The Disappearing Booth

 

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Have you guys seen this documentary called “Exit Through the Gift Shop”? It’s so great… I had heard it was good from many people, but I was skeptical… I have always liked Banksy, but I didn’t know the documentary would be quite like THAT. Anyway, if you saw it, what did you think?

Daily Photo – The Disappearing Booth

I heard from some British friends that these are disappearing more and more all over London… I guess they are all just so old and the telephone company is removing the older ones… is this true, or is it an urban myth? I was reminded of Banksy above because he did a cool piece of art with one of these. And, I figured, we have so many readers from London, that one of you would know he truth!

HDR Photo

The People Mover

Off the Grid

As you are reading this, I am kind of off-the-grid in Iceland. I will still read all comments, but I may be about 24 hours behind or so — not sure… just letting you know. I understand sometimes people ask a question here or on Twitter and get upset when I don’t answer within a reasonable amount of time, which seems to get shorter and shorter every year!

Daily Photo – The People Mover

This is London, right?

I’m embarrassed to say I can’t quite remember. I processed and edited this photo as part of a bigger trip. I’m too lazy to check the EXIF and cross-reference the dates… even though that would have taken less time than writing this sentence. But, instead, I’m saying it like this to let you know that sometimes my memory fades a bit. Some spots I remember perfect perfect perfect perfect… and others fade away and drift into others. I’m not sure why memory works like this… why there are some things that are perfect and some that are fuzzy. The way that memory works in this incomplete way is interesting to me.

The People MoverThis is London, right?I'm embarrassed to say I can't quite remember.  I processed and edited this photo as part of a bigger trip.  I'm too lazy to check the EXIF and cross-reference the dates... even though that would have taken less time than writing this sentence.  But, instead, I'm saying it like this to let you know that sometimes my memory fades a bit.  Some spots I remember perfect perfect perfect perfect... and others fade away and drift into others.  I'm not sure why memory works like this...  why there are some things that are perfect and some that are fuzzy.  The way that memory works in this incomplete way is interesting to me.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Grey London

Your Favorite Accents?

So I am a total sucker for the British accent… I think it’s so great… People can say the dumbest thing but it sounds like it actually might be intelligent until you have a chance to think about it. But maybe I like the Aussie accent even a little better. They’re always able to take you down a peg or two just with a few well-placed inflections…

What are your favorite accents?

Daily Photo – Grey London

The two greyest cities I have been to are London and Vancouver. But the architecture is so different in both. I prefer bright and colorful architecture, especially in those environs. Sometimes with grey/white/silver/black buildings, I feel like I’m in some futuristic dystopian techno movie… something like… oh Equilibrium. Have you all seen that one?

Anyway, this is kind of a cool building, despite it’s greyness! There is that greenish element in the glass (not sure what it is) that gives it those interesting aqua tones…

Grey LondonThe two greyest cities I have been to are London and Vancouver.  But the architecture is so different in both.  I prefer bright and colorful architecture, especially in those environs.  Sometimes with grey/white/silver/black buildings, I feel like I'm in some futuristic dystopian techno movie...  something like... oh Equilibrium.  Have you all seen that one?Anyway, this is kind of a cool building, despite it's greyness!  There is that greenish element in the glass (not sure what it is) that gives it those interesting aqua tones...- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Fun Night in London and a new video…

Animoto Review

So I made the video below with Animoto. To see the “Making Of”, visit my Animoto Review to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff and find out more about the music and the process.

Mad World

I have a new video for you today… enjoy!

Like that song? It’s “Mad World” by Antonis Karalis. He covered this and did all the instruments, singing, remixing, and everything… and he did it just for this purpose, so go support your local internet artist and buy the song so he gets a sweet sweet 99 cents! (actually Apple gets about 30 cents I think).

RC’s New Book

My friend RC Concepcion has a new book called “The HDR Book” now avail at Amazon. He’s a great guy and a good teacher, so I do indeed recommend the book. I hope you enjoy it.

Daily Photo – A Fun Night in London

OMG… making 365 new photos a year is very difficult! I’ve been doing it for the past few years, and I hope I haven’t made it look to easy… I promise I’m not pulling a “Scotty in Engineering”, where I’m complaining about something that is actually pretty easy. But sometimes, I yell, “The ship’s breaking apart captain!” — and I really mean it! hehe…

My next task with all these London photos is to go back and geotag the dang things. It’s never-ending… the to-do list, you know. I wish we were about 3+ years down the road when there was some smart-web-service that could look at the composition and then auto-geotag. BTW, if you’re into digital imaging and computer science, there is a million dollar business for you… extrapolate the location information and auto-geo-tag. People like me would love you and pay decent money for the service! :)

A Fun Night in LondonOMG... making 365 new photos a year is very difficult!  I've been doing it for the past few years, and I hope I haven't made it look to easy...  I promise I'm not pulling a "Scotty in Engineering", where I'm complaining about something that is actually pretty easy.  But sometimes, I yell, "The ship's breaking apart captain!" -- and I really mean it!  hehe...My next task with all these London photos is to go back and geotag the dang things.  It's never-ending... the to-do list, you know.  I wish we were about 3+ years down the road when there was some smart-web-service that could look at the composition and then auto-geotag.  BTW, if you're into digital imaging and computer science, there is a million dollar business for you...  extrapolate the location information and auto-geo-tag.  People like me would love you and pay decent money for the service! :)- Trey RatcliffRead more and see a new video here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Mad World

Dead Tired in London

Non-Profit is not Non-Commercial

By the way, some people brought this up in yesterday’s post about the Austin Airport Not Support Artists. Not that the Ausitn Airport is a non-profit… but it did spawn a good opportunity to talk about this, since I think it will be helpful to people that are interested in licensing.

