Well I’m back in the USA for about a week for unforeseen circumstances. That’s okay! I do love New Zealand and everything, but I’m pretty much happy anyway. I think this is an important thing… to not be thinking, I’d be happier THERE. You can be chill pretty much anywhere. Sure, you have preferences, but it doesn’t really matter.
Daily Photo – A sunset in Iceland
I have not been to Iceland in about four years, but I've had many photographers tell me it's gotten very touristy. I kind of believe that and I kind of don't. The thing is that Iceland is so big, and most of the best places are not even places tourists would know. Go out around the fjords and get lost. There is so much coastline and water and mountains! If you go off on some nice hikes and walks by yourself, you won't see another human in ages.
I’ve thought about going back to Iceland here sometime next year… I love it so much ther
Daily Photo – Finely Glaciated Mountains
Up in the northwestern area of Iceland you get these tremendous shapes. It’s right on the edge of the whole country, and the feeling of the mountains is just the same. I haven’t seen a lot of mountains like this — how the glaciers have shaved away both sides so there is a steep ridge down the middle.
And if you’re wondering if that water is cold… yes, yes it is.
100 points to whoever can figure out the name of this store! 🙂
Daily Photo – Crazy Model and Curio Shop in Beijing
I have a bad habit of walking by a lot of stores that would probably be interesting to explore. I’m often out shooting in the streets, the architecture, the everything… and once you pass a few storefronts, you end up passing more and more. But this place was a real treat — I’m glad I decided to go inside!
Here’s a wild show recommendation. Remember the move “300”? If you liked that kind of raw, ethereal, slow-motion absolute violence, then I recommend all four seasons of Spartacus. I know it’s probably a ridiculous thing to say, but I watched every episode and enjoyed them all! It connects to my base male-side, unapologetically. There are really beautiful, interesting, and intense scenes. It’s not for the faint of heart. There’s some of the most intense violence and sex you’ve ever seen, but if you’re cool with that, then jump on board for a wi
Daily Photo – A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes
Who would have thought some of the best Roman ruins were in Nimes, France? Not me! But they are. I find them generally better preserved than the ruins in Rome itself! I’ve always been a fan of Roman history, so I geek out when I see this stuff. In this same arena, the following night, I saw Sting perform, which was a most wonderful anachronism.
We are working hard on Stuck On Earth 3.0. We’re completely overhauling the “trip” system to make it more social. Not only will it be easier to create and share your trips, but now you can submit them to the community and to the editor to be included as one of the default Top 50 Lists. Before, it was a fairly cumbersome process, but soon, you’ll be able to do it all right from within the app.
Daily Photo – The Russian Sub and the Queen Mary
This was my first time to sneak onto a Russian sub.
These are the kinds of things you probably are not supposed to do, but I figure the risk was about 1000% lower since the sub was no longer in Russian waters. In fact, it’s in friendly Long Beach, docked alongside the Queen Mary.
There was almost no security, and the gate was fairly easy to scale. I was with Tom, and somehow we talked one another into it. When you are with a friend and about to do something risky, either you talk each other into it or you talk each other out of it.
Eric Cheng, Ron Brinkmann, Mike Wiacek, Michelle Robinson, and Angela B Pan join me as we do a little show and tell with what is in our camera bags. Eric wins right off the bat and even Tony Wang and Dave Veffer get in on the fun too. We discuss bags, gear, and show off some of our recent photos.
Daily Photo – The Starlight in Downtown Los Angeles
Here is a crazy spot I found thanks to sweet sweet Stuck On Earth. I’ve been to downtown LA many times, and there are many good angles, but I think this one is just about one of the best.
There was a lot of waiting around, however. I had to wait for big busses to pass me on either side so I could set up for the long exposure.
Usually, I’ll take 5 exposures in these situations, but I do something a little special. I’ll take the quicker exposures right away (often 1 or 2 seconds). And then I’ll pause and wait for a bus or something before taking the longer exposures. I create the HDR then mask in the tail lights from the photos where I get the best trails. I made that sound easier than it is, I think.
I know some of you that watched the live hangout already knew I stayed here a few weeks ago – I finally put together a whole video so you can see more of it. My friend Justin Troupe told me about this place and is friends with the owner, so I wanted to make this little video so more people find out about it! If you want to see more photos of this place, I dumped a ton on this Toad Hall Page here on the site.
A few weeks ago I went to go give a talk to a Journalism class at UT. Robert Quigley invited me over. I gave a bunch of ideas and advice… I’m not sure how readily it was absorbed… but then I got to thinking, what DO you tell journalism students nowadays? What kind of advice would you give them? What would Thomas Edison say if he was going to give a talk at the local university to a group of students studying candle-making?
Daily Photo – Sunset over Forest in Yosemite
I had the best sunsets on one of my first evenings in Yosemite. I drove down a long road from the Tenaya Lodge to Tunnel View alone. The road is about a 45-minute twisty set of curves that is perfect for scenery and listening to audiobooks. Every few minutes , the sun would pop out from the forest cover, and I would hunt and peck for a place to pull over to get a clean shot.
Have you read “The Name of the Wind” yet? I hope so… Here is a recap of my talk with the author of the book… And if you’ve read it, then you know why someone like me would like that book – I hope you do too!
Daily Photo – Exploring Tokyo
Some architecture just feels “Japanese.” I don’t know what that means, but there are some situations that just feel like they fit better in modern Japan than other countries.
You might also remember this from the video I did from Japan. There was this scene where a girl’s high heels were walking across this lighted ground at night in slo-mo. This is that same place from a different perspective during the day.
So, I’ve gotten many questions about all those “little things” that are in orbit around me. Some I need and make my life easier… some are just for fun. Okay, most are just for fun. But if you pop over to “Trey’s Favorite Things” – you can get some good ideas!
Wish I Had Time to Paint
There were a few places here where I wish I had more time to set up an easel and do some painting! I think photography has kind of spoiled me and made my time: art ratio seem off-kilter. I need to start looking at this in a new way, or at least make some exceptions from time to time, if you forgive the pun…
Daily Photo – Pretty Door in Arles
It was a perfect day in Arles while my wife and I were strolling around the streets and finding little things here and there. She went into a cafe to get some food to go, and I took the time to wander the streets and find some pretty little scenes. Many of the window shutters, gates, and doors were painted all sorts of colors. I thought this little place along the street had a nice feel to it… made me wish I lived there!