The Wild Japanese River

Trey’s Variety Hour #35 – Personal Photo Projects

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“Famous” Things in Asia

I’ve noticed that Japanese and Chinese people often over-use the word “famous” in relation to things.  I’ve heard countless times:  ”See that?  It is a very famous rock.”  Or, we might pass by a cafe and someone would say, “This is a very famous cafe.”  I hear it sometimes a dozen times per day.  All these famous things, and I haven’t heard of any of them!  So, this leads me to believe that their “famous” is equivalent to our combination of words:  ”Considerably well-known to a small group of locals.”

Daily Photo -The Wild Japanese River

Here is another photo from Japan (two days in a row) – this time from a more crazy scene!

I hired a boat to take me down a rough river near Nikko.  There were many sights to be seen that I could get to from the river, so I decided to take all my equipment on this ride.  That was a bad idea!  It wasn’t my first (or last) bad idea.

Things got a little crazy in the boat sometimes, and the guys that were “steering” us down the rapids often looked pretty nervous and panicked.  When they got panicked, I got 2x panicked!

The Wild Japanese River Here is another photo from Japan (two days in a row) – this time from a more crazy scene!I hired a boat to take me down a rough river near Nikko.  There were many sights to be seen that I could get to from the river, so I decided to take all my equipment on this ride.  That was a bad idea!  It wasn’t my first (or last) bad idea.Things got a little crazy in the boat sometimes, and the guys that were “steering” us down the rapids often looked pretty nervous and panicked.  When they got panicked, I got 2x panicked!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Girls in Tokyo

Tokyo Video

Here’s the first video I released from Japan… the music is pretty chill… from Patrick O’Hearn – I hope you like it as much as I do!

 

Daily Photo – Girls in Tokyo

This is one of my favorite areas of Tokyo.  The dressed-up girls are only one of the reasons!  Also, it’s the home of all sorts of crazy electronics, video games, gadgets, and other things that geeky guys from all cultures think is awesome.

These girls are all over the streets handing out little pamphlets and brochures for various goods and services.  Whatever you’re into, well, they’ve got a place for it… sweet Japan! :)

Girls in Tokyo This is one of my favorite areas of Tokyo.  The dressed-up girls are only one of the reasons!  Also, it’s the home of all sorts of crazy electronics, video games, gadgets, and other things that geeky guys from all cultures think is awesome.These girls are all over the streets handing out little pamphlets and brochures for various goods and services.  Whatever you’re into, well, they’ve got a place for it… sweet Japan! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Awesome Car in Tokyo

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Sony NEX-7 Review Video

Did you see the Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site? I’ve now added the hangout below…

Who’s in there? Sergey Brin from Google, Kai Wong from Digital Rev, Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.com, Keith Barrett from Vidcast Network.

Daily Photo – Awesome Car in Tokyo

Tokyo has a bunch of cool cars all over the place.  And look at that license plate!  How do you get that number?  Maybe you have to part of the Japanese mafia or something…

I took this photo a long time ago but only recently processed it.  In fact, I took it while we were doing the Tokyo workshop.  Remember that thing?  I only dedicate about 10-15% of my year to “teaching” stuff, since I am so busy with other things.  This year I’m working on a bunch of different things to help this scale, however, since it is hard to be everywhere physically at the same time.

Awesome Car in TokyoTokyo has a bunch of cool cars all over the place.  And look at that license plate!  How do you get that number?  Maybe you have to part of the Japanese mafia or something...I took this photo a long time ago but only recently processed it.  In fact, I took it while we were doing the Tokyo workshop.  Remember that thing?  I only dedicate about 10-15% of my year to "teaching" stuff, since I am so busy with other things.  This year I'm working on a bunch of different things to help this scale, however, since it is hard to be everywhere physically at the same time.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

The Mighty Ship

 

New Hangout Monday Night

The new show is Monday at 7 PM PT (Your World Time).  This show will be lots of fun. We’re talking about “Horror / Embarrassing / Funny stories from various photo-outings… either for a client or for yourself.” This week, the hangout will have Jeremy Cowart, Nicole S. Young, Catherine Hall, RC Concepcion, Brian Matiash, and Gordon Laing..  Joe McNally is a 50/50 chance… he’s traveling perhaps out-of-pocket, and I’m sure he has more stories than all of us combined!

Daily Photo – The Mighty Ship

I went crazy in this place with my camera!

There are so many incredible angles inside the Tokyo International Forum — it’s almost like cheating.  When I’m in the middle of amazing architecture, it’s awe-inspiring and I really want to try my best to capture it in a way the architect would appreciate.   I went up and down every floor of the structure and spent most of the afternoon here.  It was one of the best afternoons ever… I’m still going through shots, and this is my latest.

The Mighty ShipI went crazy in this place with my camera!There are so many incredible angles inside the Tokyo International Forum -- it's almost like cheating.  When I'm in the middle of amazing architecture, it's awe-inspiring and I really want to try my best to capture it in a way the architect would appreciate.   I went up and down every floor of the structure and spent most of the afternoon here.  It was one of the best afternoons ever... I'm still going through shots, and this is my latest.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Monkey Monkey

Google Currents

Have you installed Google Currents on your Android device or your iPad? It’s pretty cool. If you add me in both places – both as a “Curator” and as in the Lifestyle category, then you can get my stuff ahead of time!

