The Beauty of Zion and Photomatix Betas

The New Photomatix

If you’ve already bought Photomatix (or, if not, visit the Photomatix page and use the coupon code “TREYRATCLIFF” to save 15%) then you should be trying out the new beta! It’s really awesome. I used it to make this image below from Zion National Park. I keep forgetting to go to the beta page and get the newest version. They seem to release them on a fairly regular basis. There are so many changes that it is hard for me to keep track of it all, but I do no each subsequent version gets better and better.

Multi-Language Versions of the HDR Tutorial!

And speaking of Photomatix and HDR, we’re always adding new versions… here is the latest list.

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Daily Photo – The Beauty of Zion

Here’s one of the first photos I got while rolling into Zion National Park. It was my first time to ever visit the park, so I was completely transfixed and blown away. It wasn’t that I had low expectations — it’s that I had NO expectations. But it was so colorful and full of trees and little rivers and everything… it was like being inside of a painting. Sorry it took me so long, Utah! :)

The Beauty of Zion

The Beauty of Zion

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

How to get a red road at night

Usually I light up the road at night with my headlights, but I figured out this strange trick by accident! I was parked, facing the other way, and the tail lights were illuminated because the headlights were on. There was barely any red visible on the road itself, but the long exposure ended up making everything on the ground and walls a wondrous red!

Daily Photo – Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

Here is another recent photo from my trip to the desert. This was a very long exposure from a beautiful road in the Valley of Fire. Those glowing lights in the far distance? Those are the lights of Las Vegas, plainly visible even though it is still 60 miles away!

Driving through the Desert - Destination Vegas Valley of Fire

Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNEX-7
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length10.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

In The Sun

Working on some new videos

I’ve been working hard on a bunch of new videos to share soon. The editing is the part that takes the most time! I have a plan (half-baked) to get an assistant here to help me edit together these videos so that I might better be able to share more stuff with you… little behind-the-scenes… more screen-casting, and this sort of thing. I edit so many photos per week… I’d like to capture more of it to share. I’ll get on this…

Daily Photo – In The Sun

I was working on some photos from Argentina (one from yesterday you might have noticed, and this was in the batch. Most of my Argentina shots were of rugged landscapes… so I thought maybe you might something a little less rugged here… :)

Girl in the sun

In The Sun

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  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

The Cool Fresh Water

In the Store

Some of you may have noticed that we dropped a few new camera straps into the store! I just got done shooting with them here in NZ for the past several weeks and I can vouch for them! One of them in particular (the higher-end one) is actually super-cool because you can have the strap over your shoulder and it slides OR attach to your tripod without needing it to be unattached! So, the sliding attachments are where the regular strap normally goes, which opens up the bottom for your tripod bracket.

Store Feedback

The store is almost out of beta, and it’s been interesting to watch how everything is working. It’s a totally new system. Our previous system kinda sucked — sorry about that. I felt like it used to be quite sloppy and the UI was a mess. The cart was confusing and so was checkout. But now everything feels quite smooth! And we are seeing lots of people put a lot of different things into the basket. For example, sometimes people buy a some Lightroom Presets AND the Photomatix Presets. Anyway, if you have any feedback, please let me know – I’m curious! :)

Daily Photo – The Cool Fresh Water

This is maybe some of the freshest water I’ve ever had! It was so icy cold, it was like a blast of frigid freshness into my mouth… I got in the habit of not filling up my water bottle until I visited this glacial lake… I was here for about three days… just relaxing, taking photos, and camping… it was very nice!

The Cool Fresh Water

The Cool Fresh Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
  • Exposure Bias

Crossing Rivers in the Andes

Part 2 of the Fox News bit in Central Park

Here’s the second part of my day with Clayton Morris in Central Park… enjoy!

Trail along the Andes

I’ve heard of a wonderful trail that goes along and through the Andes. Do you know what it is called? This might be an interesting hike some day… I’m not above hiring a few porters to help carry my stuff so I can just enjoy the walk with me and my camera.

Daily Photo – Crossing Rivers in the Andes

I worked my way back and forth across this river a few times on this evening. I was trying to figure out a way to get closer to the mountains in the distance. It was pretty much physically impossible without risking extreme danger to my body, which I’ve grown to like over the years. So I just remained in this area to take photos and explore the river with the mountains beyond…

Crossing Rivers in the Andes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length22mm (22mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The River Wild

 

Los Angeles PhotoWalk soon with me and Tom Anderson!

  • Time/Date: Sunday Feb 26th starting at 4:30PM – Arrive early to shake hands! :)
  • Location: We’ll meet in Santa Monica at the base of the pier. You can’t miss the mob-o-photographers!
  • RSVP here on Google Schemer
  • Not yet on Google Schemer and want a free invite?  Just click this invite link: goo.gl/RoxQg

The event is open to all skill levels.  Even bring your mobile phone camera!  And it’s also a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring your kids.  See you soon!

Stuck on Earth Community Hangout

Last week we had a fun Stuck On Earth community hangout where we talked about new features as well as many other tips and tricks for using the app.  We even had Zack, the community manager for Flickr, come join us!

Daily Photo – The River Wild

This is one of the rivers in Argentina that was uncrossable.

I really wanted to get to the other side because I knew there were some angles.  I hiked up and down both sides trying to see if there was some way to make it happen, but it was just impossible.  Oh well!  It was a pretty walk if nothing else…

The River WildThis is one of the rivers in Argentina that was uncrossable.I really wanted to get to the other side because I knew there were some angles.  I hiked up and down both sides trying to see if there was some way to make it happen, but it was just impossible.  Oh well!  It was a pretty walk if nothing else...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read this entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

Old Car in Argentina

Podcast Update!

