Boat in Isafjordur

Speech at Facebook HQ

Do you work at Facebook? Come see me on Thursday morning for a photography talk! We’ll have great fun together… I know there are a lot of people there at FB that are interested in photography, so it should be a good time. Sadly, it’s not open to the public, but the event will be filmed and I can share it later.

So, my FB friends are still pretty full, but you can still use this new “Subscribe” feature on my profile. It’s kind of like friends, without the benefits.

Deep Water and Phobias

So, I’m a pretty rational guy, really, I’d like to think. I don’t really have any phobias… just one big one – swimming in deep water. There is something about it that freaks me out… I don’t think it was movies that did it to me or anything. I see plenty of scary stuff in movies that doesn’t bother me in real life… but the idea of jumping into this mile-deep fjord and swimming across is almost more than I can bear!

Do you have any phobias (that you don’t mind talking about)?

Daily Photo – Boat in Isafjordur

This area is in the far northwest of Iceland up where there fjords layer into one another like fractals. I don’t normally like taking photos in the middle of the day, but when the sky is the towering, glacier-carved edge of the fjord, there is practically no sky at all.

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  • Susan

    Oh wow – this is beautiful! It always looks so peaceful there! My phobia is ‘heights’ I can stand to lean over the edge of any view! I was an airline ‘stewardess’many many years ago – ok so that ages me- but in an airplane it just all looks so unreal – never bothered me.

  • http://edenbrackstone.com/2011/08/wintery-vista/ Eden Brackstone

    Phobias… I used to have many, but have dealt with them over time. I don’t like needles, or anything majorly medical (only when it happens to me that is). Other than that, I hate falling… But I think thats born out of my love for flying and various training I’ve undertaken over the years. When you’re in control of a plane, falling out of the sky is a very bad thing ;)

    Love this photo mate, that perfectly flat lake screams WATERSKIING to me, hehe…But I’m guessing its a tad cold at that latitude?

  • http://none louis

    Like this shot and the way the ripple in the water distorts the boat and the snow in between the gullies.” Question Time” Trey if you don’t use a light meter how do you then determine how long the shutter stay’s open for? Also is there then a formula. Thanks

  • Jake

    I don’t have any real phobias, I do however have one huge “dislike” and it is (ironically): being photographed. I don’t really know what it is about having my picture taken but I absolutely hate it, certainly more than your average person. I also really dislike being stared at, but to a lesser extent, and I’m sure there are many people who don’t like this, but I think it bothers me more for some reason.

  • http://www.stewartbaird.com Stewart Baird

    I love that reflection in the water! Sometimes the reflection is better than the source itself…

  • Dustin Kunkel

    I feel ya for the deep water fear. I live on Lake Michigan practically and I love the water, but even in a small lake I hate to jump out of the boat. I’m learning how to kite surf next spring though so it’s time to get over the fear. Great shot!

  • http://www.thecreativegap.smugmug.com Cliff Baise

    My phobia since elementary school has been heights. On a family vacation, I took a little spill off of Mt. Nebo in Arkansas and was saved by 1. a man clotheslining me as I slid by. 2. a small ledge below. All I wanted to do was see a waterfall, but the path was slick. I slipped on a rock and started to run a bit. When I realized I couldn’t stop, I sat down on my butt, but the momentum carried me off the edge of the cliff. I didn’t have any major injuries, but parents were certainly freaked, and so began my fear of heights.

    Wouldn’t you know it, photography is helping me overcome this fear. I really have no choice, you see. So many cool photos are from up high. I’ve discovered that if I go onto a scene that is really high, if I just chill out for a little bit, then I’ll get in sort of a vibrational alignment with the area and all is good. Once I feel I’m part of the scene, not just a visitor, the fear disappears and the compositions seem to magically reveal themselves.

  • Gail Moshier

    Great photo of the boats in the fjord! I don’t like spiders(as we have two poisonous types here) or wasps/bees of any kind. I overcame my fear of heights pretty much. We went up in the arch in St. Louis, that didn’t bother me at all. I definately have a fear of drowning, so I’m with you on that deep water stuff!!!!! Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful Wednesday :-)

  • Darren N

    A mile deep, eh? ROFL… ya, okay, I’m done. I have the same phobia. By default, any fjord that deep must have a man-eating creature living in it that is a minimum of 30 yards long and as wide as a school bus.

    BTW, nice photo. Brilliant colors in the water contrasting against the boats.

  • Vicki Wilson

    This is a beautiful daytime photo! I have a fear of heights in walking up spiral stairs in a lighthouse or standing too close to the edge of the observation deck, but when I took a ride at a local airshow in a Vietnam era Huey helicopter and sat in one of the two gunner seats on the outside of the helicopter I felt no fear.

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    Many people say they have a phobia of heights, but my phobia is falling. I remember creeping along a shallow ledge under a bridge one time, say about a foot above the water line. There was only enough room for just the ball of my foot. What ever possessed me to even venture out there is a mystery to me, but I recall being terrified by it and spending time because I was afraid to go back or forward. The laughable part is that the water was only knee deep! Just the idea of falling was more than I could stand, though. I’ve been up high on buildings without a care because I knew I wouldn’t fall. However, I wouldn’t climb to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park for fear of tumbling down. As for deep water, I can’t say the depth would bother me. I grew up swimming, so I’m comfortable with water. It’s just the things inside the deep water that concern me. However, that’s not a phobia – that’s Beem’s Law: When you transition between land & water, you reverse your position in the food chain.

  • http://gplus.to/filipfarag Filip Farag

    Just one – spiders. I hate those things. Seeing an Iceland shot always makes my day happier, thanks Trey! :) I noticed you don’t post many vertical shots, why is that?

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

    hehe – I see some commonalities….

    Filip – I don’t know… I don’t know…

    Louis – yes – I mentioned yesterday in the comments too that I don’t use a light meter

  • Andy Bird

    What a beautiful harbour – must be great to go out on your boat from here on a nice day!

    I used to be afraid of deep water – anything over 2 meters was a no-no for me until one day I just went to the top diving board and just jumped into the 3 meter drink – that seemed to cure that fear. I also used to dislike heights but just challenging them head-on sorted me right out. I still have a problem with dead fish but apart from that i’m pretty badass!

  • Patrick

    I noticed you were part of Google’s Android v4.0 unveiling today(go to 26:36)!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts5WBm0tXzI&feature=player_embedded#!

  • Brad

    I have that same fear, Trey … it’s almost as if the “void” beneath me is too much for my mind to handle.

  • http://rainingdreams.com James A. B.

    Look its glass, no its ice, no its just plain old water cuddling up to the spectacular boat image. I love what you did to that water and is my favorite part of the picture. I can completely understand what you mean by shooting in the middle of the day, especially if the day is a plain sky day. Frustrating. But hey good shot my man!

  • Andrea Boyle

    Oooo… being buried alive. Have you seen the foreign version of the movie, “The Vanishing”? An MRI in one of those closed, coffin-like units is almost as bad…

    But great picture, Trey!

  • http://www.focusedonlight.com Stephen Desroches

    Absolutely +1 on the deep water. For me – it’s the unknown and thought of having your lower half helplessly floating in water and not knowing what you can’t see.

  • http://www.viralidea.wordpress.com William G. Hardaway

    Mannn hold up! The boat’s reflection in the water is solid. The color is out of this world.

  • Alex Quinn

    Iceland looks awesome. I think it just made Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to see next year. Iceland reminds me a lot of my trip two years ago I took to Chile. It was the most amazing trip I have taken. Patagonia glaciers , penguins, mountains, and interacting with the locals were all part of what made this trip magical.

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