New York City Travel

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Daily Photo – New York City Travel

So this is my newest photo of Times Square.  I return to this spot time and time again.  The situation, light, cars, people, and billboards are always different, so it’s never a dull subject.  It’s also always such a challenge to shoot that it keeps all my senses fully honed.  In fact, I’m already thinking about going back to New York City for another photograph of Times Square!

New York City TravelSo this is my newest photo of Times Square.  I return to this spot time and time again.  The situation, light, cars, people, and billboards are always different, so it’s never a dull subject.  It’s also always such a challenge to shoot that it keeps all my senses fully honed.  In fact, I’m already thinking about going back to New York City for another photograph of Times Square!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read this entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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New York, Yellow Cab

New Flatbooks on the way!

HDR Photo

One of the many fine eBooks over at FlatBooks.com. This one is from the great photographer, Joseph Linaschke.

We have all kinds of new eBooks coming soon to Flatbooks.com! There are many authors working away now including Lisa Bettany, Ben Willmore, Jack Hollingsworth, and Jaime Ibarra – I can’t wait till they are available to read!

Daily Photo – New York, Yellow Cab

Here is one of my favorite areas of New York. It’s right by the famous Flatiron building — but I obviously did not shoot in that direction here.

There’s often a nice traffic flow, and it makes for a fun experiment to time out the traffic. Since I shoot from -2 to +2., I try to predict when the middle exposure will in the right spot to get the right amount of blur on that photo. My rules for this are a little different based on the time of day and a few other factors.

New York, Yellow CabHere is one of my favorite areas of New York. It's right by the famous Flatiron building -- but I obviously did not shoot in that direction here.There's often a nice traffic flow, and it makes for a fun experiment to time out the traffic. Since I shoot from -2 to +2., I try to predict when the middle exposure will in the right spot to get the right amount of blur on that photo. My rules for this are a little different based on the time of day and a few other factors.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Action of New York City

Reworking old photos

Today’s photo is not a reworked older one, btw… but I was wondering if you sometimes do that. Will you go back and re-do an old photo?

Daily Photo – The Action of New York City

I just finished working on this photo. It was a difficult one, but it was a lot of fun. Shots in Manhattan are often filled with all kinds of complex activity, and Times Square amps that all up to the next order of magnitude.

The weather was perfect this day, and I know that isn’t always the case. Since everything was more or less idyllic, I decided to make the most of it and see how many compositions I could squeeze into the afternoon. The only time I spent waiting around was watching for a few Yellow Cabs to streak by.

The Action of New York CityI just finished working on this photo.  It was a difficult one, but it was a lot of fun.  Shots in Manhattan are often filled with all kinds of complex activity, and Times Square amps that all up to the next order of magnitude.The weather was perfect this day, and I know that isn't always the case.  Since everything was more or less idyllic, I decided to make the most of it and see how many compositions I could squeeze into the afternoon.  The only time I spent waiting around was watching for a few Yellow Cabs to streak by.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Hover Car in the Diamond Age

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Daily Photo – The Hover Car in the Diamond Age

Around the time of the book signing in New York earlier this year, I headed out into the streets for some shooting.  The Diamond District is not too far from Rockefeller Center, and it is a perfect “New Yorky” area at night… especially in the rain.  Between stoplights, I would pop out into the street and grab some frames as quickly as possible.  With five exposures, the last was pretty long at 30 seconds, so it was still a little “exciting” to grab the tripod at the last second and then scurry off the street.

That one car the made it through my tripod-roadblock is interesting, isn’t it?  It appears to be a hover-car of sorts.  I can no longer recall what sort of car it was, but I keep staring at that wonderful apparition.  It’s quite mesmerizing, floating there on the rainy street.

HDR Photo

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Tutorial HDR em Português

Tutorial HDR em Português

Do you speak Portuguese? My friend Gisele did a full translation of our HDR Tutorial, which is now mirrored here as the “Tutorial HDR em Português“. I know we have a bunch of fans down in Brazil and Portugal, so I am happy to make this available!

Of course, as always, we have the regular HDR Tutorial, if you want the King James version.

Daily Photo – The Park Through the Sky

Isn’t this park awesome? It is an elevated park that weaves along top of New York City. Hardly anyone knows about it!

Of course, people in New York know about it, and they assume that everyone else should know too. It’s relatively new — I think it only opened a few years ago. It’s called “High Line Park”, and it used to have freight trains that ran up and down it back in the 1930′s. That train service is dead, and they converted the entire thing into a long, meandering park.

Steve Simon (see SteveSimonPhoto.com) took me to this place after we had a fabulous French breakfast. I got in a bit of trouble for using my tripod, so I collapsed my tripod and acted like I was walking away until the security guard did. And then I re-built my decepticon transformer and took this HDR.

HDR Photo

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