The Deep Icy Lake

 

G+ PhotoWalk in Austin during SXSW Today!

All skill levels are invited – bring your whole family… it’s great fun for all.

  • RSVP on Google Schemer: http://goo.gl/LkaKO
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  • Date: Saturday, March 10 at 2 PM.
  • Location: The Google Lot downtown – Bar 96
  • No SXSW badge required!

Mittens or Gloves

I still have yet to find the perfect situation for this.  I’ve tried many different gloves with flip-up fingers so I can use the camera, but they are usually not that great.  My fingers still get deathly cold after thirty minutes.  I think mittens are better, generally, because the fingers keep one another warm.  And I’ve tried some flip-up solutions for those, which aren’t great either.  What do you use?

Daily Photo – The Deep Icy Lake

Lake Wakatipu, cut by glaciers 15,000 years ago, plummets to 399 meters in depth (almost a quarter-mile)!  There is something creepy about very-deep lakes.  I don’t know what it is.  I mean, anything could be down there.  Something cold, old, and terrible… slithering around through a slurry of icy mud and grit, just waiting to shoot to the surface for a snack…

The Deep Icy LakeLake Wakatipu, cut by glaciers 15,000 years ago, plummets to 399 meters in depth (almost a quarter-mile)!  There is something creepy about very-deep lakes.  I don't know what it is.  I mean, anything could be down there.  Something cold, old, and terrible... slithering around through a slurry of icy mud and grit, just waiting to shoot to the surface for a snack...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post, including some SXSW info, at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Orange Queenstown Sunset

 

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Fabien’s 2012 Calendars

My good friend (and designer of our Website) Fabien Barral has made some unique letterpress calenders for 2012.  He only has a few left and has put them on sale.  He asked me to pass this along to you! :)

I create a special coupon for you, if readers enter the stuckincustoms code, they will have a reduction of 7€… If you need pictures, you can found some at www.letterpress-calendar.com

Daily Photo – Orange Queenstown Sunset

I had a late night of decadent chocolate at a great local haunt there in Queenstown.  I ended up staying later than I expected because of said decadence.  This meant I arrived back over to my rental house in Kelvin Heights as the sun was finishing its descent.  I ran down to the beach just in time to see this light.  There was a mild panic, but it was pre-soothed by the chocolate.

Orange Queenstown Sunset I had a late night of decadent chocolate at a great local haunt there in Queenstown.  I ended up staying later than I expected because of said decadence.  This meant I arrived back over to my rental house in Kelvin Heights as the sun was finishing its descent.  I ran down to the beach just in time to see this light.  There was a mild panic, but it was pre-soothed by the chocolate.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Remarkables

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Thanks to all of you that made the early jump over to Google+ to help out with this.  And I hope you all are enjoying that network as much as I am!  Here’s a post about when we passed a million with some book recommendations!

Anyone Want to Buy My House in Austin?

I’ll put up photos in the next week or so…  But, you know, we are moving…. MORE INFO on that move later! :)

It’s a five-bedroom house in the Jester area, so there is a little bit o’ info for you.  Drop me a note at wildcard (at) stuckincustoms.com.

I know many people will want to know more info right now… but just wait wait wait… I’ll tell you everything soon :)

Daily Photo – The Remarkables

If these mountains don’t have the coolest name ever, then I don’t know what does!

The mountains border the lake in Queenstown, but right before they dip into the deep water, a gentle dollop of green hills present themselves.  They are those soft kind of New Zealand hills – the kind that look like you could just take a giant thumb and mush them around into one shape or another.

The Remarkables If these mountains don't have the coolest name ever, then I don't know what does!The mountains border the lake in Queenstown, but right before they dip into the deep water, a gentle dollop of green hills present themselves.  They are those soft kind of New Zealand hills - the kind that look like you could just take a giant thumb and mush them around into one shape or another.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.  There's also some info about my house in Austin for sale!

