Twitter and Twitter Lists

It’s been a while since I mentioned this stuff, and I know a bunch of y’all are on Twitter. A while back, I put together a bunch of “Twitter Lists” that will be helpful if you are new to Twitter or simply looking for more people to follow.

Daily Photo – Underwing

Here’s another handheld job from the Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. I sent out a tweet a few weeks ago and got in touch with the gal that works in the public affairs office… I twitter-charmed her into giving me the thumbs up to use a tripod next time! It took 140 delicate characters to make that happen… there are still more steps, but I am well on the way to getting proper permission. It’s too hard to sneak a tripod into this place… just forget it… armed guards and that sort of thing…

UnderwingHere's another handheld job from the Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.  I sent out a tweet a few weeks ago and got in touch with the gal that works in the public affairs office...  I twitter-charmed her into giving me the thumbs up to use a tripod next time!  It took 140 delicate characters to make that happen...  there are still more steps, but I am well on the way to getting proper permission.  It's too hard to sneak a tripod into this place... just forget it... armed guards and that sort of thing...- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs Blog.

  • The high heeled boys looked like Peacocks to him. Prancing. Flexing. Never failing to act oblivious to what was happening all around them. No matter. His contact would be here soon and he could leave. Leave. For where? Home? No. He was wasted. There was no way he could find his way home now. Not when he was so close. Four years of grinding. Every day. To quit now? But he knew he had been slipping. Losing to the Edge. He had the edge and now it had him and he knew he didn’t have much left. All sides were closing in on him. He didn’t know who to trust anymore. He doubted he could even trust himself all the time. The deep indigo of the night seemed to press in on him even tighter.
    “Hey, mate!”
    A sharp slap on the back shook his mind back to the waking world.
    “Where’s your head at? You look half alive.”
    His contact had arrived.
    “Did you bring it?” he asked.
    “Did I bring it? Have I ever let you down?”
    “Just hand it over, Scott.”
    Scott took out a box from under his coat and gave it to him.
    His eyes lit up. A desperate look flashed across his face, and was quickly gone.
    “Where you taking that thing?” Scott asked, with more than a hint of suspicion.
    “Don’t worry about it.” He answered.
    “Riiight.” He knew the routine by now. “Well, they’re gonna want to know and I gotta tell em’ something.”
    He looked at Scott. He could see how eager he was. How willing to be used. For a brief moment he actually felt pity for him. “You know, they’ll leave you with nothing. They’re not loyal for long.”
    It was so rare to hear him give away anything so personal that all Scott could think to say was, “The location?”
    “Washington DC. The Air & Space Museum. I’ll be there tomorrow morning.”
    “Right. I’ll tell them.”
    Caught off guard by the moment, Scott risked angering him. “She’s still asking about you, you know?” Scott said without looking up.
    “Who are you referring to?”
    Scott laughed out loud before catching himself. “Sure. I mean, who do you think I’m talking about? That little number on the beach? Wendy? No man. You know who I mean.”
    The silence was louder than even the boys who were by now fooling around with the local talent in the corner.
    “Come on, man. You want me to tell her Something? Anything?”
    He took the box and dropped a few bills on the table as he got up. “You do what you want Kublin.”
    He started for the beaded curtain that passed as a door in this hole.
    He glanced over at the high heeled boys who had apparently decided to take the noise to the next level for the rest of the night. A faint memory washed through his mind. A simpler time. An emotion. Something real. A girl. He stopped.
    “Tell her… tell her, I’m ok. Just tell her that.” he said without looking back.
    “You got it brother. See you, . . . where ever.” Scott said as he raised a glass of single malt. He turned back to the bar and grimaced at the sight of the boys. “When did they get here?” he thought. He pushed a contact on his phone and looked around once more to make sure he had really gone.
    “Hey. Yeah, it’s me. He just left. He took it with him. OK. I’ll see you in a few hours. Oh, wait. He, uh, said to tell you he’s OK. Yeah. That’s all he said. All right. Talk to you soon Andrea.”
    He finished his Lagavulin and looked at his watch. It was the middle of the night and he was in the middle of nowhere, again.
    “This sucks.” Scott announced to no one in particular.

  • Susan

    Oh wow…cool shot Trey – the wings look so massive and beautiful – I hate to admit it but I remember these planes! Gonzo…..you’ve way outdone yourself – good writing though! Where is your blog?

  • You’re in the wrong trade Gonzo try the short story book shop he he! Not sure but that look like a Dakota from the 50’s with a chicken under it’s wing.Trey not to much charm as hot water is always round the corner.Remember burn the britches and one has to sit on the blisters hehe. Nice news reading between the lines N.Z.

  • I like the larger, silver plane myself… beautiful, isn’t it? I took a ton of pictures of that glorious metal skin when I visited. The best ended up being this one- http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelleybardphotography/5222164666/
    HDR, of course 🙂
    Great place to shoot. I’d seen your photos before I got to go, and I jumped at the chance… I love the shuttle there, too.