We do a lot of licensing… and I mean a lot… we handle dozens per week, and sometimes a lot more. It generates significant income from all sorts of licensees, so we have a lot experience in this area. Since all my work is Creative Commons Non-Commercial, many people think, “Oh, well that means non-profits can use it for free!” And this comes across in many emails.

However, we still charge non-profits full price. Non-profit does not mean non-commercial. Non-profits are still money-making organizations that can have significant revenue and significant expenses (often in the millions). Many non-profits want to use my imagery on websites, brochures, advertisements, and the like to generate revenue for the company. They then use these revenues to pay expenses like salaries, cars, food, air travel, and whatever other business needs. I consider buying image advertising rights to be on par with all the other expenses.

Daily Photo – Dead Tired in London

I really over-scheduled myself on this day.  It started out early and was 100% full of photography activity!  I don’t remember having a spare 5 minutes just to sit there and zone out…. I do try to plan a little zone-out time, but this day I didn’t.  I kind of build my day like I was playing an RTS game, making sure I never had any idle workers.

After I got off the tube at Marylebone station, I exited into this scene. This is the little area I crossed every day to get from the tube into my hotel. It looked so perfect in the rain that I just had to take a photo…even though I was dog-tired.

Dead Tired in London I really over-scheduled myself on this day.  It started out early and was 100% full of photography activity!  I don't remember having a spare 5 minutes just to sit there and zone out.... I do try to plan a little zone-out time, but this day I didn't.  I kind of build my day like I was playing an RTS game, making sure I never had any idle workers.After I got off the tube at Marylebone station, I exited into this scene.  This is the little area I crossed every day to get from the tube into my hotel.  It looked so perfect in the rain that I just had to take a photo...even though I was dog-tired.- Trey Ratcliff Read more, including a discussion on the difference between nonprofit and noncommercial, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Wheel

Silver Efex Pro 2

I’ve been very slow in trying out the new Sliver Efex Pro 2. I have my old Silver Efex Pro Review up on the site still, which is still pretty awesome. I just downloaded the new one yesterday and have been playing with it. It seems slick so far, and I’ll try to get some new screenshots and update that thing.

Daily Photo – The Wheel

Remember that great London PhotoWalk? I’m still processing photos from that event! There was one point where I climbed up on a low wall to get a shot of the ferris wheel. Getting up on the wall wasn’t too tough — the tough part was setting up the three legs of my tripod so they were pretty stable.

It’s been great fun (and kind of strange) to have hundreds of people also processing these images and posting them in the forums. I get to see many of interpretations of this same scene. There are so many different versions of the colors, the composition, the sharpness, and even more. This is very interesting to see how people take the same source files and make something that is interesting to them.

HDR Photo

The Chocolate Shoppe

New Video for 100 Cameras in 1

I put together a new video that shows off some fun ways to use “100 Cameras in 1” for the iPad. There’s a lot to it, and many tricks you might enjoy seeing. We recently put out a 1.1 version, and we included this video inside the app itself to help give people some fresh ideas for using the app.

Over there on the right, you can see my human finger on top of one of the images I’m working on…

David Pogue from the New York Times recently had great things to say about the iPhone version, but he’s never tried this iPad version… When I met him at NASA, I told him to give it a run, but I haven’t heard back… and when I think about the warm chocolate we ate slowly… it makes me sad. …and speaking of chocolate…

Daily Photo – The Chocolate Shoppe

Some regulars know that I’m into gourmet chocolate. This is both good and bad because sometimes when I show up to events, people bring me chocolate from all over the world! And then, I get back to my hotel room, and I’m heavily laden with chocolate… and then the post-midnight haze sets in while I’m editing photos, and I start thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder what that 37% cocoa from Liberia tastes like…” And then it’s a very slippery slope.

Here’s another that I processed the other evening while people looked on… This is a chocolate shop in London that I found by accident called the Rabot Estate. I bought a lot of stuff here, and it didn’t last very long. I also had a very nice cup of drinking chocolate while flipping through some chocolate books in the back. I found out there is a chocolate resort somewhere in the Caribbean.. it’s like a regular Caribbean resort that also happens to be on a cocoa plantation. SIGN ME UP.