Evening Light on the Remarkables

Nikon 28-300 Update

I think this is the 2nd or 3rd photo I have released that uses this lens with the zoom fully loaded… I still love this lens and use it about half the time. If you want to see more, see the full Nikon 28-300 review here on the site.

Daily Photo – Evening Light on the Remarkables

Misty and cloudy on the mountains… from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains. It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there. But I guess there is this idea of relative drama. If you are actually there on the mountain, it’s probably quite mild and pretty. But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.

Evening Light on the RemarkablesMisty and cloudy on the mountains... from this far away, it looks like a mist is blowing across the tops of the mountains.  It makes it all appear more dramatic than perhaps it really is while you are there.  But I guess there is this idea of relative drama.  If you are actually there on the mountain, it's probably quite mild and pretty.  But, from way back here, dozens of miles away, it looks much more intense.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Orange Light in Queenstown

Do you have a favorite cloud type?

Is this like Barbara Walters asking what kind of tree would you be? Gosh I hope not… But, maybe being someone that looks at the skies a lot, then you might have a particular cloud type that you find particularly appealing?

Daily Photo – Orange Light in Queenstown

I was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light. I’ve only seen it about a dozen times in my life. It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon. It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds. The reason this doesn’t usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.

Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true. I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.

Orange Light in QueenstownI was driving back to the house we rented in Kelvin Heights, a little peninsula that sticks out into the lake, and I saw the potential for this light.  I've only seen it about a dozen times in my life.  It happens when there is a localized area of flat-white clouds but a perfectly clear horizon.  It means the sun will dip below the clouds and cast an interesting color up on the bottom of the clouds.  The reason this doesn't usually happen is because an overcast sky will continue on for so many miles that the sun will have no angle of incidence.Anyway, I got lucky and the prediction came true.  I was able to be ready with my tripod just in time.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this and tell me what your favorite cloud type is here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

 

Enjoyed the Live NASA Hangout!

The launch was incredible, and I enjoyed the live part beforehand. I’ll try to do more of these in the future… the problem is always getting a good connection while I am out and about, but that should get easier over time… it’s sort of like a virtual photowalk! :)

Daily Photo – Mountains on the way to Glenorchy

I’ve driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can’t wait to do 100x that!

They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.

Mountains on the way to GlenorchyI've driven this road back and forth between Queenstown and Glenorchy about 6 times, and I can't wait to do 100x that!  They are so violently tall that the clouds that spin off them are always different, and the light that falls on them is continually changing.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Tree at the Serene Lake

Copyright Discussion – Wednesday Night

Join me at the AT&T Executive Education Center in Austin on Wednesday night at 6:30 PM. The topic being discussed is: “Copyright: How do I protect myself from legal trouble and how do I protect my content?”

I’m a panelist, so I’ll be talking about some of my experience in this arena. Some of you may know I’m engaged in a lawsuit with Time Magazine, and you also know about the Huffington Post issue. Beyond that, there’s a lot more, and we’ll see how much time we have to discuss it during the event.

The event is free if you are a AFBA member or $10 without (RSVP here)… but there will be amazing food there, I understand from @MisoHungry (who recruited me for the event). I’m not getting paid for it… just doing it out of the questionable goodness of my heart.

Anyway, if you come, be sure to come up to me before or after and say hello! :)

Daily Photo – Tree at the Serene Lake

Queenstown, I miss you! The summer here in Texas has been bitter-hot. I remember the long run I had along your shores… comparing that with my 100-degree run here in Texas that just makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry…

When I was there in Queenstown, I took to waking up about an hour before the sunrise and brewing a whole pot of coffee. And then, I would just the take the POT in the car with me and drive around. The lake can be pretty still in the morning, and that is when I grabbed this one… I’m jealous of my friends Gordon Laing and Eden Brackstone who get to spend almost every day in these environs!

