If you want to license something, we have a person at the company that handles that - please contact licensing@stuckincustoms.com - don't email me here.

...continuing on...

I have my full profile on my blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

...and many people have enjoyed my HDR Tutorial

Artist Bio - Trey Ratcliff

Photography is my right brain activity to keep myself balanced. I have a unique approach to photography because of my computer science and math background, and I seek to use cutting edge software technology to change the way people’s brains process pictures and pattern-match.

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My Full Bio is on the "About Me" page of my blog here.

After the Hike

The photo above was taken by a rice Russian gal after a 40km hike through the Andes. In the picture below, I hung out with some Amish children for the day, but I prefer to hang out with my own children, who are considerably better at video games.


Stuck In Iceland



Many people ask for my my HDR Tutorial... so here is a link

Amish Immersion

About HDR – High Dynamic Range

I specialize in a new trend called High Dynamic Range photography. HDR enables the photographer to create a color and light palette that goes beyond the normal aperture and shutter speed of the basic shot.

In my judgment, a well-executed HDR image is evocative of the actual scene itself. When a human eye is actually on location, it is constantly moving, adjusting the pupil size, allowing in more light in some areas, less in others, and the brain actually works to build a patch-like vision of the scene. That is what we remember in our mind’s eye: an idealized super-realistic memory of the scene. HDR appeals to those people that actually see the world like this.

HDR normally involves multiple exposures of a scene at different stops (i.e. +4, +2, 0, -2, -4). These images are then processed and tone mapped for contrast and luminosity settings in sort of a techno-custom-software-darkroom until a light balance is achieved. HDR can also be used with single exposures in RAW format with a similar tone mapping process.

For more information on HDR, I write a lot about it here on my blog.

And to end, here is a picture of me with one of my Buddhist monk friends, Sokhoun, at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Like the Amish children, he is also horrible at video games.

I'm the Sweaty Whitey

Oh, also, I like to draw. I don't think I am very good yet, but it seems to help my photography a bit. Here is a link to some recent work:

Learning to Draw by Candlelight (by Stuck in Customs)

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    clyde essex says:

    "I had never heard of HDR photography until I came across some amazing images done by Trey about 12 months ago, I did some research and now I am a HDR addict. I love his technique, to me he appears to enhance the natural beauty of a scene. Anyway funny story but true, my Teacher (pro photographer)kept saying we needed to do some reseach on a guy called Trey Ratcliff (his words "best HDR photographer on the planet") and I kept telling him about this really cool photographer called "Stuck in Customs" go figure...The same person!!
    Rgds
    Clyde"

    23rd September, 2009

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    Nikographer [Jon] says:

    "Trey's travels and work are inspiring. So much to see out there, and he brings it to our screens in living color ;) Keep on shooting and pushing the limits."

    25th May, 2009

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    MoniPeni says:

    "I think Stuck in Customs has the travelling life most of us want to have. He's a fantastic photographer. He captures images of the travel dream world of books and pictures we grew up with; when we were kids and everything sounded so deliciously foreign and misterious."

    12th February, 2008

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    secretsamba says:

    "I had never heard of HDR when I started flickring and was completely shocked the first time I saw his stream: hey this is no fair, this guy is cheating and he must be stopped... My numerous attempts to stop him failed so I just started cheating as well.

    It's all been said, love the pictures, simply amazing. Great guy, very accessible (he really tries)."

    21st December, 2007

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    [bridget] says:

    "Simply - AM-A-Z-ING!!!!"

    21st November, 2007

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    mephistofales says:

    "Tre's photos are beautiful, there's no doubt about that... as a matter of fact if you doubt it you need to have your head examined and possible shaken, violently. But more than that, Tre is a very generous individual that has answered numerous brainless questions I've sent his way. Thank you so much for your insights, your pixels and your tutorials."

    8th August, 2007

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    artur.borzecki says:

    "I'm very happy that i have found Trey. Honestly it was by accident - when i was looking for HDR images. Now i check his photo stream few times per day. Each of his photos are unique and stylish. Thanks to Trey i have discovered many new techniques in photography. Thank you Trey for sharing your work!"

    22nd June, 2007

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    :: Igor Borisenko Photography :: says:

    "I'm so glad I found Trey! What a fantastic photographer and artist he is at the same time! I learn from him everyday there is an endless inspiration for me on this photo stream! Thank you for being my friend! I'm looking forward to every photo you upload my dear friend!"

    22nd May, 2007

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    THEjdawg says:

    "Amazing work. Such an inspiration. The reason why I started experimenting with HDR."

