The Gaudi Cheesecake Factory

New Newsletter Soon!

I’m working on a new newsletter that should come out soon… we have a cool new review and other goodies inside. We send out about one every month or so, and we put a ton of pretty photos in there… they are great fun to forward around to your friends and family so they can see what they are missing!

On average, our newsletter have a 125% open rate, which is pretty amazing. I think this is because people get them and forward along to other interested parties. Thanks so much! I never really thought newsletters would be so popular, but I’m glad they are… thx for letting me into your inbox!

Newsletter Sample

Want to see what it looks like? Here is Newsletter #21, one that went out a few months ago… it’s a pretty good example of what you’ll get soon.

Suggestions?

Do you guys have any suggested newsletters that you receive on a regular basis? I figured that the interesting group of people that come here have some various interests that might have cool newsletters attached to them.

Daily Photo – The Gaudi Cheesecake Factory

I was stuck doing handheld shots all over this awesome Gaudi house because the PR staff would not let me use a tripod. They also said I was not allowed to post any photos of the house on my blog. I told them this was absolutely ridiculous and of course I would post photos on the blog. They said it was not ridiculous and I should really listen. I then said, “But everyone else is here taking photos and posting on Facebook and Flickr!, right?” And they said, “Oh, well, they shouldn’t be doing that either.”

Anyway, I just don’t deal well with that kind of insanity… I found this place to be quite beautiful, and I wanted to share it with you anyway. If you want to see it yourself, visit the CASA BATLLÓ in Barcelona. Oh, I know…. PR team at Gaudi… this is so terrible… #1 Travel Blog in the world showing a beautiful photo of your property and encouraging people to go… This really is as horrible as you imagined.

The Gaudi Cheesecake Factory I was stuck doing handheld shots all over this awesome Gaudi house because the PR staff would not let me use a tripod.  They also said I was not allowed to post any photos of the house on my blog.  I told them this was absolutely ridiculous and of course I would post photos on the blog.  They said it was not ridiculous and I should really listen.  I then said, "But everyone else is here taking photos and posting on Facebook and Flickr!, right?"  And they said, "Oh, well, they shouldn't be doing that either."Anyway, I just don't deal well with that kind of insanity... I found this place to be quite beautiful, and I wanted to share it with you anyway.  If you want to see it yourself, visit the Casa Bastilo in Barcelona.  Oh, I know.... PR team at Gaudi... this is so terrible... #1 Travel Blog in the world showing a beautiful photo of your property and encouraging people to go...  This really is as horrible as you imagined. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at stuckincustoms.com.

View Comments

The Barcelona Airport

Okay, Silver Efex 2 is Even Better

I mentioned my Silver Efex Pro Review recently and how I’ve been playing with the new version lately. I made this photo below the other night during the Webinar, and I’m happy to report that the new version is even better than the last! As you guys know, I don’t post a lot of B&W stuff, even though I do make a lot of them. Maybe I should post more?

Daily Photo – The Barcelona Airport II

This is another reason I like to get to airports early. Not only do I hate being rushed, but I like to take time to explore with my camera. Well, I guess that only is in the case where the airport happens to be particularly beautiful, like the one here in Barcelona.

I always start out extremely rushed, because I picture security closing down on me from every angle. So, my first shot is usually rushed and not perfectly centered. Then, if the guards don’t gang-tackle me like I’m streaking at Yankee Stadium, then I keep adjusting my position and the camera until things are more and more aligned and composed to my satisfaction. This one was even a little bit tilted, but I fixed that bit with the crop tool later in Photoshop (as people saw).

The Barcelona Airport II This is another reason I like to get to airports early.  Not only do I hate being rushed, but I like to take time to explore with my camera.  Well, I guess that only is in the case where the airport happens to be particularly beautiful, like the one here in Barcelona.  I always start out extremely rushed, because I picture security closing down on me from every angle.  So, my first shot is usually rushed and not perfectly centered.  Then, if the guards don't gang-tackle me like I'm streaking at Yankee Stadium, then I keep adjusting my position and the camera until things are more and more aligned and composed to my satisfaction.  This one was even a little bit tilted, but I fixed that bit with the crop tool later in Photoshop (as people saw).  - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

View Comments

The Prismatic Cathedral

The EG Program

At the EG Conference, they give everyone a unique program and a set of specialized playing cards, each adorned with customized art. Their team takes all the presenters and portrays them in some kind of a scene. For example, last year they did “movies”, and this year they did “fine art.” Anyway, you can thumb through their program and see if you can find me! (If you are mega bored…)

One other cool thing about the playing cards is that people often get “special” one-time cards in there that are prizes. Most prizes are very unique and are offered by one of the speakers. The one I traded for ended up being a balloon ride with Jonathan Trappe, one of the other speakers there. Know who he is? Ever hear of that guy that started tying balloons to his office chair until it took off? That’s him! I don’t know where we’ll do our balloon ride yet… I’m trying to talk him into Myanmar.

