Burning Man Bonus

Burning Man Bonus

Here are a few bonus Burning Man photos; I am excited about this year! :)

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The first one was taken late one afternoon. This is the middle torso of a huge sculpture that was partially buried in the sand. People would climb it to get a good view…

 

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Below is a girl from center camp. She was actually completely naked, and I asked if I could take a photo. I indicated I wanted “neck-up”, even though she would have been totally cool with the full monty.

 

The Glowing Bridge at the Temple

The “Temple” is different every year, and it’s always fun to explore. I usually visit the temple several times before I decide to take photos. It’s fun to show up on the scene completely green and study all the angles and ideas around different compositions with different lighting conditions.

LOVE

My D3X on eBay!

I put my Nikon D3X on eBay — so go bid away! :) I’ll even sign it if you like… just let me know :)

Topax Adjust Review Update

I’ve gone through and made a few updates to my Topaz Adjust Review. I also added a few more photos there as well… I used Topaz Adjust on this photo here to the right to help further define the American Airlines jet.

The List of Places to Visit

People often ask me where else is on my list.  It makes me think of my list, which is long and serpentine, mind you.  When I first started ticking places off my list, I thought the the list might exhaust itself at some point… maybe I have to slow down as I approach the end-of-the-list.  But now I know the list will never end.  The more places I go, the more “side quests” I hear about… little places here and there with question-marks floating overhead… waiting for me to go accept the quest.

Daily Photo – LOVE

Here’s another wonderful morning (or night?) scene from Burning Man.  I should remember if this is morning or night!  Hmmm…  Let’s see… the sun is over there…  and… well I think it is in that position in the morning.  But then again, I’m awake… and I didn’t make it through many mornings there.  I remember Cliff banging on the door of my RV vaguely one morning, but I slept right through that sunrise, like many others…  And maybe this is one of those.  Or maybe it’s sunset.  Oh I don’t know…  anyway, it’s kind of awesome, either way.

The sun was behind and the shadows ran away.  The spiritless shadows ran and ran, for no reason other than as a balance to the light the warmed and held and like a thousand warm raindrops to an upturned chin that walks with spine bowed and shameless and proud and daring, a sculpture of fearlessness.  It is daunting.  The shadow runs like a haplass child away, away, away.   The light doesn't chase it just grows and warms lands upon some.  The shadow runs from those who have the right-shaped heart.  The yang to the yin drift anew like the rain falls away to another place, not to matter any more.  All that is remembered and felt again and again and again is the way the rain presses slowly into the skin, as the morning dew alights upon the edge of a petal, as the taste of honeysuckle drifts away from your lips.

The Man Burns

Heart-Warming Email

Well, we just released a new version (Retina HD-graphics) of Stuck On Earth, and I recently received this email from Joe Crocker. I’m sharing it now with his permission. Thank you Joe!

Hello,

My daughter has a good friend who has diabetes. In the future she will be going blind. I have been looking for a group of pictures of all the great sites on earth and beyond for my daughter to give to her friend while she still has sight. Your Stuck On Earth is the closest thing I have found that approaches it.

Craziest Party Ever

So I think THIS is the craziest party I’ve ever been to!  It’s really hard for a photo to describe the sheer pandaemonium of it all…  And it’s not just for a little while – it’s a multi-hour party where people are dancing, screaming, shooting lasers, launching balloons, and, well, generally going curazy!

Daily Photo – The Man Burns

I was able to get up on a crane during the main event at Burning Man.  Before I got on, they made 100% sure (and then double-checked) that everyone had gone to the bathroom.  Once you are up on the crane, you’re up there for two hours.  I can only assume the crane operator was very serious about this because the worst-possible situation had occurred during an earlier Burning Man when he was at ground-level.

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Sandstorm at Burning Man

Cameras at Burning Man

I get regular questions about how to protect your camera equipment at Burning Man.  Here are some points about that:

  • I use a backup (3rd) camera.  I mostly just pull out a micro 4/3rds camera and never change the lens.  It’s kind of a challenge, but a good challenge!
  • If you have to change lenses, well, don’t.
  • If you MUST change lenses, try to do it indoors… in a car or in an RV of some non-dirty hippy.
  • If you want to use your main camera, it’s good to weatherproof it with a baggie and tape… but the little dust will still get in.
  • Or, really, just follow my first bullet point and use a backup-backup camera and don’t worry so much! :)

Daily Photo – Sandstorm at Burning Man

The sandstorms come fast and furious. I was out in the middle of one as it blew across the playa. I was on my bike at the time, so it was easy to get around and find good perspectives of the temple as the sun was setting.

A storm of sands.  It comes to remind you of events that happen while you are busy living, and you ride alone through too many of them.  And truly, in the middle of the storm, there is nothing else but the storm.  It ebbs and flows and abates and gives shape and form to others.  And then it dies down and falls away, like a strange dream whose haunting fabric falls away the longer you are awake.

