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A Book Announcement!

Finally... after a long wait, we have made the announcement on the book! It's a 216-page monstrosity. I hope you love it! If you are like me, and you just can't get enough of HDR, then maybe this is the book for you. It contains a ton of different techniques, explanations, as well as an updated and expanded HDR Tutorial. The book includes a collection of my HDR photographs as well as deeper explanations about how they were achieved. The book also gives me a longer format to go into depth about various descriptions of how I use and think about light to really push HDR to the next level.

The book has been designed for all levels of photographers. Whether you are just now getting your feet wet or a seasoned professional, there are tips and tricks in here for every level.

The doors are open and you are now able to pre-order A World in HDR directly from me, where you have the option between an autographed book and an autographed book with a signed and numbered print. The only time this print will ever be available is during the pre-order event. Although we don't have a scheduled date of release yet, but it will certainly be out before holidays!

Tune into NBC for the 10 o'clock news (if you're in Austin)!

Tonight (7/16/09), on the 10PM news here on NBC Austin, I'll be interviewed by Jim Swift. He recently came over and we had a little on-the-porch interview segment even though we were in-my-home-office. He then got a little footage of Ethan and me going on a little PhotoHike up to take a shot of the 360 Bridge here in Austin. I have no idea how the segment will turn out, but I hope it helps to spread the word on HDR a bit and grow the community even more. We'll see! Jim was a really nice guy, and I enjoyed meeting him.

I know this newsletter goes all over the world, and most of you can't see NBC Austin. Whenever it goes up online, I'll link to the video from StuckInCustoms.com and send out a little Tweet. I'm not sure how long that will take, but soon enough, methinks.

In the meantime, why not contact your local NBC affiliate and tell them to get the "Trey Ratcliff Photography interview with Jim Swift" segment from KXAN in Austin! I understand the segment can be picked up by any local NBC station, so that would be kinda cool!

PhotoWalk - Join us for a sunset walk around downtown Austin on August 6th!

We are going to have a fun and free Photowalk in downtown Austin! Everyone is welcome, whether you are a beginner, amateur, or professional. Even if you have a dinky little camera that you are not sure how to use, come along and there will be other photographers there that I will coerce into helping you out! If it's your first time at one of these, don't be afraid. I find that photographers are some of the kindest and most helpful people around.

You can come see the details here on the Facebook Event Page.

The event is on Thursday evening, August 6th at 7:30 PM. It should be a tiny bit cooler at that time, let us hope! We will meet in front of the Driskill on 6th street. If you're not a downtown-kinda person, no worries: there's lots of parking all around. Meters are free after 5PM or you might have to pay $5 or so for a parking lot.

A New Video of an HDR shot in Yellowstone

I uploaded a new video that I recently shot while in Yellowstone. It's called "The Incident at Ice Lake" (click there to see it) and talks a little bit about how I set up for an HDR shot. You'll have to excuse the shaky camera, the out-of-focus shots, and this sort of thing. My apologies in advance! But, maybe there is some good behind-the-scenes info there for you.

Let me know if you'd like to see more of this sort of thing in the future.

Three New Reviews!

Wow, there's a lot of stuff in this Newsletter, eh? I'm just realizing this now that I am hip-deep into it. But we do like to give subscribers first-looks at Reviews and other news items, so here you go!

I did an extensive review on "Genuine Fractals". It is a great program for making your image very big without losing any quality. I am sure that you often have to resize images to make them bigger, and you get tired of some of the mediocre-quality efforts from the default resizing tools in Photoshop. I think Genuine Fractals beats it by a mile! To see more with sample shots, visit the Genuine Fractals Review.

There are two other tools that I have been using lately that make my life easier. One is for sharing large files with others and moving files around between computers easily. It's called DropBox and you can read a short DropBox Review here.

The second tool I've been using is for backing my files up onto the Internet (the cloud). This gives me peace of mind in case there is a fire and my local backups are also destroyed. Even if you don't have a ton of photos and just want to back up your family digital photos, it's a smart idea. And it's super-cheap. You can read more at the Backblaze Review page.

The Best Tweets and Finds of Recent Net History...

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook see these nuggets drop in on a regular basis. Most are things you can live without, but do you really want to? No, of course not! :)

  • Watching this hilarious video made my day better! Bonnie Tyler... like the 80's? MUST SEE! LINK
  • omg what a different and cool video - Civilization at LINK... I love all the details...
  • This is neato... One of my photos is on the cover of Radney Foster's new album "Revival" LINK
  • Here is a creative and funny photo series on "Fallen Princesses"... fairy tales grown up at LINK
  • Here is a really beautiful video... very different but nice... LINK
  • Here is a shot from inside the helicopter while flying over some mountains on the way into to the ranch in Yellowstone LINK
  • Here is me on a jeep with ex-Rhodesian military, an artist, German royalty, and the great magician @AndrewMayne LINK
  • For behind-the-scenes for the "A World in HDR" book cover selection, see the discussion area at Facebook Fan Page: LINK
  • This site has probably the most beautiful and coolest blog header I have ever seen! LINK
  • Ray Caesar is one of my favorite artists... wild stuff. See his MySpace page: LINK
  • The best time-lapse video I've seen in a while... with perfect music - shot with DSLRs LINK
  • Here is a funny video about the Internet... It has 100% positive response from my friends! LINK
  • Awkward Family Photos - so dang funny! be sure to clk OLDER ENTRIES at bottom - your fave? LINK
  • An excellent and creative video made with over 60,000 photos and no special effects! LINK


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    A Collection of Shots from the Recent Past

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    The Morning Steam Through the Forest in Yellowstone
    The Morning Steam Through the Forest in Yellowstone
    The Beating Hearts of the Buddhas
    The Beating Hearts of the Buddhas
    Scooping Junk in Mumbai
    Scooping Junk in Mumbai
    Le Arc de Triumph from the Champs/div> Le Arc de Triumph from the Champs-Élysées
    Cutting the Wheat
    Cutting the Wheat
    The Blood-Colored Walls of the Tomb
    The Blood-Colored Walls of the Tomb
    SRV at Sunset (in Austin)
    SRV at Sunset
    The Sacred Heart of Paris
    The Sacred Heart of Paris
    An Evening Stroll Around the Cabin
    An Evening Stroll Around the Cabin