Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Sony A7s Review

Check out the new Sony A7s Review I just recently finished!

Instagram Fun

I’ve been doing a fun series over on Instagram with combining some of my photos with a few of my favorite passages from the Patrick Rothfuss books.

Daily Photo – Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Blue skies are a rare thing in Beijing, so it was a super-surprise to see these kinds of delicate clouds over the corner tower here. I do love the way these clouds turned out… they look like the kinds of clouds that Bob Ross would paint! The clouds did not last long, and it takes forever to get anywhere else in Beijing. I wanted to get photos of the whole city before this perfect situation went away, but I knew that would be pretty much impossible… I just stayed here and chilled out… watching the clouds slowly fade across the sky.

Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

New Textures Tutorial Version 2.0!

It’s back and all Brand-Spankin’ New!

Believe it or not, the first version of this Textures Tutorial was the very first video tutorial I made here (even before the HDR Tutorial!), over five years ago! It was getting a little long in the tooth, so I decided to completely delete it, and start over from scratch with all my new tricks I’ve picked up over the years.

The new video tutorial is about an hour long, plus there’s 170 super-hi-res textures including a ton of new ones from my travels in Africa and other strange-texturey-places around the world. How Hi-res are they? All of the textures are a whopping 7800 pixels across (wider than a 36 megapixel camera), so there’s more than enough coverage for your photos.

 

You can get the 170 high-res textures for $24.97
Or you can include the video tutorial for just $5 more!

Buy the Textures + Video Tutorial Now!

 

A Sneak Peak Inside the NEW Textures Tutorial

 

What’s Included?

It comes in two flavors… You can just get the textures, or you can also get the video tutorial which is about an hour long. In the tutorial, you see all my special tricks that I use to combine textures with your photos to give them that special look.

One unique thing about my textures is that they are richly colored, which gives them an always unexpected blend with your photo. Some work, some don’t. It depends on each situation. But with 170 to choose from, there’s always something that will give it a special feeling.

A special aspect of my tutorial is that it will show you how to make your photos look totally unique, a singular creation of your own. You’ll see that combining multiple textures of your own choosing will make something wholly your own. I think you will surprise yourself with what you can create using these methods!

Over the years, I am still finding great joy in using textures with my photos. I thought at first it might be a technique of which I grow tired, but I’m often out in the field thinking, “This is gonna be awesome with a texture!” And then I start wondering about WHICH textures I’m gonna use, and I get excited all over again.

 

And here are some of my favorite textures and images where I’ve used these techniques!

Trey Ratcliff - http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Trey Ratcliff - http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Trey Ratcliff - http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Trey Ratcliff - http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

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From Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com

TREY RATCLIFF’S TEXTURES TUTORIAL

This entirely NEW Textures Tutorial Includes 170 high-res textures (7,800 pixels across) plus an hour long video tutorial.

In the tutorial, you see all my special tricks that I use to combine textures with your photos to give them that special look. You’ll see that combining multiple textures of your own choosing will make something wholly your own. I think you will surprise yourself with what you can create using these methods!

CHOOSE FROM TWO AWESOME FLAVORS

The package comes in two different flavors… You can just get the 170 high-res textures for $24.97. Or you can include the video tutorial for just $5 more!

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She Stares You Down

Another good series

I know many of you have taken my recommendation on the Patrick Rothfuss series of books (!!), but I’m now into a new series called the “Mistborn” by Sanderson. It comes highly recommended! :)

Flatbooks Needs Authors!

We’re looking for some new authors and eBooks over at Flatbooks! Have an idea for an photography eBook, or one you’ve already finished? Come join us at Flatbooks. Check out the info here. Also, check out our latest new books on street photography and children’s portraiture if you’ve missed those.

Daily Photo – She Stares You Down

Other than watching the elephants in Africa, I think this leopard was favorite. She was really hard to find and we looked for many many days. Finally, we found her here but at the base of the tree. She had a kill already up there hanging in the tree. She left it up there to dry like warthog-jerky. While she was resting down below, a huge bird came and threatened to take away her meal, so she scampered up there at full pace to protect her kill.