    24th May, 2007

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    Sandmania says:

    "Trey is one of my fav flickr photographers. His images are so unique I get lost inside alot of his work. His images are very creative, artistic, and beautiful.
    His use of HDR is superb and the composition of his photo's always compliment the colours, the tones and detail thus giving his photo's their own personalities. It is a pleasure to look at your work. A feast for the eyes."

    17th May, 2007

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    D Kwon photography says:

    "Trey's work captures the world as some of us fail to see it--beautiful. :]"

    13th May, 2007

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    arranging constellations says:

    "absolute creative and artistic genius!
    this is the first testimonial i have written. i have been a contact for quite a while but it was viewing the set Portfolio:the best, that moved me to write this!
    envy at such an amazing talent is completely quashed by my admiration for your skill and ability!
    keep up the good work!!"

    9th May, 2007

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    hkvam says:

    "Trey, your work is just phenomenal.
    Each and every time I visit your stream there is always something there to surprise me.
    You have travelled the world and given us a chance to be there with you through your images, your unique views on the world around you.
    You have told us stories, you've made us grin, smile, frown.
    And all with what comes naturally for you; creating perfect images, remnants of moments you have lived but chosen to show to others.
    Amazing work, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing."

    30th April, 2007

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    CSat says:

    "The way he sees and captures the world is simply amazing. He makes the rest of us see things in a different light. His entire stream is simply outstanding..."

    17th April, 2007

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    Paolo Margari says:

    "He's able to offer a different 'stunning' approach to photography, very personal and highly professional. Definitely one of the best artists on flickr."

    17th April, 2007

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    pietro marino says:

    "This guy changed my way of seeing the world!"

    2nd April, 2007

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    . r a y . d i a z . p h o t o . says:

    "“In my opinion, you are by far the best HDR Photographer on flickr, better yet the best I’ve ever seen. Your work is truly inspirational and uniquely crafted. I'm just blown away by your photos on how fascinating, and ultimately your achievement of perfection.”

    I love your tutorials by the way, incredibly helpful

    “Ray” – X y L e -"

    2nd March, 2007

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    EncinoMan says:

    "The colorful, vibrant, animated, and visceral images
    by Trey radiate from the screen and consciously linger
    for weeks. I study, admire and peer at his subjects,
    methods, and artistic techniques. His frequent travel
    around the globe enables him to best express his
    artistic talent, capturing the essence of these exotic
    locations and their cultures. His compositions
    simultaneously educate, entertain, and stimulate the
    visual sense. His images inspire me to be a better
    photographer."

    24th February, 2007

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    A.alFoudry says:

    "this is the best HDR photographer i have ever seen
    wish you all the best :)"

    24th February, 2007

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    NabiscoCookies says:

    "Wow is sometimes all I can say to myself everytime I look at one of your new photos (also accompanied with amazing, awesome, beautiful, incredible...and more!). I never ceased to be amazed every time I see another great image on my contact's images page, and it's no surprise that you've made such an impact on many people all over the world on flickr. Keep up the great work!"

    11th February, 2007

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    lifefreezer says:

    "I am so happy that this guy travels...I am even happier that he takes us with him, with his images. He has a camera and is not afraid to use it. He is one of the photographers here on flickr, that I can't wait to check in on. He hasn't dissappointed me yet, and I have a feeling, he is going to take me places, that I could not hope to visit.
    Thank you Trey for being our guide through this world we live in."

    12th February, 2007

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    ridgerunnerlyman says:

    "Trey, you have earned a lot of high praise for your work, and you obviously get it on flickr. I am a web-posted art photo viewing junkie, so a see a lot. Your work alone motivated me to sign up for flickr.

    You correctly say you change image reproduction to force the mind to process images differently. Your photos are a terrific composite of the varying impressions the careful observer gets from viewing a scene in person. They thus best convey the feeling of the viewing as well as the impression in a way that I have not encountered before. I think you are really on to something here.

    Have you considered more beach photography, especially big wave and big sky combinatons? With your incredible sky photography, the big surf and great skies of the North Coast of Oahu, Rapa Nui, or even Puerto Escondido in Mexico and many other sites could yield some shots that would potentially blow the mind. Not to mention, would be highly marketable to several magazines.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing body of work."

    29th January, 2007

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    Zen Me says:

    "All i can say is that out of everyone on flickr.com 'Stuck in Customs' actually puts me in the frame of everyone of his pictures. They are breathtaking and seem to imprint themselves in my mind for the rest of the day/week. Thanks again, im looking forward to many more pictures!"

    29th January, 2007

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    Isis Bi M says:

    "magnific,like modern Magritte surealist, bravo et merci
    isis"

    26th January, 2007

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    iamlmg7 says:

    "You are a Fantastic Artist, Perhaps the Best I have seen. You have a great Gift and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work!!"

