The old bones I found on the way to Mordor

Announcement (and contest!) reminder: At midnight (Friday night, about 24 hours after this post), I’ll be releasing the short film called “Autumn in Patagonia”. It’s an experimental thing, and I hope you like it. I’ll be looking at Twitter for the next 24 hours to see who has the most clever Tweet of the event – mark it with @TreyRatcliff so I can find it! I’ll give the winner a free Textures Tutorial and perhaps even a hot tub weekend with Yuri, if I can talk Yuri into it.

As for this photo from Argentina below, this was found on the second day of hiking into the Andes. The landscape changes very quickly and we emerged from one forest and were suddenly facing another. The stark white roots reminded me of bones coming out of the ground and holding up old trees. In the distance, you can see the final destination of this hike – the mysterious peaks of Fitz Roy. These are covered by clouds 90% of the time, so to have them on a crystal clear day was lucky indeed. Tomorrow, in addition to posting the short film, I’ll show you a closer shot of Fitz Roy that was taken around 6 AM the next morning, after an icy hike of 1500 feet in pitch black. Will there be clouds at sunrise, or will it be visible?

Last, they are now taking votes for the 2009 Photoblog Awards. We have been nominated, so be one of the first to vote to help us get to the top! You will have to register and stuff – sorry for that, but thank you in advance!

Click here or on the little graphic :

The old bones I found on the way to Mordor copy (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Awesome!

  • He he he, “Mordor” … *smirk* Good reference. Yup – awake and online. Should be looking for a job and not playing around on twitter and flickr so much.

  • Very nice colors there Trey. And the mountains look fabulous.

  • I think it as an excellent POV Trey! Present covered by remains of Past on either side… Good work!!

  • hehe thanks all – glad you like it!

  • Gorgeous pov and colors, Trey. Excellent composition.

    BTW: I’ll settle for the Textures Tutorial. 😉

  • Awesome shot, love the “white” mountains. Also good title….;)

  • great shot, I like the composition and colors! Too bad, will be gone this weekend so I can’t be part in the contest, would have loved to win the textures tutorial. Maybe next time! Good luck with your photography.

  • Hey Trey. Beautiful photo as always. Just want to know how you’re managing to get online out in the Andes?

  • Great shot Trey!!!

    I don’t need the tutorial but would love to win just the textures.

  • Love all the different things – incredibly blue sky, sharp, snowy mountains, trees, white roots, everything. Such diversity, so cool! Looking forward to the film. 🙂

  • The shots you are able to get… I could sit and stare at your photos everyday, all day, thanks for shoring.

  • Thanks — very nice of yall!

    Tim – I am back from the Andes just recently…and now finally getting a chance to process some of these!

  • Just cast my vote! All of these shots from your hike are amazing. The weather seems to change on a dime and I’m glad you were there to capture all of its different moods

  • Absolutely love this one, Trey. The tree roots are super cool. I love the whole thing!

  • casusan

    Wow! Those tree roots are cool – wonderful shot Trey! Can’t wait for the film tonight! Also I voted!

  • Wicked! Those mountains are striking. Great comp, Trey. This rocks.

  • Cool hehe… thx.

    I’ve gotten a few questions — the Short Film is not an HDR Video… it is something a little different, though.

  • Perfect Story Line,Superb shot


  • Isn’t my country a wonder of nature?
    Great pic, as always.
    Voted for you @ Photoblog Awards!

  • nice shot trey is this one of yoru rare non HDR shots! YOu can count on my vote! Hope to see you as a finalist!

  • Mike Diblicek

    Great shot trey,

    You got my vote

    All the best


  • hehe thanks! 🙂

  • 1st I am very suprised by what a excellent writter you are !!!

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