Exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Workshop Sold Out!

The HDR Workshop sold out in less than 24 hours! We increased the price of this one to about $1,450, but we did not want to let too many people in. Apologies there, but the DVD will be considerably cheaper and be available more widely (see below).

One cool story is that we have a repeat student! One of the crazy (and skilled!) HDR students named Elvind (@EivindDovik) that came from Norway to my Austin Workshop will also be attending the one in London. I need to get him a trophy or something! Anyway, we’ll all have a great time, and I really look forward to it.

In case of cancellations, you can get on the alternate list by emailing “sales AT stuckincustoms.com” — the team will get you on the list!

HDR DVD – First sets to newsletter subs

These will be available very soon, but in short supply. It’s our first time doing this, and the process of printing and shipping 6 hours worth of instructional material on 4 DVDs is not easy. Anyway, the newsletter signup below is free, and we’ll send out the DVD alert at a surprise time very soon!

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Daily Photo – Exploring The Met

Many of you know that I like to go spelunking around the world’s museums and root through their impressionist paintings. The Met in New York City is one of my favorites — probably for their collection of Renoirs.

I didn’t get to carry around a tripod with me. So I had to do my best to find other ways to secure myself and my camera around the museum. This room had a few banisters, columns, and the like where I could wedge myself. I looked like an outright fool to get into this particular spot, but this spot needed to be photographed!

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  • Enjoying the colours of the wall and how it’s all lit up.

    As you didn’t have a tripod is this photo from one exposure or do you still try to take multiple exposures?

  • Thanks – yes – I still do 5 exposures… +2 to -2, as usual. It is nerve-racking doing that without a tripod!

  • This shot reminds me of the library gallery at the Huntington Gardens and Library in San Marino, Ca. My personal favorite there is Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy”. Blows me way every time I stand in front of it.

  • Excellent shot! – this is getting me all fired up for New York in November!

  • indoor photos without a tripod. My lord. I’m impressed… I’ve had reasonably good luck with outdoor pics, but not indoor!
    That is a beautiful image, btw. I love how the wall texture came out in the photograph. The statue shadows from the lights are great, also!

  • I love those warm colors!

    When they say you can’t use a tripod, they say: “You’re allowed to shoot here, but your photos has to be so crappy that the whole thing becomes an act of self-humiliation.”

    But of course, you nailed it anyway 🙂

  • 5 exposures without a tripod – You must have been wedged in there! Clearly been working on you holding your breath skills too…

  • John Cox

    Wow as always, but you have captured something more here. I love the people in this photo. What has just happened to the couple in the centre of the photo? Who is the shadowy figure in the balcony? What about the dude sitting by himself on the bench… ahh a thousand words in this one Trey.

  • charles

    very nice indeed!!
    It seems that Flickr is using one of your picture in its ‘Frame your photo at imagekind’
    It’s probably all right, but you never know…

  • Very nice. I only wish Canon would hurry up and give me the option to bracket by 5 exposures as opposed to 3…heck, even my Panasonic GF1, the micro 4/3 camera lets me do it (though it has it’s own annoyances like not letting me go from -2 to +2 when doing 5 exposures…*sigh*). Loved shooting at the Met though that was before the thought of “hmmm…HDR?” would pop into my head. Gotta go back again soon!

  • Trey, have you every tried doing a shot like this with a small tripod, like a GorillaPod or something of that size? Would it work, or is that still prohibited? I thought about trying that next time I go to the Air & Space Museum to see if they’d still reject it.

  • hehe

    Henrik – I know what you mean! I think the same way….

    William – Well – I thought about taking a Gorillapod around – but my bag is usually so full, and well – that is a lame excuse really.

    And thanks for all the other comments! 🙂

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey – the lighting is awesome!

  • Beautiful work Trey! I could stare at this for hours!

  • Trevor Driscoll

    I really like the people in the middle of the room thats an unexpected twist particularly in your photos, which typically don’t have people featured in the indoor scenes.

  • Trey, how much time did it take you to get all five exposures without your tripod. I’m just amazed that the people did not move. Kinda thinking now that you told them to “HOLD IT!!!”. =)

  • Jodi Birston

    I agree with James! I took 3 exposures in a Mexican restaurant the other day and had alot of photoshop editing to do later…(Granted: Mexican restaurant + Tequila = Lively People, Museum + Contemplative Folks = Slowly walkers) but to have all 7 people not move? A remarkable feat!

  • Gail in Montana

    Great shot, Trey. Love the suttle coloration of this one!! Great job. Thanks for sharing another one of your photos with us!!!!

  • This is just awesome Trey. I’m particularly impressed with the humans all being in focus. You’re either a fast shooter or you slowed time down somehow. I love the atmosphere and the wonderful textures and the thoughtful, meditative feeling of the piece. If I could shoot like this, I probably wouldn’t be painting. Then again, I can’t see myself ever stopping doing what I love.

  • Bruce H.

    I noticed the vertical aspects are correct. In many of your photos with a wide angle lens pointed (usually) upwards there is substantial inward tilt to the buildings, perhaps intentional. Did you adjust the keystone in editing?

  • Gr8Scot

    I wish my Canon would do 5 exposures. I’ve done 5 manually a few times and the HDRs seem to be a little smoother looking.

  • Jodi – hehe – yes, don’t drink & HDR !

    Bruce – no – this one is wide angle – I just kept it even with the horizon this time !! hehe

    Gr8Scott – I think 3 exposures is really all you need…. +2 to -2 is enough methinks

  • grover woessner

    Finally dawned on me what was missing. Table, wine, glasses and cheese’s within an arms length of the couple. simplicity is always the most elegant. An overall feeling of a very slow stroll thru this room and see it all.

  • To stop people from moving in his HDR images, Trey says quietly to himself: “There is no tripod” and stares intently at the scene. This has the effect of momentarily stopping time. I suspect that he might be teaching this technique at his workshop.

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  • That’s a great shot Trey! I’m jealous of your wide-angle glass – I was there last week and the 18mm wouldn’t fit that much in at all! Also… with the tripod thing, if you ever head back there, they let you take a tripod in on Wednesday-Friday if you get a free pass at the information desk!
    I got a vertical of this same room: http://karllindsay.com/blog/metropolitan-museum-of-art

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