Paris Quick Video

Paris Quick Video

Here is a video I while in Paris that shows a little trick for maximizing the power of puddles!

The Final Photo

And here it is!

Reflections on the Eiffel Tower Isn't it romantic?  What could be more perfect than a beautiful sunset here in Paris?There was a big storm all day long, but I could see the clouds were beginning to break up a little to the west, and I knew there was a possibility the sun would dip into an opening beneath the heavy clouds.  So, with that intense possibility, I headed over to the Eiffel Tower area hoping the light would turn out right...I also made a behind-the-scenes video.  Since you guys have been so nice over on Google+, I'll share that video exclusively there first, so be sure to stay tuned... I'm still editing the thing together!- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

  • Amazing shot Trey! You said F13 keeps everything in focus. So why not use f16 or f22? Is there an advantage from one over the other in terms of keeping everything in focus?

  • Ernie Dinkel

    Very instructional video. It’s amazing what you can do with a little puddle. Thanks Trey. The photos at the end of the video are out of this world too.

  • Susan

    Wonderful video Trey – this shot is so beautiful – interesting to see how it was made!

  • Thanks!

  • Greg

    Great video Trey. Even better cause from your video I’ve worked out my D3 settings. Now I can’t wait to get to Paris myself for new years! Le Woohoo!

  • Enjoyed video nice to see how it was done,loved the way you finished the video with more of your pictures and with music, lovely touch. Just a question with regards what Lisa asked on the other video,Lisa can take 9 shots with canon but each of the 3 shots would be WB/shift which may enhace the picture ???? Just food for thought

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great shot, Trey! Great video too, nice to see the “trick”!

  • Great video Trey – it’s helpful to have an insight to your workflow… looking forward to seeing more of these, thanks! 🙂

  • The shortest post ever. Great content though, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Gail in Montana

    Great capture of the puddle in front of the tower!! Thanks, Trey. Have a great Tuesday 🙂

  • You know Trey, there are so many things you do that seem simple and yet they make all the difference.
    For those that think your work is awesome due to fantastic equipment and location availability – YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. I am pretty happy with where I am at with picture taking. But I would not have come back with that shoot. Something as simple as bending down made that shoot 100% better and I probably wouldn’t have thought to do it.

    The Loathing.
    The Loathing.
    The Loathing.

  • David Woods

    Thelonious, Could this be the straw that broke the camels back !! Thanks for your comment I have missed them over the last couple of days.

    Trey thanks for sharing all.



  • Cindy Williams

    Thanks for the great start to my day.

  • Hi Trey! This is such a great photo and it reminds me of my trip to Paris with my wife. Continue taking such great photos, we love it!

    Just posted an old fire painting photo on my site:

  • now THAT’s an Eiffel Tower pic if I ever saw one. Seriously hard to create a new take on scenes and structures so ubiquitously represented…like the tired sunset pics the world over eh? lol But dude – you nailed this on multiple complex levels. Thank you! INspired.

  • That is a whole lot of awesome

  • Henry

    “The power of puddles,” I love that. Tre bien!

  • Such a great photo. I’ve spent the past two nights at the Eiffel Tower, I wish my photos looked like this. While we were standing in line last night to climb up it started raining and after the rain stopped one of the strongest rainbows I’ve ever seen appeared. I wish I had been able to get a shot of the tower with the rainbow in the background but we had been in line for close to an hour and had just finally gotten through security so I couldn’t get out of line and couldn’t get much of a photo from where I was. Anyway, great photo and love the use of something as simple as a puddle to make the photo what it is.

  • Colleen

    Great instructional video and loved, loved loved the pics video with the wonderful music. Makes me want to go play with iDVD. Unfortunately I can never remember names of songs or the artists that make them … Thank goodness for Pandora. Thanks again Trey!

  • Brilliant photo, awesome video. I just recently found your blog site, and the problem I have with it is that I end up spending hours sitting here looking thru your images and reading your posts. You’re taking up all of my free time, man!

  • Another beautiful image Trey, really enjoyed the video too – so nice to see how you work. Long ago I realised that the bewtter the photographer the more likely they are to share how they make their images. You continue to prove that with every post.

  • This is beautiful Trey. You are an inspiration. That is the Eiffel Tower like I have never seen it before. From the leaves in the stream, to the reflection in the water to the beautiful sky… stunning!

  • Hi Trey, thanks for the awesome images & inspiration. I was wondering why you use interval timer to shoot your shots instead of just putting the camera in continuous release mode and letting it fire the five shots??

  • Anne McCormack

    Thank you for the gorgeous pictures.I know you work hard, but obviously love what you do. I grew up in London, and the weather was not always great, but we enjoyed it so much when the sun was shining. I am so happy that you show pictures of clouds and rain in France, because our French friends always said English weather was terrible, not at all like french weather. I believed them, before I visited Paris, and was nearly washed away!!!

  • Andras H.

    Comment from a Parisian: great pics, great site, thanks for all the advice !

    However, I nearly fell out of my chair when in your Toutube video credit is given to some Greek guy for the song.

    It’s the cover of a song called Mad World, by Tears for Fears (FYI,

    A pretty dreadful cover at that, horribly cheesy. Listen to a great version here, with a great video to accompany it too.

    All the best !


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