Reflections on the Louvre

A little doctoring

In this one, I did kind of a fun technique where I took the bottom half of the photo and flipped it horizontally and reflected it. Most of the reason is because there were a ton of tourists and I was too lazy to remove them. The other is that I thought it looked cooler with a fountain on each side. I went in and made a few other smaller changes so the reflection was not perfect.

Daily Photo – Reflections on the Louvre

On the final day in Paris, our bus was pulling out to go to the next destination. Since one of our partners was Flixbus, they liked us to get photos of the bus in all these cool locations. So we stopped here for a moment to get some photos. After those, I ran over here to get a few quick photos of the Louvre. I can't be there and not take at least a few!

Reflections on the Louvre

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-08 15:45:04
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Back to the Duomo in Milan

Speaking of the new…

Plotagraph Review, here is a new one I made right on the iPad. This is based on a digital painting I did several years ago. I wondered what it would be like to animate it, and I’m very happy with the results!

Plotagraph ipad

My First Time in Milan

One of my first real solo photo trips was in Italy. I remember REALLY falling in love with HDR photography here in the Duomo. Below is my first photo I took there, which was maybe eight years ago or so…

The Airy Doom of the Duomo The most difficult thing about this shot was hiding my tripod from the security guards.  The second hardest thing was the HDR processing from this shot melting my CPU core.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Back to the Duomo in Milan

And here's the new one I took about a month ago. They're pretty different eh? I'm not too judgmental on my older work… I try not to think better or worse, but just different. But then one part of my brain thinks the newer one is maybe just a litttttle bit better! 🙂

Back to the Duomo in Milan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-05 07:42:50
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Eze from Above

Passport Exclusive Unboxing the Fuji

Fuji was nice enough to send me the FUJI X-T2 to use at Burning Man along with a few lenses. I used it’s little brother last year and absolutely loved it. Here’s a link to the FUJI review showing off some of the shots I got with it. Below, if you’re a Passport Member, you can see me unboxing the new one!

Getting to Eze

The best way to get to Eze, if you don’t have a car, is simply to Uber there from nearby Naples. It’s a short ride, and you get dropped off at the base of the medieval town. You can wander up into it (not toooo far uphill), stroll through the streets, shop, then find a cute little restaurant and have wine and cheese and ice cream. It’s a great day-trip I recommend!

Fuji X-T2 Unboxing and a super inappropriate joke…

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Daily Photo – Eze from Above

This little mountaintop town in France is one of my favorites. I first went here about 20 years ago with my dad. My dad used to do lots of car racing all over the world. He did those 24-hour races for Porsche – raced at Le Mans, Daytona 24hr, Nürburgring, Silverstone, etc. While there, he found lots of cool little spots like this. So it was fun to return now that I am really into photography and try to capture some of its beauty.

Eze from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 17:01:52
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Downtown Road in Osaka

3 Unexpected Things About Japan

Here’s some random videos I crammed together from Japan. If you like this sort of thing, let me know and I can do more. It really has nothing to do with photography… really.

Daily Photo – Downtown Road in Osaka

I was once again blown away by Osaka as soon as I started getting out and about more. There are a ton of these streets weaving all around and around the downtown area. It's just perfect for this style of photography, you know? I was also pleased to see that Kyoto was less than an hour away by train. You can take the bullet train or normal express train. They are so close together, it almost doesn't matter which one you take.

Downtown Road in Osaka

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-07-19 12:05:06
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time11
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

From one coast to the next

The New Store is Open!

Go check it out at Store.StuckInCustoms.com – a fresh re-launch! And we’re doing a special 25% off everything with the code NEWSTORE. And here’s a little video I made that shows it off!

Dropbox or Google Drive?

I’m constantly debating about switching over to Google Drive. I don’t really have a compelling reason yet… Dropbox works perfectly. Sometimes I will use Google Drive to send very large files, however. We upgraded to the corporate Dropbox account, so now the entire team has a massive amount of storage. It’s a bit expensive, I suppose, but not the end of the world.