Tree at the Serene LakeQueenstown, I miss you!  The summer here in Texas has been bitter-hot.  I remember the long run I had along your shores...  comparing that with my 100-degree run here in Texas that just makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry...When I was there in Queenstown, I took to waking up about an hour before the sunrise and brewing a whole pot of coffee.  And then, I would just the take the POT in the car with me and drive around.  The lake can be pretty still in the morning, and that is when I grabbed this one... I'm jealous of my friends Gordon Laing and Eden Brackstone who get to spend almost every day in these environs!- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

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According to the stats, most people come every day, but some people come every other day or perhaps once a week. That means sometimes things may slip through the cracks!

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Daily Photo – The Soft Hills on the way to Paradise, New Zealand

Just beyond Glenorchy, which is just a shade beyond Queenstown, lies a little place called Paradise. The road gets tinier and tinier as you get closer. A few miles before the road becomes all dirt, I pulled over to these soft rolling hills. They were covered with little sheep families, walking to and fro.

One the rare occasion when I am in the field with students, I have them notice a bunch of things. I’ve touched on this before, and this is another good example. It has to do with the location of the sunlight. There are three elements that can be lit here – the hills and/or the mountains and/or the clouds. Every combination looks dramatically different in the final shot. When you are there on the scene, the light changes so gradually, you don’t notice. So you have to teach yourself to be mindful of the untimely flow of light.

High Dynamic Range Photography

Upcoming Events and Queenstown from Above

Upcoming Events for You

Adobe Talk

Cost: Free
Time: Feb 24th at 1 PM
Location: Park Auditorium at 345 Park Ave, San Jose

I’ll be talking about the future-present of photography, post-processing, and coming trends. See more on the Adobe Distinguished Lecture Series page.

SXSW PhotoWalk

Cost: Free
Time: March 13 at 6:30 PM
Location: The Driskill Hotel, Austin

All skill levels welcome! Get more details and join us on the Plancast event page.

EG Conference

Cost: $4000 (Register)
Time: April 7
Location: Monterey, CA

It looks to be an amazing time there in Monterey, and I put some more info below. I think I’ll plan a photowalk while there too (that will be free).

The EG Conference

EG ConferenceThere is more info on the EG Conference website, and I think there is a pretty good chance they will be recording a video that I can share here after the event.

I’m excited about this thing – it should be a blast! See that Freeman Dyson is going to be there?  I’ve got a whole list of questions for him… like, in that episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, you know, the one with the Dyson sphere (“Relics” – Star Trek wiki), well, like, how did Scotty survive all that time in the transporter loop, and like, wouldn’t he lose some weight?  And well, yes, I guess you wouldn’t know that, but, why would any species capable of building a Dyson sphere build it around an unstable star?  I mean, that seems kinda dumb, right Dyson?  Right?

But seriously, I will also have a free photowalk one evening there in the Monterey area.  I’m not sure where exactly… maybe even over in Carmel, but I will announce that soon.

Daily Photo – Queenstown From Above

Ack! I miss Queenstown. When can I get back there? I need to make this happen.

My friend Gordon from Camera Labs (be sure to visit his site) goes up here to test a lot of his cameras and lenses. There’s a mountain here that you can reach by gondola, and the view is, well, as you can see, quite perfect! In this case, I used my new 28-300 lens, which worked out pretty well.

I’ve gotten to know the little town there pretty well. It’s fun looking down and knowing where I can get the best burger, the best chocolate, and five places that all serve great coffee. Jeez… just writing about it makes me want to go back even more!

High Dynamic Range Photo

Interview in Queenstown Part 1

Interview in Queenstown Part 1

Mark Stagi from Digital Photo Buzz sent me some interview questions, and I answered them all on video. I split it into two parts because of YouTube upload limitations… and here is part 1! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Range at Night

I drove to Glenorchy (a not-bustling suburb of Queenstown) late in the afternoon. After doing a bit of shooting and snacking, I took a perfect little road back to Queenstown. It runs along a long and perfect lake. The sun had dropped to an interesting spot, and I could see the heavens were boiling away… so I pulled over to take this quick shot.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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