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Daily Photo – The Impossible Bridge

I took this photo out the window of the train I was on – the same train you can see in the photo!  This is the Glacier Express, a crazy-awesome train that goes through the Alps and connects Zermatt and St. Moritz.  It was recommended by many nice people here on the blog, and here I am re-recommending it! :)

The Impossible Bridge I took this photo out the window of the train I was on – the same train you can see in the photo!  This is the Glacier Express, a crazy-awesome train that goes through the Alps and connects Zermatt and St. Moritz.  It was recommended by many nice people here on the blog, and here I am re-recommending it! :)- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

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Zurich at Night + Live Hangout

Live Hangout Tonight – 7 PM PT!

Come join us and watch live tonight. We have all kinds of great guests from Lisa Bettany to Thomas Hawk to Gordon Laing to Matt Kloskowski to Matt Steiner to Thor Carpenter to Mel Peifer … it will be a fun one with a great topic!

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Daily Photo – Zurich at Night

It was a cool night — one of those nights when I was glad I lugged around a jacket all day.

These dark waters that run through old European cities at night set an interesting mood. I can’t quite put my finger on it… heavy and deep and dark… but strange and light and reflective on top. I think some of these things you can’t quite see end up in the photo, somehow.

Zurich at NightIt was a cool night -- one of those nights when I was glad I lugged around a jacket all day.  These dark waters that run through old European cities at night set an interesting mood.  I can't quite put my finger on it...  heavy and deep and dark... but strange and light and reflective on top.  I think some of these things you can't quite see end up in the photo, somehow.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Fisherman in Switzerland

Why are my last three photos so wide?

I don’t know…. I just noticed this common crop… I did not do it on purpose, but it is kind of cool I think.

Daily Photo – Fisherman in Switzerland

I got these fishermen outside of the window of a moving train.

And that moving train was thanks to you great readers here of the blog, that recommended that I take a ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt. It was a great suggestion! In fact, it was so good, I think I will have to ask for more advice in the future!

Fisherman in Switzerland I got these fishermen outside of the window of a moving train.And that moving train was thanks to you great readers here of the blog, that recommended that I take a ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt. It was a great suggestion! In fact, it was so good, I think I will have to ask for more advice in the future!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Matterhorn

New Silver Efex Pro

I’m still really enjoying the new Silver Efex Pro — I did not update my review Silver Efex Pro review with new screenshots, mostly because the interface is still the same.

Daily Photo – The Matterhorn

For most of my life, I’ve generally only known the Matterhorn for the ride in Disneyland! I mean, I always knew it was a real mountain… and I’ve seen photos of it and stuff… but seeing it there in the middle of the Alps was really cool.

I think I was lucky while here in Zermatt, Switzerland. I understand that it is often occluded by clouds, so this was a lucky day indeed!

Zermatt was a really great little town — I’d love to go back and spend some more time there!

The MatterhornFor most of my life, I've generally only known the Matterhorn for the ride in Disneyland!  I mean, I always knew it was a real mountain... and I've seen photos of it and stuff... but seeing it there in the middle of the Alps was really cool.  I think I was lucky while here in Zermatt, Switzerland.  I understand that it is often occluded by clouds, so this was a lucky day indeed!  Zermatt was a really great little town -- I'd love to go back and spend some more time there!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest, and some info on the new Silver Efx Pro, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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The Alps in the Afternoon and Why I Don’t Use Watermarks

Why I Don’t Use Watermarks 2.0

BTW, this spawned a hot discussion in this Google+ Thread!

I’ve recently updated this list… so I thought you might like the new version and explanation since i get this question a lot.

I know my opinion is different than many other photographers, and that is okay.

As you may know, my work is all Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means people, as long as they give credit and link back to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com, can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially. Every day, I upload a HUGE 6000+ pixel max-resolution image to the Internet. I do not have any fear at all… Believe me, it’s quite liberating living in a world without internet-stealth-fear.

People that want to license our images regularly contact our licensing team – we get many of these every day of the week.

So why don’t I use watermarks? It’s a multi-part philosophy –

1) Watermarks look ugly. Whenever I look at a photo with a watermark, often times, ALL I can think about is that watermark! It’s so distracting. Maybe this is just me.

2) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there.

3) There are other services, like Tineye (and Google) that can help my team easily find bottom-feeders.

4) We do register our images with the copyright office, so if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it is an easy lawsuit.

5) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.

6) NOT using watermarks and using creative commons helps more and more people to use your image freely for fun, which increases traffic and builds something I call “internet-trust.”

7) As image search and image recognition get better and better, there will be no need to watermark things. In 1 year+, we’ll be able to r-click an image and choose “Google-find the original creator” — there is a bit trail to first-on-the-internet.

8) Yes, last, there will be bottom-feeders that steal your stuff. I call this the cost of doing business on the internet. These are the Tic-Tacs that are stolen from the 7-11. It is impossible to maintain 100% of your digital inventory, so wanting “perfection” in your online strategy is an illusion.

Daily Photo – The Alps in the Afternoon

The more rugged the mountains, the better they look with a low angle of incidence of the light. Of course, they also look great in the middle of the day, but since the rugged peaks are in three dimensions, you get many extra angles of contrast when the sun is low.

These kind of shots help me remember the fake symbology built up in my head of the shape-of-mountains. I got a bit of this when I was learning to draw… when drawing a human face, it takes a long time to get rid of that thing that is drilled into you as a kid — that the eye is sort of the shape of a football. If you try to do that with a good drawing, it never works. And, it’s sort of the same way with mountains. In my head, I still have to stop thinking of them as a rugged 2D line. It’s thousands of 2D lines, crawling this way and that, but I can usually only see one of them. But, on late afternoons like this, you can start to see hundreds of more lines.

The Alps in the AfternoonThe more rugged the mountains, the better they look with a low angle of incidence of the light.  Of course, they also look great in the middle of the day, but since the rugged peaks are in three dimensions, you get many extra angles of contrast when the sun is low.These kind of shots help me remember the fake symbology built up in my head of the shape-of-mountains.  I got a bit of this when I was learning to draw...  when drawing a human face, it takes a long time to get rid of that thing that is drilled into you as a kid -- that the eye is sort of the shape of a football.  If you try to do that with a good drawing, it never works.  And, it's sort of the same way with mountains.  In my head, I still have to stop thinking of them as a rugged 2D line.  It's thousands of 2D lines, crawling this way and that, but I can usually only see one of them.  But, on late afternoons like this, you can start to see hundreds of more lines.- Trey RatcliffRead more, including a post about why I don't watermark, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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