Ibiza – Stuck in Customs

Finding a Restaurant in Ibiza

Daily Photo – Finding a Restaurant in Ibiza

Ibiza has an old medieval area that is surrounded by old fortified walls. Inside, there are all sorts of restaurants and cool nooks and crannies. This is my favorite time of night to shoot, when there is a mixture of ambient and artificial light. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when I’m usually eating dinner… which means I spend over 50% of dinner away from the table and wandering about with my camera!

Finding a Restaurant in Ibiza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-23 17:52:14
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Ibiza Coast at Sunset

Daily Photo – Ibiza Coast at Sunset

We had dinner at a great beachfront restaurant here (I forgot the name), but the sunset was so amazing that I had to make a quick escape to capture some photos! This was different than the nude beach we visited for sure, where I did not take photos. Believe me, even though it sounds like it might be kinda sexy, you don’t want to see a lot of these people in their natural element.

Ibiza Coast at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-24 18:10:05
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

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A Sunset in Ibiza

New How-To video Hot Tip for Sunrays!

Here’s a new video I made that shows how I used the new sunrays filter in Luminar to make the sun look so awesome. It’s a really fun trick. I used to do this sometimes in Photoshop, but that is very time consuming. One of my favorite things about this filter is how you can make so many adjustments and even randomize the sun rays.

Daily Photo – A Sunset in Ibiza

A Sunset in Ibiza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-24 17:34:22
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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B&W Foto

More from Ibiza

Today’s daily photo is taken just outside of the old medieval area of Ibiza Town, but this one directly below is from just inside the main entrance to the old part of the city.

Exploring Ibiza at Night The old medieval town of Ibiza is an awesome place for exploration at night.  Every nook, cranny, alley, and cobblestone street was built for photography.  And it was doubly-awesome after a little rain gave everything a reflective sheen.After we finished dinner, we started the long walk back to the hotel.  It took 10x as long as normal with all the stops along the way.  But comon... how can you walk past something like this and not take a photo?   Impossible!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – B&W Foto

Here is one of the many interesting streets nearby the old medieval part of Ibiza Town. At first I was a little bummed out it was raining, but then I got excited because I knew it would add a certain texture to the photos. The only painful part is trying to carry around an umbrella and a camera system at the same time… a major drag!

B&W Foto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-23 17:29:25
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Rocky Spanish Coast

On the Facebook Wall

I was just at Facebook in New York City and I signed the Facebook Wall at Facebook! Can you find my name on there? There’s many other names on there too hidden around… like Madonna and Jimmy Fallon.

Ghosted Waters

I used a program called Photomatix (Photomatix Review) to process this photo. If you’re on a Mac, you can use Aurora HDR Pro – this is the program I worked with Macphun for over a year to build. Oftentimes, when combining multiple photos of waves, the water becomes “ghosted” as it averages out all the waves. I usually don’t really mind that, and I feel it gives the ocean a sense of painterly motion…. what do you think?

Daily Photo – The Rocky Spanish Coast

Here is another part of the beach in Ibiza. I guess I could have been off taking photos of topless Euros, but I found the rocks so much more interesting. This is the problem with photographers… whenever we see someone taking a photo of a girl, we are more likely to look at the camera than the girl! 🙂

The Rocky Spanish Coast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-24 17:28:23
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Spanish Streets at Night

A Fun Birthday!

I woke up this morning to find my kids had hung this over the fireplace. 🙂

We’re still renting a place here at the Commonage (best view in Queenstown!) until we move into the final house in a few weeks. Until then, we are making the most out of this fireplace because it is pretty cold in this city now in the middle of winter!

 

Daily Photo – Spanish Streets at Night

The old part of Ibiza is has a medieval layout where the inner city is ringed by a city curtain wall. Once inside, all the streets are narrow and twisty and lined with different kinds of stone. This looks back at the main entrance to the area.

I haven’t spent as much time in some of these ancient old cities as I would like. There is a lot of satisfaction in setting up for shots in these areas. It’s nice to take my time and compose this and that… I find great enjoyment in this!

Spanish Streets at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-23 17:54:57
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Distant Rocks Off Ibiza

Giveaway and Feedback

Thanks you guys so much for the good feedback on the Webinar. P.S. Don’t forget to reply on that thread if you want to enter to win the grand prize.

It was fun to start it on Mother’s Day, and we were able to give away a Drobo to Celia from TN. She sent Andrea a note that said, “This was such a surprise ending to the 1st class. This is the cherry on top of my already wonderful Mother’s Day. I look forward to making great use of the Drobo. The Stuck In Customs crew did a GREAT job on the first in the series of the webinar classes. I am looking forward to 8 more great classes.”

