The Unknown Land

New YouTube Channel – What do you want to see live?

Come subscribe to my YouTube Channel! We’ve just been upgraded to a full YouTube partner, which is pretty exciting. It means we can do live shows and stuff… so let me know what you’d like to see live, and maybe we can plan something for the future. I don’t have a lot of time, but I’m always up for experimentation.

Daily Photo – The Unknown Land

After a while, my boat driver thought I was insane. We started before the sunrise and kept going, and going, and going, and going… he kept giving me the international head movement for “we really should be returning for a spot of tea,” but I kept motioning him further up the river.

To me, the river got most interesting when we saw no more people, except for the occasional fisherman that still had remote hut for his family along the river. I had plenty of battery power, amazing music on my iPod, a full array of snacks, a ton of drinks, and nothing to do for the rest of the day and night… so I was perfectly content just going until our gas tank reached 50%. And that took a long time… and who would want to stop with views like this around every other turn?

[And yes, this was made with effects from my textures tutorial, in case you were wonderin’]

The Unknown Land in China HDR Photo

The Unknown Land

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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  • Susan

    Cool shot Trey – the Li River is so beautiful and the scenery looks perfect – I would want to stay for hours too!

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

    I love tastefully stylized textured images about as much as I love HDR. So when I see a tastefully texturized HDR image, it’s epic amounts of happy for my eyes. As always, cool image man.

  • http://www.myhdrworld.com Ken Liu

    very cool effect with the textures. great job as always.

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

    Nice use of texture. The place does look mysterious.

  • http://www.smith-photography.net Michael Smith

    Love the textures in this pic trey, awesome as usual!

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.100925489989186.1637.100002152054198&ref=pd Thelonious Gonzo

    Epic shot bro. I really am not digging textures, but I gotta admit that the texture looks really cool here. So, I guess I take it back. You shouldda ‘shopped in a T-Rex and some monkey people!
    Speaking of Monkey People – Here’s my latest work.
    It’s a pirate and a monkey who had just ganked some jewelry from a tourist. Not kidding at all. And who doesn’t need more monkey in their life?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/straight-nochaser/5761047838/in/photostream

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

    Classic ;)
    Subscribed to the new channel, look forward to whatever you end up putting on there!

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

    Gorgeous! Love your textured images. Great tones too.

  • http://none Louis

    Guilin one of my favourite spots but never do a tour like I did you miss the best as Trey shows in this pic and more.Only down loading No 5 now. I’m on the road at 0330am and don’t get back till 1630pm as have to pickup daughter from H/school as well. Don’t ask me where i get my energy from i just keep going. Great shot.

  • Simon Morris

    This is cool Trey, it’s got that classic vintage look to it – I’ll tell you what it reminds me of… climbing up into the attic, having a good rummage through some of your parents photo boxes and stumbling across an old album from years ago! I can just see it now – gently blowing off the dust and holding said image up to the light… no? Oh, alright then – it’s just a well processed RAW file, yeah… I’ll give up dramatising! ;-)
    I recently signed up to the SIC YouTube channel – I quite enjoy having a refresher and flicking through some of the videos. I appreciate you have the ‘HDR tutorial’ on the blog however, I know what would be helpful… having a video of the settings, etc. that you use the most on your camera. I appreciate some folk use *cough* Canon, and others use Nikon (ah, bliss!) but just a general overview of how you setup – such as manual or auto focus, whether or not you use ‘Live View’ – that sort of thing! The video that Eden took at his parents farm is about as close as it gets… but I know you can do better Trey – c’mon, man! ;-)

  • Dennis

    Another great image, though, personally, I would have preferred it without the texture. Since the Webinar I sometimes feel this fleeting urge to open up an image in Photoshop with a layer mask and brush away to what’s underneath. Alas, one needs the other images to do that. Kind of a letdown that tonight’ s the last Webinar class. It’s been something I know all of us who have been a part of have looked forward to each class night. If you didn’t participate and Trey makes the classes available at some point you should get them. True learning experience. Thanks again, Trey.

  • http://www.flickr.com/cliffbaise Cliff Baise

    Your YouTube channel looks great. Loving this photo, too. Looks like the perfect place to skip rocks. Simon – you should have taken the webinar, dude. In Trey’s going over of all that stuff, you come to realize that there is no set overview. It’s a matter of knowing your gear and selectively sifting your way to a better feeling shot. Better or worse, better or worse. Just like life, getting a great shot is all about choices. i.e. do I choose to get down low or shoot from eye level? If I get down low, then you know what?… I just might choose to use “live view.”

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

    Cool picture and texture. Looks like a mysterious and ancient place.
    As far as a Live Video I am thinking that I would like to see you riding a unicycle while juggling flaming bowling balls…hehe, just kidding.

  • http://www.wowphotoshdr.com Jim

    Amazing texture work. Trey’s work of churches inspired me to take this shot. Trey, you have to stop in St. Louis and shoot this church. http://www.wowphotoshdr.com/Other/FEATURED/14413329_yegt6#1306225062_CTPcGsc

  • Simon Morris

    Cliff – I know, I know… but there’s a method in my madness, yeah! I’m hoping Trey’s going to take pity on me and think that I’m so hard up at not being able to afford the webinar – then he can bend the rules and select me as the ‘chosen one’ for the trip of a lifetime to the good old U.S. of A.
    Just don’t mention anything to Gonzo (aka Gino)… he’s still upset after the CS5 malarkey, and this may well tip him over the edge… Ssh! Mum’s the word, yeah! ;-)

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

    Thanks everyone… enjoy reading all the comments… No worries Simon, Gonzo will get over that stuff… he’s a trooper hehe

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Really love this image. That must have been an amazing trip.

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

    Wow, this is cool. I love those “textured” images more and more…I didn’t like them very much before some time…Maybe I should buy the tutorial…hmm, seems like big part of my summer earnings willgo straight to your pocket…But I know I will not regret it, hehe.

  • http://gasarvid.ratata.fi gasarvid.ratata.fi

    painting, looks like a painting! Would even work in size A4! Brilliant:)

  • RogerC

    The texture reminds me of fabric or tapestry – soft and warm. Nice.

  • Gail in Montana

    Very beautiful texture photo, Trey. Just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing, on to today’s photo :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/downeym/ Mike

    Great picture… I am actually going to GuiLin the day after tomorrow. I hope I can get a few shots as nice as yours!

    well.. I can hope, cant I? :)

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