Sunset over Forest in Yosemite

Toad Hall in the British Virgin Islands

I know some of you that watched the live hangout already knew I stayed here a few weeks ago – I finally put together a whole video so you can see more of it. My friend Justin Troupe told me about this place and is friends with the owner, so I wanted to make this little video so more people find out about it! If you want to see more photos of this place, I dumped a ton on this Toad Hall Page here on the site.

You can also see Toad Hall’s website and Facebook page if you’d like to learn even more.

What do you say to Journalism students?

A few weeks ago I went to go give a talk to a Journalism class at UT.  Robert Quigley invited me over.  I gave a bunch of ideas and advice… I’m not sure how readily it was absorbed… but then I got to thinking, what DO you tell journalism students nowadays?  What kind of advice would you give them?  What would Thomas Edison say if he was going to give a talk at the local university to a group of students studying candle-making?

Daily Photo – Sunset over Forest in Yosemite

I had the best sunsets on one of my first evenings in Yosemite.  I drove down a long road from the Tenaya Lodge to Tunnel View alone.  The road is about a 45-minute twisty set of curves that is perfect for scenery and listening to audiobooks.  Every few minutes , the sun would pop out from the forest cover, and I would hunt and peck for a place to pull over to get a clean shot.

Sunset over Forest in YosemiteI had the best sunsets on one of my first evenings in Yosemite.  I drove down a long road from the Tenaya Lodge to Tunnel View alone.  The road is about a 45-minute twisty set of curves that is perfect for scenery and listening to audiobooks.  Every few minutes , the sun would pop out from the forest cover, and I would hunt and peck for a place to pull over to get a clean shot.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRUZYIT5ASYXVXKFIVWVXFTL4U Susan

    Beautiful shot Trey – I would have liked to see the sun like that today! :)

  • Casper van Zyl

    So fortunate that you are able to enjoy these outings not many have that opportunity to see it either but thanks to people like yourself  who do care and share that all may enjoy. In Africa I did a lot but you had to make every shot count and that never happened but with digital you can just shoot and at least get one good one.Thanks for sharing a lovely sunset.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Have  now watched the video and i would rate it quite high as there seems to  be so much privacy .For the Photographer If you are looking hard enough it will be a paradise for many a good shot right down to macro.Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/gigigriffis Gigi Griffis

    Re: journalism students

    We did a panel for some students recently (so I was faced with this same question). And I think the best service we can do them is to try and present them with as many career options as we can. Journalism looks so different than it did when I was in school. And only a few of them are going to end up writing or shooting for a magazine or newspaper. But there are tons of options out there for good communicators and strategic minds…they just need to know what those other options are and what complementary skill sets to pursue.

    Personally, I’ve been fighting to get into schools and talk to them about content strategy, which is a growing career that journalists would be well suited for. Sadly, I think universities have trouble keeping up with the latest. Looks like they’re running classes just about the same way as they did ten years ago, which is truly a disservice for these smart, passionate students.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Yes… I agree :)

  • Shea Goff

    I’d tell them that if they don’t have a blog or a google+ account or a youtube channel or one of the other many internet ways to be perfecting their trade then they are wasting their money at school. Not that school is not great and so much work but if they are not, in  their free time, taking advantage of current opportunities in their field then they are falling behind at an increasing speed.

    As always, I love the photography, Trey. Thank you for sharing it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4N3U5UT4VPUPB2O3YNMKW46VBY Gail M

    Thanks, Trey, I now have a beautiful new desktop background!!!!  Love it!!  Have a great day :-)

  • Kyle VanEtten

    You have a little lizard friend at 6:44 haha, cool video and cool spot thanks for sharing

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PXGKSILN45WOUJWQKDWX42SP6M Harmon

    HiTrey, Virgin Islands…wow what a beautiful place thanks for sharing! best regards.

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

    Wow, great photo.  What a wonderful sunset.

  • Matthew Lusk

    I love the sunsets from the Sierras. Awesome shot Trey.

  • Charlie Duncan

    Wow, how many exposures did it take to get all the trees in there too?

  • http://twitter.com/jpreyes J. Paxon Reyes

    I must have missed this, but are you now a full time photographer? You used to give interviews saying it surprised people to learn you weren’t “pro”, that you also have a job at a gaming company. 

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Hey – yes – I take photos full time now… and have for the past several years.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    This was 5 — from -2 to +2

  • http://twitter.com/jpreyes J. Paxon Reyes

    Well, smack my back and call me Slow! That’s awesome! Dunno where my head’s been; trying to graduate, I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/guillermo.m.gonzalez.7 Memo Gonzalez

    To answer your question on one of your posts, this is what I
    believe Thomas Edison would’ve said to a group of students studying
    candle-making.

    “The world has changed and with it, the way
    people brighten their homes. New technology has made it easier for people to
    lighten their rooms and streets with a safer medium of light called the light
    bulb. However, as we all know, a light bulb illuminates through electricity,
    which is not a reliable and everlasting source. Unlike a light bulb,
    candlelight brightens a room with two reliable and everlasting elements fire
    and oxygen. Therefore, It is a critical job to continue the manufacturing of
    candles, a reliable and everlasting source of illumination”.

    I hope you understand the meaning of the
    metaphor. May I suggest, as a student in UF’s College of Journalism and
    Communications, that if you ever address another group of journalism students
    remind them of the importance of their job, remind them that journalism is not
    a decaying profession it is one that has evolved in the past decade. Remind
    them to use technology to their advantage. Technology has allowed us for a
    check and balance system making news safer and easier to spread, but true
    journalism is as reliable and everlasting as a candle.

    Guillermo

  • Dee

    I am totally sold on HDR now. My camera has an inbuilt HDR functionality where it combines 3 images itself (-2,0,+2) and am going a bit crazy trying that for every capture :)
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