Texas – Stuck in Customs

Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart

Here’s the latest! Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart. I remember laying out in the white sands of the desert at Burning Man on my back in the middle of the afternoon, looking at the sun and blue sky. I was thinking about 1,000 different things and not thinking of them at the same time. Yes, I might have been on acid, but that’s beside the point. Well, not really, because, soon enough, I heard this song “Burning Sun” by Monolink playing about half a mile away from an art car… the sounds vibrated out the desert where I was hearing them… I remember what I saw and I’ve tried to recreate it here.

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Best of: Austin!

And next up is the Best of Austin shots! Well, I’m not sure these are the absolute best, but there are few winners in here I haven’t thought about in a while.

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The Wolfman Violinith Here’s my favorite photo from the Austin Photowalk … one of the many street performers howls into the streetlight moon… - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

A Sunset on a Texas Farm This photo was shot about two hours outside of Austin in a little town called Brady.  You'd like it.  They have a Sonic there.  This was a 5-exposure HDR shot at f/16.  This kept everything in focus and kept the shutter open long enough to let the clouds drag across the sensor.  In these conditions, you don’t have a lot of time to fool around because the sun is bookin’ it towards the horizon.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk I went down on Saturday evening to do some shooting around Austin and caught the capitol around sunset.  There are all kinds of interesting things about the Texas capitol, like this cool underground Illuminati chamber you can see here, but the one thing that all Texans seem to know is that our capitol is 14 feet taller than the one in D.C.  This is a source of pride for Texans, along with the cool and trivial fact that we maintain, in our state constitution, the right to secede from the Union.The capitol is made out of this pink granite, and it gets a little pinker at night at soon as they turn on the lights, especially against the blue sky.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Pennybacker Bridge This place is right by my house…. I really have no excuse for not going up here almost every night! It takes less than 10 minutes to drive and hike up here… sometimes I actually feel bad about my laziness in this area.It’s usually not too crowded up here. Maybe a couple or two will sit and watch the sunset. It’s a bit dangerous – a sharp cliff that drops off into the freeway on one side and the water on the other.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Best of… Texas!

I was just listening to a new Joe Rogan podcast and it was cool to hear how he’s moving to Texas. I think he’s just sick of paying taxes to a state that doesn’t take care of itself very well… or maybe I’m just reading between the lines. Probably not, seeing how he just got a $100 mil deal from Spotify. I wish I could talk him into moving to New Zealand! Anyway, here are some of my favorite images of my home state.

Her Evening Elegance A Texas sunset settled on the farm as we patiently waited for the sky to repaint itself every few minutes.It was a very relaxing hour, watching the sun slowly descend through the clouds, interrupted on occasion by a stressful swapping of lenses. I hate to get dust in the chamber, so the changing of lenses is always a high-anxiety event! But the anxiety faded away pretty quick as we started watching the sunset again.My friend Leslie had invited me out to her parent's farm near Brady. She's an actress, a model, a photographer, and a bunch of other creative things... so I had told her I would spend equal amounts of time shooting the farm, her animals, and her. It's the old 33/33/33 rule of farm-shooting. Anyway, I am sure some of you would rather see photos of her... and still others of her animals... but I can't make everyone happy at once, so you'll just have to wait a few weeks for me to sprinkle those in! Until then, I hope you enjoy the sunset.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Fourth on Lake Austin

The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk I went down on Saturday evening to do some shooting around Austin and caught the capitol around sunset.  There are all kinds of interesting things about the Texas capitol, like this cool underground Illuminati chamber you can see here, but the one thing that all Texans seem to know is that our capitol is 14 feet taller than the one in D.C.  This is a source of pride for Texans, along with the cool and trivial fact that we maintain, in our state constitution, the right to secede from the Union.The capitol is made out of this pink granite, and it gets a little pinker at night at soon as they turn on the lights, especially against the blue sky.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Dance RecitalI feel like I go to about 20 dance recitals a year!  If you have a daughter in dance, then you know what I mean.This was a cold one, and I mean supa-cold.  It was about 20 degrees outside, and then recital was, for some reason, outside.  I was going to go sit down and cover up, but the blanket was only big enough for the rest of the family.  So I decided to keep moving and take a lot of photos.  I went back behind the crowd to get this one just before the show began...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post, including my thoughts about dance recital photography policies, at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Dallas, Texas

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My Dad as a Baby!

