A Simple Wave

Sony NEX-7

I still use this camera quite a bit and I’m adding new photos to my Sony NEX-7 Review. So if you haven’t popped over there in a while, you might see some new things!

Daily Photo – A Simple Wave

I don’t know what to think of this photo. I took it with the NEX-7 and did not process it at all. I find it a little bit interesting, but I am not sure why. I’ve stared at it for longer than I care to admit, trying to figure it out.

A Simple Wave

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18mm (27mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • Dave Morgan

    It’s calm and peaceful, like you want it to be in the Virgin Islands

  • louis van zyl

    Is calm, but strange as all boats seem to be facing into the wind bar that one on your right. I stared at it too,and thats all I could find thats different,I’d be happy with it.

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks :)

  • http://blog.ahles.nl/ Patrick Ahles

    Not sure, a little bit to dark for my liking…

  • isay haveacupoftea

    There’s some discomfort, like the false calm before the storm. The photo feels full of wobbly bits :D : the boats, the disturbed water, that only wave, the clouds. I’d frame the photo differently, the sky is uninteresting and drowns the attractive elements : scrolling the browser window hiding the sky, I find that cutting the top half of the photo gives a nice three equal layers landscape, with the crest of the wave separating the water before and after it, and the boats and mountains and horizon separating a more threatening sky.

  • Bruce Geddes

    It is odd, because it does have a slightly compelling element to it requiring you to look it over a little more. For me it is the wave. At first blush it looks like there is something wrong with the bottom of the photo with it all being a different shade. Then you realise it is a rather straight wave. Then your brain is looking for more wave like qualities in the thing, and they are not there. However my brain tries to put them in and it keeps thinking it is moving slightly. So, yeah oddly compelling photo, though not sure how you could transfer its particular compelling quality into another photo, unless it is through the “shoot things, that don’t quite look like they normally do” idea.

    By the way, totally love your work Trey and your whole approach to photography. (I’m ex AC myself and feel i share in some small way a similar technical founding). Your HDR course has inspired me to increase my photographic output 10 fold, and to embrace doing whatever i feel like to make the art. I love now having a bank of unprocessed photos ready to go through and really begin the creative process with (and no longer feel slightly dirty doing so!).

    Not sure where the right place to post this request is (I suspect not here!)….: I enjoyed your workflow eBook and have largely adopted the workflow myself. However, I have been doing a load of processing in Lightroom recently (on my pre-HDR “stock”) – something no doubt more of your fans will be doing with your LR presets launch. I wonder if you could comment sometime on how you address LR processing in your workflow. Still trying to find the best way through it myself to avoid ending up with loads of semi-processed versions of shots in LR. This is exacerbated by me only having NIK Software plugins for LR as opposed to PS.

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  • aman hayer


    I took it with the NEX-7 and did not process it at all”

    no processing? – just couldn’t resist:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10237684/Trey-Ratcliff-Virgin-Gorda%20%5Bcs6%5D.jpg

  • susan ratcliff

    cool shot Trey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doriesmom Gail Stayton Moshier

    Nice photo, Trey!! Looks very cold! Have a great Monday!!!

  • Larry Mathews

    The original did seem a little dark and foreboding; but I think the processing helped.

  • Ingvald R Ingebretsen

    1.1618 :-)

  • jsteph45

    I’m just wondering how a Sony NEX-7 got categorized as a Nikon D800? That’s why I find it interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Armstrong/653075533 Tommy Armstrong

    Glad you were on twit.tv so discovered you. I think why I find a bit more compelling when look at it for a time is that the clouds are upwelling and seem to be flowing to upper right while the water has a perceived flow to the right. The wave, horizon nicely proportioned–1/6 wave to foreground, 1/6 wave to horizon, and 2/3 sky.

  • http://www.quiettime.org/ Catherine Martin

    I think it’s because the wave makes you feel as though the whole picture is moving. I get seasick on the dock. What can I say.

  • http://twitter.com/dillion3384 Matthew Atkinson

    I like taking pictures of storms rolling in and when I look back at them I can almost hear the thunder and feel the energy of the storm and get a tiny bit of adrenaline and excitement. Then with your pic the gorgeous location adds to it.

  • Taylor Jenkins

    What I find interesting about this is the conflicting feelings of an impending storm, and the feeling of safety from the clear water and calm harbor with the boats all anchored and buttoned up. My first reaction to seeing this photo was the shock of seeing what appeared to be an unprocessed photo on your site! Then I read the caption, and sure enough, I was right. I have a photo like that that I am trying to decide what to do with, but the more I think about it, the more I think it is great just the way it is. I love your work, you inspire me!

  • http://twitter.com/jonypatterson jony patterson

    What makes this an interesting photo from my perspective is that if you look at the wave in a particular way, it looks like the water is pressing against a piece of glass, allowing you to see both above and below the water level, like a slice through jelly (Does that make sense?)…..

  • http://www.graffitivisuals.com/ Bill Dodd

    The clouds, to me, seem like they are glued to a piece of paper and some titan is starting to turn the page.
    I’ve been dancing around the idea of getting a Nex-7. I loved the 5 until I dropped it out of a helicopter in chicago.

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