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Experiment: Anyone in my network know Hans Zimmer? (please forward to someone that "might" know him)

Some of you may know how much I like Hans Zimmer and his music (in fact I have one of his playlists up). I have an interesting project in mind that he is perfect for... and he would love it because it is unique and unforeseen. If I was only friends with Kevin Bacon, this would be easier, but with the size of this network, maybe I am just one or two degrees from Hans.

So, I'd like to do an experiment I saw referenced in one of Malcolm Gladwell books where letters got forwarded around until they found their destination in just a few network jumps. If you know someone that "might" know Hans Zimmer, perhaps someone in the music industry, someone in Santa Barbara where is studio is, or something like this, then please forward this on. Say, "I'm trying to help my friend Trey do something amazing and secret with Hans Zimmer. I don't know what it is, but I know it will be awesome!"

Stuck in Customs now on the Kindle!

Do you have a Kindle? Come get the blog on your Kindle Version to get a daily fresh delivery to your little white flat friend. Note that I call it a little white flat friend, and that is not an official marketing tagline of Amazon, Inc.

Interview on This Week in Photography

The most popular show in the world of photography is called TWIP (This Week in Photography). I had a long-form interview very recently with the host, Frederick Van. Besides discussing the controversy around HDR, we talked about licensing images, huge photos on blogs, and you, the community!

You can listen to the full thing on Frederick Van's blog. Also, you can hang out on his blog there a bit - he has good content and has even launched his own newsletter!

Book sold out on Amazon in USA, UK, Canada, and Australia!

The book "A World in HDR" is really exceeding everyone's expectations - especially my own! I think I always underestimate how exciting all this stuff is. Most of the Amazon stores have since restocked, so everything is flowing again. See the "Amazon Sold Out" post there. Thanks again everyone - I can't tell you how much it means to me that you all are so interested in this stuff!

Can I be so bold as to ask YOU to write a review? I would appreciate it! Write the Amazon Review here.

Photowalks in New Zealand, Sunnyvale (Stanford) and San Clemente!

My upcoming trip to New Zealand approaches, and with it, I have planned a Photowalk in Auckland. I would also like to do one on the south Island in Christchurch, but I need a little local organizer-friend to help me out, just like I do in the North with Vivian. You can find out all the info on my I'm Coming to New Zealand! page.

On Feb 4th, at 4 PM, we will have a Photowalk at Stanford, right in between San Francisco and San Jose. Even better, after the walk at 5:30, I'll be giving a talk! All are welcome to attend. We are meeting at The Oval on the Stanford campus.

Just before that, on January 17th, I'll be having a photowalk in San Clemente, right near LA. I have a treasured fan that lent me full access to his beach house while I am there, so I thought I'd go ahead and have a photowalk that starts on the pier. Full details on the San Clemente Photowalk page. The Photowalk is kindly sponsored by Bay Photo.

Nikon D3S Review with new Video!

I always try to find something big and special to offer newsletter subscribers, since you are now deep inside the inner sanctum. So, with this one, I wanted to point you to the just-released Nikon D3S Review Preview. Now, my reviews are normally a bit different than most. I get out there and use the equipment in a very practical way. I'm just a normal dude that really likes this stuff. I talk about it in a very practical manner and show a lot of sample photos. I hope you enjoy it!

d3s review (4 of 4)

Here is my daughter in downtown Tampa.  How's that for low-light performance?  Shot with an 85mm 1.4 lens.  This is ISO 1250 on an 85mm lens shot at f/1.4.  1/90th of a second. See more and the Video at the Nikon D3S Review Preview

A Popular Piece is Finally Available as a Limited Edition Print

I get email requests all the time to make one or another print available for purchase and collection. By far, the Bamboo Forest from Kyoto is the most requested of late. All of these prints are Numbered Series Limited Edition, and we only sell them in runs of 250. So each one is guaranteed to be unique and a collector's item. We have only released a very small percentage of all my images for printing, so stay tuned every week to see what is next.

If you are on a budget, they start as low as $99 for a paper print. Once you start moving up the scale, you can get huge 72" canvas prints that will really make a showpiece in your living room. Enjoy!

The Bamboo Forest and some great Twitter Lists to follow

"Tunnel Panorama" - How I made the Savannah photo so hi-res

Many people wondered how I made the huge Savannah photo. I wanted to tell people in the newsletter first! :)

This is a method I call "Tunnel Panorama". Maybe someone else has done this, I don't know. But to me, in this sort of shot. The interesting details are "down the middle", not off to the right and left as in a traditional panorama.

