Gentle Green Slopes to Rocky Curved Crags

New Video – PSDs to JPGs

That is maybe the worst title for a video ever, but it does get to the non-romantic heart of the matter. I’ve gotten this question a lot… well, I get a lot of questions a lot… so I figured I would just go ahead and make a little screencast video that shows how and why I manipulate files in one particular area of my workflow. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Gentle Green Slopes to Rocky Curved Crags

After you are driving around Iceland for a few weeks, you get so used to wild landscapes that it’s hard to be objective. I force myself to wake up and be objective about the matter… and then, I suddenly come to my senses and I realize that scenes like this are entirely unique! So, that helps me to pop out of my truck and go on a short hike to get a good vantage point. And then I get back… process it many months later… and I am happy that I took the time to recognize it was indeed a special place.

Gentle Green Slopes to Rocky Curved Crags After you are driving around Iceland for a few weeks, you get so used to wild landscapes that it's hard to be objective.  I force myself to wake up and be objective about the matter... and then, I suddenly come to my senses and I realize that scenes like this are entirely unique!  So, that helps me to pop out of my truck and go on a short hike to get a good vantage point.  And then I get back... process it many months later... and I am happy that I took the time to recognize it was indeed a special place.  - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Beautiful shot – yes, those rock formations look almost like some kinds of ancient beasts – very unusual shot – looking forward to the webinar Sun!

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Thats such a beautiful scene Trey! Did you use a little bit of texture in the sky?

  • Peter S

    Beautiful colours Trey (quite a lot of yellow in the greens maybe, but it looks “right”) with the hut offset nicely (to the phi point?) and lovely subtle use of textures. That reminds me, could you include use of textures in the webinar at some point (forgot to mention that in my survey!)

  • http://none Louis

    Strange shapes on the top of the hill makes one want to explore and look around also strange colour sky is this not a mask or something.Like the long shadows this time of day as it make the gullies on the hill stand out which give that 3d effect. Nice pic

  • http://www.hdrspotting.com/HDRPhotoSpot/21281/a_fairy_tale_sunrise..._shot_in_bavaria%2C_south_of_walchensee._6exp philipp (@phldny)

    great composition trey, nice colors and texture!

    have a nice weekend y’all!

    PS: getting up early really pays off! http://pbvgfx.blogspot.com/2011/05/funky-glasses.html

  • http://benlee.squarespace.com Ben Lee

    Nice to see a textured photo again. Nice work – very cool photo.

  • Simon Morris

    Cool subject matter and composition Trey – wonderful early evening shadows too, they help pull out the details nicely!
    Eden and other fellow Cantabrians may wish to confirm however, I think todays image is very similar to a popular local landmark here in Canterbury, named ‘Castle Hill’ – in this case the rocks are limestone and many, many moons old!
    Thanks for the video ‘converting PSD’s to JPG’ – I spotted some more eye candy shuttle launch images in amongst your folders… talk about teasing! ;-)

  • http://www.chrissproul.smugmug.com Chris Sproul

    definately one of my favorites

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Those Space Shuttle images look very beautiful in the video, looking forward to see them in full res!

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    Holy cow. Love this one!

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    PS… That’s a slick little tutorial too. Well done!

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan

    Damn I wish the U.K had places like that :(.

    I need to get travelling! :D

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    BTW why do we can’t “like” posts anymore?

  • http://bbsinghphotography.smugmug.com/ Bibek

    The video is very cool. Beautiful lighting and place but not sure about the texture.

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Just beautiful, Trey. Spectacular. This one is on my desktop now. Love all the shades of green. Almost as pretty as my favorite mount out here. The little building looks interesting. Did you explore it?? Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful Saturday :-)

  • http://digitalblind.com DigitalBlind

    What a beautiful and rugged landscape. The glimmer of humanity in the barn provides an interesting dichotomy.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    Man, amazing that the cabin has as much detail as it has at this distance. I learn much from your submissions and really like today’s!

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

    Nice shot! Great light! Check out my latest lighting captures at http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com
    Let me know what you think!

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

    Thanks all! Yes… there is some texture here for sure!

    Filip – I am playing with that currently….

    Peter – Probably not.. we have too much other stuff to cover.. and I do have that other tutorial that is just about textures too – but maybe you already have that!

  • http://JapanDave.com David LaSpina / JapanDave

    Beautiful shot, Trey.

    Q about your video: Maybe you said this and I missed it — I’ll have to watch again — but do you then keep your psd files forever? I was keeping mine, but 100MB and up per file really adds up quickly, so I stopped and now only save the final jpg (and of course the original raw). It seems like no matter how much space the newest external drive I buy has, it fills up within a week of buying it. So I try to keep my files as small as possible.

    A related Q: What are your thoughts on colorspaces? I’ve always read that we should keep the file in ProPhoto rgb for most of our editing, but convert to srgb for the final jpeg. I can understand the logic here of keeping around a prophoto rgb version for the future so when we get printers and monitors capable of that much color, we can take advantage of it, but at the same time.. A bit of extra work to worry about and I’m not sure it’s worth it. I’m interested in hearing your take on this.

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

    David – no I trash my PSDs… just the JPG. And I keep everything in SRGB

  • Trish Gregory

    Trey, this may seem like a stupid question to you, but how do you save the JPEGs to SRGB (and what is it?).

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