Tattooed Girl with Umbrella

America’s Top Model

I think I’ve seen that show above only three or four times.  It’s too frustrating… it’s frustrating because I keep trying to look at the cameras, the setup, the lighting, the backdrops, the assistants, and everything…  but they keep showing the model over and over again…

It kind of reminds me of when my dad took me to those variety shows in Vegas when I was a kid.  I kept wanting the “girl parts” to be over with so I could see more of the magic tricks…

Daily Photo – Tattooed Girl with Umbrella

One hard thing about Burning Man is not “getting used to” everything around you.  Believe it or not, after a few days, seeing interesting people wearing crazy clothes and doing wonderful things becomes quite commonplace.  It’s kind of like living inside a non-stop Cirque-de-soleil!

I was riding by on my bike and there was another photographer taking photos of this girl.  He had just finished, so I swooped in, jumped off my bike, and took a quick photo.  I felt a little bad about jumping in at the end of his photoshoot, but I figured that the Burning-Man-chill-attitude would make everything okay… and I think it did!

HDR Photo

Mystery Photo – Girl at Burning Man

 

Mystery Photos

You guys and gals are always SO good at mystery photos… today I thought I would give you a real challenge.  You’ll have to put on your CSI hats for this one!

Video Recap – 80 Days, 8,000 Photos

I was reminded of this video because I’m posting another Burning Man photo…

Daily Photo – Mystery Girl at Burning Man

So, who is she?  I don’t know if this is much of a hint, but she told me she made those horns herself out of glue and bedsheets.  She said this in a dismissive manner of “of course that is what I did – I can’t believe you couldn’t figure it out on your own.”

HDR Photo

Neo-Gypsy in the Desert

 

Burning Man Photos

I have so many great scenes from Burning Man recently, but I have not posted many!  This is very lame of me — I will get on it.  In the meantime, check the Burning Man category here on the site to see more.

Daily Photo – Neo-Gypsy in the Desert

I was walking across the playa at Burning Man with Tom when we came across this gypsy of sorts.  She was kind of dancing through the desert eating a bag of chips.  That was surreal and everything, but then it felt even stranger when she pulled out her iPhone to make a few notes about our meeting.  She typed in stuckincustoms.com so she would be sure to visit when she got back to civilization.

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White Flower in the Desert

Processing Out-of-Order

As many of you know, I don’t process my photos in any order. I still have photos from five years ago I’ve never processed. I do this for a lot of reasons. One reason is because I know in a few years I’ll be better than I am now, and I don’t want to “waste” all my photos with bad processing. The second reason is because I don’t like to feel the “burden” of needing to process photos right after a trip.

Daily Photo – White Flower in Desert

This is from Burning Man two years ago.

I can’t even remember why I set up in this area to take a shot. I was sort of drawn to it. It was so interesting to me. In some ways, it matters why the flowers are there and it doesn’t matter why they are there. And you can say the same thing about every little part of this photo. To me, this is all very nice and I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Why is anything There?There are many things that happen here and there and everywhere and happen without reason or forethought.  Terrible things fall around us and into us, random events of trauma, and worse, doubt.  Not everything in this world is there for a useful purpose.  So why not have huge white flowers in a desert?  If you ask why about everything, then you're probably not always asking the right questions, I tell myself.

The Temple Burn and Trey’s Hangout #18

 

Trey’s Hangout #18

This was a fun one! People involved were Tom Anderson (formerly MySpace), Bradley Horowitz (Google), Gordon Laing (CameraLabs.com), Tarah Gaa, and Lily L. We talk about our upcoming Yosemite PhotoWalk, equipment, and more.

Painting Video

I am releasing too many videos lately, yes? I won’t burden the front page with this… but if you want to watch me paint a little of this during a hangout and see more details, visit the “Temple Burn Painting” page.

Daily Photo – The Temple Burn

I had a photo of the “before” that I took of the temple at Burning Man.  I used that as a reference and then started to paint it as it was ensnared in flame… At the bottom is a video from a hangout while I was working on it…

The Temple Burn I had a photo of the “before” that I took of the temple at Burning Man.  I used that as a reference and then started to paint it as it was ensnared in flame… At the bottom is a video from a hangout while I was working on it…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Below here are a few details from bits here and there.

Mystery Photo

Daily Photo – Mystery Photo

Okay, this time I’ll give you guys a nearly impossible mystery. Who is this girl?

Here’s a bit of context. So, I stayed at Camp Walter at Burning Man with a nice group of people. One night, we all lit torches and went out with about 50 people as an Angry Mob. We walked up and down the streets and were angry about things. It was ridiculous and fun. This girl joined us, but she was not part of Camp Walter. She rode a bike and waved the torch in the air. I grabbed then when she sped by me.

There was only one light, from her torch that she held while she rode by on a bike at full speed.  I remember that the flame made a sound.  It was the close sound of a small sail catching wind.  It would muffle itself, then catch wind again.  The gentle rumble of the flame reached a crescendo as she passed.  I thought it lit her face so nicely, and her mask was so mysterious.  I have no idea who she was, and she probably didn’t want anyone to know who she was.  That was very nice in a world without secrets, I thought.

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