Very simply, this is two photos. The first one I used Genuine Fractals to stretch to about 16,000 pixels. That seemed to be the right amount to what I did on the inside, which was a second photo of just the path. So, instead of shooting side to side, as in a traditional pano... I walked down the lane and took another photo. Make sense? Of course, the merging of the two photos was a little bit tricky, because it required some blending and masking, but that was not too hard.

What's in my Camera Bag?

I recently updated a text-list of all my Digital SLR camera equipment that inhabits my world. I also have links to the best places to buy these things for yourself, in case you see something that you just can't live without. This is, of course, a problem I always have -- I am always seeing things I can't live without... It's really a great problem to have, isn't it???

Did you miss the previous newsletters? Here is a guide:

The Best Tweets

I know I know... you are too busy for Twitter or you just don't get it. That's okay! Even the regular Twitter followers miss stuff on occasion, so here are some of the best tweets I made for the past several weeks. I try to link to inspirational art, interesting stuff, and things to brighten your day.

You can always keep up with the latest on Twitter or see fun stuff on the Facebook Fan Club.

  • New Review with pretty pictures of onOne Software at - LINK
  • Secretly signing books in Borders on Michigan in Chicago.Come get em! Thx @jeremypreacher 4 the idea! - LINK
  • RT @petapixel: 10 unique and amazing places on Earth: *Cool list Michael - Let's all go to Socotra! - LINK
  • Here are some cool t-shirts with nice graphic design and typography on @behance - LINK
  • hehe - cute cartoon - "Low on Ink" - LINK
  • RT @leolaporte: Sometimes simpler is better. Thanks to @ambermac for this cool Mac text editor: *break out potential! - LINK
  • My new fingertip free gloves with mitten covers... Good for dslr and iPhone and Chicago (bored at saks) - LINK
  • RT @badbanana That one set of carbon footprints in the sand is when Jesus carried me and my 60-inch plasma TV.
  • Incredible Latte Art! - I'm lucky if I can make one without spilling it - LINK
  • Note to self: when going through airport security, do not wear my underwear that says, "i'm the bomb!"
  • Wow! Look a tthe AMAZING trailer for "Lego Universe"... give me some! - LINK
  • I met the photographer @tylernutter at Genius Bar. He made me rethink my LAW "Always Choose Apple Genius With Beard".
  • Today's most popular Tweet - Grand Central and Tripod Star-Evasion pattern - - LINK
  • It's quite wonderful how, thanks to new regulations, TSA employees will get 72 virgins before the terrorists will.
  • I, Cringely has an excellent article on Airport security, comparing to Credit Card transactions - LINK
  • RT @chrispirillo: There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. [John von Neumann] *hehe
  • Some new shots and some classics - enjoy!!

    As always, if you want to know more about the descriptions, circumstances, and little stories, feel free to jump over to the main blog at StuckInCustoms.com and read your heart out! :)

    How do I make so many images? CHOCOLATE

    It is well-known that I am a connoisseur of chocolate and, often, when I am not consuming it, I am thinking of consuming it. Like an Aztec king, I prefer to have a mug of thick drinking chocolate that would make the average person gasp with an incredulous sound.

    To that end, I've modified the donation bit of the site where you can help give back by assisting in this addiction. It's okay. I can stop any time I want. Really.

    The Portofino Bay
    The Portofino Bay

    Grand Central on a Rainy Night During the Holidays
    Grand Central on a Rainy Night During the Holidays

    The Rainy Forest in Hakone
    The Rainy Forest in Hakone

    Chihuly is awesome
    Chihuly is awesome

    The edges of the Flatiron
    The edges of the Flatiron

    Feeling on top of the World in Tokyo
    Feeling on top of the World in Tokyo  (And HAPPY NEW YEAR Flickr mates!)
    Peaceful Disney in Resplendent Color
    Peaceful Disney in Resplendent Color

    Red Temple in the Moon Forest
    Red Temple in the Moon Forest

    Sunset Under the Pier
    Sunset Under the Pier

    The Grand Central Station
    The Grand Central Station

    A Morning at the Secret Lake
    A Morning at the Secret Lake

    Templestorm
    Templestorm, and Stunning Results from the HDR Workshop

    The Olde Organ
    The Olde Organ

    Wormsloe, the Endless Forest of Savannah
    Wormsloe, the Endless Forest of Savannah - 16,000 pixels wide!

    The Raised Bones of Arlington National Cemetery
    The Raised Bones of Arlington National Cemetery

    The Glacially Still Morning Lake
    The Glacially Still Morning Lake