I’m deep into an exciting project now (will share soon!) which is a collaboration with my friend Tina Guo… who also happens to be the cellist for Hans Zimmer in amongst a whole bunch of other awesome things she does. Here she is on stage a few years ago when we all met up in Europe.
I walked into this amazing cathedral and was amazed to see this surrealist scene. On a huge screen, they were showing deep views of the universe while atmospheric Phillip Glass music droned heavily, bouncing and echoing around the stone. People would sit in the pews and just watch slow animations of the universe unfolding. There were priests who sat around the outside edges of the cathedral to answer any questions that people might have and I thought this was pretty great to see, as often there is a disconnect between religion and science. Of course, some switched-on theologians know that it is all the same thing, from a single source. This cathedral took centuries to finish and was started back in the good ol’ days of 1248.
From the Worship collection on Foundation.
I was lucky enough to join Hans Zimmer and his cool band while on tour in Europe. I was with him at two different concerts. Since I was kind of an unofficial part of the crew, I was able to get up on stage and take a bunch of photos. This is Hans’ piano that he was ripping to shreds during the concert… He’s such an inspiration.
If it’s not on a street, it’s still considered Street Art, right? I guess. Anyway, this was on the 2nd level of an old, abandoned WWII listening station just outside of Berlin. We stayed a little too late and got in trouble for being here, but it was worth it!
One night in Dusseldorf after a long day working on the fine art project, I decided to grab my camera and tripod and walk around the city alone. It’s a great place for photography, just like most cities in Germany. This is one of the long canals near my hotel.
Daily Photo – Cool Dude at an Outdoor Rave in Berlin
I love taking photos at festivals and raves. You end up seeing some of the most interesting people. They are always happy, engaged, and more than excited to have their photos taken. If you like people photography but sometimes are a bit afraid to take photos of strangers, then I recommend trying a festival or two. You’ll get loads of shots!
It was cool to go to Germany to see the next Hans Zimmer concert and watch everyone warming up. I know very little about music, but it’s always nice to watch people practicing their own craft. I got to talk to Tina and a bunch of the other band members to watch how incredible they are… their commitment and drive is really inspiring!
I don’t know exactly how I found this video, but I’m sure glad I did!
Daily Photo – The Galleria in Berlin
This shopping area was right by my hotel in Berlin and I had to come over here quickly to get a shirt for a speaking event. I’m not a huge fan of clothes shopping unless I am with a friend that can make most of the decisions. Then, it can be kind of fun… I just don’t seem to get the “charge” out of shopping that most people do. I suppose that goes hand-in-hand with my minimalist nature. 🙂
Today if you’re a Passport member you’ll get the source files for today’s photo as well as my latest ebook!
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I usually don’t provide my source files, but I do think I’ll do that more and more. Here are the source files that you can use to recreate my photo today and if you head to that link you’ll also find the download link for my latest eBook which we’ve just added to Passport. (You’ll need to be logged in.) If you create something cool with the files (maybe even try to get it as close to identical as you can… as well as your own interpretation), send it over to stu at stuckincustoms dot com and he’ll pass them on to me to see. 🙂
Daily Photo – Mirrorball!
I think this is actually a tiny restaurant. It looks a lot bigger than it actually is because how close up I got the camera. I also processed the heck out of it to make it pop!
Okay now we’re getting into the good stuff if you’re a Passport Member. Now, you’ll see how I get this unusual but rather cool look! Here’s one of the photos I reference in today’s video.
And here is the video…
The Technique, Part 2
I hope you enjoy this fun little trick. It can be a little confusing until you try it a few times, and I recommend you go give it a whirl on some of your favorite landscape and architecture photos! Enjoy!
If you saw //last Sunday’s photo// then you’ll recognize today’s photo sans the filter. I must say that this technique does not work on every photo, but I do really like the feel it gives to architecture. It’s definitely not for purists, but I think it gives it quite an interesting film look.