The Mighty Peaks and Soft River

Thanks again commenting friends!

I wanted to take a moment here and thank you all again for your comments! I read them all, and I get to know you through your comments. Even better, my MOM gets to know you all even better than me… when we talk on the phone she just goes on and on about so-and-so…. you have no idea… I should record one of our conversations and let you hear! She’s very sharp, has an encyclopedic memory, and has a full psychoanalysis of each one of you! :)

Daily Photo – The Mighty Peaks and Soft River

I’m going up again soon to the northern part of Iceland to visit some friends, and it will be great fun. This time, I’ll have to convince them to come out with me on a little photo adventure…

Right before you get to Akureyri, the road twists along a valley that runs beside these mountains. They are beautiful and scenic, but very difficult to photograph. You keep looking and looking and looking for an angle, and it never quite works out. I found this one by accident.

There was a little side road that looked interesting. I took it, and then it almost immediately went off the side of a hill! It turns out it wasn’t a side-road at all, but some kind of fake-road meant to trick dumb people like me. So, after sliding to a stop, I went out to see if my 4th wheel was dangling over the side. It wasn’t, but I did see a little path that went down by the river. I thought there might be a good vantage point, so I took my rig down there to get this shot.

The Mighty Peaks and Soft RiverI'm going up again soon to the northern part of Iceland to visit some friends, and it will be great fun.  This time, I'll have to convince them to come out with me on a little photo adventure...Right before you get to Akureyri, the road twists along a valley that runs beside these mountains.  They are beautiful and scenic, but very difficult to photograph.  You keep looking and looking and looking for an angle, and it never quite works out.  I found this one by accident.  There was a little side road that looked interesting.  I took it, and then it almost immediately went off the side of a hill!  It turns out it wasn't a side-road at all, but some kind of fake-road meant to trick dumb people like me.  So, after sliding to a stop, I went out to see if my 4th wheel was dangling over the side.  It wasn't, but I did see a little path that went down by the river.  I thought there might be a good vantage point, so I took my rig down there to get this shot.-Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Beautiful scene Trey – am sure you will stumble upon many more on this trip – it all looks so naturally beautiful from your photos – truly a place of peace.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5820639378/ Andy Bird

    Oooh that sounds like quite an exciting albeit terrifying scenario with that fake road! Strange how those scenarios eventually lead to great photo-ops though eh?

    Hehe that would be funny if you did post a sound clip of one of your conversations with you mum – i dread to think what she might have said about me after making a psych-evaluation of my posts here! Does she keep files on us all apart from mental ones? :)

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    This photo is great. i like the fact that it is not completely overprocessed. I really need to get up to Iceland. I will probably end up taking a week and renting a car in the next few months. Any “not to missed” places you can recommend?

  • http://www.baincardin.com bain

    OMG! I just found your blog from yahoo news and I am one of HDR freak by nature :) I’m really excited to know and learn and surf your HDR stuff. I’m a beginner in photography and HDR photography. Currently, I’m using a compact digicam as my tools to capture photos. Hope to learn more from you. :)

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

    Hmmm…
    OK. Mom? I feel kind of bad now. I feel like I gotta explain myself to you. I mean, you being a mom and all I’m sure some of my rantings made you feel . . . uncomfortable. So I’m going to break the fourth wall here and be honest with you – about me.
    I am 46 years old, married for 26 years – to the same women. I have a 12 year old son who is autistic and I paint cars in Austin. I love photography and writing. Your sons work, and the way way he seems to go about his business has been very inspiring to me and has had the affect of getting me try and actually improve my abilities in photography.
    But – I am not really stalking him and I don’t really mean most of the rant-type things I say on here. I’m just normally having some fun. Since no one here actually knows me it’s a safe place to act out every now and then. Your little boy is safe. At least from me. Now that Iain guy who ganked the CS5? I think he’s suspect. Keep your eye on him.
    BTW – MOM? I took your sons advice and opened up a 500px account. Let me know what you think o it, OK? Here’s the link —> http://500px.com/1138Studios

  • http://hdrshooter.wordpress.com Miroslav Petrasko

    Beautiful tones and detail in the foreground. The only thing that really bothers me on this photo, are the chromatic aberrations at the peaks. They really shouldn’t be on such a great photo.