Daily Photo – The Prismatic Cathedral

In the webinar, I gave people a small set of images for homework. This is the second of the two sets (the first I posted yesterday). I didn’t mean for both to be from Spain, but I guess they are! Anyway, I thought it was kind of fun for people all over the world to be processing my images while I am processing them… kind of strange but cool. I will try to post things on a regular basis as we work on them together.

The Prismatic Cathedral In the webinar, I gave people a small set of images for homework.  This is the second of the two sets (the first I posted yesterday).  I didn't mean for both to be from Spain, but I guess they are!  Anyway, I thought it was kind of fun for people all over the world to be processing my images while I am processing them... kind of strange but cool.  I will try to post things on a regular basis as we work on them together. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at stuckincustoms.com.

View Comments

Trains Across Europe

The Rebekka Project

You all remember Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir? How could you forget a last name like that? Over 3 years ago, I met her in Iceland and did a post called “Rebekka in Action“, in case you have not heard of her…

Anyway, Rebekka has a new photography project, and she’s accepting donations for people that want to be part of it.

Daily Photo – Trains Across Europe

The Europeans are so lucky to have a semi-functional train system. I’m sure many of them find reasons to complain, but to me, it’s all pretty awesome. The idea of a working train system is pretty foreign to Americans.

This notion that you can get on a train in one city and then hop-skip your way to another city is kind of a novel idea to us! If you’re in Houston, for example, and you decide to go to Dallas, then “getting on the train” isn’t even one of the things that crosses your mind. I don’t know that much about the passenger rail system in the US, and I guess that means its in pretty dire shape. Without even asking, I can almost guarantee our biggest passenger rail service is subsidized by the government. And that, of course, means that I am personally paying for something that I know nothing about.

I’m reminded of this when I go to Europe and can get on a train in Montpellier and end up here, in Barcelona. And not only that, but the train stations are all pretty interesting to explore.

Trains Across Europe The Europeans are so lucky to have a semi-functional train system.  I'm sure many of them find reasons to complain, but to me, it's all pretty awesome.  The idea of a working train system is pretty foreign to Americans.  This notion that you can get on a train in one city and then hop-skip your way to another city is kind of a novel idea to us!  If you're in Houston, for example, and you decide to go to Dallas, then "getting on the train" isn't even one of the things that crosses your mind.  I don't know that much about the passenger rail system in the US, and I guess that means its in pretty dire shape.  Without even asking, I can almost guarantee our biggest passenger rail service is subsidized by the government.  And that, of course, means that I am personally paying for something that I know nothing about.  I'm reminded of this when I go to Europe and can get on a train in Montpellier and end up here, in Barcelona.  And not only that, but the train stations are all pretty interesting to explore. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

View Comments

The Myst Staircase

The RED Epic

I made the decision. Red has been contacted and now I’m just sitting here, waiting…waiting…waiting… Don’t know what it is? Check out the RED Epic page. I’m so excited… oh jeez trying not to think about it…

Daily Photo – The Myst Staircase

I wish I could have met Gaudi. The only thing I know about him is his art, but I’m guessing he was an interesting guy.

I also would have like to own one of his houses, but then I’d be in a pickle. He only designed and built a few of these houses, and I think living inside of them would be amazing. But, since it is such a work of art, I’d feel compelled to share it with the world. You can’t live in it AND open it up to the public – so what to do? I’d like to say I’d be noble and open it up to the world, but the wonderfully selfish side of me would want it all to myself. Maybe it’s not that different than owning a Renoir. Not that I own one of those either… but it is an interesting decision to think about.

This is one of the many beautiful staircases in the Casa Batlló, located in central Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia. It’s also called the “House of Bones”, and it reminds me of the good old days playing Myst…

High Dynamic Range Photo

View Comments
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!


x