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to wish a happy holidays to you! Thanks for coming so often to the blog… it means a lot to me! I’m glad you get some enjoyment out of it as well. 🙂

Daily Photo – My Dad as a Baby!

I don’t post a lot of “family” photos, but when my dad died last year, we went through all the archives and found this one. It’s so weird to see your parents as babies, right? It must have been so weird to have grown up back in the olden days. I don’t know how those kids survived without Youtube and Tiktok. And how did their parents find their way around without GPS? It’s amazing humanity has made it this far.

My Dad as a Baby!

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See you soon, dad, in the next simulation!

This was a good one!
Ahhh, sorry to see my dad go. But he had a good one, you know? Loved his kids, raced cars, built golf courses, made people laugh, and generally tried to make things better 😃
I’m back in the USA to attend his ceremony at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. As with my dad, all are welcome. I suppose I’ll get up and say some words to celebrate his life and tell some funny stories? That’s how he would have wanted it, I think. A bit of a party and celebration for all that loved him.
It’s all good, you don’t have to say you’re sorry in the comments, I have another idea if you want to comment in the last para. But, first, here’s why you don’t have to say you’re sorry: I’m good with my dad! You all know I’m a zen guy. But, besides that, I had no unresolved issues with him. I knew he loved me. I knew he was proud. And vice-versa on all issues. What else could ya want with your pops?
If you want to leave a comment, why not say some little thing you like about your dad?

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Fearing’s in Dallas

Scamming the North Korean Golf Tournament

This is really funny… these two Australian guys pretended to be pro golfers and joined the North Korean Golf Open. Here’s a little video:

Daily Photo – Fearing’s in Dallas

Here’s a photo of a really cool bar and an amazing restaurant that’s right inside the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. I’ve eaten here about half a dozen times and it’s always outrageously good. I even met Dean Fearing and took his photo about eight years before this… even before he had this restaurant. I didn’t know what a big deal he was!

Fearing’s in Dallas

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Trey’s Crazy Trip Around The World – Part 1

Special new Video for you!

In the middle of the 60-day around the world trip with my family! Here’s highlights from the first 30 days – enjoy!

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JFK Memorial

Treadmill Pain

We brought this treadmill all the way to New Zealand, and now we can’t get it to work. So Ethan and I spent like 3 hours taking it apart and getting it back out of the bedroom. I can tell you that it is, BY FAR, the heaviest thing I’ve ever carried. It’s really incredible how heavy it actually is! I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

Daily Photo – JFK Memorial

A few weeks ago I was back in Dallas for some family stuff, but I took a day off to go out shooting with my friend Gino. Wow did we have a fun time, tooling around and taking photos. Gino had the bright idea of using the quadcopter to follow the path of the “magic bullet.” At one point, a cop came up behind him and said, “You know, you should watch out for cops.” Gino said, “Yeah whatever pal,” and then turned around to notice it was a cop.

JFK Memorial

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A hot night in Dallas!

MORE Photo Walks?

I was thinking maybe Europe or Asia for the next set of photo walks… I’m not sure because we still missed a lot of cities in the USA I wanted to visit, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Decisions, decisions… Well, in the meantime, check out our USA Tour Highlights Page! 🙂

Daily Photo – A hot night in Dallas!

It was another crazy photo walk where unexpected things happened. At the end of the photo walk, we all gathered here when suddenly all these fire dancers appeared by surprise… with hundreds of photographers, we decided to have a huge field day with it!

A hot night in Dallas!

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The Hippo of San Antonio

San Antonio Recap

If you missed the fun highlight video from our Photo Walk in San Antonio, here it is!

Daily Photo – The Hippo of San Antonio

I believe the special projection unit they use here is called The Hippo. From my basic understanding, they make a 3D projection-mapping of the surface upon which they are about to project, then make the appropriate extrapolations so they can project “flatly” onto it. There’s some mondo math going on there, but the effect is absolutely sensational. I did my humble best to try to capture it with a photo, but you can see it in action (briefly) in the video above! 🙂

The Hippo of San Antonio

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And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Upcoming Photowalks

Check the Events page here on the site to see what events are coming up. Some are vaguely planned while others are exactly planned!

Daily Photo – And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

Two PhotoWalk-in-a-row posts! This one was from the super-fun photowalk in Dallas. What a great crowd! This is one of the last places we stopped at as a group. It’s always fun to watch everyone set up for shots and try different things. I enjoyed looking at all the photos from the event — so cool! We’ll do it again sometime! 🙂

And now the Dallas PhotoWalk

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