Subscribe to my new podcast!
Hey, this is kind of a fun announcement! I’ve now recorded about eight different “Walk n’ Talk” discussions with clever people from all around the world. They were all originally recorded on this 360 video camera that I hold in front of us while we walk through beautiful places in the world… When you watch those on YouTube you can grab the camera and aim it any direction you want if you get tired of seeing me and my guest! We also decided to release these as “Audio Only” versions for traditional podcast mechanisms. Just go sign up with your favorite podcasting tech (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play) and give them a bunch of stars! 🙂
$800 of Mushrooms
This video is super funny.
Daily Photo – The Folds of the Earth
I took this while I was cooking alive in Death Valley, California. It must have been like 130 degrees outside (but quite dry) or something. That’s next level stuff. On another note, I heard there are a lot of hate groups forming in this area, but it’s not that bad because it’s a dry hate.
Win a free Capture Camera Clip V2!
We’re giving away a whole amazing kit (Capture Pro, Leash & Cuff) in honor of their Kickstarter campaign for the Capture Camera Clip V2! Just comment below if you want one – We’ll pick a random winner in one week… so jump on in – Good luck!
And the winner is … !
Kim Dotcom in Queenstown and on today’s show!
Kim is down from the North Island and he’s popping over to be on the show today! It’ll be fun… We’ll kind of get the show started talking about the New Mega — I’ve started securely uploading some photos and important stuff up there. The encryption is really amazing… I had no idea till he started telling me more about it. I also dig it intellectually as it seems like an important piece in an evolving and free Libertarian ethersphere. But that’s another subject… ! [Edit: Here’s the show below!]
I feel like such a girl… I think about bags so much.
But now that my whole system is lighter, I think I need a smaller bag. No, I KNOW I need a smaller bag. This actually took my a while to get my head around. You know, this NEX is 6x smaller than the D800. (I guess you saw the new Sony NEX-7 Review here on the site since I switched from Nikon.) The lenses too! It’s like I have room for 6 NEXs and 6x lenses in my bag… so… well I guess I should do some bag shopping and have a girl’s day out! 🙂
Updated my Portfolio Site
Daily Photo – The Colors of Death Valley
It took me a long time to get to Death Valley in life. It’s one of those places you hear about a lot but never really get to. For some reason, I decided to make my first visit in the middle of the summer. I’ll never forget the feeling of standing out here at night and having hot (and, surprisingly, wet-feeling) air just blasting me in the face. It was like nothing else. It was actually totally awesome, even though I was looking forward to getting back into my air-conditioned RV! 🙂
Rock Guides on Road Trips
If you’re planning on taking a road trip through a state or area, you should try to get these Rock Guides for each State. I have forgotten the exact name, but it tells you what you are driving past. Like it would say, on Highway 5, just before you get to So-and-So, you’ll pass a rock-cliff wall full of the a special kind of granite that was used to build the Texas State Capitol or whatever whatever. Okay that was a stupid example, but these guides are actually really cool… I recommend them!
Daily Photo – The Crazy Colors of Death Valley
I had no idea Death Valley would be so full of colors! Of course, the HDR process takes the existing colors and really helps them to stand out… and, as everyone knows, that’s perfectly cool with me!
I was close to this area back in college when I used to have a double-major in geophysics and computer-science. I ended up dropping the geo bit of it because of a fight with the professor, but I’ve always kept my fascination with rocks. I don’t know enough about everything I see… like, when I see this below, I have a few ideas on what probably made it like this, but I don’t know for sure. Either way, it’s awesome… I’m glad for all the sulfur and iron in the area and its apparent randomness!
New Timelapse Device Now Available!
See the full “Time Lapse Photography Syrp Genie Review” here on the site.
I bought one during the Kickstarter phase, but now they are generally available. These guys happened to be here in Queenstown, New Zealand, and they wanted to give you a few coupon code options. If you go to the Genie SYRP Shop you have a choice. You can either get a $110 ballhead for free or save $70 off the purchase of a Genie with that coupon code! Once you get to final checkout, if the ballhead is in your cart, that will be free when you enter the code.
