The Purple Portal

More Adventures in Hans Zimmer’s Studio Coming Soon

Watch this space for three more photos from Hans’ amazing studio coming up soon.  I’ve had a chance to process more photos, and I’ll be releasing them very soon!

You can see the first set of photos here in “The Secret Lair of Hans Zimmer“.

New Print Available – Hindu Ascent

There is a new Limited Edition Numbered Print available.  It is called “Hindu Ascent”.  This was taken as this old woman, who has never cut her hair, ascended hundreds of steps on her daily pilgrimage to a Hindu shrine.

Contact [email protected] for info on getting this limited p

Daily Photo – The Purple Portal

When I was in Agra, I wandered around the streets surrounding the Taj Mahal for a few hours. The textures and details everywhere are an absolute field-day for photographers! There is so much to see and capture… it was totally overwhelming trying to grab all of that, while still thinking about getting into the Taj Mahal for another full slate of shooting!

So many of the little homes here are richly painted in every possible shade in the most interesting textures and shapes. This is one of many little snaps I got while walking around.

The Purple Portal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 18:26:32
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length17mm (25mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • casusan

    Great capture Trey – so colorful! i see they might have a little problem with electricity! Love this one!

  • Fred Beiderbecke

    If you don’t mind, I’d like some general info about your picture taking habits.

    On an average day:
    How many shots do you take?
    How many do you process?
    How much time do you spend processing them?

    It is the organinzing, editing part that I struggle with.


  • Patrick

    I second Fred’s question.
    Hearing about your workflow and daily (?) photo routine would be immensely interesting to me.

    Also, may I suggest a new Video:
    A Day in the (photoshooting) life of Trey Ratcliff.
    From getting up reeeaaally early in the morning to start out with the first rays of light to a exhausted
    and tired Trey, struggling to keep his eyes open and only barely still holding on to his cable shutter
    release in order to not waste the last precious light.
    (When the light is completely gone, we probably see a tired Trey, dropping to the ground,
    being carried home to his bedroom by his loving family.)

  • I love the contrasting purples. Then the splash of green on the side. Nice shot.

  • Great photo, Trey. And you managed to get my favorite color in there, lol, purple!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Gary Mencimer

    I like this photo very much. But for me, cropping the image tighter to loose the Pepsi display and power pole would really make this image pop. Comment meant to be constructive not destructive. I love your work.

  • I don’t mean to be asking the same question over again…. but I guess I will. I noticed that you took this picture with an ISO set at 400. My D700 can also go down to 50 and up very high. Is there a reason behind your changing the ISO setting from shot to shot?

  • I like the colors in this image. Sorry for being random again 🙂 but what do you think of the new Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S lens that is coming out? is supposed to have it by June. Here is a review of it – .

  • Thanks all!

    Yes – I do need to make some kind of workflow document! My days are very inconsistant — some days I shoot hundreds – some days none… There have been a bunch of people interested in making some kind of documentary – maybe we can do this and it will make everything more clear!

    I process 50-100 at a time, but those are sets of 5 – which makes 10 or 20 photos… I only process them when the muse visits. I rarely process and shoot on the same day – just too exhausting!

    Chad – well – I change the ISO to make sure all the shutter speeds are fast enough – I don’t always have a tripod to keep it steady.

  • Do you do much hand-help HDR?

    You must have steadier hands than me…

  • hehe- well – most of my hand-held HDRs are a single-file-raw HDR conversion

  • Color in HDR photography like this ..can give more impact on HDR photo

  • I, for one, like the fact that you didn’t crop out the Pepsi stands and light poles. For me, it adds to the photo. While, sure I can see a tighter crop, it’s the whole something old/something new juxtopostion that I like (though that Pepsi stand looks pretty old too.)

    Every time I review your photos from India or Japan…I always have to go back and look at mine from those places. And dream about going back.

    Mark in NJ

  • Thanks Trey. Love the texture of this image.

  • Thanks

    Mark – yes it was a bit tough to crop…. cropping off the bit to the right left it quite unbalanced… also… I kind of like the commercialism creeping in…

  • james b

    Love the daily image just the way it is. I too love the commercialism creeping in. Very metaphorical :-). I must say though that the hindu ascent image is one of the only images you’ve done that I just don’t like. That’s pretty good considering you put out one a day. Her feet are chopped off and the hand rails with the blown highlights keep pulling me away from the image. But again, this is the only one I’ve not liked yet 🙂

  • awesome mate. the purple portal is a real sight to behold! makes me wants to go to taj mahal to visit that place.

  • I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later on. Cheers

  • Ashok Kumar

    It take me to ancient time.

  • Dee

    The mughals brought the best of art to India. The architectural detailing in India is absolutely beautiful. More prominent in Northern India.

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