Her Evening Elegance

A Texas sunset settled on the farm as we patiently waited for the sky to repaint itself every few minutes.

It was a very relaxing hour, watching the sun slowly descend through the clouds, interrupted on occasion by a stressful swapping of lenses.  I hate to get dust in the chamber, so the changing of lenses is always a high-anxiety event!  But the anxiety faded away pretty quick as we started watching the sunset again.

My friend Leslie had invited me out to her parent’s farm near Brady.  She’s an actress, a model, a photographer, and a bunch of other creative things…  so I had told her I would spend equal amounts of time shooting the farm, her animals, and her. It’s the old 33/33/33 rule of farm-shooting.    Anyway, I am sure some of you would rather see photos of her…  and still others of her animals…  but I can’t make everyone happy at once, so you’ll just have to wait a few weeks for me to sprinkle those in!  Until then, I hope you enjoy the sunset.

Reaching for the Sky

  • pat

    love it! Do more seminars at UT!

  • Leslie


    It’s perfect. It’s absolutely what I feel everytime I’m out there. The warmth, the colors, the calm; you captured it all. Thank you.

  • Good on you Trey. Love your regular updates, keep ’em coming.

  • Trey — I love the sunset and the silhouette of the tree! An awesome shot as usual.

    Not that I have any right to criticize, but in the spirit of constructive feedback… I find red glow of the grass a tad distracting. They seem unnaturally luminous….

  • Thanks! 🙂

    Pat – I should do more seminars at UT. I only have a few regular invites… but if I have time, I am always happy to come.

    Leslie – of course – my pleasure

    Jason – Thanks… I’ll try to keep the updates regular over the next few days even though I will be in Argentina…

    Miles – Thanks for the feedback… no problemo…

  • Ed

    Pure awesomeness.

  • Awesome picture Trey!

  • Lovely, elegant just peaceful, I love it. I have to say I am a little jealous if only my HDR pictures even turned out half as good as yours, just need some more practice. Your art just inspires me.

    Nice work Trey

  • wow! this is amazing! i love it =D

  • Hey Trey, another beautiful shot, nicely composed with soft morning colours, but the ‘black’ silhouette of the tree seems a bit lost, there seems to be a lot of noise that is very obvious on my new 24″ iMac. Great work though.

  • Alan Kesselhaut

    Great as usual. If you use photomatix and Lucis Pro 6 together, would you please share your workflow. Thanks, A

  • Indibang

    Glow on grass looks good.

  • Lovely! Reminds me of the tree of life that you can find in many culture. Love yellow of the sun, very rich and glowy

  • Deb

    Absolutely beautiful!!! as usual. Texas has some beautiful scenery. It is one of the places that I HAVE visited and found it prettier than expected. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike

    Hi Trey,

    Just beautiful, excellent colours, love it.

    All the best


  • Facebook User

    beauty trey..and I do want to see her more…hahaha 😉

  • Nice!! I like the shadow.

  • Once again, an awsome picture!!!! Waiting for the shots of the animals, ;-). Down on the farm at sunset, the last best place to be!!!!

  • I love the layers in the sky – it’s nice to see that there are some untouched places around Texas. Also, I didn’t know about the 33/33/33 rule of farm-shooting so thanks for that tip 😉

  • Cool! Love the glow the sun gives the tree! And great clouds.

  • Very cool! Love the colors and the title.

  • Sheryl

    Hi Trey,
    We enjoyed your visit and I love the tree photo. I love color and contrast and this photo has both. Can’t wait to see the photos of Leslie. Take care.
    Leslie’s mom.

  • casusan

    Wonderful sunset shot Trey – beautiful!

  • Sheryl

    I wanted to mention to Miles the grass really looks like that at sunset. It is called Klein Grass and is originally from Africa and turns straw colored when winter comes around. It also has a sheen to it when it is older.

  • Hehe thanks all – and thanks Sheryl! I appreciate it…

    Wow this one is really popular… I see there are equal request for pics of Leslie and the farm animals. I’ll see what I can do! 🙂

  • Nice tree & sunset…thanks!

  • I looked at the origianl photo. I see some horses at the fence line. Nice touch. It’s hard to see them on the blog photo.

  • This is a great photo!

  • Lauren

    Beautiful picture- I love the red glow against the tree silhouette. I love photography, especially nature still life. I recently scraped together my savings and bought a small SLR camera, I hope someday to be able to capture that kind of scene. I live out in Texas- My Father works at UT (this is relevant because I am only 13) you are an inspiration for me- come back soon!

  • Cool – Thanks!

    Dale – yes those horses are tiny tiny… more of them in the future 🙂

    Lauren – I’m glad to have an aspiring fan that is a 13 year-old…. cool – best of luck to you 🙂

  • Love your work as always! Just one question what happend with the last per cent (33+33+33=99)? Now it’s just the third role 😛

  • Stunning !!!! Stunning !!!! You have a talent to bring out the best in a setting.

  • franielee

    That is the prettiest one you could ever shoot! i love you Texas pictures!

  • just stunning


    this tree seems to grow worldwide, I have seen it in photos from africa.

  • Sheryl

    The tree is called a Live Oak and grows well in parts of Texas. It is in the process of shedding it’s leaves and developing blooms which will become acorns later this Fall.

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