The Stanford Church in the Photowalk Storm

Recap of the Photowalk

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It turned out to be a great Photowalk!

I sent out a few worried tweets while en route because of the rain, and I got tweets back that there was a full complement of photowalkers waiting under the tree in The Oval. I showed up, at the very last possible second, and then said hi to everyone. It was a very upbeat crowd, and I was happy to meet all of them! I think we had around 50 there, even though the rain was rather epic, especially by California standards!

After I explained the way I do my Photowalks (half shooting, half sharing online), we set out to hit a few spots on campus. As we were moving about, Arnav Moudgil took this photo (also on the right) for the newspaper. This was taken when we were walking in one of the covered areas of the campus.

We moved around and hit several locations, including the one below. At the end, we went over to an eating area and talked for a long while about photography and stuff! I signed books, gave away all kinds of goodies from Smugmug, and this sort of thing — it was nice to meet such enthusiastic photographers. One enterprising Type A created a “Stuck In Stanford” Flickr group where people are currently sharing their photos… this is my first contribution to the group!

Daily Photo – The Stanford Church in the Photowalk Storm

The rain situation was betwixt sprinkles and torrent.  There was enough rain to moisten my bulbous 12-24 (that sounds dirty), so I wanted to be quick.  Usually, I let people look through my lens to see the composition, but, it would have gotten too wet… so I just fired away quickly then put on my little trombone-cover-thing.

Now, maybe my smart audience can help me figure this out.  Some people on the walk told me that “HDR” was “invented” here at Stanford.  Others tell me MIT.  A few people told me that the first HDRs ever taken were inside this very church (where I also collected some shots, for publication soon).  Anyway, this all sounds very intriguing… and I am interested to know the real answers!

The Stanford Church in the Photowalk Storm

  • Hi Trey,

    Nice shot and treatment, that’s a beautiful sky.


    p.s. If anyone is interested i have 5 invites for the website HDR SPOTTING.
    Just drop me a mail at (mike1052(at)gmail(dot)com, this will be on a first come first served basis.

  • UPDATE – I HAVE 2 (TWO) codes left.
    See my first post above

  • UPDATE – ALL codes have now gone.
    To all those that got a code, have fun, hope you get a lot more traffic to your site, not forgetting it’s all down to TREY and Friends.


  • So sorry you had to walk in the rain, Trey. But, alas, can’t count on the weather, hey. Love the photo of the Stanford Church, very pretty!!!! I’ll be posting both pictures on facebook later this morning 😉 . Have a great day!!

  • Great texture in the sky, Trey!

  • jacy joypals

    Gorgeous Trey, a combination of storm clouds, rain but warmth in the image is depicted is lovely.

  • Awesome sky! I went out to Champs Elysee this weekend to take some shots in the grey as well. I waited for the “blue hour” to get a decent shot of the Arc de Triomphe. But despite all my waiting etc, your sky is just better!

  • Anne

    Holy mackeral! That’s one terrific shot!

  • casusan

    What a beautiful church at Stanford – super Trey!

  • I need to research it but I’d bet that the first photograph processed as HDR happened in Astronomical research. Hard to track as the label “HDR” was definitely not in use. Just the technique. I’ll Tweet if I find definite proof.

  • Super! Looks very alive. Great colors.

  • Great shot, love the ‘soft’ feel! ;0)

  • JB

    Those are some seriously dramatic clouds

  • Hi Trey, I work at Stanford in social media, and graduated from here in ’94. this photos is FANTASTIC. thank you so much for sharing! Best wishes, MeiMei Fox

  • Facebook User

    Wow! Trey, that looks amazing!

  • Magnificent!!!!!!!

  • Hey Trey, this is stunning! The sky especially. Can see that shutter drag (with the smaller aperture) giving those clouds that surreal look. Nice !!:-S Will have to explore Ur DVD on work flow when you get it done. I think I work to long on my photos currently.

    Slowly getting through Ur book, enjoying it. Thanks for putting it together.

    Again it was really nice meeting you and Ur Dad @ Stanford on this day (4Feb10), & congrats on getting in the Stanford news paper!!

  • Cheryl McGregor

    according to Wikipedia, HDR was pioneered in 1850 by Gustave Le Gray and there were various incarnations over the years (interesting reading). In 1996 Steve Mann at MIT developed and patented a global hdr method.

  • Thanks all – glad you like it as much as I do!

  • Ha! I was surprised when I pulled up your site today and saw that photo of us walking. It was a good time despite the weather! Thanks again for hosting the photowalk!


  • Hi trey, as usual an excellent shot.

    Would you be able to tell me how you achieve such dramatic clouds. In most of your photos the clouds are always forming a sort of structure, if you know what I mean. They are either always going inwards or outwards which gives a lot of background and character to your snaps.


  • A lot of that is achieved via the wide-angle lens. I have a review here on the site of the Nikon 14-24 — over there on the right.

  • Zav

    Trey, the 12-24 is not bulbous, the 14-24 is. Don’t you have a 14-24 on your D3x, not a 12-24?

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  • Steve Loy

    Hi Trey,
    I love your shot of the Stanford Church! I did an HDR image of Hoover Tower that I thought came out nice, and would love to have you take a look at it.

  • Jim Montoya

    I, like MeiMei, am a Stanford grad. This church is called MemChu by us Stanford folks, short for Memorial Church…and it evokes so many memories of wonderful days gone by. The accenting of the colors of the mosaic by keeping the clouds was a fantastic choice. I’m here to learn some HDR, but you are much more than that- you are a true artist! Thanks for the pic!

    Oh, btw, I think the strobe light photography – via Professor Harold Edgarton – was developed at MIT (the milkdrop pic that looks like a crown is his famous one), but not sure about HDR. Hope that helps.

  • Chris Combe

    Great post, would love to get an invite to HDR Spotting..

    Really love the idea of a photowalk, I am trying to find something like that in Singapore.. otherwise I will just have to start my own 🙂

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