Passport Vault – Page 14 – Stuck in Customs

Passport Vault

SIGN UP FOR PASSPORT

Sign-up today for a Stuck In Customs Passport. Members get access to all of Trey’s best photography tutorials, tips and tools, plus exclusive access to tons of extra behind-the-scenes videos, tips and discounts. All of this for the price of two cups a coffee. πŸ˜‰ Plus 10% of all proceeds will go to The Healing NET Foundation charity.

SIGN UP

 

SIGN IN TO PASSPORT

If you are already a Passport member, welcome back!

SIGN IN

Getting the New Year off to a Bang with a special Paris Inspirational Video!

Yesterday, on the first, we did the big article analyzing Mac vs. Windows sales and the conundrum there. I’m still going through all the comments! Thanks for those!

Today, for Passport Members (thanks for all of you that got these a new Christmas gifts for family members and friends!), we have a radically new video from Paris. I’ve never done anything like this… It’s an inspirational video about taking photos and why we do such a strange thing. You’ll see it’s professionally captured, edited, and more. We have about 20 of these in the hopper right now in fact, from different cities around the world. I’m excited to bring you the first one now.

Here are a few favorite photos from Paris to get you in the mood before the video!

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Where Jules Verne would perform experiments on animalkind

Young girl on a bridge in Paris After a shooting a set of shots with the sun rising over Notre Dame, I saw a few girls on the bridge with me.  It was a little cold this morning, and they were in coats, laughing and playing with their own camera.  With my tripod still set up, I grabbed my D3S and 50 prime on my sling.  I pulled it up quickly to grab a shot of one of the girls as she covered her face from the cool wind of the morning. - Trey Ratcliff Read the rest of the entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Tiny House in FranceSo, Versailles is a monstrously huge place.  I'm not sure how you could see everything in a day.  I chose to concentrate this trip out in the royal gardens, and a confusing walk got me into this place.  It's not exactly secret, but I didn't know about it until I walked up upon it!It is called "The Hameau de la Reine", and is generally known as the Queen's Hamlet.  It was built for Marie Antoinette between 1785 and 1792.  It is lovely, and this is only one of the many little places I captured there... more soon!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

And here’s the first video that talks about the word “Flaneur.” Note that we wanted to share these with Passport Members first before we spread around to the world. Our business team is currently putting together a series of sponsors to help fund these things. As you might suspect, videos of this quality are a bit more expensive to produce. So, for now, you can enjoy this version Sponsor-Free! πŸ™‚ I look forward to your feedback! I’m always trying new stuff ’round these parts.

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Comments

Osaka Alive

Tip to get this Technique

To get this effect, make sure your exposure is somewhere between 1 and 5 seconds. Less or more of that is hard to make smooth. Let’s say it’s a 5-second shutter speed. Well, leave the camera alone for the first 2 seconds, then for the last 3 seconds, do a slow zoom out or zoom in to see what you get. It usually takes 10-15 tries, but you’ll get it!

Sony A7r III Unboxing!

Watch my clumsy and confused unboxing of the new beast! I’m excited by this thing! If you’re a Passport Member, you will see the video below…

This is NOT an inexpensive camera… I can tell you that for sure. Here are Amazon Links to the three things I’m unboxing: Sony A7r III Body, the 24-105mm G Series, and the 16-35mm G Series.

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – Osaka Alive

I have a ton of city-shots of Osaka. It definitely has that Blade-Runner feel, and I think the HDR treatment makes it even more intense. Speaking of the new Blade Runner, I really liked it! Maybe a bit long… some of the scenes played out longer than Melancholia, but still a very enjoyable flick! There’s lots of interesting analysis of the movie online as well.

Osaka Alive

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 10:35:22
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Comments

The Osaka Castle

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you from me and everyone at Stuck In Customs! πŸ™‚

A Special Video on Christmas for…

Those of you that received the Stuck In Customs Passport for Christmas have unlocked a fun new video I made in Paris. There’s some of the behind-the-scenes and a bit of a travelogue around the city to give you some ideas. It’s a fun new style of video we are doing!

Most Impenetrable Castle?

I’m a big castlephile! I go to them all around the world, and this one is perhaps one of the most impregnable. You can’t really see it from this angle, but the moat around the outside with some sheer walls is just ridiculous. I don’t see how anyone could ever attack this place successfully back in the day.

Some fun from Paris…

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – The Osaka Castle

We spent a long morning meandering all around the gardens here at Osaka Castle. What an idyllic setting, eh? Actually, there are quite a few tourists, so I had to hunt around to find a place that had a good view. I had almost given up until I took a little side-path and found this perfect pond.

The Osaka Castle

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-11 04:56:18
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Comments

Some More Antarctica Photos

Passport Member for Christmas?

Hey, how about getting a friend or loved one a membership to the “Passport” here on Stuck In Customs? Or, even better, get one for yourself! πŸ™‚ Here’s a little video that talks more about it.

Antarctica Video with Photo Tips

Today for Passport members we have our third Antarctica video; this one is chockful of photo tips for a panorama I took of thousands of penguins. If you’ve missed the previous Antarctica videos, be sure to visit the Passport area here on the site.

Some More Antarctica Photos

And here is another collection for you! In the first one, if you look close, you may see my friend Stu standing way on the left out by the glacier.