Daily Photo – From one coast to the next

During our never-ending European tour, we saw many different coastlines. Yesterday's shot from France was preceded by this one in Italy. This was taken in Cinque Terre, looking out into the stormy sea. There was a rain storm coming in and I was mesmerized by all the moody blues. Not long after this, I got in a few final shots of the city in the pouring rain. You can see the one I got if you click on the Cinque Terre category.

From one coast to the next

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 19:31:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Manual Focus

Here’s a new technique I’ve been doing for the last year or so… now at sunset and night, I only do manual focus. I don’t completely trust the autofocus at night… and since I’m using a mirrorless camera, I’m guaranteed to get a sharp shot if I zoom into 100% while manual focusing.

Daily Photo – The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Or maybe this is better described as the main side. When we stopped here in Monaco, we had an uber drop us off. He asked where we wanted to be dropped off, and I just said, “The Harbor where all the boats are.” Then he told me there were two of them, and I had no idea. I picked the wrong one… I picked the one that is more boring and there's really not much around it. I MEANT to go to this part… but, in the good news category, it gave me an excuse to climb this mini-mountain to get this shot right after dinner.

The Other Side of Monte Carlo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 19:55:46
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Another Walk in Glenorchy

Derek Sivers on Tim Ferris

Here’s a link – the one about self confidence, to the podcast when Derek first talks to Tim Ferris. I had about 10 people tell me I should meet him, and vice-versa, so we finally made it happen.

Daily Photo – Another Walk in Glenorchy

I had my new friend Derek Sivers down to Queenstown for a visit and we went over here to Glenorchy to take a walk. You can't ever go wrong with a walk here, talking about philosophy and life, taking photos all the way. The colors this day were particularly vibrant when the sun would bleed through the clouds.

Another Walk in Glenorchy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-21 22:24:11
  • CameraX1D-50c
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

New Technique!

I used kind of a new experimental technique with this photo… still trying to come up with something repeatable. When I do, I’ll be sure to share it here 🙂

Daily Photo – Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

This photo is kind of like yesterday's, eh? It's actually on the same coast, and the place we stopped just after leaving Barcelona. This is Nice, France. Our bus pulled in and stopped for breakfast. So I jumped on the net at Googled “Rooftop Restaurants in Nice” – always a great search! I do this in every city to find great places to take photos… Google is really smart now too because it tells you whether or not the place is open or not.

Breakfast Mimosas in Nice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-01 11:18:44
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Down the coast of Barcelona

Reminder on the Burning Man Photo Walk

I always do the Burning Man photo walk at sunset on Tuesday there in Black Rock City. As with all photo walks, it’s a free event! Well, everything is free at Burning Man… so it kind of goes without saying. See more about it at the BM Photo Walk Announcement Post. Bring a friend or three! 🙂

Daily Photo – Down the coast of Barcelona

What an awesome city! The first time I was here with my wife, I was sick as a dog. I still went out and took photos because I'm a real trooper, but it was very difficult to get into the flow-state. This time, since our #80stays Tour took us there, I was able to take more time. This is the view from the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton. This is where we had my little after-party art talk at the end of the photo walk. Pretty much everyone went out on the balcony to take a photo or three! 🙂

Down the coast of Barcelona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-29 19:53:25
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

New Interview from the Ritz-Carlton

Here’s a link in the Ritz-Carlton Journeys magazine that talks more about the nature of the tour we just did in Europe. I hope you enjoy the photos, if nothing else! 🙂

Today’s photo of Milan doesn’t really match up with the top article because there is no Ritz-Carlton here, but there is an amazing Bvlgari hotel where we stayed. I’ll have to attach a photo of the pool soon!

Daily Photo – The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

I took this one on our photo walk. It's funny because a lot of times on the photo walk, I am too rushed to get a decent shot. But it worked out well in this situation! This is actually two different shots, stacked vertically in a vertirama. I have a new video coming up for Passport Members that shows a new technique for stacking photos! 🙂

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-05 19:29:48
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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