Daily Photo – Monkey Monkey

This might be the dumbest name for any photo ever, but all bets are off with these snow monkeys.

Did you know that Nolan Ryan from the Texas Rangers has a bunch of snow monkeys in South Texas? Oh yes, listen here. Really – listen! :)

Monkey MonkeyThis might be the dumbest name for any photo ever, but all bets are off with these snow monkeys.Did you know that Nolan Ryan from the Texas Rangers has a bunch of snow monkeys in South Texas? Oh yes, listen here. Really - listen! :)- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Snow Monkey

New Books En Route to Flatbooks

Thanks so much for enjoying all the eBook offerings over at Flatbooks.com ! I appreciate it, and so do all the other authors there… :)

We have a great new eBook on the way… and it is being written by the very same Jaime Ibarra that I mention below. It will be an amazing one…

Also, don’t forget to check out the new printing eBook from Ron Martinsen that was released a few weeks ago.

Daily Photo – The Snow Monkey

I found this guy right outside of Nagano, Japan.

I’ve had this photo for a while, and I decided to process it today while hanging out with Jaime Ibarra from IbarraPhoto.com (nudity warning. nudity opportunity.) We spent all day and night processing photos. He’s a great guy. His techniques are so unique! I was able to convince him to write an ebook for Flatbooks.com — I can’t wait to see it. We hope to get it out before Thanksgiving! :)

HDR Photo

The Japanese Cemetery

Of a Feather

I didn’t really intend this, but I find today’s photo very similar to yesterday’s. I guess it is just a coincidence.

Daily Photo – The Japanese Cemetery

I do love Kyoto and the quaintness of Japanese design. Of course, cemeteries all over the world are different, and each one is kind of like you expect. I don’t really know what I mean by that, since you don’t know what you will see. But it is never surprising when you finally lay eyes on it. Of course, you don’t know what any of it means, or the traditions involved, but you can sort of intuit the inner meaning of it all. And that is kind of nice.

The Japanese Cemetery I do love Kyoto and the quaintness of Japanese design. Of course, cemeteries all over the world are different, and each one is kind of like you expect. I don’t really know what I mean by that, since you don’t know what you will see. But it is never surprising when you finally lay eyes on it. Of course, you don’t know what any of it means, or the traditions involved, but you can sort of intuit the inner meaning of it all. And that is kind of nice.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Alone in a Foreign Taxi on a Rainy Night

Things you don’t see

So, I’m always taking photos… usually more significant ones in a grand scale… I spend all day making these… but maybe I will start sprinkling in other little bits from time to time… like this one.

Daily Photo – Alone in a Foreign Taxi on a Rainy Night

Many of my travel nights end with a taxi ride back home. I’m usually exhausted after a long day. I may have a snack or a drink that I pick up from a little store… munching away in the back seat… my eyes dart this way and that… not used to moving so fast… and I see little things like this.

Alone in a Foreign Taxi on a Rainy NightMany of my travel nights end with a taxi ride back home.  I'm usually exhausted after a long day.  I may have a snack or a drink that I pick up from a little store... munching away in the back seat... my eyes dart this way and that... not used to moving so fast... and I see little things like this.- Trey RatcliffRead the whole post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Work in Tokyo

Movement in HDR

How do I handle moving subjects in HDR? This is one of the most common questions I hear. All of that and more is answered here on the site inside the HDR Tutorial. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Work in Tokyo

I set up here for an HDR multi-exposure shot, but then people started running into the office. I thought their running was so nice that I made sure to change my settings around a bit to capture the rush of it all.

I didn’t intend to spend so much time around this office building, but I ended up there for about an hour. There are so many nice lines and compositions with the sort of ultra-modern architecture you get in modern buildings…

Work in TokyoI set up here for an HDR multi-exposure shot, but then people started running into the office.  I thought their running was so nice that I made sure to change my settings around a bit to capture the rush of it all.I didn't intend to spend so much time around this office building, but I ended up there for about an hour.  There are so many nice lines and compositions with the sort of ultra-modern architecture you get in modern buildings...- Trey RatcliffThe rest of this entry is here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

New HDR Tutorial

Free HDR Tutorial Video

Okay now that I let it out there with a smaller beta crowd, we can make it official! The HDR Tutorial has been totally re-made and we’ve worked out all the bugs. Also, I made a new video to accompany it that shows how I at least start the process. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Snow in Nikko

It was a freezing cold morning when I woke up to explore this temple area of Nikko. Luckily, I was the first person to arrive, and I was pretty much alone for this early morning because of the snow. It gave me a peaceful period to explore with my music on… taking my time and moving around the temple to take in the big picture and all the nice little details.

Snow in Nikko Japan Temple

Snow in Nikko

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
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  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18mm (18mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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