Spreading out across Antarctica

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

The Breaking Sea Ice on the way to Antarctica

Enjoy! You may even hear the part where Stu laughs in the background while filming me πŸ™‚

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Comments

More Passport Antarctica Love

Last week we released the first Antarctica video exclusively for Passport Members. In this one, you see me in survival training, digging an ice cave, and getting rested up for some photography the next day!

More Antarctica Photos

And staying in the spirit of it, here are some more favorite photos from Antarctica!

The Smoothness Of Antarctica

a silly place where penguins would steal rocks and orcas would eat penguins

Alone in the Vast Expanse of Antarctica

Hacking through the Ice

Minecraft: Antarctica Edition

And here you go, enjoy!

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Comments

Antarctica Videos!

We’re about to launch several videos that I made while in Antarctica to Passport Members. I think you’ll really enjoy them. I’m getting started with kind of a fun one today, getting outfitted by Antarctica New Zealand in all our Emergency Conditions Weather Gear. It is NOT EASY to wear all this stuff and take photos at the same time, I assure you! I felt a bit like a space-man or something! You’ll see me up in the cockpit of the C-130 on the way in, trying to get a few decent photos!

First, here’s the new “Promo” video we made for potential Passport Members

Some favorites from Antarctica!

To celebrate some of this fun Antarctica news, here’s a few photos from the several weeks I spent there!

Approaching the Glacier

Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica

Digging In For The Winter

Mount Erebus from the Air

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Comments

Two for Today for Tokyo!

Behind-the-Scenes for this shot

I give a handful of tips and settings info for this particular shot of Tokyo for Passport Members. Thanks again Passport Members! And don’t forget, this makes for a fabulous Christmas present for your photo friend!

The daily photo below is a detail from very close to this shot at:

Trey Ratcliff - StuckInCustoms.com - Creative Commons Noncommercial contact licensing@stuckincustoms.com

I could have broken this into three different videos, but decided to cram a bunch of tips and ideas into one. Enjoy!

I have MORE photos coming from this experience as well in coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – Two for Today for Tokyo!

I was inside an office-area of Mori Tower (not the observation deck) to get this shot. In the observation tower, they have a bar or restaurant or something that covers up this view! I never understood why observation towers, 100% as far as I can tell, occlude part of the view with such pedantic services. Put those in the MIDDLE PART people, the MIDDLE PART. We are not going to the observation deck to get a wine or a croissant, we are going to get a 360 view. I’m sure this was designed by a committee, and that is why you never see a statue of a committee

Two for Today for Tokyo!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-03 01:10:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-4/3

Comments

The Whale Shark in Okinawa

Some goodies coming up for our awesome Passport Members!

I’m back from Japan and ready to share a whale-load of videos, photos, and special behind-the-scenes stuff. If you are a Passport Member then you’ll get to see a whole new video here about my crazy workflow, juggling different photos, HDRing, Lightroom, and more. It is a bit of a frenzied process, as I am trying to crank out as many photos as possible in a compressed time. Anyway, that’s today’s Passport video below that will be automatically unlocked if you are a member!

Here’s a video of my somewhat crazy (but amazingly efficient) workflow now that I am back in the saddle of my studio. Apologies for the sound getting strange around the 10-minute mark! I think my mic is broken… or something. I just can’t figure it out. I’m using a pro Samson mic. Anyway, I’ll try to figure it out or get a new one!

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – The Whale Shark in Okinawa

As much as I don’t think any creatures should be in captivity, this was still pretty awe-inspiring. On the northern tip of Okinawa is a popular aquarium. I was asked to go take photos there even though I didn’t really want to. Sometimes in life, you gotta do stuff you don’t wanna do, right? Well, anyway, I showed up and tried to get the best photo I could. I wasn’t going to half-ass it just because I didn’t want to be there. So I put Tane and Olya up there right in front of the tank as the mighty beast swam past.

The Whale Shark in Okinawa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-17 16:06:05
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

Comments

The Outflow

Passport Members Yay!

Here are four behind-the-scenes videos for Passport Members. It starts with me and the team flying out to this remote location to get some photos for a patron. And then by part 4 I am in his private home in Beverly Hills trying to figure out where to hang the final selection.

Behind the scenes

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – The Outflow

On my many trips to Earnslaw Burn while working on that project for the patron, we would always pass over this in the helicopter. I asked the pilot to bank this way and that so I could get some straight-down shots at the beautiful patterns below.

The Outflow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-10-10 06:34:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Comments

Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Tip from Sagrada Familia

There is a bonus Passport Video below that I filmed from the place where the Pope sits when he visits. Note that if you get a media pass ahead of time, someone will guide you up to this secret area to get some photos. To me, it’s some of the best perspectives of this place.

Thoughts on symmetry and more for you today! By the way, if you’re enjoying the Passport, why not get a friend or two to sign up! I don’t really do advertising around here, so I’m depending on word-of-mouth! πŸ™‚

Exclusive content for Passport members

Unlock Now

Daily Photo – Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Tane spends a lot of time rubbing his young fingers all over his phone. As long as he was doing that here inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, I thought I would take his photo while the world moved on around him! πŸ™‚ Note that all these colors are real, formed by the multicolored stained glass windows that illuminated the ceiling. I was actually here on a rainy day, so I imagine on a sunny day, it’s even more vibrant.

Tane in La Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:41:21
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Comments