Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Another great pub

My favorite one is very near my home in Arrowtown, New Zealand. If you ever go there, be sure to find and enter the “Blue Door.” There’s no sign or anything. You may have to ask around. It’s in a tiny alleyway, and you’ll see, well, a Blue Door.

Daily Photo – Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

After a long day of photography, what could be better than a walk across this bridge here in Hobbiton to visit the Green Dragon for a pint of ale? Not much! And it's all real. There are actual giant taps on the wall that pour actual stuff! Even better was having full run of the place while we took photos. But it's actually something anyone can do. It's part of the standard tour and they all end here for Hobbit-drinks and Hobbit-snacks.

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Getting on board the CL-130

MacPhun Special

MacPhun has a great deal for Valentines Day! Be sure to check it out!

Inside the Plane

Wonder what it looks like inside? Here’s a 360 degree photosphere I took on the inside with my phone.

Daily Photo – Getting on board the CL-130

Here are Stu and I in front of the CL-130 right before flying home. We had become friends with the Loadmaster, Randy, who got us special seats in the cockpit on the way home! So awesome! If you look behind us, you can see the Kiwis are the ones with the orange coats. The Americans have red coats and black pants. The Italians are the ones with the all-red outfits.

Getting on board the CL-130

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Big Elephant Crossing

The Imitation Game

I just recently saw this movie and really enjoyed it. I read a lot about that whole bit of WWII in Neal Stephenson’s amazing book called “Cryptonomicon” — and some of that was brought to life in this movie. Besides, I’m a total sucker for Benedict Cumberbatch — I’ll watch him in anything!

Daily Photo – Big Elephant Crossing

While in Botswana, we had this AMAZING guide named Dennis. We knew he was named Dennis because he would only refer to himself in the third person. We asked him about this elephant crossing the road and he said, “Dennis wants you to know that the elephant turns his body sideways like this to make himself seem as big and awesome as possible, much like Dennis.” Man, we never got tired of this guy. We would end up asking him any kind of question just to see how he would work his own name into the answer… haha I still laugh thinking about it.

Big Elephant Crossing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Hagglund Experience

If you’re ever in Christchurch, New Zealand, be sure to visit that Antarctic center. They have this crazy Hagglund ride that shows off all the amazing things these machines can do. Did you know they can even float and move forward in water?

Daily Photo – A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Matt, our intrepid Hagglund driver, and the rest of the crew got out of the Hagglund to have a nice little lunch on the sea ice. It was really incredible… nice and sunny… you can even see it was warm enough for some of us to take off our coats. It was my first time to ever have a picnic on frozen sea ice… so awesome!

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Two Ways to Win a Free DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter!

Will announce the winners in our Newsletter!

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Option 1 to win, Comment on this new video I just did with Kai and DigitalRev TV!

What can you win? The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter!

This was a really fun show with DigitalRev TV and Kai in Hong Kong a few days ago. I was quite worried that Kai would fly the quad right into our crotches, but he had sweet nerves of steel! Haha this was so fun… Kai is a really great guy and his whole team there was just fantastic!

After this show, I went back over and flew the quad all over the other part of Hong Kong too and got a ton of photos… so fun :) I absolutely love using the camera on there, the incredible fine control you have to aim the camera exactly how you want… like XBox-Controller Photography!

To WIN the same DJI Inspire Quadcopter (will actually send you a New one!) simply go comment on the YouTube video and say “I would like Trey’s drone, and this is what I want to do with it:” — we’ll pick a random winner in about a month or so! :)

Option 2 to win: Come to the London PhotoWalk and I’ll pick a random winner!

Pop over to the London PhotoWalk page here and find out more!

