water and storm.  I was so happy to see some dynamic skies and be in the perfect spot when it happened…

Chinaman’s Hat Also known as Mokolii, this distinctive island seems to stay in your view for a few hours as you go along the coast of Oahu.EXIF-hunters will notice that I used my D3S to take this photo instead of my D3X.  I had to give that D3X a rest after getting it too wet over the previous four days of rainfall.  In fact, this was the first opening of the skies after an endless torrent of water and storm.  I was so happy to see some dynamic skies and be in the perfect spot when it happened…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Oahu Vacation

 

iPad 3 – Our Camera App in Full Force!

The app 100 Cameras in 1 (iTunes Link) has been downloaded over ONE MILLION times, and now the iPad 3 finally has a decent camera to make FULL use of the camera!  All the effects are already HD and 2000×2000, so you are ready to go.  And we are adding even more cool stuff in the near future!

Trey’s Variety Hour #26 – Canon 5D Mark III

Here’s our most recent hangout, and it was a chance for all you Canon lovers to have some time to talk about how awesome you are and stuff… Guests included Vic Gundotra, Thomas Hawk, Frederick Van Johnson, Nicole S. Young, Mel Peifer, Gordon Laing, Dave Veffer, and Scott Kublin.

Don’t forget you can Subscribe for Free to the iTunes podcast.

Daily Photo – Oahu Vacation

Well, it wasn’t really a vacation.  It was work.  Hard, wet, slogging work.  Don’t let this picture fool you.  Okay, you can let it fool you a little bit…  This is about the only sun I got the whole trip.  90% of it was me being extremely wet and rather physically and emotionally drained. Things were so wet, in fact, that they declared part of Hawaii a disaster area!  I was there for about a week with Tom Anderson, and he was so excited to show me his second home… he had big dreams of fancy-free days, taking photos on sunny beaches… be we had very little of that…  However, I did my best to produce a lot of images while there… here’s the first one I wanted to share with you.

Oahu Vacation Well, it wasn’t really a vacation.  It was work.  Hard, wet, slogging work.  Don’t let this picture fool you.  Okay, you can let it fool you a little bit…  This is about the only sun I got the whole trip.  90% of it was me being extremely wet and rather physically and emotionally drained. Things were so wet, in fact, that they declared part of Hawaii a disaster area!  I was there for about a week with Tom Anderson, and he was so excited to show me his second home… he had big dreams of fancy-free days, taking photos on sunny beaches… be we had very little of that…  However, I did my best to produce a lot of images while there… here’s the first one I wanted to share with you.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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