The Secret Emerald Lake and on a Radio Show Today

I saw the craziest and most unbelievable things in Patagonia. It was like nature rewrote its own rules to build this place. I’d like to make a reference to the ill-fated Genesis project in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Kahn, but I won’t.

I came across this shockingly clear and mysterious green lake. The water magnified the pure green algae that covered every strange underwater formation. There were also fish swimming around inside, but I kept the ISO so low on these shots, the fish got blurred out. I do have some higher ISO shots of the fish I will add at a later date. They were these little blue-colored fish. I think they were trout, but I’m not totally sure. Anyway, I felt lucky to be here in the Autumn, just after a small rainstorm, making all the trees nice and moist with a glistening glow.

Below that, I have posted a shot taken by my friend Dima. It is of yours truly with Yuri. He is looking particularly sour in this photo. If you’d like to see some other photos from Argentina, just click here.

Today I am on a radio show with Rodney Washington as the host. You can listen to it right here in the widget below at 2 PM CST. You can even call in – the number is (646) 716-4445. If you miss the show, it will be available for download (or podcast) after it is recorded. We are talking about photography, HDR, blogging, and all of that sorta thing.

In the meantime… if you are listenin’ to the show and lookin’ for somethin’ to click. Let’s vote up the site to see if we can get up to #1 in the 2009 Photoblog Awards! You’ll have to register on there so your vote is legit, but that is fast… Thanks in advance!

The Secret Emerald Lake (by Stuck in Customs)


  • Wow that water looks knucking futs! Diggin the fall pics my man!

  • This is a great shot (of what I can only assume is you). Love the slight HDR feel to it, great colors and depth of field here. Man, I’d love to get my hands on a D3x one of these days. You really work wonders with it.


  • Mark P

    Nice, but a little over processed for my taste. Really enjoy your site and I visit daily.

  • Love it love it love it
    could you share your processing technique here trey? Only if you wiosh too.

  • Wow, Trey, you were so fortunate to have gone on that trip. The pictures you have shared so far are so wonderful. I love the way you captured the colors in this shot!!!! Great job. You are right, Yuri doesn’t look to happy. But that might be his “normal” look, lol. Thanks for sharing and I hope I remember to come back to this webpage this afternoon at 1 p.m. MST and listen to the talk show.

  • Facebook User

    HDR, then Orton? Very surreal.

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    Another beautiful photo, love the colours.

    I’ll be tuning in later

    All the best.


  • Thanks y’all – yes it is HDR – then something sort of like Orton. I have a unique set of actions I’ve built over the years.

  • “I have a unique set of actions I’ve built over the years.”

    Yep, and someday instead of saying something like “The Orton Effect”, or “HDR”, there’ll be a reference to “Yeah, it’s “Treyatized” or some such nickname. For real. You are a master at what you do. Thanks for sharing.

  • I sound like a broken record, but COOL!!

    We (including Trey) should come up with a nickname and start using it instead of HDR or other works. 🙂

  • casusan

    Cool shot Trey! I will be listening today – have fun!

  • Contenti

    Hey, you… Found your photos today and I think you´re great at this. I would like to talk to you. If u can, send me a mail. [email protected]

    See ya!

  • great shot of you and Yuri! maybe he doesn’t like being leaned on 😉

  • KathleenMcGillick

    Please let us know when the podcast is posted…I came in late to te interview

  • I just finished it… It focused a lot on blogs and marketing and this sort of thing – not so much on photography and art, but that is okay – just letting y’all know. Rodney asked some good questions and it was nice to talk to him. I’ll post again here in the comments when it is avail for listening.

  • casusan

    Awesome interview Trey – you rock!

  • Okay – Rodney sent me a note saying it is now online – I think you can just click play up there! 🙂

  • OK! checking it out now…hehe 🙂

  • I’m quite sure the following comment is not going to make me a very popular fellow here. Be that as it may, let me first say that
    1- I believe your HDR work is and has become a disruptive technology and I admire it a great deal,
    2- I first discovered HDR via you and your site,
    3- there’s isn’t a moment when talking photography with other photographers that I don’t “insist” they visit your site,
    4- when I first began using HDR, you were kind enough to offer some expert advice

    Now, for my irritation.

    >>> >>> Let’s vote up the site to see if we can get up to #1 in the 2009 Photoblog Awards! You’ll have to register on there so your vote is legit, but that is fast… Thanks in advance! <<<

    Trey, you have 16 MILLION views, last month alone you had 3 Million Pageviews and 250K+ visitors, your work is displayed in the Smithsonian, you’re referenced almost everywhere HDR is discussed, you’re interviewed, you write, you do podcasts, you travel the world and shoot fantastic images, you’re in demand across the photography universe, and you’re a generous guy when it comes to your work and your workflow. I’d say you’ve have accomplished a great deal in your photographic life and you have earned every bit of recognition you have received. Which brings me to the quote I pasted into this post and a question that begs an answer. Given all that you have accomplished, was it necessary to encourage the huge following you have to vote for your blog in the 2009 Photoblog awards? Is coming in first in the 2009 Photoblog contest something you need?
    In effect, it’s like Derek Jeter or Cal Ripken asking people to cast their votes for them on the All Star ballot. They would never do that.
    I have to be honest, I have you in my blogroll, and I have your site in my Google reader, and everyday, or there about, I see your new entry and I’m pumped to see it… When I read your quote, I was just disappointed. My first thought was, “Did he really just do that?”
    I said when I began I wouldn’t be very popular after posting this opinion, and I’m sure that will be the case. But it’s not about popularity, it’s about saying what you believe.
    Best regards,

  • I enjoyed our interview today Trey, your work is very inspiring and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to speak with you. I’m sure many photographers will learn a great deal from you.

    All the best….

    Rodney Washington

  • Thanks all!

    LaWatha – hehe… that would be some kinda name!

    Louis – Thanks for the feedback. I’m just competitive and I wanted to win… that’s all. No hard feelings. Internet voting is a different beast that the All-Star thing. Internet contests are always a little wonky anyway… eh?

    Rodney – No problemo mate – thx for the good questions and talk.

  • Deb

    I love the “Secret Emerald Pond” was it? Absolutely beautiful! and the photo of you and Yuri is great! He does look a sour-puss but I’m sure he has some redeeming qualities underneath that turned down face. I love your work and you have my vote for photoblog of the year. Thanks again for sharing with us less adventurous souls.

  • Great photo again, Trey. I enjoyed listening to the interview, (at least until I clicked off the page and had to start over right as it was finishing!) and thanks for sharing the daily picture!

  • Anthony

    Just got finished listening to your interview with Rodney Washington! It was great! Thanks for all the great pointers. He was really killing me when he was talking about “HD photography!” I was just waiting for you to correct him! LOL!

  • sMiles

    Nice lake shot! I always look at the pictures before reading the text, and I could have sworn that shot was from Gunners Pool up in N. Arkansas. Looks stunningly similar. Very nice shot, and Patagonia to boot!

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