The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Most insane animal?

I am wondering if penguins are the most insane animal ever. I’ve never seen animals spend such a huge amount of time doing such strange things. The amount of time they put into stealing rocks rather than getting new rocks really is funny. Maybe it’s like a game or some other strange social thing happening… I don’t know. Maybe because they have no significant predators that it allows them to spend over 50% of their day doing unproductive, crazy things. I’ll have to ask one of my new penguin researcher friends!

Daily Photo – The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Dees penguins is crazay! I sat here and watched them steal rocks and be silly for many hours! It was so fun. This is actually a massive pano made out of 27 photos. You can see on the left a freshwater pond where they get their drinking water. On the other side is the open ocean where they dive through cracks to get their food. All those cracks are caused by the sea ice smashing into this volcanic island. Amazing, really!

The Massive Adelie Penguin Colony

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Upcoming Photowalks

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! :)

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Invercargill

Speaking of Camera Clubs

If you are with a local camera club and would like to do some fun giveaways at your local chapter, just contact luke@stuckincustoms.com 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!

Exploring Invercargill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Another great pub

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.

Walking to the Green Dragon for a Pint

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture9
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Getting on board the CL-130

MacPhun Special

MacPhun has a great deal for Valentines Day! Be sure to check it out!

Inside the Plane

Wonder what it looks like inside? Here’s a 360 degree photosphere I took on the inside with my phone.

Daily Photo – Getting on board the CL-130

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.

Getting on board the CL-130

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Big Elephant Crossing

The Imitation Game

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.

Big Elephant Crossing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Hagglund Experience

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!

A Picnic on the Melting Sea Ice by a Hagglund

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Two Ways to Win a Free DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter!

Will announce the winners in our Newsletter!

Sign up for our newsletter to see who the winner is on Feb 28!


Option 1 to win, Comment on this new video I just did with Kai and DigitalRev TV!

What can you win? The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter!

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!

Pop over to the London PhotoWalk page here and find out more!

Old London From Above It's a long walk to the top of St. Paul's.  And by long walk, I should throw in that there are a lot of stairs.  But, after you finally arrive, you're greeted by a wonderful view of the city.  As long as you don't have too much of an issue with heights, you'll be in for a treat.Even though I saw all sorts of stuff while I was up there, I enjoyed working on this photo too.  I was able to zoom into 100% and look at all the details and little buildings/bridges/shops once again.  It reminded me of walking around many of them at ground level.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

HDR Tutorial

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.

Exploring the Matrix of Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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