• The secret lair of Hans Zimmer, from where he inspires the world

    Posted on June 12, 2013 by in Sherlock Holmes

    A few nice Sherlock Holmes images I found:

    The secret lair of Hans Zimmer, from where he inspires the world
    Sherlock Holmes

    Image by Stuck in Customs
    See the FULL STORY at www.stuckincustoms.com/2010/01/29/the-secret-lair-of-hans…

    I Approach my Quarry!

    Six days ago I was up at 3 AM, listening to Hans Zimmer while editing photos, and then I had an idea for a project with him, so I made a blog post. Now, less than a week later, I was in his studio in California!

    For those of you that don’t know who Hans Zimmer is, he’s, like, the Liger of composers. He did the soundtrack for The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, Gladiator, Sherlock Holmes, and many more! In fact, back when I was in college and had a double major in Computer Science and Geophyisics (I dropped the Geophysics bit after a fight with the professor), I commandeered the SGI machine in the Geology department to make a computer animation, and I set the whole thing to one of Zimmer’s songs from Backdraft called "Burn it All". So, in short, I’ve had Hans Zimmer’s music in my head for about 20 years.

    The Story of How I Got Into Hans Zimmer’s Studio

    It’s because of you! We have millions of visits here on the blog every month, and you all know how thankful I am for your repeat patronage. It’s tough to get a pretty photo up every day, and I thank you for all your feedback! So, when I put out the call in my newsletter, I got a ton of responses. My math-guess was that I was one or two degrees away from Hans, especially since there are many creative-types that are regular visitors.

    Also, many of you hyper-active types (like me!) talk to me, ask questions, and follow me on Twitter — thank you for being responsive to real-time requests and news.

    About an hour after I sent out the newsletter at midnight, I got a response from a German gentleman (name private) who is friends with Hans! In fact, he told me he was going to see Hans the next day at his studio near Hollywood! He did a few things to help out, and, although I could not meet Hans today, I did get an amazing opportunity to take photos of his studio. I knew I could make his studio look the way it feels — I had a sublime confidence I could make it happen. Anyway, I was like a kid in a candy store. I got a ton of shots… I only had time to process four of them.

    Hans Zimmer’s Studio

    I don’t know if words do it justice, but I hope these photos do.

    The studio is even bigger than I thought, and I was reminded of the Crimson Lounge in Chicago. In fact, I pulled up the image on my laptop there on the table to compare textures and light. I thought everything worked well together — the decadence and richness of the decorations integrated with the technology. I don’t know if there is a word for such a look… It’s something out of a Phillip Pullman novel, somewhere between Steampunk and Techno-boudoir. Again, words fail.

    The first two photos I have placed on Flickr. You can click on them to go to Flickr and then zoom into the full-res size. Amazing details — especially in the chair photo. I’ll post more in coming weeks, months, and years, as usual. So, stay tuned in my this ongoing quest!

    from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com

    Question by Timelady Sev Airbender Holmes: The Sherlock Holmes books in order?
    There are over 60 of them and I’m pretty sure the first is “A study in scarlet” but i don’t know about the rest. i want to read them in order not just “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” like most people do.

    Best answer:

    Answer by hdhayes60
    Here they are. You can download “A Sherlock Holmes Omnibus” from www.gutenberg.org


    A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891
    The Red-headed League, 1891
    A Case of Identity, 1891
    The Boscombe Valley Mystery, 1891
    The Five Orange Pips, 1891
    The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891
    The Blue Carbuncle, 1892
    The Speckled Band, 1892
    The Engineer’s Thumb, 1892
    The Noble Bachelor, 1892
    The Beryl Coronet, 1892
    The Copper Beeches, 1892

    Silver Blaze, 1892
    The Yellow Face, 1893
    The Stock-Broker’s Clerk, 1893
    The “Gloria Scott”, 1893
    The Musgrave Ritual, 1893
    The Reigate Puzzle, 1893
    The Crooked Man, 1893
    The Resident Patient, 1893
    The Greek Interpreter, 1893
    The Naval Treaty, 1893
    The Final Problem, 1893


    The Empty House, 1903
    The Norwood Builder, 1903
    The Dancing Men, 1903
    The Solitary Cyclist, 1903
    The Priory School, 1904
    The Adventure of Black Peter, 1904
    Charles Augustus Milverton, 1904
    The Six Napoleons, 1904
    The Three Students, 1904
    The Golden Pince-Nez, 1904
    The Missing Three-Quarter, 1904
    The Abbey Grange, 1904
    The Second Stain, 1904


