Farmhouse and Roosting Birds at Dusk

New Facebook Timeline Activates?

My personal Facebook Profile (you can subscribe) has been using the new Timeline feature for a while, but you probably could not see it unless you were an FB developer that also had it turned on. But maybe everyone has it activated now? I was wondering… and are you enjoying your own timeline if you have it?

Reminder for TWIT Photo with Leo Laporte Tomorrow

Tune in Live at 1:30 PM PT at Live.Twit.TV. See you there! We’ll be talking about Photography and more!

Daily Photo – Farmhouse and Roosting Birds at Dusk

I only got to stay in this magical place for one night.

If you’re really into birds, then you may notice a thing or two about this photo. Iceland is known for many species of birds, and you can see a bunch of them roosting back in the cliff there.

Farmhouse and Roosting Birds at DuskI only got to stay in this magical place for one night.If you're really into birds, then you may notice a thing or two about this photo.  Iceland is known for many species of birds, and you can see a bunch of them roosting back in the cliff there.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Alone, in Iceland

Hangout #12 Video

This was a really fun one… if you want to see a full-out description with timecodes, you can visit the YouTube page. This one features Thomas Hawk, Erica Joy, Nicole S. Young, Lotus Carroll, Cliff Baise, and James Brandon. Enjoy!

Limited Annum Series Prints – Now Shipping

Now that you can click on a photo, go to SmugMug, and order a print, there’s been a fun increase in print sales. There’s only a few weeks left to get photos from this 2011 series. People are just now getting their shipments, and I’ve been seeing a lot of nice emails going back and forth… many people even take photos of it on their walls and send them to me – thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

Alone, In Iceland

I went over a high mountain pass that connects one remote part of the country into another. There’s always ice and snow up here. Well, really, it’s mostly ice and very little snow.

This little stone and wood framed home stood desperately alone.

Alone, In Iceland I went over a high mountain pass that connects one remote part of the country into another. There’s always ice and snow up here. Well, really, it’s mostly ice and very little snow.This little stone and wood framed home stood desperately alone.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Edge of the World

#2 in the app Store!

Stuck On Earth (iTunes Link) hit #2 in the travel section of the app store! Awesome! Thanks again everyone. If you want an update on upcoming versions, watch the Stuck On Earth page in Google+.

The app is still free — all I ask is that you tell your friends…. not once or twice, but more than that! Thanks 🙂

On DTown

I recently went out to Florida to visit Scott Kelby and see his setup there. While in the studios, I did an episode of D Town with my friend RC Concepcion. It was great fun, as you’ll see below!

Daily Photo – The Edge of the World

This was one of my first times on a black sand beach, and it was even stranger because it was at least eight hours since I had seen another human.

The sound the black sand made was something between normal beach sand and fresh snow. It was a slippery crunch with a slight wet sucking sound as my foot pulled up.

This place is pretty close to one of the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Very close to the town of Vik, this is on the other side of a tall and narrow mountain range. You can kind of drive anywhere. Anywhere. And this looked interesting and kind of scary… so I just drove and drove across the black sand until I got to this place… like something a wicked map designer would make in Skyrim.

The Edge of the World This was one of my first times on a black sand beach, and it was even stranger because it was at least eight hours since I had seen another human.The sound the black sand made was something between normal beach sand and fresh snow. It was a slippery crunch with a slight wet sucking sound as my foot pulled up.This place is pretty close to one of the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Very close to the town of Vik, this is on the other side of a tall and narrow mountain range. You can kind of drive anywhere. Anywhere. And this looked interesting and kind of scary… so I just drove and drove across the black sand until I got to this place… like something a wicked map designer would make in Skyrim.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Weather Station

HDR Photo

Black Friday Special – Won’t Last Long!

I wanted to give a special 20% off on the HDR Video Tutorial for a little Black Friday celebration! It’s a great gift for that emerging photographer in your life. Use the code BLACKTREYFRIDAY at checkout, and you’ll be in good shape.