  • http://gibsonvisuals.com Jess Gibson

    Love it. I find the rocks on the lower right particularly interesting. The contrast there between the black and green makes my eyes happy. Nice shot Trey!

  • http://none Louis

    Well done Mum, you have a good boy there. I know many may think but his a man,I our eyes our children will always be our children no matter what.Like the pic but as Miroslav says the detail in foreground is sharp but mountains well could be because of the cold a fine mist???

  • http://www.recordsofday.com Pete Halewood

    Wow, this picture takes me back. I said the other day on here how I visited Iceland before my photographic days and though I don’t have regrets, you’ve no idea how much I wish I had a photographic passion back then. I’m not the most travelled person in the world, but I always tell people that Iceland has probably the most dramatic landscape I have seen on Earth and I do count myself lucky to have visited there. MUST. GO. BACK. For me, one of the most inspiring sites in Iceland is where you can see the Eurasian and North American Tectonic plates meet together (one of only 2 places in the world you can ‘see’ it). It’s amazing. Stunning shot as always Trey, hope you have a great time in Iceland!

  • Simon Morris

    Wonderful and powerful looking image Trey – those rocks in the foreground look as though they’ve just landed there! Great composition too… did you dip your big toe in that icy cold water? ;-)
    I think your Mum’s great – we’ve touched base a few times and is always full of encouragement… I can now see where you get your enthusiasm and positiveness from!
    Have you finished packing that bag yet… don’t forget your weight allowance! :-)

  • http://Www.danroads.com Dan Roads

    Lovely shot Trey! I really need to get outta the U.K and visit places like there! :)

    Oh and Susan, I hope I’m in your good books! :) haha

  • Vicki Wilson

    I bet that fake road was a bit of a surprise, glad you are OK and you got a really nice shot! It works very well, love the different layers from the rushing water to the rocky hillside to the peaks in the hills in the background. I think it’s great that your Mom gets to know your friends and fellow photographers!

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

    Do you plan to visit Rebekka? Have a nice time there! Your mum is awesome and so supportive! Im always nervous when I don’t see her comment every day and I wonder what happened, hehe :)

  • http://www.rsaphoto.com Randy Allen

    Beautiful shot Trey. You are an inspiration to us all to just get out and shoot! That is where the rubber meets the road. To get better as a photographer we must keep on learning and shoot consistently, whether we have a gig or not. I love expressing myself through my photography and artwork and am constantly amazed at the shots you get. I just want to remind folks that there is so much available in their own back yards if they will just explore a little bit more and be willing to be out and about during the best times of the day.

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

    Absolutely beautiful photo, one of my favorites that you’ve posted here in a long time. I like almost all of them, but especially the nature shots like this one. I hope to visit Iceland someday, so far the closest I have is a couple hour layover in the Reykjavik airport on my way home from Paris later this summer.

  • Gail in Montana

    As you know, Trey, your Mom and I are great friends!! After all, our birthdays, including the year of our birth, are very close. I loved Gonzo’s post. Glad he told about himself, he seems like a very special person!! You know I love this photo!! I have it on my desktop, but I’m going to have to go to the photo and change the size as I can’t see the tops of the mountains or sky. It’s so lovely, I want to see the whole thing!! Have a great Monday, all. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Well, phewy, I clicked on the smallest photo, still the same. :-( Oh well, I have it saved in my Trey Ratcliff photos, so I can see it there in it’s entirety.

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    I don’t know if I’ve commented enough to develop any meaningful analysis, but I’ll share than I’m an INTP.

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

    The river in the foreground really makes this shot for me. I have to admit, now you have me wondering about your Mom’s psychoanalysis of me….hehe.

