Crossing the Bridge into Old Lyon and the HDR Workshop Registration Open!

HDR Workshop Registration Open – $999 per person – Edit – SOLD OUT

Edit: The HDR Workshop sold out in 11 minutes. Crazy! First, you guys crashed the server for 45 minutes!!! And then we went live at 12:46 AM. By 12:57, all the slots were gone.

We will have an HDR DVD of the Workshop. I think it’s gonna be really good. To stay on top of that and see when it is first avail, be sure to sign up for our free newsletter!

New York Times Article

Did you guys see the New York Times article online about Stuck In Customs and HDR Photography? Cool! John Tierney wrote a great little piece and asked if publications like the New York Times should consider using HDR Photos. They have an open commenting system over there, so pop in and give them your two cents (the newspapers need it!).

Daily Photo – Crossing the Bridge into Old Lyon

This was a pretty tough shot to get! This was a little pedestrian bridge that crossed from the new part of Lyon, France, into the older part. It swayed and buckled in the breeze. Plus, it was night, so you kind of have to leave the shutter open for a long time. I hate to crank up the ISO, but I had to so everything would stay sharp.

That night I walked around for about five hours deep past midnight. It was just me and my Russian friend… walking around… solving the world’s problems… while he gave me all kinds of hard-ass Russian advice on how to solve my own!

Crossing the Bridge into Old Lyon

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 14:58:21
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  • Aperturef/4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13mm (19mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Stunning pic – the color, the mood, it all comes togehter- great work

  • Wow, this ranks among my top Trey Ratcliffe photos. Right up there with the one of the people walking around the Taj and also all your Paris shots.

    My MacBook Pro desktop thanks you.

  • Facebook User

    $999? Serious?

  • I made a stop in Lyon about two weeks ago. Wish I had had more time to explore the city center. Nonetheless I some nice places.
    If you ever get to France again, you really ought to visit Montpellier:

    And then Carcassonne, of course. It’s an HDR paradise there… 😉



  • Facebook User

    I hope the DVD will be affordable – and out soon!
    I really want to know all about this. But I could not fly over – or spend a grand on this. Have fun everybody! 😀

  • Mike Diblicek

    HI Trey,

    Living in France, as i’ve explained before, and only 3 hours drive from Lyon, which i’ve visited a number of times, this is a great city to explore, really great photo, love the spotlight beams highlighting the church spire, they really stand out.

    As for the Workshop, just goes to show, how popular HDR is, everywhere you turn on the net now their are HDR photo’s all over the place, with some excellent work being displayed on HDR Spotting of course and HDR Creme.
    Also just goes to show how popular YOU ARE as well, i’m sure we who comment on your blog and Fickr pages each day doesn’t even touch 1 percent of your real fan base or readership.
    So i’m glad for YOU, but terribly JEALOUS of the lucky 15 who will get 2 day’s they’ll never forget.
    Hopefully their will be an opportunity for those of us in Europe oneday, London or the Southeast of England.
    Or France, providing you hire a few translators, although for me it’ll be ok.

    All the best


  • my suggesstion for a workshop in Europe: Basel – its in Switzerland but right at the border to France and Germany ! So you get the best of 3 countries! A great place to shoot HDR – have a look at my pic from the Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse:

  • Gives you the feel of Gothum City. Great Shot!

  • The NYT article sparks some, probably, common controversy. I’m no professional nor photo purist but the philosophy behind what makes acceptable photography makes my head ache. For instance, I had an HDR that made The Ohio State University image of the day (

    One comment I received about the photo was “oh it must be Photoshopped.” Confused, I could only think, yeah . . . so what? Certainly it’s possible to over process images and critics can have their own opinion as to whether they like it or not. As far as I’m concerned, so long as the “artist” isn’t trying to “fool” the viewer or pass something off as something it’s not then anything goes.

    It reminds me of a CG forum I frequent where every once in a while someone will post a photo and say that it’s a CG model they created. Now that’s dishonest. But is anyone going to knock Miss Aniela for “Photoshopping” her clone photos?? That would be absurd.

  • Mike Diblicek

    @ Birgit, yeah Basel, that’s cool too, just 2 hours for me, as i’m near Vesoul.