Old London From Above It's a long walk to the top of St. Paul's.  And by long walk, I should throw in that there are a lot of stairs.  But, after you finally arrive, you're greeted by a wonderful view of the city.  As long as you don't have too much of an issue with heights, you'll be in for a treat.Even though I saw all sorts of stuff while I was up there, I enjoyed working on this photo too.  I was able to zoom into 100% and look at all the details and little buildings/bridges/shops once again.  It reminded me of walking around many of them at ground level.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

HDR Tutorial

If you got the original HDR Tutorial I released 4 years ago, then be sure to check out the new HDR Tutorial I released just over a year ago. It’s built for beginners and also has plenty of meat in there for intermediate and advanced photographers. You can grab it over in the Stuck In Customs store! :)

Daily Photo – Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

This is one of my favorite new photos! I have a backlog of photos that is absolutely staggering, so I often “randomly” scroll back in time and saw this photo from Tokyo from over a year ago in my Lightroom catalog. I was thinking, “hmmm that one would be interesting to process…” and so I went for it. People often ask how long I work on these. For those of you that have watched me before, you know the answer — it's anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. This one clocked in at about half an hour or so.

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Cute Adelie Penguins

Product Hunt

There’s a pretty cool new site called “Product Hunt” that is kinda like reddit for new apps, products, services, and this sort of thing. I check it every now and then to find new tools or goodies.

Daily Photo – Cute Adelie Penguins

These friendly and hilarious Adelie penguins walked right up to me, as if I wasn't even there! I can watch these guys all day.

There's a rule that you're not allowed to get any closer to them than 10 meters. But they can approach you and get close! They are so curious, they may walk right up to you and sit on your feet. They may also poop on you from quite a distance. They have this “projectile” system of pooping which really detracts from their cuteness.

Cute Adelie Penguins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

More Behind-the-Scenes videos coming up

We took quite a bit of video while here to do some new behind-the-scenes stuff. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel to see when this stuff is made available! :)

Funny Internet Comments

I end up getting some crazy comments on social media… I should share more of the crazy stuff – here’s one!

We are enjoying the always beautiful photos landscape taken by your trip
By the way
Wonder if this photo is a joke?
Japanese history is very old
And it’s complicated
I is not a emperor worship philosopher
The people of about half of the Japanese I think not a kit pleasant mood to look at this photo
It you are big up google +
Do not you have misunderstood something?
And if not problem deep meaningless jokes
Statue of Liberty is or has fallen in New York
George Washington image it would be a joke like or have fallen
The Tour of the assassination movie of North Korea’s authoritarian
The reply of cyber attacks in the same manner as terrorist supporting countries against terrorist supporting countries of cyber attack
It’s a time when it is done at the top level of the human world
And allowed to cringe (w)
Also I’m looking forward to beautiful photos

Daily Photo – Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

For a short time, we took a true adventure into the townships in Soweto. For those of you that don't know, this was the heart of apartheid, where they put all the black people in Johannesburg. It's been a long time since then, but these are still full and teaming with people. There's no electricity, no running water, no internet, no, well, nothing! But the kids were so happy and full of life while we walked around. So was everyone, really! Here's a photo of my friend Curtis sharing his photos with some children here.

Curtis in the Townships of Johannesburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mount Erebus from the Air

Thanks again to the crew!

Thanks again to everyone on the CL-130 that helped Stu and I get some cool photos. Cheers to you, Randy and the team! We have many more photos and goodies on the way… stay awesome you guys!

Daily Photo – Mount Erebus from the Air

I took this photo from the cockpit of a CL-130. It was very lucky to be able to see this massive volcano so clearly! Did you know it is the southernmost active volcano? I often saw it erupt while I was there… I've never seen anything so surreal… a completely ice-white volcano that is always rumbling away. It's just another incredible thing I saw down here that I can't quite put into words.

Mount Erebus from the Air

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length22.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Queenstown from a Quadcopter

The New DJI Inspire

This is an incredible machine! I simply love taking it up for a little in-air photo adventure. I’m still getting my head around all the amazing photo opportunities it creates… really amazing! I don’t have a review of it on the site yet, but I will soon.

Daily Photo – Queenstown from a Quadcopter

For this photo, I took about 5 or 6 shots, each one slowly rotating the quad. I get live feedback on my iPad, so I always know what I am shooting. I then stitched them together in Photoshop, and, voila! It's really easy and fun… I don't do a lot of panoramas, but it's actually quite easy… maybe with this new DJI Inspire setup, I'll try it some more!

Queenstown from a Quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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