  • SeanP

    It’s almost as though there’s a city within the mountain. The snow caps are like little lights of a distant city. Amazing work again, Trey!

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

    Thank you everyone… I’m trying to capture this country well… it looks like it will be a good two weeks or so here… I’m afraid I won’t be able to post quickly because I’ll be out in the wild so much! :)

  • http://twitter.com/ernestduffoo Ernest Duffoo

    Great capture Trey, sunset or sunrise would have made this shot, but great nonetheless.

    And hi Mrs. Ratcliff!

  • René Born

    Great picture, I think the sky will require some post processing once at home.
    Seen the photos you get there, I’m planning to visit Iceland and northern England.
    Have a safe trip.

  • Lisa

    I just want to be a little ladybug on your shoulder and follow you around everywhere to see how you achieve these amazing shots.

  • Shamir

    I do particularly like the interesting colors and details from the water across the land. The rocks in the lower right corner add interest and caught my eye. The sky in the center will take some work and something to either fully mist or clarify the mountains. It is a really dramatic shot that I can feel myself standing there. You can almost hear the water rushing by.

  • http://thepublicdomain.net Mitch Featherston

    This truly looks like Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings). Really cool stuff.

  • http://www.wowphotoshdr.com Jim

    Love the lines that the river cuts through the photo, make me want to see more of where it is coming from or going. I love this shot. HDR FROM A CRUISE SHIP…….http://www.wowphotoshdr.com/Other/FEATURED/14413329_yegt6#1335981846_cf6tDPW-A-LB

  • Sara Jane Todd

    I don’t have anything super profound to say about the image, other than that it is incredible of course! I really just want to say, ‘Hi, Trey’s mom!’ : )

  • Josh B.

    Diggin’ the title of this one.
    I think more shots of this country are definitely in order.

    Also to Trey’s mom: Thanks for your great work. Its definitely better than this photo.

    –Josh Out–

  • Josh B.

    Sorry… “He’s definitely better…”

  • John Dinneen

    Very nice shot — as always. But what really caught my eye was your comment that this mountain range is very difficult to photograph. I’ve found places like that and always thought it was just me. It’s nice to hear a really good photographer say something like that. It kind of encourages the rest of us to keep trying.

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

    Hi Treys mom!!! And yes another fantastic shot from Trey! I wish i could travel taking photos like you and I will have to get to iceland one day. I still want to know when youre coming to Australia? There are plenty of fans here that would love to see you!

    Keep up the awesomeness!

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    I love this….well I love them all but this shot is so serene.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Trey, what can I say. Another beautiful shot. That water looks really cold. Did you take a dip? Ha ha.

  • Ernie Dinkel

    Hey Trey, talking about driving down a little road….
    On my last photo trip I drove down a road leading to a dried out river bed.
    I was tying to get closer to the “Mormon Rocks” here off the 15FWY near San Bernadino, CA.
    The sand was dry and soft as powder..Ooops…..It cost me $350 to get pulled out
    with Forest Service truck :-(
    Love your pictures.

  • http://www.mdsimages.com Michael S. / MDSimages

    Love Iceland! Have fun. Thinking of trecking (ok, well, driving actually) thru a bit of Ireland soon. Kinda close I guess. I look forward to more cool pics as always. And oh yeah….Hi there Sue!

    Mike / MDSimages

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

    Neat mountainscape, reminds me of the mountains near here, around Telluride, CO. Beautiful photo, although the bright line outlining the mountains is a bit distracting (I get that a lot with HDR or heavily-processed images, any idea why?). And I’ll throw my hello in to Trey’s mom, as well!

  • http://www.aperture-photography.com Steve G

    Hey Trey,

    I am the Flight Attendant/Photographer on your first leg of this trip from Austin to DFW. Great to meet you and talk with you. Interesting to see an image taken and posted so quickly after our chat. Here’s wishing you safe travel and a productive time in Iceland. Congratulations on your success in carving out a niche in the big, wide wonderful world of photography.

  • http://theimagenation.net Kim Barrett

    Beautiful!!

    Kim

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