Ancient Nikko

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Good Night with Jack and Brian

I had a nice evening last night with Jack Hollingsworth and Brian Matiash. We went out to do a bit of HDR shooting, talked for a while at Mozarts, and then had some great BBQ at Rudy’s. After that, I brought them over to my place and showed them a secret new video (which you all will see as soon as it is done!). They are both very nice guys… and I am going to get Brian to do a guest post very soon.

Daily Photo – Ancient Nikko

I have a bunch of these textured shots (See my Textures Tutorial) that I will be posting over the next few weeks. I showed this one to Jack this evening when he came over, and he seems to like the look as much as I do!

This is my first shot from Nikko, Japan. Nikko is famous for all the incredible temples from the Edo period. I woke up early (violently early, let us say) to go out and visit all the sites before the tourists came. You guys know I don’t like tourists in the shots… Actually, to tell the truth, I don’t like them around at all. I like to listen to my strange music and roam around these ancient places by myself, stopping to take photos when I am ready.

  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey! But you must have to get up VERY early for no people! Super shot!

  • I’ve always thought that you should offer a significant discount for your textures package to students. The student discounts for Photomatix and onOne’s Plugin Suite were awesome, just had to provide them with a picture of my student ID and a valid “.edu” email address (and maybe the registrar’s address and phone number…don’t remember exactly). Just a suggestion, because I’m pretty interested making pictures like this.

  • Trey remember, we are all tourists when travelling in someone else’s backyard.

  • if you didn’t get the message, look trey! mr. roger ebert felt compelled to twitter ~ 183 beautiful hdr photos and you’re one of them, how sweet, so nice eh? 🙂

  • Just how early is “violently early”…lol?! Awesome photo by the way.

  • Wow, Trey, that is a beautiful photo, looks like a tapestry!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • I am surprised you didn’t post a link to Brian Matiash and Jack Hollingsworth’s website or blog…it would be helpful so if people don’t know them they can get to know them better.

  • I concur, Trey. Some of my fondest life memories involve walking around pre-dawn Kamakura, Oskaka, Yokahama, Tokyo, etc in search of silent, peaceful shrines and temples. I’ve spent a lot of nights sleeping in a nearby park using a poncho/poncho liner setup a la my infantry days just to be in the right spot at the right time. I’ve got hundreds of Velvia and Provia slides from those adventures still waiting a good scan to bring them into the digital age. Your Japan work is awakening my need to travel back to Japan.

  • Got the your newsletter this morning Trey, great job as always. Awesome video for your textures… love the music. I love adding textures to my work but to be honest it’s a lot of work to get it just right. Beautiful texture work on Ancient Nikko.

  • One word wow

  • I was here yesterday! I am blown away on how you remove the tourists! Unbelievable! Good job!

  • For all the Thomas’ in the world I would like to say “Thank you” for mentioning me on your Woopra video. Hehe
    PS. I downloaded Woopra

  • petrov


  • casusan

    pmw – cool!

  • Thanks all –

    Sorry about the links – these posts take a long time to put together and I was super-tired at midnight – but they are up now.

  • Hey Trey,

    Love the shot but all things being equal, I like it displayed better on the Cinema Display. 🙂 I do dig it when you toss out new shots with the texture overlay. It opens up a new channel of creative output even on top of the HDR process. Having a compelling subject as is the case above is icing.

    Had a great time shooting, chatting, & chowing down on BBQ with you and Jack yesterday. Hope to do it again soon.

    Definitely looking forward to contributing as a guest blogger. Good times.

    Cheers, mate!

  • Srinivas

    This one looks more like a painting than a photograph.

  • So is that a “no” on the student discount? 😀 Oh, well…

  • thx — Paxon – no I am afraid we don’t have that system in place – my apologies.

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