Check the Events page here on the site to see what events are coming up. Some are vaguely planned while others are exactly planned!
Daily Photo – And now the Dallas PhotoWalk
Two PhotoWalk-in-a-row posts! This one was from the super-fun photowalk in Dallas. What a great crowd! This is one of the last places we stopped at as a group. It's always fun to watch everyone set up for shots and try different things. I enjoyed looking at all the photos from the event — so cool! We'll do it again sometime!
If you are with a local camera club and would like to do some fun giveaways at your local chapter, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll get you a free download code to one of our products. They are fun giveaways for contests, raffles, critique-winners, and these sorts of things!
Daily Photo – Exploring Invercargill
I went down to Invercargill a few months ago for a speaking engagement and photowalk. During the event, we stopped here to take a photo. What a beautiful place and great group of people. I really enjoyed talking to everyone there and getting to know that city a little better. And those gardens? Wow — totally exceeded expectations!
My favorite one is very near my home in Arrowtown, New Zealand. If you ever go there, be sure to find and enter the “Blue Door.” There’s no sign or anything. You may have to ask around. It’s in a tiny alleyway, and you’ll see, well, a Blue Door.
Daily Photo – Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint
After a long day of photography, what could be better than a walk across this bridge here in Hobbiton to visit the Green Dragon for a pint of ale? Not much! And it's all real. There are actual giant taps on the wall that pour actual stuff! Even better was having full run of the place while we took photos. But it's actually something anyone can do. It's part of the standard tour and they all end here for Hobbit-drinks and Hobbit-snacks.
Here are Stu and I in front of the CL-130 right before flying home. We had become friends with the Loadmaster, Randy, who got us special seats in the cockpit on the way home! So awesome! If you look behind us, you can see the Kiwis are the ones with the orange coats. The Americans have red coats and black pants. The Italians are the ones with the all-red outfits.
I just recently saw this movie and really enjoyed it. I read a lot about that whole bit of WWII in Neal Stephenson’s amazing book called “Cryptonomicon” — and some of that was brought to life in this movie. Besides, I’m a total sucker for Benedict Cumberbatch — I’ll watch him in anything!
Daily Photo – Big Elephant Crossing
While in Botswana, we had this AMAZING guide named Dennis. We knew he was named Dennis because he would only refer to himself in the third person. We asked him about this elephant crossing the road and he said, “Dennis wants you to know that the elephant turns his body sideways like this to make himself seem as big and awesome as possible, much like Dennis.” Man, we never got tired of this guy. We would end up asking him any kind of question just to see how he would work his own name into the answer… haha I still laugh thinking about it.
If you’re ever in Christchurch, New Zealand, be sure to visit that Antarctic center. They have this crazy Hagglund ride that shows off all the amazing things these machines can do. Did you know they can even float and move forward in water?
Daily Photo – A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund
Matt, our intrepid Hagglund driver, and the rest of the crew got out of the Hagglund to have a nice little lunch on the sea ice. It was really incredible… nice and sunny… you can even see it was warm enough for some of us to take off our coats. It was my first time to ever have a picnic on frozen sea ice… so awesome!
This was a really fun show with DigitalRev TV and Kai in Hong Kong a few days ago. I was quite worried that Kai would fly the quad right into our crotches, but he had sweet nerves of steel! Haha this was so fun… Kai is a really great guy and his whole team there was just fantastic!
After this show, I went back over and flew the quad all over the other part of Hong Kong too and got a ton of photos… so fun I absolutely love using the camera on there, the incredible fine control you have to aim the camera exactly how you want… like XBox-Controller Photography!
To WIN the same DJI Inspire Quadcopter (will actually send you a New one!) simply go comment on the YouTube video and say “I would like Trey’s drone, and this is what I want to do with it:” — we’ll pick a random winner in about a month or so!
Option 2 to win: Come to the London PhotoWalk and I’ll pick a random winner!
If you got the original HDR Tutorial I released 4 years ago, then be sure to check out the new HDR Tutorial I released just over a year ago. It’s built for beginners and also has plenty of meat in there for intermediate and advanced photographers. You can grab it over in the Stuck In Customs store!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo
This is one of my favorite new photos! I have a backlog of photos that is absolutely staggering, so I often “randomly” scroll back in time and saw this photo from Tokyo from over a year ago in my Lightroom catalog. I was thinking, “hmmm that one would be interesting to process…” and so I went for it. People often ask how long I work on these. For those of you that have watched me before, you know the answer — it's anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. This one clocked in at about half an hour or so.
There’s a pretty cool new site called “Product Hunt” that is kinda like reddit for new apps, products, services, and this sort of thing. I check it every now and then to find new tools or goodies.
Daily Photo – Cute Adelie Penguins
These friendly and hilarious Adelie penguins walked right up to me, as if I wasn't even there! I can watch these guys all day.
There's a rule that you're not allowed to get any closer to them than 10 meters. But they can approach you and get close! They are so curious, they may walk right up to you and sit on your feet. They may also poop on you from quite a distance. They have this “projectile” system of pooping which really detracts from their cuteness.