JFK Memorial

Treadmill Pain

We brought this treadmill all the way to New Zealand, and now we can’t get it to work. So Ethan and I spent like 3 hours taking it apart and getting it back out of the bedroom. I can tell you that it is, BY FAR, the heaviest thing I’ve ever carried. It’s really incredible how heavy it actually is! I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

Daily Photo – JFK Memorial

A few weeks ago I was back in Dallas for some family stuff, but I took a day off to go out shooting with my friend Gino. Wow did we have a fun time, tooling around and taking photos. Gino had the bright idea of using the quadcopter to follow the path of the “magic bullet.” At one point, a cop came up behind him and said, “You know, you should watch out for cops.” Gino said, “Yeah whatever pal,” and then turned around to notice it was a cop.

JFK Memorial

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A hot night in Dallas!

MORE Photo Walks?

I was thinking maybe Europe or Asia for the next set of photo walks… I’m not sure because we still missed a lot of cities in the USA I wanted to visit, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Decisions, decisions… Well, in the meantime, check out our USA Tour Highlights Page! 🙂

Daily Photo – A hot night in Dallas!

It was another crazy photo walk where unexpected things happened. At the end of the photo walk, we all gathered here when suddenly all these fire dancers appeared by surprise… with hundreds of photographers, we decided to have a huge field day with it!

A hot night in Dallas!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Hippo of San Antonio

San Antonio Recap

If you missed the fun highlight video from our Photo Walk in San Antonio, here it is!

Daily Photo – The Hippo of San Antonio

I believe the special projection unit they use here is called The Hippo. From my basic understanding, they make a 3D projection-mapping of the surface upon which they are about to project, then make the appropriate extrapolations so they can project “flatly” onto it. There's some mondo math going on there, but the effect is absolutely sensational. I did my humble best to try to capture it with a photo, but you can see it in action (briefly) in the video above! 🙂

The Hippo of San Antonio

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Upcoming Photowalks

Check the Events page here on the site to see what events are coming up. Some are vaguely planned while others are exactly planned!

Daily Photo – And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Two PhotoWalk-in-a-row posts! This one was from the super-fun photowalk in Dallas. What a great crowd! This is one of the last places we stopped at as a group. It's always fun to watch everyone set up for shots and try different things. I enjoyed looking at all the photos from the event — so cool! We'll do it again sometime! 🙂

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Great Austin SXSW PhotoWalk!

Prizes from the Event!

We’ll be giving away many prizes from the event! On the next Variety Hour (every Monday I have a good internet connection), we’ll be sure to announce all the winners and what they win –Here’s a selection of the prizes below!

*Prizes:*
– Really Right Stuff Tripod goodies (BH-40 LR and some LB-40s)
– Huge Secret Adorama Prize
XUME Quick Release Adapters
– Syrp (A NEW Genie!!!) – http://www.stuckincustoms.com/time-lapse-photography-syrp-genie-review/
– FStop (Loka Bag and 1 ICU)
– Many copies of Trey’s Lightroom and Photomatix Presets!
Camera Sutra t-shirts
– Many Stuck In Customs Camera Straps
– 5 Copies of Midnight in Paris tutorial!

More Photos!

There are over 1,000 photos up on the event page… go have a look! 🙂

Nikon 16mm Fisheye Prime

All the photos below were taken with the same lens! You can read more about it on my Nikon 16mm Review here on the site.

Photos from the event

Below are a few photos I took 🙂

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Daily Photo – The Wolfman Violinith

Here’s my favorite photo from the event… one of the many street performers howls into the streetlight moon…

The Wolfman Violinith

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Downtown Austin PhotoWalk Details

Google+ SXSW Austin PhotoWalk with Trey Ratcliff – All Levels of Photographers – All Free!

Also you are invited to come to my featured (Google+ heavy!) speech at SXSW – “A Life Worth Living is a Life Worth Recording” (link for times and details)

Google+ PhotoWalk Details!

RSVP and Get More Details on the Google+ Event Here.

$1000’s in Prizes! A ton of Google+ swag! Members of the Google+ team!!

Bring your camera (even mobile phones are cool!) and bring your sense of adventure and discovery! We’ll walk around the streets of Austin together and grab some cool photos to share with one another. If you’ve never been to one of these events before, then this is your chance. Bring a friend or bring the kids — it’s a family-friendly event and all are welcome! 🙂

I’ll be giving lessons and teaching how I set up for various shots. Anyone can ask me anything at any time… sort of an in-person AMA! 🙂

When: Monday, Mar 11 at 6:30 PM Austin Time
Where: Downtown Austin Watch For Exact Spot Here.
What to bring: Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR with a tripod
Tag to use for photos: Attach the photos to this event and use the tag #AustinPhotowalk2013 ! 🙂

*Prizes (in addition to free Google+ swag to be randomly distributed):*
– Really Right Stuff Tripod goodies (BH-40 LR and some LB-40s)
– Huge Secret Adorama Prize
XUME Quick Release Adapters
– Syrp (A NEW Genie!!!) – http://www.stuckincustoms.com/time-lapse-photography-syrp-genie-review/
– FStop (Loka Bag and 1 ICU)
– Many copies of Trey’s Lightroom and Photomatix Presets!
Camera Sutra t-shirts
– Many Stuck In Customs Camera Straps
– 5 Copies of Midnight in Paris tutorial!