    22nd January, 2007

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    iceman9294 says:

    "Trey,
    You are a true leader on Flickr and I appreciate your work and inspiration. Thank you for producing great quality work that pushes all of us to the next level! Personally I've grown in skill over the last few months learning from you and many of the other members of the "Brilliant Cabal." I look forward to seeing what we all can create in 2007!"

    22nd January, 2007

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    Mitch LeBlanc says:

    "The only word to describe your images is 'awesome'. Totally meant in it's true context as well.

    I say 'wow' to myself upon viewing EVERY single one of your pictures. Your work makes me wish I had an HDR switch on my eyes to view the world as your images portray it."

    17th January, 2007

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    Lyncis says:

    "So, you have great use of HDR! Even if that's a bit differ from my point of view on tone-mapping — respect. Even if I envy for your number of comments — you're doing right and great job. Thanks."

    15th January, 2007

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    peterleix.net says:

    "Great traditional photography skills + Great Eye + Bold man +HDR guru = Trey. Thanks for all your help"

    3rd January, 2007

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    Shahab Zargari says:

    "SUPERB HDR!!"

    26th December, 2006

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    .tintin. says:

    "When I saw his photos first time on flickr I was just awestruck by their beauty. There's a lot to learn from his pictures.

    I think I shall better go and learn something now !!
    Thanks Trey for all the help......"

    16th December, 2006

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    Pete.... says:

    "I can honestly say that I have been awe struck by the wonderful images Trey has put together here on flickr. They are inspiring and seeing them makes me want to jump on a jet plane and go to all those wonderful locations. For someone who I don't know, who came out of nowhere, that is a remarkable achievement. May he post many more and amaze us still further with his fabulous wizardry and totally awesome eye for what makes a photo truly great....Well done Trey ."

    10th December, 2006

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    potatoe says:

    "trey is actually peter parker in disguise.

    i refuse to comment on his shooting style and photography because we all know he do what he do best, purely because he can.

    you have all my respect - king of HDR."

    13th December, 2006

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    Unparalleled says:

    "You show peoples lives in a great way... all of your photos have emotion."

    8th December, 2006

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    gigibiru_kukunings says:

    "thank you trey for adding me as ur contact ...
    am still new in photography...n ur photos inspired me to go deeper into this newly hobby of mine.
    thank you trey....WELCOME TO MALAYSIA...MORE TO EXPLORE HERE IN MALAYSIA.."

    6th November, 2006

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    mliebenberg says:

    "Trey, has been a great encourager by influencing me to take better pictures. His style of HDR shots are a great example to us who like HDR. He is a great photographer with a great sense for space and perspective.

    I appreciate you for my Flickr friend Trey!"

    31st October, 2006

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    twocentsworth says:

    "There are many great photographers on Flickr but Trey has that special eye for great photographs and coupled with his post processing skills, the results are just phenomenal. What impressed me most about Try also was his quick response in replying to questions I had about his HDR techniques. He was very eager to share his techniques and methods and there aren't too many photographers out there who are keen on sharing their secrets! Trey - keep up the great work!"

    24th October, 2006

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    morgan frederick. says:

    "Stuck in Customs has awesome pictures in his photostream, most are amazing!!!! Trey, you are such a great, wonnderful, idyllic photographer!!!!

    I especially like the picture of the "Mulitple Horizons @ the Train Station." (forgive me if I spelled the title wrong, Trey.) The water reflects so beautifully! He has so many gorgeous photos on his stream, I may not be able to count them all, or even fave them all in a 24-hour time period! He has a very strong, true natural ability to catch the perfect shot! Since Trey has so many testimonials, i said to myself, "I too may as well write a nice testimonial for Trey!" Trey, you are deserving for all of these nice people's comments about you!!"

    7th October, 2006

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    CharlieBrown8989 says:

    "Trey

    I never have a chance to meet him when I was in Texas. Thanks is due to www.flickr.com & the internet technology.

    From his site here I can see that he is a great Digital imaging Artists who never failed to Learn & Improve his knowledge.

    He is very kind in sharing his knowledge & skill be it in flickr groups' or his personal site. I am very much impress with his loving kindness & caring & sharing attitude to our global net community.

    You are great my friend!!"

    25th August, 2006

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    toastforbrekkie says:

    "Where's the button for "fave entire photostream?"

    I can't look at Trey's work without the overwhelming urge to click that little pink star. If you like his landscapes, wait 'til you get a load of his portraits. I wasn't the biggest HDR fan before coming across Trey's stream, but he uses it to great effect. And I don't know what he does for a living, but anyone who travels that much is OK in my book.

    Do yourself a favor and make him a contact RIGHT NOW. You won't be disappointed."