    The Cardboard Box, 1893
    The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, 1908
    The Bruce-Partington Plans, 1908
    The Devil’s Foot, 1910
    The Red Circle, 1911
    Lady Frances Carfax, 1911
    The Dying Detective, 1913
    His Last Bow, 1917

    The Mazarin Stone, 1921
    The Problem of Thor Bridge, 1922
    The Creeping Man, 1923
    The Sussex Vampire, 1924
    The Three Garridebs, 1924
    The Illustrious Client, 1924
    The Blanched Soldier, 1926
    The Retired Colourman, 1926
    The Three Gables, 1926
    The Lion’s Mane, 1926
    The Veiled Lodger, 1927
    Shoscombe Old Place, 1927

    Give your answer to this question below!

    The Pearl of Death is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, the ninth of fourteen such films the pair …

    Los Angeles Visit, Photowalk, Hans Zimmer, and Talks at Google and Stanford!
    Sherlock Holmes

    Image by Stuck in Customs
    Los Angeles Photowalk, Sponsored by Bay Photo, evening of Jan 27!
    You are all welcome to meet me at 4 PM on at the San Clemente pier! We will have a nice photowalk through sunset, which is around 5:20 PM. All skill levels, from beginner to master are welcome. A photowalk is just a laid-back event where we stroll around, take photos, and discuss the art of life and whatnot… I was considering giving a talk that night as well, but we don’t have a nearby venue in mind. Maybe one of you has an idea for this…

    A big thanks to Bay Photo, who is sponsoring the event. I’m going to be looking deeply into their metal prints very soon and give you a full report.

    If you want to come, please leave a comment at www.stuckincustoms.com/2010/01/23/los-angeles-visit-photo…

    Hans Zimmer, we Must Meet!
    Has anyone read Atlas Shrugged and remember the great composer therein named Richard Halley? One of the heroes of the book mysteriously follows him around the world… I envision this dream-state with Hans Zimmer. In fact, I have a most wonderful project in mind that would be unique and right up his alley.

    I saw this Hans Zimmer Video Interview about his new Sherlock Holmes soundtrack. It was very interesting to hear him talk about this stuff… I have all of his music starred and in special playlists, depending on my mood… In fact, I made a Hanz Zimmer iTunes iMix there on the right for you of some of my favorites. On occasion, I meet a fellow photographer that also loves Hans, and we have an instant connection that is difficult to describe.

    Look at Zimmer’s recording studio (Thanks @Tatorandtots for the link). Amazing. Of course, I could take a much better photo of it… but that is neither here nor there. My photography studio (only on paper for my upcoming home in New Zealand) will make a wonderful attempt to be a tiny bit cooler, only insofar as I want a window that looks at a beautiful landscape (which can be closed for absolute darkness whilst the post-processing is in full swing).

    See my other mixes on Trey’s Music List – Coming up soon – Ambient New Age, World Music, and other unexpected things…

    Speaking at Google HQ, Stanford, and errrrr – something in the "Cupertino area"
    The topic is "The Unexpected Art and Science of HDR Photography".

    Although I can’t discuss the latter, I can describe the talks I have at the Google HQ and Stanford. If you know someone at either institution, perhaps they can get you in. These are all closed, private events, but if you have some good Silicon Valley contacts, maybe you can make it happen. The presentation will be quite different than one might expect… I think it might prompt everyone to see the world from a slightly different perspective – I think we are finally getting to a spot where art and science can come back together in a natural way.

    The talk at Google will be recorded in High Def and put on YouTube for the you all to see after everything gets edited together.
    Daily Photo – California in the Morning
    I woke up early one morning in the hotel to drive down to the seaside in San Luis Obispo to catch the sunrise. It’s really beautiful and peaceful there. I’m not really a morning person — this much should be known… more of a night-owl. But, maybe if I lived in California I might actually wake up early to catch the light of these sunrises.

    I know I get many requests to be my assistant — but you don’t understand how bad it would be… I’d make you do things like wake up even before me, get me coffee, warm up the car, and all other sorts of things that you’d probably resent after a while… People seem to get over-enthusiastic about being my assistant, so I try to tell them bad things like this to dissuade them!

    And below is a shot from a hotel I stayed in last time I was in LA… they have this cool outside firepit. I need more firepits in my life….

    from the blog www.stuckincustoms.com

    One of My Favorite (or “Favourite”) London Pubs
    Sherlock Holmes

    Image by UGArdener
    This one is located just off Trafalgar Square to the southeast of the Strand, if I remember correctly. Here are links to the menu and map:



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