Great Movies?

I got a nice free iPhone app. It’s called “Roger Ebert’s Great Movies” — and it’s got a huge list of all his best movies since the beginning of time. I’ve been going through it and circling up movies that I’ve never seen… you know… some of those movies that everyone is supposed to see, but they’ve just been off my radar. Do you have a few of those black holes in your movie to-do list?

Daily Photo – The Weather Station

I don’t think I could exactly geo-locate this photo if I had to. But, believe me – it’s in the middle of nowhere.

I’m not completely sure, but I think this is one of the many remote weather stations scattered around Iceland. They are these perfect little triangular things that sit there, as lonely as can be.

The Weather StationI don't think I could exactly geo-locate this photo if I had to. But, believe me - it's in the middle of nowhere.I'm not completely sure, but I think this is one of the many remote weather stations scattered around Iceland. They are these perfect little triangular things that sit there, as lonely as can be.- Trey RatcliffRead more (and some Black Friday love) here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Alone at the Harbor

New Topaz Adjust

The new Topaz Adjust is out. It’s pretty good and I’ve been using it since the beta. There’s more effects and more flexibility. If you’re not familiar with Topaz, you cans see my Topaz Adjust Review here on the site… it’s still the old version in the review, but the meat of how it works is still the exact same.

Daily Photo – Alone at the Harbor

These mornings in Iceland — I’ll never get used to them. It’s fully bright even though it’s only 4 AM — but the streets are dead. You expect to see at least one other soul out and about… but there are none. Maybe I play too many zombie games… or no, that can’t be it… no such thing as too many zombie games! 🙂

Alone at the HarborThese mornings in Iceland -- I'll never get used to them.  It's fully bright even though it's only 4 AM -- but the streets are dead.   You expect to see at least one other soul out and about... but there are none.  Maybe I play too many zombie games...  or no, that can't be it... no such thing as too many zombie games! :)- Trey RatcliffRead more, including some info on the new Topaz Adjust, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Boat in Isafjordur

Speech at Facebook HQ

Do you work at Facebook? Come see me on Thursday morning for a photography talk! We’ll have great fun together… I know there are a lot of people there at FB that are interested in photography, so it should be a good time. Sadly, it’s not open to the public, but the event will be filmed and I can share it later.

So, my FB friends are still pretty full, but you can still use this new “Subscribe” feature on my profile. It’s kind of like friends, without the benefits.

Deep Water and Phobias

So, I’m a pretty rational guy, really, I’d like to think. I don’t really have any phobias… just one big one – swimming in deep water. There is something about it that freaks me out… I don’t think it was movies that did it to me or anything. I see plenty of scary stuff in movies that doesn’t bother me in real life… but the idea of jumping into this mile-deep fjord and swimming across is almost more than I can bear!

Do you have any phobias (that you don’t mind talking about)?

Daily Photo – Boat in Isafjordur

This area is in the far northwest of Iceland up where there fjords layer into one another like fractals. I don’t normally like taking photos in the middle of the day, but when the sky is the towering, glacier-carved edge of the fjord, there is practically no sky at all.

HDR Photo

An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee

New Facebook… Do you like it?

I notice my Facebook Page has about 25,000 Subscribers. I don’t know what to do over there… This blog is always the mother-lode of everything… kind of like the main diary of sorts. Anyway, frankly, I’m flummoxed by Facebook… any suggestions?

An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee

Driving across the frozen bits of Iceland in the summer is always scary. I drive across a lot of ice, and I’m never terribly excited about it. I’ve been with people that drive across the stuff all the time, and they pay it no mind.

For a short bit in Iceland, I got to ride for a while with a guy that’s driven to the south pole a few times. Man, that guy can really drive on ice. I remember one time he turned to me very seriously and said, “When driving across a glacier, it is important that you not fall into a crevasse and die.” I told him that I agreed wholeheartedly with that statement.

