Barcelona At Night

Thinking of being a digital Nomad?

I am! Well, sort of. Yeah, I guess I am. This basically means you are kind of homeless and just jump around the world in search of awesome places to “be” while having a decent place to stay, great food, and, maybe most importantly, Fast Internet! If you’re looking to try this, check out Nomad List. You’ll see today’s Daily Photo location of Barcelona up there at #2 on the list! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Barcelona At Night

What a pretty city, eh? I was happy to be in good health this time in Barcelona. My first visit was about 5 years ago with my wife and I had the flu. Even though I was very excited to be there and take photos, I was just kinda low-energy-man. That's not like me! I'm normally full of vim and vigor. So, when I'm low-energy-man, I'm like a different person. But not this time, this time I was well-rested and ready to go!

Barcelona At Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-29 20:02:18
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Curtis Exploring Sintra

Going to Portugual? Three places to visit!

If you’re looking to get to Europe but save some money, why not go to Portugal? It’s quite inexpensive and you can easily spend over a week in three places: Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto. Each one is worthy of three days of exploration, and you’ll have some of the best food of your life there! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Curtis Exploring Sintra

Every day we made a new trek out into the wild to see what we could find around the Sintra area. It's quite a vast area and quite mountainous. Well, maybe mountains aren't the right word. If there was a word between hill and mountain, that would be more accurate. Anyway, at the top of each of them seemed to be another ruin. Or maybe ruin isn't the right word, because they are not as “ruined” as Roman ruins or others… just sort of abandoned. But, as you can see here, the paint colors and tiles are still very nice even though no one is around. That's Curtis there near the window taking a photo – I thought it looked a bit better with him in it.

Curtis Exploring Sintra

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-19 07:00:14
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Conan at the Spa

This is a funny video that reminds me of my time in the Korean spa in Seoul!

New Sony A7r Mark 3 Review!

I just put the finishing touches on the Sony a7R III Review here on the site. Enjoy! Just below here are 3 sample photos I took with this machine…

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Daily Photo – Another View of the Turkish Baths

Public baths are such a strange thing to Americans, but they are popular in many places around the world. I've visited them in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Japan, and now here in Budapest. These were some of the most beautiful, by far. Also, it was nice how no one got creeped out while I was carrying around a camera. This one was not fully nude, though, so that probably took the edge off. I think my first one was in Korea, where everyone was fully nude. I remember I got this sea-salt rubdown that took off about three pounds of skin and was crazy-painful!

Another View of the Turkish Baths

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-31 12:04:33
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Star Trek Discovery

It’s a pretty good show, I must say. I can say it’s probably the most BEAUTIFUL show on right now for sure. Everything is really interesting to watch, from the special effects to the incredible Klingon vessels and interiors. I’m not sure about all the characters yet. And I usually really question a lot of the decisions the crew makes. But, if I can just let that go, it’s a pretty good show.

Daily Photo – Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

When I heard about this place near Berlin, I knew we had to go! And yes, it even looks like a giant penis; I wonder if they did that on purpose. Anyway, now it's filled with all kinds of cool graffiti and street art. It's a bit dangerous maybe, with broken staircases, no guard rails, broken windows, and this sort of thing. I believe I had to buy a ticket to get inside, but it was totally worth it.

Cold War Listening Station Near Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 21:05:29
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

High above Budapest

Kobe Japan Video

I made a few special videos for passport members while I was in Kobe, Japan. I’ll put up the first video now and the second one soon, along with the final photo from Kobe!

Here’s part 1 of my settings and some tips while waiting on the sunset in a very cold place! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – High above Budapest

On our recent trip to Europe, this was one of my top three cities. I'd love to come back here and explore even more. The sights are beautiful and the food is not only fantastic, but it's incredibly inexpensive. The Ritz-Carlton here was nice enough to let me up on the roof. We did some filming up here and then launched the Phantom 4 quad for a spin. I'm still using the same quad for almost two years now and it's great! I've never had such a long stint without crashing the quad! I hope I didn't jinx it! πŸ™‚

High above Budapest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-30 20:26:08
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO120
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mosque in Cairo

Some Passport Content!

Here’s a video we first released to Passport Members about a year ago or so, but I wanted to share it with everyone. It’s sort of a little behind-the-scenes video of a gentleman singing in this very mosque.

Daily Photo – Mosque in Cairo

What a beautiful mosque, eh? I didn't visit the middle east much until the last five years ago, but I really enjoy shooting inside mosques. The variety between them is amazing. It does often require getting special permission, but that is not so difficult to get. Everyone inside the mosques has been quite nice as well. In this one, I was with my wife and two daughters the whole time as well.