Our show this coming Monday night will have Daniel Suarez (author of Daemon), Leo Laporte, Gordon Laing, and maybe Kevin Kelly will join us too.  We’re talking about “Wearable Cameras of the Distant Future.”

I hope you enjoy the show!  Don’t forget to tell your friends :)

And thanks very much… every time you download, we go up in the rankings.  Here’s a screenshot of the visual arts category — so thanks again!

podcast

 

Daily Photo – Old Car in Argentina

On one of the final nights in Argentina, I went out to an older area near the town which had recently been flooded.  There were many abandoned cars, homes, and other lost things falling apart here and there.  It made for a fun series of short hiked from one little abandoned thing to the next.

Old Car in ArgentinaOn one of the final nights in Argentina, I went out to an older area near the town which had recently been flooded.  There were many abandoned cars, homes, and other lost things falling apart here and there.  It made for a fun series of short hiked from one little abandoned thing to the next.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Cerro Torre

HDR Photo

New Free App – Photo Voyages of Trey

Get it here!  We released the free version of the Android app.  It’s got all the same features as the paid one, just with 50-100 photos instead of hundreds and hundreds.  Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Deep Blue Morning at Cerro Torre

I’d love to return to this place, but I’m afraid the weather would not be as clear and perfect.  Many locals told me there is a 90% chance that these mighty peaks would be covered with clouds, so I felt very lucky to have everything so perfect.  Surely, a return here would not be nearly as good…  but maybe… just maybe… a return would have clouds, but in an awesome dramatic way.

You probably also know I’m not a fan of plain blue skies.  But way up in the mountains, sometimes the sky on the opposite side of the sun is a deep atmospheric blue.  I see it from planes a lot when dawn breaks.  Maybe you have seen that color of blue too… and here it is again.

The Deep Blue Morning at Cerro Torre I’d love to return to this place, but I’m afraid the weather would not be as clear and perfect.  Many locals told me there is a 90% chance that these mighty peaks would be covered with clouds, so I felt very lucky to have everything so perfect.  Surely, a return here would not be nearly as good…  but maybe… just maybe… a return would have clouds, but in an awesome dramatic way.You probably also know I’m not a fan of plain blue skies.  But way up in the mountains, sometimes the sky on the opposite side of the sun is a deep atmospheric blue.  I see it from planes a lot when dawn breaks.  Maybe you have seen that color of blue too… and here it is again.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Google Hangout

Great Photographer Discoveries

Art is a Switzerland of sorts… a neutral ground where many vectors of interest can come together. And so it was that Sergey Brin (founder of Google, in case his name rings a bell) , Thomas Hawk, Gordon Laing, Karen Hutton, Kelli Seeger Kim, and Chee Chew all came together to talk about the joy of photography and share a few discoveries we have made.

Want to see everyone with their links?  Visit my Google+ thread here.

Daily Photo – The Secret Crystal Lake

This is the photo I discussed in the video above when we got around to the bit where we shared our own photos.

This remote lake was so icy cold.  You would think it’s about 33 degrees or something, right?  It felt like absolute zero.  I dropped a little piece of my tripod in here and my hand almost froze off trying to retrieve it.

In the distance you can see where the glacier comes into contact with the glassy lake; it gives a sense of the epic scale here.

The Secret Crystal LakeThis remote lake was so icy cold.  You would think it's about 33 degrees or something, right?  It felt like absolute zero.  I dropped a little piece of my tripod in here and my hand almost froze off trying to retrieve it.In the distance you can see where the glacier comes into contact with the glassy lake; it gives a sense of the epic scale here.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Live Show Tonight

Trey’s Variety Hour #20 – Google+ Photographer Discoveries!

  • Our Regular Weekly Time:  Monday (Tonight!) at 7 PM PT – Your World Time
  • Location to Watch:  Live.TWIT.tv (There is Live Chat there too)

#20 will be a fun one! We have great guests, all of whom will be sharing some great photographer discoveries we’ve made on Google+. There’s so many inspiring photographers on here, and we’re just getting started.

Joining me are +Thomas Hawk +Chee Chew from Google, +Gordon Laing from Cameralabs.com, +Karen Hutton and +Kelli Seeger Kim from Life Through the Lens. And, here’s just a few of the G+ Photographer Discoveries we’ll be sharing: +midori chan +Jaime Ibarra +Hengki Koentjoro +Todd Sisson +Klaus-Peter Kubik +Stefan Haworth +Klaudia J +Philippe Sainte-Laudy +Alan Shapiro+Laura Ferreira +Joe McNally +Mike Shaw +Lotus Carroll +Ivan Makarov +Vivienne Gucwa +Kerry Murphy +Mikko Lagerstedt +Ulf Bjolin

Thanks again for production help to +Dave Veffer +Tony Wang and +Lisa Kentzell

Daily Photo – Mountain and Meadow

While in Argentina, the mountain of Fitz Roy acted as the center of most of my hiking.  It was always there in the distance, towering above all else.  Even when it was enshrouded in clouds, I could still feel its heaviness beyond.

I think about 90% of my shots are landscape-orientation.  I only end up with about 10% in this portrait-orientation.  I don’t know why this is…  I can’t figure out if I am just a creature of habit or if that is the way I am wired.  But, if you ever do see one in portrait orientation like this, you can probably just assume that it required a little extra thought.

HDR Photo

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