Roku Channel

Enjoy our Roku channel! On your Roku, just go to the “Channel Store” and find the Stuck In Customs channel.

Don’t have one? Check the latest prices for a Roku on Amazon. They are great! We use ours to watch Netflix, Amazon, and of course our own screensaver!

What is on the Channel / Screensaver?

The Stuck In Customs channel allows you to flip through our unique photos and use them as your Roku screensaver on your television!

ROKU stuck in customs

After you are in the channel, you can flip through thumbnails before zooming in or starting the screensaver.

ROKU stuck in customs

Once it goes full screen, it's all high-def and beautiful. Whether you are in screensaver mode or not, you'll get all kinds of pretty action on your TV to make your home more beautiful!

ROKU stuck in customs

We've broken the photos down into four different categories. BTW, the 'World' category contains everything and then some...

ROKU stuck in customs

There we are... what else do you need besides the TWIT channel and the Stuck In Customs channel? hehe...

ROKU stuck in customs

Once it goes full screen, it's all high-def and beautiful. Whether you are in screensaver mode or not, you'll get all kinds of pretty action on your TV to make your home more beautiful!

How do you make your photos look like that?

“Anyone can do this!” This is what I always tell people when I speak at universities, photo clubs, seminars, and the like, and I mean it! I am very open about my process, and I made an HDR Tutorial here on StuckInCustoms.com that describes the step by step process.

What is HDR Photography?

HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing task of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.

An HDR image is commonly made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. The result is a bright, medium, and dark photo, based on the amount of light that got through the lens. A software process then combines all the photos to bring details to the shadows and highlights both. This helps to achieve the same task in the final photograph that the human eye can accomplish on the scene.

I would say that about 75% of my images use the technique, and if you are new to it, then you may notice a slightly different “look and feel” to the photographs. There are all kinds of nerdy technical things I can say about HDR, but in case you are like me, you can learn best by example. I posted a bunch of my HDR photos below.

To me, the HDR process helps the photos look more… let’s say… evocative.

I can talk a little bit more about the philosophy behind the photography style here for a quick moment. You might consider that the way the human brain keeps track of imagery is not the same way your computer keeps track of picture files. There is not one aperture, shutter speed, etc. In fact, sometimes when you are in a beautiful place or with special people and you take photos — have you ever noticed when you get back and show them to people you have to say, “Well, you really had to be there.” Even great photographers with amazing cameras can only very rarely grab the scene exactly as they saw it. Cameras, by their basic-machine-nature, are very good at capturing “images”, lines, shadows, shapes — but they are not good at capturing a scene the way the mind remembers and maps it. When you are actually there on the scene, your eye travels back and forth, letting in more light in some areas, less light in others, and you create a “patchwork-quilt” of the scene. Furthermore, you will tie in many emotions and feelings into the imagery as well, and those get associated right there beside the scene. Now, you will find that as you explore the HDR process, that photos can start to evoke those deep memories and emotions in a more tangible way. It’s really a wonderful way of “tricking” your brain into experiencing much more than a normal photograph.

What kind of camera do you need to make HDR Photos?

Really, the hardware does not matter…  The bulk of the look comes from the software process, as described in the aforementioned tutorial.

I have a Nikon D3X, but it does not require a camera that beefy to make photos like the ones you see on the site. In fact, many of my photos were taken with a camera that only costs a fraction of this beast. I have a full rundown of some HDR camera recommendations here on the site as well.  You can get started in this hobby fairly cheaply! :)

What is your philosophy behind art and photography?

Ahh! That is a good question, even if I did write it myself! Well, the answer is too long for this format, but you can find a few nuggets of truth inside this article I wrote entitled “10 Principles of Beautiful Photography“.

And here are some HDR photos for you:

High Dynamic Range Photo

High Dynamic Range Photo

High Dynamic Range Photo

High Dynamic Range Photo

High Dynamic Range Photo

Anyone want to join me at the beach for a good conversation?

Hong Kong from The Peak on a Summer Night

The River Runs Through the Andes

Camel in the Wild

The Bamboo Forest and some great Twitter Lists to follow

A Sunset on a Texas Farm

The Skeletons at Sunrise

The Bombing of Dresden

The Open Road

I've reached the end of the world

A Godly Dance at the Taj

Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia (by Stuck in Customs)

The Lonely Road to the Dinosaur Dig (by Stuck in Customs)

Puzzling Over Beauty (by Stuck in Customs)

Chicago Thaws into Spring (by Stuck in Customs)

The Icy Pit to Hell (by Stuck in Customs)

The Grassy Roof in the Central Icelandic Farms (by Stuck in Customs)

The Lonely Trinity (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • Rae Griest

    Dear Trey
    I just wanted to say Thank you for showing the world thru your lens. I have been an admirer of your work for three or four years and just thought I should take a moment to thank you for the time and effort you share with the world. Your work is spectacular and I love the way you make a beautiful shot even more beautiful.
    Thank you for your awesomeness!
    Rae Griest
    Clovis New Mexico

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    thanks!

  • Ryan Feeney

    It would have been nice to know that it cost money to get this application on the roku. Not that it costs a lot, but it would have been nice to know ahead of time.

  • Jamar Jennings

    Love the Roku app BUT I have one complaint…..the screensaver sucks down bandwidth like water. I was very confused when Comcast sent me letters saying I had used 600gb of data 2 months in a row! I argued with them saying it was impossible bc I was only coming home to sleep at the time since i was doing ot like crazy. Well when I tracked the dns requests they all pointed to stuck in customs! It had over 60,000 requests in a 12 hr timespan which explains why it sucks so much bandwidth. I guess the screensaver just constantly streams from the site? Don’t get me wrong I love your work and love the photos and enjoyed them as screensavers on my Roku boxes but I had to disable the screensaver bc Comcast threatened to suspend my account for a year if I used that much bandwidth again. Hopefully you will be able to make an update that allows the screensaver to load photos into the memory bc unfortunately a lot of providers have bandwidth caps now. With comcast it is 250gb a month. Just wanted to let you know tho that way you can keep on eye on it!

  • Ayoub Aouragh

    You don’t use photoshop AT ALL?
    Greet,Pieteraanbiedingen

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