Goth in Tokyo

Funny Comment

During those live events a few weeks ago, I was actively reading all the comments and questions in the middle of the event. I was working on this photo and I said this guy was kind of “emo”. Someone in the comments said something like, “Since when did goth become emo?” Hehe… and yes, he was right… goth was the word I should have used, so apologize if I have upset BOTH the goths and the emos….

Daily Photo – Goth in Tokyo

While leaving Harajuku, I saw this guy walking towards the action. I still had on my 50mm prime and I wasn’t quite close enough, but he had the right stride, so I took the shot. I cropped in quite heavily in post, and then I ran one of the new Trey’s Lightroom Preset filters on it… In fact, I did this one during the class.

Goth in Tokyo

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Alone in the Death Star

Big Project

I’m sorry I’ve been a few hours late on some of the daily blog posts! I’m working on a huuuuuge personal project, and my time is getting lost in it somewhere… I look up, and thing – OMG I forgot to do the blog post. This has never really happened to me, so, either I am going insane, or something really awesome is coming!

Daily Photo – Alone in the Death Star

I’m sure the architects had fun with this building!

In most ways, it’s a completely inefficient use of space. There is a large atrium with all sorts of strange catwalks and ramps and bridges that go from one useless place to another! But that is also what makes it very cool… almost Escher-like.

This is from the Tokyo International Forum, and if you click on the Tokyo link below, you are sure to see many more photos from this place!

Alone in the Death Star

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Exploring Tokyo

Rothfuss Recap

Have you read “The Name of the Wind” yet?  I hope so…  Here is a recap of my talk with the author of the book…  And if you’ve read it, then you know why someone like me would like that book – I hope you do too!

Daily Photo – Exploring Tokyo

Some architecture just feels “Japanese.”  I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.

You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan.  There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo.  This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.

Exploring TokyoSome architecture just feels “Japanese.”  I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan.  There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo.  This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry 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

Don’t forget the Live Show

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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.

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.

The Hare in Harajuku

Japanese People

Aren’t Japanese people pretty awesome? I mean, this is sort of a sweeping thing to say, I know… but, really… whenever I talk to people from various countries, most everyone finds the Japanese to be wonderful and quirky. There’s never one single thing that people mention… but there is something about it all that is quite nice.

You probably think I’m crazy now.

Daily Photo – The Hare in Harajuku

Every time I go to Tokyo, I try to spend some time in Harajuku. It’s one of the wildest and most unique places in an already unique city. It’s the sort of place where you take a people-shooting lens because of all the various types of people you see walking through the streets. And even more unique than the people are some of the shots and the decor, as you can see here…

HDR Photo

Snowy the Snow Monkey

Travel Days

Tips for Managing Airports:

1) Bring snacks from home – You can’t ever find just what you want at the airport… and, when pressed, you may end up getting crappy food that makes you feel kind of junky on the plane.

2) Laugh at the TSA – It is indeed “security theater” as you watch them pat down grandmas and children. I’ve seen so many stupid things they do just to give the “impression” of security, that I try not to get mad any more… and I just try to remember that TSA stands for Tub Stacking Authority. And, also, whenever possible, travel outside of US Airports, where they treat you like a human and not a guy in line at Taco Bell. Try the Japanese airports and you will have a happy experience.

3) Watch people’s eyes – I like to analyze people by looking at the way they are taking in the world around them. It’s very interesting… maybe you can see it too… when people just have a look in their eye like they’ve given up on life. You know what I mean… and then you see the eye of some other people and they look amazingly full-of-life and ready to engage in the world.

Daily Photo – Snowy the Snow Monkey

This little guy and I had a little friendship after a few days.

I spent time all over the hills and rivers here outside of Nagano taking photos of these snow monkeys. And you get to know them after a while… there are a few that you see over and over again. I started giving them names… the same way my daughter gives names to everything… and all the names were quite childish… Like I called this guy, “Snowy.” It wasn’t very creative, but he didn’t seem to mind.

He followed me around morning and night. And he posed… oh how he loved to pose. Some other monkeys I got too close too and they gave me the wide-mouth attack move…. but I never got too close to Snowy. I didn’t want to ruin the little grizzly-man thing we had a-goin’ on.

HDR Photo

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