Interview with Jared Polin

Interview with Jared Polin

When I came through Philly on the bus tour, I wanted to make sure to carve out some time to talk with Jared Polin! I went up to his awesome studio and we had a heck of a good time together. This is a really unique interview, and I think you’ll enjoy it! :)

It’s been a long time in the making and the stars finally aligned to allow me to interview Trey Ratcliff right here in the loft. Trey is one of the most well known photographers online and is most commonly associated with HDR photography (high dynamic range).

As man¥ of you know I have been very outspoken about not liking HDR in the past. Most of this stems from seeing really bad HDR. Trey on the other hand does HDR right and tries to share his methods with as many people as possible. No that does not mean I will be doing HDR anytime soon. But you can not deny the success and you have to give major credit where credit is due. Check out the FULL Interview at 33:54

Don’t forget new RAWtalks go live every Monday both as audio and video so be sure to subscribe on iTunes or YouTube to be noticed when the latest shows go live.

Show Intro – 00:00:16
Allen’s Nikon-A-Palooza – 00:05:58
Photo News – 00:08:43
Trey Ratcliff Interview – 00:33:54
Gear of the Week – 01:22:07
Wheel of Fro – 01:24:34

Cool Giveaway

Jared is also having a cool giveaway on his site too! Check it out :)

Home to New Zealand

Well, after 58 days on the road and then one of our photo workshops, I’m finally back home… now getting re-organized and everything! :) Here’s a few of my favorite photos from here… omg SO happy to be home :)

Over Lake Tekapo Here’s one of my favorite images from that day in the chopper. Shooting from a helicopter is always tough. If you watched that video, you’ll see I switched a lot between different cameras. Even though I am using the Sony NEX-7 a lot, I chose the Nikon here because of the extreme conditions. I was quite worried I would only get a few minutes to shoot, so I wanted to make sure I did not run into any buffering problems… this is why I went with the Nikon.Don’t know what buffering is? That is what happens when you take a whole bunch of photos in a row and the camera has to save them quickly. On lesser cameras, sometimes you can only take a few photos before there is a long pause while it writes the photos. The NEX-7 lets met get in about 10-13 photos before it starts going slow. The Nikon D3s lets me take about 30+ I think!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Peaceful Evening in Wanaka I had a peaceful evening in Wanaka. There is this tree that sits out in the middle of the lake. It’s so unusual. I love the way it reflects back on itself in the smooth water. I was by myself, listening to music on my iPod, and just watching the water as it would calm down then get excited, then calm down again. I swapped out lenses a few times and kept moving around to admire it from different angles. This one was one of my favorites. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Moonlight Clouds – Queenstown at 7:30 AMThe winter in these southern places make the sunrise rather late! I took this about 7:30 AM in the morning while the moon was still out over the sparkling Queenstown. I set up the tripod on my balcony, and this is our amazing view! I’m renting a Bach here called “The Nest” – and it has incredible views all day long… and all night long too, as you can see! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Golden Tree Path When I took this photo, I was very happy! In many ways, it’s the kind of place you can easily walk through and not notice because it was on the way to somewhere else. I was trying to walk down to Lake Hayes via a new route form my house, and I saw this on the way. I feel like I’m always alert, but then sometimes I’m looking at a scene like this and I think, “Hey, I should take a photo!” Anyway, I need to get better at this sort of thing… and take more photos on the way to the place rather than the place itself. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Reflections at Milford Sound

Graveyard at Night

There was no artificial coloring added to this… the green is from the reflected green grass in the long exposure.

Deep in the Graveyard

The Grant Well

Here is the old shack that is outside the Grant Well, the first oil well in the US.

Office of the Grant Well

Telltale Heart

Here is a dreary and scary old shed I found in a rainstorm in Pennsylvania. There may have been a few dead bodies inside, but I didn’t check.

Telltale Heart

Lake Erie

Here is Lake Erie in HDR:

Lake Erie in the Morning

This is Edell

This is Edell

Edell’s dream is to have a large and peaceful family.

Edell is currently doing chores in a field with her little brother and little sister. She is the oldest and the only one that smiles when I ask if I can help carry the wood back to their home.

(this is taken from a series of portraits in THIS set in my portfolio).

The Barn in the Storm

I found this place down a remote country road in Pennsylvania. I managed to get a shot just before the rain hit. You can see the setting sun behind the pine tree on the left.

The Barn in the Storm

Decrepit Shed

Here is an old shed I found by the roadside during a rainstorm in Pennsylvania, actually shot just after the post below this one.

Decrepit in the Rain

Amish Farm in Pennsylvania

This was taken in the middle of a little Amish community I found in northern Pennsylvania. This was taken in the evening just before a rain shower hit, so I got some nice sunset mixed with light rain clouds.

Amish Home in Pennsylvania Countryside

Eerie Erie Cemetary

This is from the old Erie cemetary about midnight. I was out there listening to my iPod walking around a cemetary that I might have been trespassing on. The gate opened with an awful creeking sound, ten times worse than in horror movies.


Welcome to STUCK IN CUSTOMS Welcome to my travel photography blog!
Enjoy the daily photos, tips, tutorials & more!
Newsletter Sign Up
The Most Beautiful Newsletter Ever!