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The Mighty Rocket Rests

The Google +1 Button


This is Google’s new thing…. if you trust this site and like it, go ahead and click the +1. It’s like the Facebook Like, except it will help with search results! (or something)

Daily Photo – The Mighty Rocket Rests

I had some time during the day while at NASA to visit the Kennedy Space Center. Inside was the insanely huge Saturn V rocket. It’s one of those things that would hurt like hell if you dropped it on your toe.

The shuttle only has one more launch before it is forever mothballed, like this… The final launch of the Atlantis is on July 8, the first day of my 40th revolution around the sun. That’s kinda cool I think…

HDR Photo

Underwing

Twitter and Twitter Lists


It’s been a while since I mentioned this stuff, and I know a bunch of y’all are on Twitter. A while back, I put together a bunch of “Twitter Lists” that will be helpful if you are new to Twitter or simply looking for more people to follow.

Daily Photo – Underwing

Here’s another handheld job from the Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. I sent out a tweet a few weeks ago and got in touch with the gal that works in the public affairs office… I twitter-charmed her into giving me the thumbs up to use a tripod next time! It took 140 delicate characters to make that happen… there are still more steps, but I am well on the way to getting proper permission. It’s too hard to sneak a tripod into this place… just forget it… armed guards and that sort of thing…

UnderwingHere's another handheld job from the Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.  I sent out a tweet a few weeks ago and got in touch with the gal that works in the public affairs office...  I twitter-charmed her into giving me the thumbs up to use a tripod next time!  It took 140 delicate characters to make that happen...  there are still more steps, but I am well on the way to getting proper permission.  It's too hard to sneak a tripod into this place... just forget it... armed guards and that sort of thing...- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs Blog.

The Deep Indigo Night

HDR Photo

Join me Live on Video on Mostly Photo Today!

Come to Live.TWIT.tv today at 1 PM PT (4 PM ET). We’ll be talking about photography and stuff, and more stuff like that.

Previous Videos

On the Videos page here on the site, I try to remember to link or embed previous videos, interviews, and all that sort of thing. Pop on over there, and you can see the previous episode of Mostly Photo that I was on where we talked about the following:

  • How to share your photos online (I give some philosophical advice in addition to logistical, practical advise)
  • Pricing your images and selling prints
  • Getting inspiration from other online photographers
  • SmugMug and how I use them  (see my full SmugMug Review here)

Thanks Om Malik and Mashable!

The new 100 Cameras in 1 with export-to-Instagram got some good press yesterday. Thank you to GigaOm and Mashable (and many others!) for the coverage.

Daily Photo – The Deep Indigo Night

Usually once it gets dark outside, I give it another half hour or so before I go restaurant-hunting. I like experimenting with new food while processing a few photos… It’s one of the greatest things… I usually have a table all by myself, and I get quite a large one so I can lay out all my stuff. I order all sorts of quirky foods, and I have a diet that would make Walter from Fringe happy.

But this night, there was so much strange ambient light that I decided to shoot for a few more hours. I worked my way up and down the waterside to find interesting sights. In these situations, I usually try to have at least one of my exposures be 30 seconds. That means the other four exposures are 15s, 8s, 4s, and 2s. That makes a good 59 seconds per session. I usually have my earphones on and I keep one finger on the tripod so I can feel the shutter click. I can tell immediately if my settings are off by the vibrations.

The Deep Indigo NightUsually once it gets dark outside, I give it another half hour or so before I go restaurant-hunting.  I like experimenting with new food while processing a few photos...  It's one of the greatest things... I usually have a table all by myself, and I get quite a large one so I can lay out all my stuff.  I order all sorts of quirky foods, and I have a diet that would make Walter from Fringe happy.But this night, there was so much strange ambient light that I decided to shoot for a few more hours.  I worked my way up and down the waterside to find interesting sights.  In these situations, I usually try to have at least one of my exposures be 30 seconds.  That means the other four exposures are 15s, 8s, 4s, and 2s.  That makes a good 59 seconds per session.  I usually have my earphones on and I keep one finger on the tripod so I can feel the shutter click.  I can tell immediately if my settings are off by the vibrations.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Hello Instagram! Now add 100 New Effects to your creations!

The First Camera App to Integrate with Instagram

I’m happy (and honored) to announce that we are the first camera app to use the amazing Send-to-Instagram feature! 100 Cameras in 1 (iPhone link and iPad link) is now ready for download with the new feature.

Now our hundreds of thousands of users can make use of the amazing Instagram network. I’ve been using it for a long time, and I’m a big fan. It’s free, so why not grab it? My name on there is @TreyRatcliff. What’s yours?

100 Cameras in 1 Instagram

The Very Serious Press Release

What Makes a Good Photo Great? The Morning Smell of Waffles and the Power of Instagram

On April 29, 2011, the world paused to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle in a stunning, fairytale wedding. Indeed, it was a veritable union of brawn and beauty, royalty and humble beginnings, tradition and reckless love. On May 30, 2011, the world will again witness a marriage of epic proportion as the photo-sharing juggernaut, Instagram, merges with the elegant and poetic camera app, 100 Cameras in 1. Combined, these apps represent almost 5 million users, a hundred million pictures, memories, and stories, and infinite possibility. Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t pull off a feat so massive.

Read the rest of the press release

Daily Photo – Red Boat in Fjord Before Storm

As soon as I drove into Isafjordur in the very remote area of NW Iceland, I went right to the docks. The water was so calm and perfect that it was beyond belief. I was super-tired, and I thought that the still water MUST be a unique phenomenon, so I toughened up to go take a bunch of photos.

It was extra-hard because I knew I was ready to go to sleep… and I knew it was about to rain… and it’s one of my favorite things to sleep in the rain. So this worked out nicely since I also like to take a bunch of photos right before it rains. So I took photos till I almost collapsed, found my hotel room, jammed a lot of chocolate, and then fell asleep in that endorphin-laden serum to the gentle rainstorm.

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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.

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