Mosque in Cairo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 16:16:51
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Exploring Shinjuku

Staying extra-safe in Japan

Japan is a wonderful and safe place with one exception. While in Tokyo, don’t take the advice or invitations of any Nigerians standing outside of clubs. There are less than there used to be, and they’re usually around Roppongi. The worst case scenario is not that you’ll get hurt or anything, but they’ll get you into some situation where they take a bunch of money or charge a lot on your credit card. It’s never happened to me, but I know it happens.

Daily Photo – Exploring Shinjuku

All of Tokyo is incredible to shoot, but if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of the lights, neon, commercialism, then head over to Shinjuku. The whole area is great, but it's fun to get lost and zigzag down random streets and see what you can find. It's always on the must-visit list for me. This sub-area of Shinjuku called Kabuchiko is especially interesting. It's also kind of the “red light district” of Tokyo, but, as with all things in Japan, it's perfectly safe.

Exploring Shinjuku

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-02 05:58:40
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1/3

Getting the New Year off to a Bang with a special Paris Inspirational Video!

Yesterday, on the first, we did the big article analyzing Mac vs. Windows sales and the conundrum there. I’m still going through all the comments! Thanks for those!

Today, for Passport Members (thanks for all of you that got these a new Christmas gifts for family members and friends!), we have a radically new video from Paris. I’ve never done anything like this… It’s an inspirational video about taking photos and why we do such a strange thing. You’ll see it’s professionally captured, edited, and more. We have about 20 of these in the hopper right now in fact, from different cities around the world. I’m excited to bring you the first one now.

Here are a few favorite photos from Paris to get you in the mood before the video!

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

Young girl on a bridge in Paris After a shooting a set of shots with the sun rising over Notre Dame, I saw a few girls on the bridge with me.  It was a little cold this morning, and they were in coats, laughing and playing with their own camera.  With my tripod still set up, I grabbed my D3S and 50 prime on my sling.  I pulled it up quickly to grab a shot of one of the girls as she covered her face from the cool wind of the morning. - Trey Ratcliff Read the rest of the entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Tiny House in FranceSo, Versailles is a monstrously huge place.  I'm not sure how you could see everything in a day.  I chose to concentrate this trip out in the royal gardens, and a confusing walk got me into this place.  It's not exactly secret, but I didn't know about it until I walked up upon it!It is called "The Hameau de la Reine", and is generally known as the Queen's Hamlet.  It was built for Marie Antoinette between 1785 and 1792.  It is lovely, and this is only one of the many little places I captured there... more soon!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And here’s the first video that talks about the word “Flaneur.” Note that we wanted to share these with Passport Members first before we spread around to the world. Our business team is currently putting together a series of sponsors to help fund these things. As you might suspect, videos of this quality are a bit more expensive to produce. So, for now, you can enjoy this version Sponsor-Free! πŸ™‚ I look forward to your feedback! I’m always trying new stuff ’round these parts.

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Osaka Alive

Tip to get this Technique

To get this effect, make sure your exposure is somewhere between 1 and 5 seconds. Less or more of that is hard to make smooth. Let’s say it’s a 5-second shutter speed. Well, leave the camera alone for the first 2 seconds, then for the last 3 seconds, do a slow zoom out or zoom in to see what you get. It usually takes 10-15 tries, but you’ll get it!

Sony A7r III Unboxing!

Watch my clumsy and confused unboxing of the new beast! I’m excited by this thing! If you’re a Passport Member, you will see the video below…

This is NOT an inexpensive camera… I can tell you that for sure. Here are Amazon Links to the three things I’m unboxing: Sony A7r III Body, the 24-105mm G Series, and the 16-35mm G Series.

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Daily Photo – Osaka Alive

I have a ton of city-shots of Osaka. It definitely has that Blade-Runner feel, and I think the HDR treatment makes it even more intense. Speaking of the new Blade Runner, I really liked it! Maybe a bit long… some of the scenes played out longer than Melancholia, but still a very enjoyable flick! There's lots of interesting analysis of the movie online as well.

Osaka Alive

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 10:35:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Insta360 Camera Review

What a fun cool camera! πŸ™‚ I just finished the Insta360 Review here on the blog. I hope you enjoy! There’s a video there and everything featuring a strange-talkin’ Russian.



Upcoming Travel Schedule!

I’m headed on a fun trip with the family again in January! We’ll be in Dallas, Austin, Denver, Sarasota, Grand Cayman, Key Biscayne, Hawaii, and then Japan again! I’ve got my cameras all dusted off and ready to go!

Daily Photo – Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Isn't it though! And this was taken with the Pixel 1; now I have the Pixel 2 and it's even better. I've challenged myself several times ONLY to use the Pixel 2 some days (btw Google is not a sponsor… I bought mine full price). Some of the photos that are coming out of it are totally unbelievable! I don't like editing on such a small screen, so I often download the images to my laptop and edit there.

Hard to Believe the Google Pixel Took this, eh?

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-28 12:03:54
  • CameraPixel
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2
  • ISO54
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashAuto, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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