How To Win A Prize:

“Best Photos of Fellow Photowalkers!”
Share your photos on Google+ and/or in The Photo Community with the tag #AustinPhotowalk2013 – winners will be chosen by a Team of Humans at Google and other coaches from the photowalk.

Thanks to the coaches too: Dave Wilson, Alex Suarez, Mike Connell, Jerry Hayes, and Simi Shonowo !

Daily Photo – Moody Skies Over the Dark Church

I keep going back to Tekapo to see the skies over the lake. If it is clear, you can see amazing stars! But, if cloudy, it’s not so bad because you can get this kind of moody, long-exposure stuff… !

Moody Skies Over the Dark Church

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programmanual
  • Exposure Bias

Sleeping in Downtown Dallas

An Interview Playlist

I started making a number of playlists on YouTube, and one of them has a bunch of interviews in it. I get a few dozen requests per month for interviews, and I kind of randomly say yes here and there. But, if you’d like to get an interview just to have questions answered, you can probably find most anything in those playlists!

One thing I do ask of interviews, however, is that people ask totally original questions… this is what I prefer – for your benefit and for mine! 🙂

Interview with EVI Exclusive

I did an interview with EVI Exclusive and Zoha Zee. You can see it below.

Daily Photo – Sleeping in Downtown Dallas

What do you think is happening in this photo? It’s full of secrets, like Laura Palmer…

We had a tiny, unannounced PhotoWalk in Dallas last week. Hello to those of you that came!

Sleeping in Downtown Dallas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Girl in Austin on Bike

Webinar Starts Tomorrow!

The big show starts tomorrow! Be sure to register on The Art of Photography page. See you in there soon!

Daily Photo – Girl in Austin on Bike

When I was at South by Southwest, we had an amazing photowalk downtown. After the whole thing was over, I spent about an hour saying hello to people and having my picture taken and this sort of thing. I do always enjoy that… having extra time to meet people is always nice.

After I was done, I went into the Driskill to get a few things I left behind. I went out of the lobby to get into Curtis’ car to whisk me away back home when I saw this girl riding one of those pedicabs. I thought she was kinda cute, so I grabbed this quick shot.

Girl in Austin on Bike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.3
  • ISO4000
  • Focal Length112mm (112mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Dance Recital

Annoying Photography Companies at Dance Recitals

One thing that REALLY makes me angry is when I go to a dance recital and they tell me I am not allowed to take photos.  And I’m not just talking about “flash” photos — but NO photos at all.  It’s because they do a deal with crappy photography companies that forbid other parents from doing so to artificially increase the sales of their video or photos.  It is, perhaps, the most insidious of all practices that photographers undertake.  The idea that a parent can’t even take a photo of their own child on stage is, well, insane.  I wish 1,000 years of bad luck on all these photography companies that undertake these methods… and you will forever have my wrath.

Daily Photo – The Dance Recital

I feel like I go to about 20 dance recitals a year!  If you have a daughter in dance, then you know what I mean.

This was a cold one, and I mean supa-cold.  It was about 20 degrees outside, and then recital was, for some reason, outside.  I was going to go sit down and cover up, but the blanket was only big enough for the rest of the family.  So I decided to keep moving and take a lot of photos.  I went back behind the crowd to get this one just before the show began…

The Dance RecitalI feel like I go to about 20 dance recitals a year!  If you have a daughter in dance, then you know what I mean.This was a cold one, and I mean supa-cold.  It was about 20 degrees outside, and then recital was, for some reason, outside.  I was going to go sit down and cover up, but the blanket was only big enough for the rest of the family.  So I decided to keep moving and take a lot of photos.  I went back behind the crowd to get this one just before the show began...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post, including my thoughts about dance recital photography policies, at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Austin PhotoWalk Time!

G+ PhotoWalk in Austin during SXSW! Join me!

It’s that time again!  This year is going to be huge… mega huge!

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

  • RSVP on Google Schemer: http://goo.gl/LkaKO
  • Secret Google Schemer Invite link: goo.gl/RoxQg <– shhhhhh!
  • Date: Saturday, March 10 at 2 PM.
  • Location: The hidden G+ lot (TBA!) Note: SXSW badge NOT required
  • No SXSW badge required!

We’ll have great prizes and more… stay tuned!

Daily Photo – The Endless Night Streets of Tokyo

The streets are like this all night long.  So, how can you possibly go back to the hotel room?  There’s never a good breaking point.  It is very very hard on my body here, actually, because I usually go back at the point of sheer exhaustion or hunger-breakdown.  The last thing I am thinking about is eating or sleeping… but then, once I give in to my body, that’s ALL I can think about.

The Endless Night Streets of TokyoThe streets are like this all night long.  So, how can you possibly go back to the hotel room?  There's never a good breaking point.  It is very very hard on my body here, actually, because I usually go back at the point of sheer exhaustion or hunger-breakdown.  The last thing I am thinking about is eating or sleeping... but then, once I give in to my body, that's ALL I can think about.- Trey RatcliffRead more, including some info on the SXSW G+ Photowalk, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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