Germany – Stuck in Customs

Cologne, Germany

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.

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Hans Zimmer’s Piano

Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer’s Piano

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.

Hans Zimmer’s Piano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 17:52:02
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Daily Photo – Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

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!

Abandoned Radio Tower Street Art

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 20:27:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Walking Through Dusseldorf at Night

From the Fine Art Video

You may recognize this canal from the “Making of” my prints video at www.TreyRatcliff.com.

Daily Photo – Walking Through Dusseldorf at Night

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.

Walking Through Dusseldorf at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 05:58:37
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Cool Dude at an Outdoor Rave in Berlin

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!

Cool Dude at an Outdoor Rave in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-21 18:27:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Tina Guo Warming Up

Daily Photo – Tina Guo Warming Up

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!

Tina Guo Warming Up

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 16:30:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Galleria in Berlin

Andy Samberg at Harvard

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. 🙂

The Galleria in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-09-29 17:19:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Mirrorball!

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. 🙂

Have fun/Enjoy!

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!

Mirrorball!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:54:09
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Part two of the Latest Passport Sunday Series

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.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
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!

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Daily Photo – The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

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.

The Dusseldorf Building + Filter

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  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Passport Sunday Time!

Today for Passport Members you’ll get part 1 of 3 that show some cool processing tricks. If you’re not a member now, today is a good time to join up! You’ll get over 200 video tutorials plus a ton of other things.

Today is the first step on the way to showing how I get this sort of look that I got on my recent road trip to the north island.

What are the 7 Reasons why I moved to New Zealand?
And now on with the show…

HDR Processing before the Special Filter

On some of my photos, I use a variety of drastically different techniques. First, I’m going to push it hard in the HDR realm (as shown below), and then in next week’s video, you’ll see how I add a special custom filter that will reduce the contrast and give it a rather unique look!

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Daily Photo – Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

While on a random wander through the modern area of Dusseldorf, I came across this amazing building… I took shots from a few different angles, but this was my favorite. You can unlock the part below if you want to see the processing video!

Extreme Processing of a cool building in Dusseldorf

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-08 23:55:38
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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