She Stares You Down

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Colorful Frosty Morning

Dressing in the early morning

I’ve taken up what I think is a bit of a bad habit. I basically pile up my 4 or 5 favorite warm clothes right beside my bed. This means that when I wake up in the morning, I can basically just kind of roll over and just get dressed in the dark so I am nice and warm before I go outside to take photos. I think it’s a bad habit because it’s such a tremendous mess! Anyway, I’m very forgiving of the mess in the morning because I stay nice and warm!

Daily Photo – A Colorful Frosty Morning

We had a crazy-frosty morning very early after the sunrise. Often times, I am much to lazy and cozy-coze in my bed to get out and take photos. But on this particular morning, I did! I popped out of bed, jumped over a few fences, and found my way under this tree.

A Colorful Frosty Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Ancient Bowling Alley

A Good Soundcloud Playlist

Here’s a playlist on Soundcloud I’ve been listening to lately. If you have one too, please add it to the comments!

Daily Photo – The Ancient Bowling Alley

Okay maybe “ancient” is the wrong word… I'm not even really sure how old something has to be before that word can be used… maybe relatively-ancient! Anyway, this amazing old-timey bowling alley is inside that ghost town in Namibia where the sand dunes have overrun the entire place. Because this is mostly underground and protected on the leeward side, it has yet to accumulate any sand inside yet.

The Ancient Bowling Alley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Walking Back Home from Skipper’s Canyon

In the middle-zone

Now that I’ve lived here for about three years, I’m starting to notice what it is line when the temperature and altitude just vary a few degrees. I’m down in that valley you see below, but a little bit up on the hill. When it starts to rain, I can go outside and figure out how high up the snow (more or less) is going to accumulate. Down the road from us, it’s about 150 lower, so sometimes we accumulate snow and they do not. It’s so interesting living in a vertical climate! I’m sure many of you are used to this… but growing up in the plains of Texas makes this a totally new experience!

Daily Photo – Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

When my friends Cliff and Cher were here, I took them on a little jaunt over the mountain to Skipper's Canyon. A fresh snow had fallen, but it only fell up here on the top bit of it all. It was so lovely with the white above and the lushness down in the valley below, so I stopped to grab this photo.

Walking Back Home from Skipper's Canyon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Air New Zealand Behind-the-Scenes Video!

The Video!

Here’s the video. If you wanna see the full 40-minute loooong version, just go sign up here StuckInCustoms.com/Hobbit (it’s free, and merged into our normal monthly newsletter).

The Behind-the-Scenes with Air New Zealand Video hits tomorrow!

The New Show Starts in 3 Days!

Come Find Out More and Support the Show! You can get in on the fun for just 1 penny! Any little bit is awesome! :) And if you put in $1, you’ll get to see the show a week early! The Premiere episode is going to be Monday, Nov 17 at 6 PM PT, 9 PM ET. See you soon!

The Behind-the-Scenes with Air New Zealand Video hits tomorrow!

Curtis tells me that tomorrow (Friday), we are releasing a special Behind-The-Scenes video with Air New Zealand. I spent a few days here at the Hobbiton Movie Set and we recorded the whole thing… it’s a really cool video and you can see how I set up all the shots, worked with the models, selected my composition, and helped to lay out the scenes.

Update: Released!

Here’s the video. If you wanna see the full 40-minute loooong version, just go sign up here StuckInCustoms.com/Hobbit (it’s free, and merged into our normal monthly newsletter).

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole in Bag End

Hobbiton in the Morning

Inside The Hobbit Hole Of Bilbo Baggins

Exploring the Hobbit Holes

The Clouds Of Hobbiton

Breakfast on a Beautiful River

Most unique breakfast

Where’s the place you’ve had the most unique breakfast? I think this little place before must be in my top 3!

Daily Photo – Breakfast on a Beautiful River

See these amazing boats down there? Tom and I came across this place totally by accident. We were quite confused.

It was a cool morning and not too humid for this part of Guilin, China, which is normally quite miserable. Tom and I walked down here and it was totally empty except for a few wild dogs. After a few moments, a nice Chinese lady came out (her nationality should go without saying) and asked us if we wanted something to eat. That's when it dawned on us these were eatin' boats! So she went in and made us a MASSIVE omelet and then set it up in the middle of the table. We were with our guides Mia and Andy, and the four of us sat around the table to eat while we were calmly poled down the river. Awesome! What a find!

Breakfast on a Beautiful River

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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