  • Simon Morris

    Cool shot Trey – the little plane in the foreground reminds me of something out of a James Bond movie.
    Talking of movies… Gonzo (aka GINO) – I’ve spoken to Mr Spielberg… he’ll contact you shortly, yeah! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode… bring it on dude! 😉

  • Old planes are really awesome. I love walking around museums with planes in them.

  • Gail in Montana

    Neat photo of the planes in the museum, Trey. Glad you get to use a tripod next time. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Have a great day!!

  • Excellent photo Trey. I really enjoyed my time at the Air and Space Museum, but I could not get away from the Endeavor. http://justshootingmemories.com/2011/05/22/enterprise/

  • Great capture. I love these aviation museums. I was at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola a few weeks back. I have a billions shots I need to re-process after taking your webinar 😉

    I really like your composition here. Standing in these places, for me anyway — it’s really difficult to find good composition since the planes are littering the floorspace.

  • Awesome photo. Composition and HDR work is great as always. Keep up the great shooting.

  • Awesome shot Trey, did well without a tripod, should be even better next time! Keep up the good work!

  • Great shot Trey! I love the warmth of the light in this one. That tiny plane looks a bit scary to me. So, not sure you’ll get to this question, but when you go to places like this with your gear and they say you can’t take a tripod what do you end up doing with it? Do you have to then return to your hotel or wherever your staying or can you at least carry it in a back pack as long as you don’t whip it out? Would love to get the answer to that one.


  • Please ask them why they hate tripods so much. I loved the museum, but they wouldn’t let me bring my tripod, either. It’s not as if they were filled with throngs of crowds during my visit, either. In all the time I’ve shot with a tripod, even in heavy crowds, I’ve never once had anyone trip over it. I think people imagine more problems than actually occur, and then they make rules to screw over the rest of us.

  • Nice work Trey – great shot and I can’t wait to see what you can do with a tripod in there. If you need anyone to help carry your gear – let me know!

  • Trey,

    I tried to add myself to the list but it doesn’t seem that easy to do. Could you possibly make sure the links work and quickly write what to click to get added? I also just downloaded tweetdeck and added the link you mentioned to add a column but there is nothing there.


  • That plane would seat 5+ on American these days.

  • Sorry for the dual comment but BTW: The National Naval Aviation Museum on Pensacola NAS is “tripod-friendly” A little less subject matter but no sweet-tweet’s needed 🙂
    Just can’t take it into the IMAX.

  • Rick

    Beautiful shot, Trey. I love that place. The big silver plane is the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, based on the B-17 WWII bomber. It was the first pressurized commercial airliner. The little guy under the wing is a BD-5B, a tiny single-seater designed to be an inexpensive and convenient form of sport/commuting. There was a jet version too, the BD-5J that was pretty cool and at something less than 400 lbs, I think it still holds the record as the lightest jet aircraft ever made.

  • Great shot Trey .. to your earlier poster the small plane is a BD-5 and if I recall correctly the jet version of it actually did appear in a Bond film. Very few ever built.

  • Julie

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    This is really neat. I love the scale of the smaller plane. You see things in ways I have never dreamed of. It helps to get other perspectives though because It gives me ideas of things I can try with my own photography. Thanks for alway being ready to answer questions.

    There is a really cool museum in Auburn, Indiana that you would have a lot of fun in. The ACD Museum is full of early 20th century antique cars. It has really cool architecture. The museum is actually the former factory for Auburns. I think it might hold some really interesting HDR possibilities. I posted three photos from the museum so you can get an idea. There were shot several years ago before I had even heard of HDR. Be warned, I am not sure if they allow tripods. It never hurts to ask (persuade).


  • Julie

    I should have given a link to that museum and I forgot. Here it is.


  • Another super shot Trey, and really sharp for handheld. How do you do that? Don’t you have a pulse?

  • Dan

    Trey – Great shot! I love going to this museum, but I haven’t been since I stumbled in to this HDR stuff 🙂

    Getting the Smithsonian to back-off on the tripod issue is a huge win – maybe you can them to bend on the rules for the museums in DC as well. The one thing I don’t like at the Udvar-Hazy museum is the lack of a good catwalk, so you’re stuck with shooting from ground level for the most part (except for the overhang near the entrance which you used for your SR-71/Shuttle photo). Let us locals know when you’ll be in the area next – I’m sure we can help with you photo shoot schedule!

  • I would love to watch you take out your tripod and snap some brackets all sneaky-like while security is closing in… haha. Why do people take it so seriously?? Its not I have a rifle or bomb in there, I am creating something beautiful… O well… http://catchthejiffy.com

  • Great shot Trey, you have inspired me to visit my local air museum and get a few myself!

  • Look into the US Air Force museum in Dayton. Very similar to the Air & Space museum, but photographer friendly. Plus they have a lot of air force planes A&S can’t get. I go once or twice a year and tripods are allowed. And if you get there at opening you will have the whole place to your self.


    Email or DM me (@MPistonePhoto) for more info or if you want a POC there. I’d be glad to show you around.

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