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The Dock Crumbles

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Daily Photo – The Dock Crumbles

You'll recognize this beach immediately if you saw the new quadcopter review above. I like everything about this photo except for ONE thing. Can you guess what it is before you read the next para?

It's a small thing… but a tiny thing that gets under my skin. You see the photographer down there by the broken dock? I should have moved the quad just a little bit so that his figure did not bleed into the pier.

The Dock Crumbles

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC330
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/147
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length0.0 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Crossing through Alexandra

Symmetry Tip

Whenever you take a photo of a symmetrical situation, be sure to spend a few extra moments to make sure you are absolutely in the very middle. If you’re using a mirrorless camera with an EVF, switch through to the different modes where you see the most gizmos on the screen. You can use all those horizon/tilt gizmos as triangulation bits to like up symmetrical objects in the room. Take a little extra time, because it’s really tough to fix symmetry in Photoshop!

Daily Photo – Crossing through Alexandra

I've made many road trips from Queenstown to Dunedin in the past year… every time I go through Alexandra. This is what it looks like as you cross the bridge in the middle of the Autumn. How pretty! 🙂

Crossing through Alexandra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Camping in the Yard at Night

Life from Above

This is one of my favorite video creations from this year… you will see a bit more of Burano in it! 🙂

Daily Photo – Camping in the Yard at Night

I built this for my kids to have a little camp out party. How awesome is that? I liked it so much that I wanted to go out there with them, but I wasn't quite welcome in their clubhouse. The nerve!

Camping in the Yard at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Episode 12 is out and ready to go!

The countdown is on, only two episodes left!


Episode 12 of Season 1 is out! As with every week, we leave up the episode for one week for free before taking it down. If you wanna get all 15 episodes, my RAW files, bonus videos, and more, see below.

To get the series, go to http://www.stuckincustoms.com/becoming-an-artist/

As for Episode 12, join me in “How I Keep Learning To See”. In this episode, I share a story about when I gave a keynote speech at Kent State and an unknowing student asked me something that made me question the nature of vision. I then delve into Black and White photography and share a few techniques.

Share your photos and discuss this Episode in Trey’s Funky Lounge on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/

Notes from our amazing production team:

Entirely shot in Africa, Trey wanted to do something totally different, something he had never done before. This series explores the answers to the following questions…

“What is it like to become an artist?”

“What is it like to find that creative self inside of you?”

and for the practitioner: “How does he take and post-process his photos?”

Trey begins each episode with a very personal story. These might be strange stories from his childhood, embarrassing stories as a grown-up, or just weird stories about how he became an artist. You’ll hear how these stories emerged as life lessons which impacted his photography and art. The 15 episodes touch upon topics such as composition, color, light, and inspiration. This series will not only show you lots of photography tips & tricks but will inspire you to take your art in bold, new, and interesting directions.

Sunset in Bali

The Next Morning in Bali

Here’s a FB Live thing I did while in Bali… this was the next morning!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Bali

We went out on a little photo excursion one afternoon and evening. It was great fun! We started by visiting a few different beaches then ended up at this magical place in the evening. There were no bad pictures from any angle. It was a shame I only got to go here one night… but driving around Bali and exploring was a great experience. I look forward to going back some day and seeing more! 🙂

Sunset in Bali

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length58.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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