It’s not too late to join us! www.StuckInCustoms.com/webinar

Daily Homework: Distant Rocks Off Ibiza

I gave the class 138 of my original RAW photos, right out of the camera. Their assignment was to begin working with these ones off Ibiza. I made this during class, so I wanted to go ahead and post it here. BTW, if you’re having trouble logging into the Clubhouse to get the files, be sure to contact [email protected]

I took photos all throughout the sunset, before and after. I visited this spot 3 different times. Of the three times, this was one of the best. There was about a quarter-mile strip of beach and rock, all of which had good angles. So I kind of worked my way back and forth as the light changed…

Distant Rocks Off Ibiza I gave the class 138 of my original RAW photos, right out of the camera.  Their assignment was to begin working with these ones off Ibiza.  I made this during class, so I wanted to go ahead and post it here.  BTW, if you're having trouble logging into the Clubhouse to get the files, be sure to contact support@stuckincustoms.com.  I took photos all throughout the sunset, before and after.  I visited this spot 3 different times.  Of the three times, this was one of the best.  There was about a quarter-mile strip of beach and rock, all of which had good angles.  So I kind of worked my way back and forth as the light changed...  - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Night View from Balcony in Ibiza

Another Jetsetter Win

This (the photo below) is the third Jetsetter place I have stayed, and they’ve all been winners so far. It’s a little weird, because Jetsetter isn’t really conducive to my style of travel because I often plan ahead. But, if I happen to be going somewhere, I will check to see if they have a special in that location. Anyway, I’ve never had a problem… and the hotels have always been pretty awesome and unique.

Daily Photo – Night View from Balcony in Ibiza

Ibiza is a really strange place. This hotel (Ibiza Gran) seemed to be typical of hotels in Ibiza when it came to the clientele. Here’s the deal… if you have never heard this, you’ll think it sounds pretty strange — and it is.

So a lot of people in Ibiza dress in all white. White pants, white shirt, free-flowing fabrics, and cavalier attitudes flow in and out of the hotel lobby, bar, poolside restaurant, and the spa. It’s all very strange. It’s sort of a combination of a Clockwork Orange and a Euro Sci-Fi Orgy. I can’t quite explain it… I’m not sure I understand it, and I didn’t succumb, even though everyone did seem very comfy.

After a long day of exploring and shooting, I went out on the balcony to get a shot of the pool and the moon behind the clouds.

HDR Photo

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Exploring Ibiza at Night

Survey Results

I posted a survey a few days ago to help me know what to include in my upcoming live webinar photography course. I love the answers to the survey question, “Why are you so interested in photography?”

There are so many reasons why people like taking photos.

They range from passion:
“It is a passion I have had since I first looked through the viewfinder.”

to sanity:
“It’s a hobby/side gig that keeps me sane.”

to attracting women:
“Chicks dig fast glass.”

to sobriety:
“I gave up crack cocaine to pursue photography.”

to self-expression:
“Because in everything there is beauty and interest. Through the lens of my camera, images often express what I cannot say with words.”

to showing off:
“Like wowing people with great images.”

to social responsibility:
“I love sharing not only my stories from different cultures, but those of the people I visit as well. I believe that as a photographer, I have a responsibility to show people’s lives just as beautifully as the people themselves live them.”

Why are YOU so interested in photography? Tell Me Here, and it will also be a tremendous help for planning the course too.

Daily Photo – Exploring Ibiza at Night

The old medieval town of Ibiza is an awesome place for exploration at night. Every nook, cranny, alley, and cobblestone street was built for photography. And it was doubly-awesome after a little rain gave everything a reflective sheen.

After we finished dinner, we started the long walk back to the hotel. It took 10x as long as normal with all the stops along the way. But comon… how can you walk past something like this and not take a photo? Impossible!

HDR Photo

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Peter Lik – Your Thoughts?

High Dynamic Range Photo

Peter Takes Times Square

This is a weird one. Now, I don’t know Peter Lik, and I can’t figure out why in the world he would do this on his Facebook page I got a ton of tweets and emails about it. Anyway, it seems like a pretty sorry thing to do.

I don’t really understand. Peter’s photos are just fine on their own… he (and/or his team) should not need to do something like this. What do you think?

Also, see this video of Lik’s new TV show.

All my photos are Creative Commons Noncommercial. It means anyone can use them with proper credit, as long as it is not for commercial purposes. So, kind of two strikes here. No credit AND this is a commercial purpose. The Internet Knows All. For reference, the original New York City shot is here.

Update:
1) A rambunctious discussion started on Facebook, and then
2) Peter Lik’s team removed the post (a copy for reference), and then
3) A gentleman from their social media team apologized on our Facebook wall.

My Facebook Page

Lest you be confused, pop over to good ol’ “Trey’s Facebook Page”, where you are welcome to continue sharing your own work and I can leave comments for you!

365 New Photos a Year

This is tough! A daily photo that I consider worthy! I’ve kept it going at a good 99% rate here for the past few years, but it takes a lot of work. I’m not gonna lie. This came up in the recent Mostly Photo show with Leo Laporte and Lisa Bettany (PS Leave comments there on YouTube for feedback). I guess people might think it is easy to do this every day… or maybe I am accidentally making it look easy. But, rest assured, it’s hard as hell.

Daily Photo – The Pier at the End of Times

Here is a good tip for you when it comes to sunsets. It also works if you have something in the center worthy of attention, which is commonly the case with sunsets.

When you use a wide-angle lens, like this 14-24, you will automagically get a feeling that everything is pointed to the middle. That is obvious, but you can “help the cause” and make the effect more pronounced by doing the following. If the there are repeating elements of roughly the same size (in this case: 1- slats of a dock and 2- blobs of clouds), then those elements will create leading lines to the horizon as they get logarithmically smaller towards the infinity point. In a sense, the slats only do part of the job, but the clouds do the rest of the job. Then, this allows you to have leading lines that take people in and out and back around the work.

So, one thing to look for when shooting with the wide angle lens is multiple objects of roughly the same shape. After that, you can try to set up so they repeat ever smaller towards the horizon.

This particular photo was taken in Ibiza one evening, just after the sun dipped into the Mediterranean.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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