Join Team Stuck In Customs on Kiva!

Kiva and Stuck In Customs

Today, I am announcing that a percentage of all book profits for “A World in HDR” will go to Kiva. I have written a little bit about Kiva on the Charity page here on the site. Also, I made this little video to tell you what the heck Kiva is. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s probably not what you expect!

To get started, come join Team Stuck In Customs on Kiva and let me know your experiences! You can either put it here or on the Charity page.

I’d like to thank Sloane, who runs the blog, who I met through Michelle Greer, who runs (that links to a recent article she wrote after getting some notions from my reading list! – cool!)

Live Interview Today, Nov 9, on TWIP (This Week in Photography)


At 11 AM PST (1 PM CST), tune in live to the video at Leo Laporte’s TWIT cottage here on I won’t be talking about HDR today… I think that is being saved for a future interview when the book comes out. However, I will be talking about that video method I used to make the “Moments Between” video.

Come tune in Live and send Tweets along the way to @frederickvan! If you miss it, you’ll have to wait for it to be released on Wednesday! Don’t let that happen!

Daily Photo – The River Runs Through the Andes

Our daily photo today comes from deep in the Andes. Getting to this position was not as long a hike as the others around Patagonia, but it was no cakewalk! It was one of those strange river-rock strewn areas where the rocks seemed to be the perfect size for spraining your ankles. I had the tripod extended to act like a walking stick, although it’s not the most handy walking stick with a giant Nikon on one end of it!

The River Runs Through the Andes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 03:38:09
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/22.0
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Wow! This is one of the best of yours I have ever seen! Fantastic depth and beautiful sky.

  • Unreal photo.

  • This one messes with me. Are those big rocks? OR is your bulbous
    14-24 just inches from the rocks? Nice shot though.

  • Wow – man that’s a great shot

  • i love the interesting entangled tree/root line along the left side…beautiful work…thanks so much for sharing…!!

  • What was your aperture?

  • Hi Trey,

    Great shot, love these low angle landscape shots.

    As for the Kiva video, that’s really interesting i’m going over to have a look at this as soon as i’ve finished my cooment. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ll let you know in a couple of days what business and where i’m going to invest.

    All the best


  • Yash

    Hi Trey, fantastic photo!

    Can you please post the EXIF data for this photo?

  • What a great shot! Love the blue in the water right in the center of the photograph. Very beautiful!

  • @Yash,

    Take a look at this link

    All the best


  • Like someone else posted, to me this is one of you best. The rocks are “in my face” in a great way! Totally engaging!

  • Stacey

    Fantastic shot, Trey! I have a shot along the same vein that I would love to have your critique on. It’s nowhere in the same class as yours, but I would still love it nonetheless! 😀

  • Gorgeous photo, Trey!!!! Love this one, too!!! Thanks for getting the newsletter out yesterday. There are a few photos on there I don’t have, so I’ll save those in My Pictures and post them in my facebook album. So very beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week where ever you go and good luck with you TWIP!!!

  • I love the stream coming straight at you. I like how the mountains on the sides and the stream all frame the wild looking mountains in the background. Nice work!

  • Awesome! Not only is the picture amazing (as always, nice work Trey), but Kiva is just the type of charity that I’ve been looking for!


  • Hehe thanks all.

    And thanks for the link to the EXIF – here are some bits of one of the exposures:

    Aperture: f/22.0
    Focal Length: 16 mm
    ISO Speed: 50
    Exposure Bias: +2 EV

    Matthew – yes the rocks were still pretty big – but the 14-24 did make them a bit more warped… but, with rocks, ya really can’t tell!

    Gail – Glad you got the newsletter and got the secret information inside! 🙂

  • Trey have to agree with others on this photo, one of the best I have seen from you! I will go take a look at the Kiva website as well, really like what you are doing with the Stuck in Customs brand name. Curious how you have organized your team helping you with everything considering you have two other full tiem jobs family and work. Are you outsourcing any of this? ie the Tim Ferris Model? maybe another how I do it post to come?

  • I can touch these rocks and walk up the river bed – awesome! Thanks for the info on Kiva as well – I’m checking it out now.

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey!! Kiva sounds really cool – loved the video too! Good luck today!

  • Thanks all.

    And yes – I do welcome it when you post links to your own photos and work in here – I think that’s cool.

  • Great picture but even better is your work for Kiva. My wife and I have supported them for a long time but I have also joined the Stuck in Customs team and signed up to help 4 people. I hope that all your followers do the same.

  • Lovely shot.
    Those ominous mountains at the background look absolutely jaw-dropping.

  • Is the newsletter out? I’ve subscribed, but I haven’t got it yet.

  • Jack Rice

    An interesting segment about Kiva, definitely an interesting initiative, and one I’d imagine well worth investing in. If I get the chance, I’ll be sure to give it a look. Less of an conventional investment, but one that’s designed to help those better off than yourself, and of course the money is being put to good use to help developing countries, a really brilliant idea.

    I think I’d have to agree, this photograph really is very impressive. All the little intricate details and how it brings your eyes to look at those vast and daunting pinacles in the distance. Ha, definitely desktop-background worthy XD.

  • Brian


    I don’t mean to tread on your Kiva endorsement :(, but you should Check this out:

    Its still people helping people, but through bank intermediaries (Banks are smaller then governments… kinda). Unfortunately, who you click on to donate to on Kiva’s website doesn’t really matter so much, since regardless of who you click on the money lumps into one big donation to the real micro-lenders :(.

    Anyway, sorry to be a bummer :(. Photo is fantastic as usual man!

  • Wow consider me convinced

  • Thanks!

    Karl – yes you should have gotten the newsletter !! 🙁 Maybe check your junk mail? We are up to newsletter #6.

    Brian – yes – I know they go through micro-finance groups on the edge. That doesn’t bother me. These guys run around and check on the loans and handle a lot of the groundwork. It’s my understanding that they get the interest for their trouble – that’s fine with me.

  • At my place have this kind of river full of rock..good for photography..but the last time i went there its going to be closed to the public for dam construction..development kill nature like this..luckily we have camera to capture before it vanished..

  • amazing!

  • This one is definitely my favourite from the images you’ve posting over the last month or so! Awesome! The jagged peaks in the distance – I feel like I am in a Lord of the Rings movie!

  • I am SO signing up for this when I get home. I was on-board with the idea only 1/2 through your video. Thanks for posting this!!

  • jon

    today I joined your team and committed $250 to two entrepreneurs.

    I really appreciate the effort you put into your website and your willingness to share your knowledge with the photographic community.

    Joining your team is the least I can do to say thank you and support your cause.

  • Timo

    Sounds pretty nice! Literally… The word “Kiva” means “nice” or “pretty” in Finnish. Good name :>

  • This is image is really fantastic. Especially the rocks!

  • Wow!!!

    Great Shot, Great Colors!
    I Can´t say anything else because i have not such a great knowledge in english to talk about photography.


    I’llk be back.

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