    22nd August, 2006

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    Ms Helsinki says:

    "Trey's true talent lies in his sharp ability to see a gripping story unfolding in everyday life. Behind his amazing photos lies a compelling drama of everyday people, places, and things. He weaves us through them with his technical ingenuity, stamina and brave renditions. My daily work with the PC screen will never be the same with Flickr's best of the best! Cheers, Maria"

    21st August, 2006

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    Mikael Fennhagen says:

    "Tray "Stuck in Customs" has a very beautiful photostream that I can recommend everyone to watch. I can watch Trays photos for hours, beacuse his photos inspire me alot. This man know how to do HDR photos, and I think that he is the best HDR photographer i know here on flickr. His photos are sharp and interesting, and he is not afraid of trying different angles. As everyone else I'm proud to have him as a contact!
    Keep up your good work Tray!
    Best regaurds / Mikael Fennhagen"

    4th August, 2006

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    boston_camera says:

    "I first noticed Trey's work when I discovered some of the HDR work on flickr. His is top notch. But what really excited me the most was his magnificant photographs of Italy. Memories of my own trip to Capri, Rome, and Pompei came flooding back to me as I clicked my mouse over his images. My heart skipped a beat!!!"

    18th July, 2006

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    Valpopando says:

    "Stuck in Custom
    it has been one of mine first contacts in flickr is a best photographer, a monster in the use of the HDR, a true friend, thanks to he have been known very many others customers, the only defect is that my photo does not have never chosen one between preferred in “Winners - The Interestingnessnessness Menagerie of Spectacles " hehehehehe!!!!!"

    17th June, 2006

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    mattsonster says:

    "Stuck_In_Customs is by far the best HDR photographer i know. His photoes are always bright, sharp and interesting. I like different angles and diversity of his shots.
    I'm proud to have contacts like this)
    Best regards, Oleg / mattson"

    6th June, 2006

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    Panagiotis Gakis says:

    "You have taken some of the best photos i've ever seen!
    The only thing i can say is that i am demanding to see more!!!"

    31st May, 2006

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    CORpicX says:

    "Gosh, what do i say...... Oh I know. Trey is the best HDR photographer on the internet, in the WORLD! haha, well as i looked through all his pics, I saw that most were not HDR, which surprised me a little. But it didn't matter, becasue the HDR pics that he does have, well they are just darn AWESOME, and the BEST!

    I am happy to have Trey as a flickr contact, and I enjoy viewing his really cool pics every day.

    -corpicx"

    30th May, 2006

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    Ev Lloyd says:

    "S.I.C..Trey in other words....
    Has been a never ending source of inspiration to develop my own skills.
    His HDR photography is ridiculously good, and he's a top bloke to boot!
    And of course, when theres a question that needs answering, if he has the answer, he'll glady help out.
    All the best to you my friend!, Heres to a long and sucessful photography career!"

    26th May, 2006

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    Jonnyfez says:

    "Trey is a very good and inspirational photographer and has his own style that seems to be continually evolving.

    He helped me get started with HDR which I knew nothing about (and still dont know much)

    If in the future I can produce stuff half as good as some of his shots I will be very happy.

    Thanks for your help Trey"

    26th May, 2006

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    /\ltus says:

    "Trey in my opinion is in the top percentile of HDR shooters out there. He has superb talent for the shots he takes, and the HDR rendering of them.

    It's a person like this that I wish Flickr would come out with a "fave all pictures this person has" button to save me the time of going through all the shots and faving them one by one!

    He also gives a lot more to the Flickr community beyond his shots in that he is most interested to see, learn, and comment about others and their shots, which makes him a model Flickr netizen.

    Best of all he hails from Austin, Texas; my alma mater and namesake of my second son!"

    23rd May, 2006

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    ciemor says:

    "Just a few hours ago I became a contact of Trey's and like Jodi I was immediately awestruck. The enthusiasm and love of life,family and friends is evident by his stunning photos.I am on-call at home tonight and was fortunate to have time to go through nearly every set. I look forward to seeing more of the world through Trey's eyes!"

    20th May, 2006

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    jodi_tripp says:

    "StuckinCustoms is my newest contact. I have to say that I have never wirtten a testimonial for someone I just met! I was stunned by the beauty of his work. He masterfully captures beauty all around him. The Hdr and landscapes are Top Notch! If you have not checked out his stream, you neeed to. It is Fabulous. I was shocked to see that he had not received any testimonials yet, so I feel honored to be the first! Sit back and enjoy his work, you will be glad that you did!"

    13th May, 2006

Name:
Trey Ratcliff
Joined:
January 2006
Currently:
Austin, USA
I am:
Male and Taken
Occupation:
Dad
Website:
Stuck In Customs