Park and East 42nd in New York City

One Billion Means

My friend Pedram Keyani convinced me to share this… FB contacted me for a little interview before they announced they had one-billion users. I guess they plucked out this quote and used as part of their announcement. Here is my Facebook Page in case you are not already a friend or subscriber! (sorry I maxed out around 5K friends a while ago… they seem to start to throttle at 4,500 or so).

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Daily Photo – Park and East 42nd in New York City

The evening after the big NYC photowalk, I decided to go off on my own and do a bit of shooting. Well, I wasn’t totally on my own. Luke (from here at SIC) was there with me. He was taking mobile-phone photos of me while I was shooting away… a lot of them made their way to the aforementioned Facebook, so I’m sure you can root around in there and see some! 🙂

Park and East 42nd in New York City

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The Stars Above Grand Central Station

Your Worst Tripod Story?

I have a few… the one below is not one of the better ones, btw.. but what are yours?

Daily Photo – The Stars Above Grand Central Station

I took this photo a few moments before getting kicked out for using a tripod. They said I could go sign up for a permit, but I told them I could not be bothered. I wasn’t mean about it, just sort of matter-of-fact. I asked if women with strollers needed to get a permit or men with canes, and they said of course not.

I would like to make a tripod that attached to a baby stroller. In fact, instead of the baby, I could put all my camera gear down there. So it could be a rolling camera-bag-stroller with tripod attachment. It would look crazy, but it would be kind of awesome too.

The Stars Above Grand Central Station

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PhotoWalk in Sydney!

See you in Australia

Thanks to a last-minute change-of-plans, it turns out that I am headed on a secret adventure in Australia! I’d like to start it off with a PhotoWalk in Sydney! Here’s the details:

Everyone is invited for this fun event – all skill levels… it doesn’t even matter if you just have your mobile phone and like to snap away with that. Personally, I’ll have the whole shootin’ match with my tripod and stuff, but this will be immediately obvious upon arrival.

Cost: Free
Date and Time: Tuesday, SEPT 25th at 5 PM Sydney Time
Location: Sydney, First Fleet Park http://goo.gl/maps/uh8p2
Who to Bring: A family-friendly event! Bring the brood!
Photo Sharing: After the photowalk, attach your photos to this event in Google+!

I know there are many beginner and serious photographers in the area, and I look forward to meeting you! I’m VERY sorry for the last-minute notice, but my schedule has been erratic lately.

We will walk along the waterfront, take photos, and I’ll go through several demonstrations. I’ll describe what I’m doing, and all questions are welcome. I hope it is both a great photo-experience and learning-experience! 🙂

Daily Photo – Fast Action in New York City

Speaking of PhotoWalks, I took this photo right after the photowalk in New York City a few weeks ago! I emerged from Grand Central Station and was about to walk across the street when I saw this scene. That guy was still as a statue, checking his phone while the world went on around him.

Fast Action in New York City

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Inception: New York City

Wanna Carve my Face in a Pumpkin?

I never thought I would write a title like that until I saw this! You can find out more Pumpkin Carving Tips on the page where I found it… (and thanks to the unnamed fan who found this strange thing for me!).

Daily Photo – Inception: New York

I took these photos in New York City before going to LA to prepare for Burning Man. I found this spot below in midtown during a walk from Bryant Park over to the Facebook HQ in NYC. If you check my Facebook page, you’ll see some photos that Luke shot of me while I was taking this shot. It’s the one when I was awkwardly up under my camera shooting almost straight up in the air! You know that position…

Inception: New York

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  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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New York City Travel

SmugMug Winners – Free SmugMug Pro account!

For everyone that didn’t win, you can at least use “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save money over at SmugMug. If you want more info, see my full SmugMug Review here on the site.

I picked five people from the recent photowalk in San Francisco (see the tag on G+), and here they are: Keith Cuddeback, Omar AlQabandi, Joe Ercoli, Joette A. Wangsgard, and Dave Bell. Just leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to have our support team hook you up with your prize!

More categories?

Are you a newcomer to the site?  Yes, besides all the photography tutorials and stuff, there are endless categories of countries and locations down the righthand side there.  The site may be going through a redesign soon, but I’ll be sure to always keep that monster-list somewhere!

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.

New York, Yellow Cab

New Flatbooks on the way!

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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.

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.

Apple Store, New York

Join me on TWIT Live Video Today

See me Live today (EDIT: Video Posted on April 20 Blog Post). I’ll be on with Leo Laporte, Lisa Bettany, and my friend and special guest RC Concepcion! We’re going to be talking about “Getting your photos on the web,” so it should be a good discussion. RC just finished a book about this, in fact, so he’ll have all sorts of Golden Nuggets of Truth.

Cult of Mac – comon guys….

Well I hate to do this two days in a row…. but I let this sit out there for a month after sending emails and whatnot… still no response.  And, since this is a New York apple-related post, I thought it a good time to mention it.   They used my photo, uncredited, (original) on a story about a new Apple store in NY.  They are ignoring my emails, so perhaps someone here has a connection over there?

Two weeks ago I DID get an email from Cult of Mac asking for a free code for 100 Cameras in 1 for iPad so they could review it.  But I saw nothing, even though it’s averaging 4.5 stars with 180 reviews!  Anyway, I don’t know what’s goin’ on over there, but I don’t like it… and it kinda sucks because I always liked that site.

Update:  They contacted me, so I am in talks with them

Daily Photo – Apple Store, New York

This store is pretty awesome, isn’t it? I was just showing this photo to the architect Eric Kuhne (who gave an awesome presentation at EG about futuristic city design – will link soon), and we both had the same reaction to this place… smart and awesome.

I always wanted to take a photo from this angle and thought about it ever since the first time I visited. I was happy with the rain, because it made it all feel right. Even better, I was standing under an arch so I was perfectly dry… these kind of shots out in the rain with the 14-24 are tough because of the bulbous lens. It’s not a problem if the rain is straight down, but it never is!

Lisa Bettany has an upcoming PhotoWalk starting from this location, and I am sure she will mention more today on the live show.

Apple Store, New York Photo

The Hover Car in the Diamond Age

HDR DVD Spotted in the Wild

Yes, the rumors are true. Several dozen copies of the HDR DVD are out in the wild. I confirm that these are out there… we have given out a few as ‘testers” to make sure they work with many different DVD players and computers. Since this is our first mass-production product, I want to ensure that everything is of the best quality. We’ll be letting newsletter subscribers (Free to sign up) get the first stab at ordering, since I’m a little worried about meeting demand.

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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.

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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.

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