(EDIT – Thanks to M in TX in the comments below, you can see details on the Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia here)

The Chocolate Shoppe Some regulars know that I'm into gourmet chocolate.  This is both good and bad because sometimes when I show up to events, people bring me chocolate from all over the world!  And then, I get back to my hotel room, and I'm heavily laden with chocolate... and then the post-midnight haze sets in while I'm editing photos, and I start thinking, "Hmmm, I wonder what that 37% cocoa from Liberia tastes like..."  And then it's a very slippery slope.Here's another that I processed the other evening while people looked on...  This is a chocolate shop in London that I found by accident called the Rabot Estate.  I bought a lot of stuff here, and it didn't last very long.  I also had a very nice cup of drinking chocolate while flipping through some chocolate books in the back.  I found out there is a chocolate resort somewhere in the Caribbean.. it's like a regular Caribbean resort that also happens to be on a cocoa plantation.  SIGN ME UP. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Ghost from the Dungeon

New Tutorial Wednesday!

On Wednesday, I’ll post a new tutorial video I did… I worked on it during the weekend, and I hope it gives you some good ideas to mimic or modify as you see fit!

Don’t forget about the free ebook!

Remember to pop over to Flatbooks.com and fill out that email newsletter thing for a free eBook.  I say this so that you will know later this week when I release a little upgrade to an older eBook.  I’ve been working on this too… it’s pretty cool.

Daily Photo – Ghost from the Dungeon

I was walking along the Thames river in London, following up on a lead that a reader told me about. There was supposed to be some cool hidden underground area that you can access from underneath one of the bridges that crosses the river. I never found it, but I did come across this place. Maybe you have seen it before if you are a local? If so, maybe you shouldn’t ruin it for the other readers… let them uncover it on their own. Also, if you say what it is, it may ruin the nice mystery of it all, yes? Yes I’m sure since we both know what it is…

High Dynamic Range Photo

Photography Webinar Announcement!

Photoshop CS5 Giveaway – Leave Comment to Win

I have an extra copy of CS5 Extended (still wrapped in box) I’m giving away. Who wants it? Just leave a comment to win – I’ll pick a random person in 72 hours! Tell your friends, tweet it out, tell your mates on Facebook… this will be fun!

What’s in the Webinar? And Prizes Announced!

It starts in just a few weeks, so I made this quick video to talk more about it. Visit the Webinar page to get all the details.

Join the Early Signup Group (limited time)
Visit the Webinar page to sign up and grab one of these early spots.

Also come and see some cool before & after photos by one of the previous students… you’ll get a good idea of the progress you can make.

If you want to give me your opinion and feedback on what you want to learn in the webinar take my little three-question survey.

Amazing prizes announced

Over the 9 classes, we’ll be giving away thousands of dollars in prizes… this will be great fun too. Here is a selection:

  • A Drobo every class!  (that’s a lot of Drobos)
  • Multiple Animoto one-year pro accounts
  • Multiple copies Nik products and HDR Efex Pro
  • Multiple copies of onOne Software
  • Multiple copies of Topaz Adjust and the Full Bundle
  • and other super-secret surprises… I can’t show all the cards now!

Daily Photo – Spiralstorm

This beautiful staircase was found in a small cloister while I was about to exit St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I took some extra time while I was over there for the workshop to explore places like this. There were only a few days extra, but I tried to make the most of it.

I got shut down a few times while in the proper part of the cathedral, but I did manage to get a few shots in. As for this area, it was wide open and no one said anything. I always feel more comfy when I am not rushed and have time to set everything up! In this case, I used a 14-24 lens. I get asked a lot if I use filters on my lens — but I do not. I don’t even know if you can get a filter that fits this bulbous wide angle.

High Dynamic Range Photo

The Art Hangar

The Tobolowsky Files

So, while at EG, the very first speaker was Stephen Tobolowsky. He was hilarious, and, to my surprise, he told a long story that centered around Icelandic Horses. I talked to him later when we ran into one another at coffee, and he was super-nice. And no, he wasn’t the one I referred to early in the Matt Groening post. They are both nice in an unassuming Hollywood-way, and that is cool in my book.

I just found out that he has a podcast called “The Tobolowsky Files” that you might enjoy if you have a giant gap in your life and you have no idea how to fill it.

Icelandic Horse Photos

Speaking of Icelandic Horses, here are my favorite Icelandic Horse Photos:

Daily Photo – The Art Hangar

The Millennium Bridge crosses the Thames and terminates here, at the Tate Museum. They don’t like you to take photos in here. Heaven forbid someone should make art in a museum.

I mean really… isn’t it insulting? Who runs the committee at the Tate that decides, “Oh, we mustn’t let people take photos in this part of the museum. They might be making art! What possible reason would they have? Quite nefarious, no doubt!”

Anyway, I find it insulting how these museums treat me like a child. I hope they secretly have somewhat empty lives… and perhaps when they are in some ultra-modern part of the museum and prattling on about the hidden meaning of clump of steel and fluff… that they secretly know they are just spouting a bunch of nonsense in a grandiose effort to placate other fakers around them.

HDR Photo

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