Here are the codew:
STUCKINCUSTOMS110 – Free ballhead
STUCKINCUSTOMS70 – $70 off the Genie
Here is a new video made by the creators of the Genie.
Daily Photo – The Milky Way over the Burning Bush
I took this photo in Death Valley one evening. The bush is red and mysterious because of a bit or light-painting with my headlamp. My neck got a bit tired from multiple tries. That glow around it? I don’t really know… maybe a bit of the dust from the desert caught the red light. Either way, I like how everything looks all funky and zen.
Some Cool eBooks for you
We are always getting new stuff over at Flatbooks.com — here are a few relatively new ones you might have missed!
- Vibrant Colors by Jay Patel
- Light Painted Night Photography by Troy Paiva
- WordPress for Photographers by Peter Adams
Daily Photo – The Ancient Muds of Death Valley
Death Valley is a pretty harsh place. It’s especially harsh if you happen to live your life as mud.
I saw these kinds of cracked mudflats in many places, but this was one of my favorites. It was very close to some giant sand dunes. I’m hardly an expert on deserts and sand dunes and whatnot, but I was surprised that these were so close to endless miles of dunes…
Keep Sharing Your Photos in the Community!
The Stuck In Customs Community on G+ is a GREAT way for you to share your own photos and get to know other people in the community too! So, thanks for all the activity over there – I hope you are enjoying yourself! 🙂
Daily Photo – Burning Through the Deserts of Death Valley
This was my first real experience in a proper desert. The thing that surprised me most was the blast of hot air that kept rushing into my face. I was only here in Death Valley for a few days, so I’m not exactly an expert in deserts. But, while I was there, a nonstop wind full of hot, wet, heat that was pounding into me. The “wet” part was the most interesting… it did not feel as dry as I expected.
The other thing I noticed is that walking up these sand dunes is not as easy as it is in video games.
Huge Live Show tonight!
I’ll be going live on the air tonight at 7 PM PT to talk about a new, upcoming event somewhere…in Europe! See the Google+ Event Details here. You’ll also be able to watch live here on the blog!
Trey’s LightRoom Presets
Today’s photo (and many others) has been made possible by Trey’s Lightroom Presets! Here’s one of those fun slider-things that we have on the page so you can see the before and after.
Daily Photo – An Endless Desert
This was my first trip to a proper desert. It’s the kind of desert that I imagined after watching Lawrence of Arabia countless times (it’s one of my favorite movies). Getting up and down these dunes in the middle of a hot summer day is enough to make you collapse. I think I lost one liter of water per dune.
After a while, I started to find it a little easier to walk around once I could better predict the hard parts and soft parts of the sand. But, by then, I had already made all my mistakes and my shoes were completely full of sand. Trudging around with 15 lb feet makes the effort across the dunes extra-special.
Photos from the Sydney PhotoWalk
Here is a very nice collection over on the Demotix website (thank you Richard Milnes) — you can get an idea of what it was like! Thanks again everyone for coming!
Summer in Death Valley
It is hot. Super hot. We’re talking around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius). I thought I’d see a few other photographers and stuff around Death Valley, but I saw hardly any. I guess they all are smarter than me and go in the colder season! Anyway, it was kind of nice to be there totally alone… As you can see from my other shots from this racetrack area, I stayed here throughout the day and night… it was a wonderful time (even though it was a tad warm)!
Daily Photo – The Polar Opposite
Here is another photo from this mysterious part of Death Valley, where the rocks appear to move on their own accord. If you’d like to see the other photo I took of this place at midnight under the moon, just click on the “Death Valley” category under this post.
In the distance there, you can see that tremendous, heavy black rock. It remains in the middle of the lakebed in that pronounced manner, like a giant iron ship that is using ancient magnets to direct rocks around the lakebed.
Interview with Astrum People Part 2
Yesterday was Part 1 and here is Part 2! 🙂
Daily Photo – The Painted Mountains of Death Valley
I woke up on the final morning to go find this special area of Death Valley. I tried to get to things as early as possible before the heat came along. The middle of August is about the worst time to be in Death Valley, but it did do an excellent job of getting rid of the crowds for me!