The Portofino Bay

Lengthy HDR Workshop Review

First, I should make it clear that I don’t have any more plans to do more workshops. I know there is a lot of demand all over the world — and these two previous ones have been ultra-successful. I may end up doing a few exclusive workshops in select cities around the world, but nothing is currently planned. I get approached all the time for this and that – and I’m looking at everything… but nothing is decided yet.

For sure, you should get ready for the HDR DVD to come out. It’s being worked on currently. It will be ready when it’s ready, but you can sign up there to be sure you find out first.

As for the Florida weekend workshop, Terry Reinert wrote a lengthy review on his blog. He was a nice guy, and I enjoyed meeting him. After the workshop, RC Concepcion asked Terry and Vanelli (his site) to take me out to shoot the sunset. Well, it was probably a top 10 sunset. It was one of those perfect sunsets where the sun was twice as wide as the skyscrapers in downtown Tampa. Even better, it was a perfect half-circle on top of a cloud.

The only bad thing is that we were in a car the entire time. I’m not sure what the heck happened, but I am sure what the heck didn’t happen. I had a chance to get the greatest photo of Tampa ever made, but I was stuck in a car. I have not yet ruled out conspiracy.

After that, Vanelli, Terry, and I ended up at Tampa University. Or maybe it’s the University of Tampa. We moved around there and they used a few of the new tricks from the workshop. I got some great shots that I haven’t had time to process yet… But I was happy to hang out with those two guys. RC tends to be a good filter on these sorts of matters!

Daily Photo – The Portofino Bay

Today, I drove to Orlando and decided to put myself in charge of a sunset shot. Of course, since those two jokers where many area codes away, it worked out well.

We stayed here at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. This place is gorgeous. I never know how I feel about these “recreations” of other real-world places. The REAL Portofino is very pretty and unique, of course, but this recreation is also really nice. I mean, it’s actually pretty here, even though it is just a facsimile. It’s not the same as being in Italy, of course. But, it’s better than being at a Walmart in Ft. Lauderdale, you know? Okay, it’s a WHOLE lot better. There are six Italian restaurants, a pretty boat that takes you back and forth to Universal Studios and Adventure Island, and a very nice staff that is helpful and attentive.

The Portofino Bay

  • I love the colors of the sky and the reflections on the water. This is a great shot.

  • I knew that missing the Tampa sunset was going to come back to haunt me. Maybe it was a premonition or maybe it was the guy from Happy Gilmore walking behind me yelling “You Suck” all day today but I just knew I hadn’t heard the end of it! And I have to admit… it really was a beautiful sunset!! I am going to write the State of Florida and complain about the gross mislabeling of their exit signs along I-4! Haha!

    The seminar was awesome and it was a blast getting you lost… I mean going around the University shooting. I meant to mention the DVD’s in the review but obviously forgot. I think I’ll be picking up a copy of them once they are released since there was so much stuff presented that I cannot remember it all!

    And yes… seeing this beautiful image makes me feel worse about missing the sunset in Tampa. Now if you will excuse me, I think it is time to enter the witness relocation program. 🙂

  • casusan

    Oh wow! Fantastic sunset – all my favorite colors and the reflections are wonderful Trey – yes, I know what you mean – we all like to be in charge of our own destiny!

  • One of the best ones from you I have seen in a while, great job!

  • Vanelli

    My favorite quote you said at the seminar…”When you can’t get the shot you really want, there are always plenty of other shots around.” We did miss the sunset but true to your word you found another shot! You definitely walk the talk! It was a pleasure meeting you.
    Welcome to the FOV Club (Friend of Vanelli)

  • Joker

    No TOT here

  • Wonderful shot Trey, you absolutely nailed this one. Great colors, wonderful comp – it rocks!

  • LOL, Terry, you will never hear the end of Trey missing that sunset ;-). I’m sure you don’t have to disappear, though, lol. Great photo, Trey, I love the colors, the boats in the water, the Isabelle so easy to read, and all of the beautiful colors in the sky and land reflected on the water!! Just Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your amusing story and your photo. Fun post today!! 🙂

  • Looks really super!

  • Jim

    Trey, right after the workshop, I literally ran across the street, convinced the wonderful concierge at the Marriott that I reallllly needed to get up to the 24th floor Concierge level on the balcony for what was shaping up to be a epic sunset. Mission accomplished and here is the result.

    Also check out this photo of RC accepting the GOLDEN Tripod award…… Someone send this to RC for me.

  • Wow… what colors

  • Fantastic shot! The sky is incredible.

  • Hey thanks everyone!

    Jim – Great shot there – I wish I had seen it!!! argh!

  • BeachsidePaul

    Trey, as usual a beautiful capture.

    Sorry you missed the sunset *sigh* I mentioned at the seminar that the Tampa area traffic system was designed by incompetent orangutans, it wasn’t Terry or V’s fault, believe me! In the seminar you showed us the ball-head and adapter you used on your camera and I *loved* the ease of moving from landscape to portrait but, I’m damned if I can remember the brand/model. Any chance you could share the information again?

    Thanks again for a wonderful day of learning on Saturday and if you ever decide to visit this side of the world again, I’d love to attend another!


  • Can’t get them all Trey! I know this feeling!!! Sounds like a good time in South Florida and the pic posted is a beauty!

    Cheers from North Florida,


  • A truly wonderful photograph

  • Jack Rice

    Long time, no comment – been a bit hectic this past month. Ironically was going to comment yesterday, but couldn’t post xD

    But glad to hear about the success of the book and the workshop, seems great.

    Really nice shot with great colours and the reflections in the water, shame about missing the sunset.

  • THanks!

    Jack – thanks for popping in on the comment!

    Paul – it’s made by “Really Right Stuff”

  • Wonderful sky colors you got! You were at right place at right time, Trey!
    P.S.: Your HDR book arrived in Slovenia to my address yesterday! Thanks, it is very good, as my first impressions are. Now, I will get into details. :))

  • Sorry you missed that sunset – we get some awesome ones here in Tampa now and then. Thanks again for choosing Tampa to do your workshop, it was great to meet you and thank you for sharing your techniques and philosophy!

  • Bianca

    Fantastic shot, Trey. Izzy will love to have that photo hanging in her house when she is older too…

  • Danillo Gomesom

    that’s wonderful

  • mai.bedena

    It’s wonderful !!!

  • Universal Studios is still one of the best film studios and you can also visit their offices `

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