Many people are asking if I still use Photomatix, and the answer is an absolute yes! I use it to process all the photos you see on the site here. If you want to try it yourself, you can read more information here on the Photomatix Review.
Daily Photo – Soft Sunset over the Gentle Stream
Every time I visit this little stream in the northern part of Iceland, it seems exactly the same. It makes me wonder if it ever gets high or low or just flows perfectly all the time.
If it does flow perfectly like this all the time, I’d be tempted to build a house right over it! Wouldn’t it be cool to have a perfect stream just flow right through your home?
So I get thousands and thousands of negative comments. I do read them all, and joyfully ignore most of them, but once in a blue moon I decide to make an example out of someone. In this case, I got a rather sour comment for the photo I posted here (note that the comment was on Facebook):
“Trey, I generally like your work, but this is one of the worst Photoshop hacks I’ve seen. Mirror the image with a badly piculated reflection? If I was going to fake the photo, I would at least apply a soft blur to the reflection and use a wave pattern to simulate the water.”
So, anyway, I decided to grab a photo from my Lightroom. BTW, you can also see another icy image there I took about an hour before at Pyramid Lake.
Daily Photo – Road to the Inn
I have strange feelings sometimes when approaching new hotels. I stay in a lot of them, but there are certain times of the day and night when you are going some place quite foreign and you’re just not sure what it will be like.
A good example is this place here in Iceland, where everything can be doubly strange. I’ve had many strange experiences from sleeping in school classrooms (they are converted to hotels in the summer) to having to wake up someone at 2 AM to let me into a room.
Even though Iceland is so mountainous, sometimes there are wide open plains where you can see the destination from miles and miles away as you get closer. And all the strange thoughts (especially very late at night) go racing through your head. It’s all kind of Twilight Zone-ish.
I know many of you have signed up for SmugMug (if not, use “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save money), and you might like to know there is a new set of themes coming! I’ve had this one custom-built, and I really like the clean look of it all. I think it’s a lot more fun and usable to click around and navigate. Plus, I like that there is a big, friendly “Buy Prints” option up there at the top!If you want to know more, see my full SmugMug Review here on the site.
Daily Photo – Tableau Vivant of Wild Horses
It was about 2 A.M. and the sun was just dipping into the horizon for a short stint. These horses were frolicking about in a huge flat field a bit inland from the end of the fjord. They were all so lively and alert, jumping and posing here and there. And then they set up in a very interesting configuration, and I barely had time to put on the right lens before it all drifted apart.
We recently released WordPress for Photographers, a new eBook by Peter Adams. This is a step-by-step guide that will teach you everything about setting up WordPress, choosing a theme/design for your website, and adding content. Also included are advanced techniques for working with image galleries, importing image meta-data, optimizing image search, and a whole lot more!
There are many other new books over at Flatbooks as well, and I hope you’ll like them all!
Daily Photo – Waterfall of Certain Doom
This has become one of my favorite remote waterfalls in the world! Whenever I am taking photos of these places, I spend a lot of time there. I often imagine what it would be like to tumble over the edge… wondering various ways I could survive… if I’d get caught in a whirlpool underwater… or if I would just pop up like in the movies.
If you are ever near Akureyri, I suggest you visit this spot… if you are feeling bold, clamber down the side of the waterfall like I did here to get this shot…
While posting this photo, I was thinking of my favorite fish restaurant in the world about 20 km from this spot below. They didn’t have my favorite kind of fish, which is black cod, but they did have a delicious selection. What’s your favorite?
Daily Photo - Lonely River in Iceland
I wonder sometimes if I project my own emotions onto the landscape around me. I’m really not all that dramatic, but sometimes this does seem to be the case, especially in Iceland. Since I spend so much time there alone, I end up thinking that parts of the environs seem kind of lonely too. And I think there is probably a lot of truth in it because I hardly ever see any other humans, so everything is very lonely!
In this episode, the subject was ‘Social Media and New Opportunities for Artists,” and we had many excellent guests. Also, if you wait until the end (bonus time!), you can see a bunch of new photos from Virgin Gorda and I talk more about the Sony NEX-7.
Photo Mystery – How much to buy the castle?
Okay, other photo mysteries I post here are too easy for you… I’ll go ahead and tell you this place is in Iceland up in the northwest fjords near Isafjordur. So, today’s mystery is: “How much does this castle cost?”
I’ll tell you ahead of time that I don’t know the answer! But maybe an enterprising Internet-person can figure it out!
Daily Photo – Castle For Sale
This is a somewhat dilapidated castle in Iceland, and it’s for sale! I got out to hike around it and take photos, and I noticed a FOR SALE sign in front! I mean, obviously this falls into the category of “fixer upper” — but look at the view! I bet you can get it for a good price too… Let’s see who can figure it out first!
Where does all the time go? How can time feel so fast and so slow at the same time… it’s a wonderful duality that makes me happy and confused to think about…
Daily Photo - The Rock Cleaved
I need more waterfalls in my life! This is what I am thinking whenever I just finish taking photos of waterfalls. As I was walking away from this one in Iceland, where I spent most of the day, I was thinking about the next waterfall. Then the next one. Then the next one. I think it’s cool how something can be so violent and beautiful at the same time.
Ron Garan (NASA Astronaught) joins me, Gordon Laing, Jim Goldstein, Brad Goldpaint, Ben Canales, Randy Halverson and Darryl Van Gaal all hang out. We talk about all kinds of cool space stuff with Ron and his photography in space, astro-photography and time lapse photography.
Do you all notice that your memory tends to edit out the boring and bad bits of trips and vacations? I tend to only remember the best parts… I guess some of the bad stuff is there, but I have to dig through my memories to get there. I mean, unless it was a horrible trip that was full of traumatic episodes. I suppose those trips are defined by their bad drama, and they would be impossible to forget. But, they seem few and far between.
Daily Photo – Farm Between Fjords
The fjords of Northern Iceland weave in and out of the ocean, each one ending with a strong peninsula that juts out into the sea. Just on the inland side of these wide peninsulas, there are many lakes and little farms that sit nestled between little mountains and hillocks. They fit in so naturally that you almost don’t even notice them. I try to take extra care to notice every one.
For this one, I got out of my car and went on a short hike over to this little stream that ran alongside the old home.
In this little pre-show, which we did not intend to capture, we talk about D&D, programming, Infocom games, sleeping, and a bunch of other stuff…
Daily Photo – The Distant Mist
While in Iceland, I traveled through a lowlands area early in the morning. A mist — a video-game-mist — started moving quickly across the ground and through the distant hillocks. It was all so surreal that I barely remembered that I should be taking a photo of this. That was a strange feeling, since the whole reason I was there was to take photos!
Our Android App (Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff) is now featured — very exciting. And, even better if you don’t want to pay, there is a Free version that with a nice collection of about 50 photos or so. It works great on your Android and your Google TV! And yes, it even works on the new color Kindle, once you enable it to run other apps.
Daily Photo – Home in the Hillside
Is it okay if I do two Iceland photos in a row? I hope so, because I’m very excited about this one too.
Some of these places you can’t see from the road. If you walk over one hill and down another, you can find these wonderful little places tucked away in hillsides. Even though it’s all fallen apart, it’s still charming… sort of a fixer-upper!