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Okay, it’s now official! All the information and registration info you need is on Trey Ratcliff’s Photography Webinar page. Great name eh? Hehe… I actually struggled with a name. Like, for example, I didn’t want to just call it an “HDR Webinar”, because what I teach is so much more than just HDR. Anyway, it’s a 3 week course — 9 hours and 9 different classes. It’s gonna be awesome.

HDR Photo

Here we are with the biggest conference badges of all time. They are actually super-big because they have the whole schedule on there. Matt is the awesome one on the left.

I Met Matt Groening!

While at the EG Conference, I met all sorts of interesting people, and I hate to say one was any more interesting than the next, but this one is a little special. I don’t have many creative people in the world that I really get giddy about, but Matt Greoning (creator of The Simpsons and Futurama) is one of them.

After I finished my talk (which should be available online soon), I was able to spend a bit of time talking to him… we talked about creativity, how to work with a team, about robots, about robots taking over the world, about how I was hoping that his strangest contribution to society would be that we would fill our lives with ridiculous and funny robots rather than the ones who simply want to kill us, and this sort of thing. Matt was SUPER NICE and engaging. Really… that guy is awesome.

I also met another guy I really admired artistically, but that did not go very well.  He treated me very strangely, and I felt foolish.  I can’t put my finger on it… I was really kind of crestfallen.  It sucked away a lot of my mojo…  anyway, I’m still trying to come to terms with that.

Daily Photo – Hidden Temple in Bamboo at Night

This place was pretty far off the usual beaten path but I was glad to find it!

In Kyoto, there is a wonderful and unexpected temple that weaves through an old bamboo forest. It weaves up, down, and around hills with warm, calming bamboo swaying about. Here and there, little temples, urns, and benches are placed. Everything is delicately lit to add to the mood. And just beyond where the lights are, the bamboo forest is pitch black and full of wonderful mystery.

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Hidden Temple in Bamboo at Night

This place was pretty far off the usual beaten path but I was glad to find it!

In Kyoto, there is a wonderful and unexpected temple that weaves through an old bamboo forest. It weaves up, down, and around hills with warm, calming bamboo swaying about. Here and there, little temples, urns, and benches are placed. Everything is delicately lit to add to the mood. And just beyond where the lights are, the bamboo forest is pitch black and full of wonderful mystery.

Hidden Temple in Bamboo at Night

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/4990705443/ Andy Bird

    It’s amazing what you can find off the beaten track – i think that’s a good lesson for any photographer – look outside the box and you never know what you’ll come across!

    Brilliant that you got to meet Matt Groening – he truly is a creative titan of our generation. Not-so-brilliant about the guy who blew you off. I’m quite lucky that the artists/rock stars/athletes/photographers i have met have always been really cool. I can imagine it would suck when your impression of them is taken down a few notches. Some people are just like that – maybe he felt threatened by you.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great long exposure there, Trey! I know you did us a strobe to light up some darker bits in an earlier shot. Did you use that here also? Or is this all “available” light?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    I did not use a strobe here… this was all light on the scene

  • Patrick Ahles

    Thanks Trey, truly great shot!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruce-camera/ Bruce

    Great images in your newsletter as usual, Trey.
    I do however, not agree with your politeness. You have, artistically reached a certain status in life and I feel people who are discourteous or rude and disrespecful should be named and shamed.
    This initself need not be done in a like manner, you could merely express suprise and hurt in being treated in such a manner by XXXX.
    Take care!
    Bruce.

  • Simon Morris

    A great find and capture Trey – it must be quite an eerie sight viewing a temple like that deep within the forest!
    Regarding the artist who was offhand with you… what a complete ar$e! Folk like that really aren’t worth it Trey – you just carry on doing what you’re good at… inspiring us with your amazing photography!

  • Vicki Wilson

    I love the golden lighting, what a really cool place, feels very mysterious! How fun to meet Matt Groening! Whoever made you feel awkward, must have confidence issues, most all photographers and artist I have met have been great folks as a rule. Stay the way you are, love your work!!!

  • http://jeffstrobel.com Jeff

    Art, like most endeavors, has its conservative side. I’m guessing you ran into someone more from that end of the spectrum, Trey.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5383535031/ Eden Brackstone

    I agree with the above comments about artists, I guess some people find it incredibly easy to critique or judge someones work without putting it into perspective. We all hold opinions about whats good and bad, tasteful or distasteful, but sharing them with the artist in question or treating them differently (especially if they look up to you!) isn’t a good plan… It would be like Trey criticizing something one of us produced, it would be crushing! Anyway, as Simon said those people aren’t worth the energy… If only it were easier to ignore them! :)

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com/ Keith Moyer

    Cool shot Trey! Wandering is part of the fun of photography, at least for me. The adventure of not knowing what is around the next corner. I have come across so many cool sights by just wandering.

  • http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/ Matt ~ RLT Photography

    No mention of textures here. Did you or didn’t you? :)

  • Gail in Montana

    I agree with all of the above, loved the newsletter and photos in it!!! Today is the one month anniversary of Japans earthquake and tsunami, and not long after they paused to observe the anniversary, they had a 7 or less earthquake today!! So thanks for honoring them with today’s photo!! Wonder if that temple is still there. I’m not sure where Kyoto is located exactly. Have a great Monday, everyone. Thanks for sharing, Trey, you are awesome!!! :-)

  • Susan

    Beautiful Trey – what a great place just to wander around!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/31553023@N06/ bsimak

    I don’t often comment here often but I do check in daily. The reference I read in the newsletter yesterday and again today bothered me. Why someone would treat you in a poor manner is beyond me. You are one of the nicest guys I have ever met. The generous time you spent with us last January on that brutally cold morning in Chicago was beyond what you needed to do. I genuinely enjoyed chatting with you and appreciated the time you spent with us. I hope you can forget that one person and dwell on the positive feelings so many of us have for you. Thanks for all you have given us.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks for your comments everyone.

    Bsimak – thank you very much for commenting (and all the other comments like that). No worries, it’s wasn’t a “soul-crushing” experience.. Just kind of a sad moment for me I guess.

    Matt – No I did not use any textures at all here. All that is what was really there. Probably what looks strange is that all the lighting is from below rather than from above.

  • http://cropsensorphoto.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Very cool photo but the lighting does look a little strange and makes the photo feel a little un-natural.

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan

    We are all here for ya’ Trey! :) hehe.

    I bet he don’t have over 60 Millions friends who leave comments :D.

    Loving the pic!… Very mystical :)
    Thanks

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    I’m hugely jealous that you got to have conversations with Neal Stephenson, although Matt Groening would be fun to talk with. Too bad you had a strange experience… but how people act around you rarely has anything to do with you, I’ve found. If that helps. Neat photo, I like the strange under lighting.

  • http://www.photosedge.com Erin – Kansas City Photographers

    Really Really Stunning! I Love your photos and once again I get to FEEL the world.

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