An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee Driving across the frozen bits of Iceland in the summer is always scary. I drive across a lot of ice, and I’m never terribly excited about it. I’ve been with people that drive across the stuff all the time, and they pay it no mind.For a short bit in Iceland, I got to ride for a while with a guy that’s driven to the south pole a few times. Man, that guy can really drive on ice. I remember one time he turned to me very seriously and said, “When driving across a glacier, it is important that you not fall into a crevasse and die.” I told him that I agreed wholeheartedly with that statement.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Long and Twisty Road

Why Twisty Roads?

Why do we like looking at twisty roads? I would love it if I could find a psychological analysis of this… there must be some reason…

If anything, I think it might be related to that other larger phenomenon I have mentioned before. That idea that our pleistocene-savannah brains like to see: fresh water (survival), trees (shelter), open plains (predators), vast skies (weather), and paths (game or human habitation). It may just be related to that last one.

Daily Photo – The Long and Twisty Road

I lament I can’t remember exactly where this is in Iceland. I think it was up by lake Myavatn, but I’m not totally sure.

That word Myavatn is related to little mosquitoes. I wondered why it had that name until about 5 AM one day. There were millions… and I mean millions of mosquitoes that came out of nowhere! It was one of those weather-things were the temperature is just perfect and they get up and go crazy for a few hours before settling down again. I had to retreat into the car mostly for reasons of sanity!

The Long and Twisty RoadI lament I can't remember exactly where this is in Iceland.  I think it was up by lake Myavatn, but I'm not totally sure.  That word Myavatn is related to little mosquitoes.  I wondered why it had that name until about 5 AM one day.  There were millions... and I mean millions of mosquitoes that came out of nowhere!  It was one of those weather-things were the temperature is just perfect and they get up and go crazy for a few hours before settling down again.  I had to retreat into the car mostly for reasons of sanity!- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Fishing Hut

Side Roads

This is another example of taking a little side road. It’s hard to do this because the main road usually has such interesting sights. You say to yourself, “Why would I possibly want to get off this amazing road?” And then you force yourself to remember why… but you have to go through this same painful process again and again! 🙂

Daily Photo – Fishing Hut

Can I post two photos from Iceland in a row? I like to jump around from time to time.. but I guess this is a curveball or something.

One strange little thing about Iceland to me is the grass. It is the spongiest stuff in the world. Every step has your feet sink down and bounce up several more inches than expected. It feels a little like one of those giant blow-up-houses like the moonwalk when I was a kid.

Also, my shoes are always damp here. There seems to be a dew or moisture at the surface all the time, and it just coats everything. It’s not bad… just different.

Fishing Hut Can I post two photos from Iceland in a row? I like to jump around from time to time.. but I guess this is a curveball or something.One strange little thing about Iceland to me is the grass. It is the spongiest stuff in the world. Every step has your feet sink down and bounce up several more inches than expected. It feels a little like one of those giant blow-up-houses like the moonwalk when I was a kid.Also, my shoes are always damp here. There seems to be a dew or moisture at the surface all the time, and it just coats everything. It’s not bad… just different.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Curving Around Iceland

HDR Video Tutorial

Things are still going great with the HDR Video Tutorial. This photo below is one of the ones I worked on during class. I had a few problems with it for sure, but I have since fixed them up using the stuff I talked about! Nothing is easy, I tell you…

Daily Photo – Curving Around Iceland

Iceland is pretty. Do I have to keep saying it? Maybe I do… you know… you know how a girl likes to be reminded in a gentle way all the time that she is pretty? Yes, I guess I can extend this to Iceland… so… you may tire of me saying it, but I’ll keep saying how pretty Iceland is.

Curving Around IcelandIceland is pretty.  Do I have to keep saying it?  Maybe I do... you know...  you know how a girl likes to be reminded in a gentle way all the time that she is pretty?  Yes, I guess I can extend this to Iceland... so... you may tire of me saying it, but I'll keep saying how pretty Iceland is.- Trey RatcliffFrom the original entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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