  • @Brian Hoffsis
    I totally agree with you!
    I think the majority of professional photos is post-processed to some degree. People who are not into photography don’t know that.
    Another thing: in the good old times of analog photography, most films produced strong colors. I remember that people liked blue skies and strongly saturated tones.
    Today, digital cameras produce a picture which is more “neutral”. And if you use stronger colors in post-processing, many say it’s “unnatural”, “unrealistic”, etc.
    When you take photos, you should not care though, but create those pictures that you like.

    Amen. 😉

  • Awwwwwwesome, Trey. I’m not always found of cityscapes, but this one is my very favorite. I love it!!!! The colors are spectacular. I would love to walk across that bridge. I wonder if my hubby did when he was stationed in France or when he went back there on a couple of his National Guard 2 week tours. They had such horrible tours, lol. But they did have some hard working tours, also. Thanks for sharing, and congrats again on the NY Times article. Already shared that on facebook!!!!!!

  • P. S. I agree with Timo, Amen 🙂

  • Sold out already??? Should have charged more… 😉 I’m on board for the next one.

    Awesome shot! I love your night shots. You work magic on getting virtually noise-less end results. That’s my nemesis right now…

  • Sam Patel

    I am sooo jealous of those lucky 12 people…Have a great time…Trey–this is an awesome thing you are doing for the hdr community both novice and professionals alike…
    Sorry could not sign up–might be in Pasadena that whole week watching the longhorns take care of business..

    -sam p

  • Jill Baxter

    A splendid picture, mesmerizing to stare at. Trey, I am really curious re: “It was just me and my Russian friend… walking around… solving the world’s problems… while he gave me all kinds of hard-ass Russian advice on how to solve my own!”, what kind of advice does a Russian friend give?

  • casusan

    Beautiful shot Trey! Love this one so much! Congrats on the workshop selling out so fast – and the NY Times article was great!

  • JB

    I bailed on the registration at 12:40 because the site wasn’t working. Bummer, only a couple more minutes and I would have been flying in from Cleveland. Maybe next time. Look forward to the DVD.

  • HuhWhatOh

    Commenter #7 on the NYT article pointed out something I had not noticed. JF said “It also appears that the top photo brushes out a road post or sign seen through the bottom left corner of the window frame on the lower photo.” Is this true, Trey? Did you take out the post, or was that just someone standing there?

  • I visited Lyon several times when I used to live in Geneva….. what a beautiful city! The ruins were magnificent, too. Wonderful photo. You bring back wonderful memories for me.

  • Thanks all!

    Hehe – you guys want me to do a world tour and give workshops eh? hehe… well that might be fun. But I’ll make ya work! It’ll be no holiday for you! 🙂

    Jill – Russians tend to dispense advice with a hard edge… even if it is the proper way to put on your socks!

    JB – so close! hehe

    HuhWhatOh – yes – I cloned out that post because I thought it was ugly.

    Mike (and others) – thank you for the very nice comments!

  • Wow! This is stunning. It brings me back to the week I spent in Paris. This is an awesome photo and would look stunning printed on canvas!

  • Great image Trey. As for the HDR controversy— WHO CARES. We produce images because we like to. We do the best we can and enjoy ourselves. Who cares what somebody else thinks? I think back to the 70’s when I worked for Gamma Photo in Chicago. We dodged and burned, pushed film speeds and tweaked colors in dye transfers for clients. We used the tools we had to produce an image the client liked. OMG a post disappeared! In my arch photo a whole water tower was cloned away. In my greenhouse shot an antenna that looked like a cowlick disappeared with two mouse clicks.You want real? (Not) Check out one of my favorites, Jerry Uelsmann. Thanks for creating a “reality” so many of us enjoy. I know, kinda long. I’m just sayin

  • Nice picture Trey,

    I have been to Lyon many times, I am from Montreal and somme of my close friends moved overthere. I can see the exact location where you took this picture. Thanks for this moment.

    Jean Pierre Dagenais

  • Jack Rice

    Glad to here that the demand for the workshop was so high, just goes to show really, even at such a steep price, the value of such an experience is going on unvaluable XD. Good article also.

    Great photo, always like the night shots where the lightings gives off that mysterious and powerfully subtle glow, really works well in this one. Interesting but of info on coping with some of the difficulties of shooting with HDR, glad to see the end result didn’t suffer though.

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