Sunset in Ibiza

Photomatix 4 is out!

Of course, I edited the photo below with the new Photomatix 4. To read the Photomatix Review, which is pretty much the same as before except I added a few bits for Photomatix 4. I hope you enjoy it!

Edit: it’s now many years later, and I now use Aurora HDR Pro. Check it out – I worked with Macphun for over a year to build the ultimate HDR software!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Ibiza

Ibiza is a fabulous island off the coast of Spain that is the “in” destination for all the Euros that like to get trashed, party, dress in white, do medium-level-drugs, and stay on the beach without many clothes.

It’s also a great place for photography! We were having lunch one day and the waitress saw my D3S sitting on the table. It turns out that she was a photographer too, and we pulled out a map while she marked great places for photos on the map. That’s just what I like! Finding out all the secret places from the locals… and this was lucky in this case!

So we ventured out to this remote beach on the western side at sunset. It was pretty deserted while I snapped photos, except for a few of the ever-present women that prance around like they are in shampoo commercials all the time.

I saw this girl bouncing around and very happy about something, so I went over and said hello, introducing myself. She didn’t speak much English, but I managed to ask her if I could take a photo of her. She enthusiastically said yes, and I explained the sitch as we walked over to the water, mostly using interpretive dance to span the language gap. She was Italian and her name was Wendy. I think that is a strange name for an Italian, but I didn’t question it. Anyway, I asked her just to walk off into the ocean and I would take a photo. She did just that, and I grabbed this shot just as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

Sunset in Ibiza

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:20:05
  • Camera
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  • Aperturef/9.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • casusan

    Oh wow – this is a drop dead gorgeous sunset Trey! Ummm and as for the girl – I take it she is not connected to Wendy in tinkerbell?? lol – you have got to be the luckiest guy on earth!

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  • Dave

    Wow – Stunning! The sunset is ok too.

  • Rimmer

    Very nice shot. I would love to know your technique for HDR with waves 🙂

  • Carrie Patterson

    This made me laugh out loud! Fantastic photo!

  • Camroc

    I doubt, that I am the only person to ‘verify the image’ by viewing the Original size!

  • Damien

    I get it. Is this one of those Photo Illusions whereby if you look at the girl in the picture for 2 minutes your eyes will adjust to seeing the sea behind her?

  • Incredible sunset and incredible butt. You, Sir, have captured the best of both worlds!

  • Ahhhh this brings back memories of my trips to Ibiza – i’m glad you got to see the sunset and the moon at the same time – a truly unique capture indeed!

  • Outstanding shot Trey,,and although beautiful and sexy,,you managed to caugh the beauty of the girl on avery artistic and respectful way.

  • OMG – what an awesome capture! This is just brilliant

  • Wow .. You have captured the essence of Ibiza. A great sunset in a beautiful seascape and with a pretty girl .. 😉 You only need a party near the site:). Congratulations for the picture and the spontaneous model. More pictures from another vacations destination in Spain, Marbella, at my Flickr galleries:, if you want to see ..

  • Michele

    Andy Bird: you made me laugh out loud with that comment!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Well, hello Wendy! Nice ass antler… 😛

    Great shot, Trey!

  • And thanks for the tip on the new Photomatix,,i didn´t know,,now i have upgraded it,,=)

  • Sunset? What sunset? Well done Trey.

  • Haha thanks Michele – i’m glad you enjoyed that one – it was quite witty for me especially at 8am!

  • Max

    Hell, I’m gonna zoom into THAT! Good shot.

  • Gail in Montana

    LOL, to all the fellows above, silly boys. Great shot of the sunset, ocean, waves, clouds and rocks. And, oh, the girl looks lovely, if a little underdressed 😉 . But, to each his own, no pun intended, lol. Thanks for sharing once again.

  • hehe thanks everyone… I had a feeling you might like it ! 🙂

  • I wasn’t expecting THIS when I loaded your page this morning. I almost spit coffee all over my keyboard. If you have any business sense at all you would release this as a print ASAP!

  • Bryan

    Awesome shot! The composition is wonderful, the colors perfect! Oh, yeah, the girl!…..

  • I would like nominate this as Photograph Of The Year!

  • OMG…this may be my favorite Trey photo of all time 🙂

  • We visited that beach early this year and its lovely. We were told by a local that they filmed scenes for South Pacific here.

  • Awesome shot, Trey! Maybe a stretch to say best Trey photo of all time, but definitely the funniest comments of all time. Really well captured though, and definitely the best sic picture I can remember in a while.

  • I just want to know what Mrs. Ratcliff has to say about this one!

  • Great shot again Trey!

  • What a nice……………………….HDR!

  • You need to invite Wendy to more photoshoots.

  • Splendid!

  • Tom in Vancouver

    I have a feeling that watching your ‘interpretive dance’ while communicating with, uh, Wendy, would have been as funny as your account of it was to read. Well done all the way round! I will reserve comment on the ass antler.

  • nice

    Ibiza+private beach+single girl=good shot :]

  • Alistair McNaughton

    Any comparisions Photomatix $ vs Nik Softwares HDR anytime soon?

  • micah weiss

    im i the only one that notices what a fine ass that is !!! ???? OMG !!!

  • Thanks all! Alistair – yes I hope to do that soon….

    and everyone else – thanks! Glad you like it…hehe

  • Bruce Trinh

    I definitely enjoy looking at the moon more than the sun O.O! I also like how the human element stands out in this HDR!

  • Amazing what one can do with the new CS5 “content aware” feature. You have a nice beach, a wonderful sunset, a few brush strokes with the new feature and …. hey presto CS5 depicts there what you would like to see…. I want a copy of CS5 now 🙂

  • I forgot to add, almost a full moon as well….

  • Peter Durk

    You dog!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Rudy

    Now that’s what I’m talking about!

  • Steve Clarke


    What a great shot of the historic buildings of downtown Ibiza. Too bad it was raining so heavily when you captured this shot that the streets were flooded, but regardless you certainly captured the true essence of Spanish architecture.
    Oh, the girl? Well, actually I hardly even noticed her in the photo the first time I saw the picture… that is until the anklet she is wearing around her left ankle caught my eye.

  • Steve Clarke

    Oh, I forgot to mention the I can just barely make out the letters..’T. R.’ in the tattoo on her back. What an amazing coincedence. What are the odds of that ever happening? 😉

  • Henry

    So beautiful it hurts!

  • hehe thanks all 🙂 You guys are funny

  • Don

    Nice sunset photo, Trey. For some strange reason I have a sudden urge to floss.

  • Again… Greatest Stuck in Customs Sunset EVER….

  • david

    superb capture. on another note, an overweight italian (or other nationality) man walking into the sunset in a speedo would be hilarious as heck.

  • I’m really not so sure what the most beautiful part of this is?!?! Stunning sir!

  • Things look a little breezy for dear Wendy. Beautiful photo!

  • Paul

    You’ve taken my breath away… Unbelievable shot. Amazing sunset scene, and that girl!! Having trouble breathing right now… gotta get a martini… sigh….

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  • Carlos

    I found a list at Digital Photography Shots titled: 40 Gorgeous Examples of Beach Photography, and I could not believe that this one was not on the list. Clearly, the editors were not clued in. It should have been on top! This has since been addressed with an appropriate comment on the bottom.

  • Alex

    Trey I love the life in this photo! Was it created from multiple exposures or one single raw? Thanks for your response!

  • This one was a bear…. ! But it was multiple exposures…

  • Jenna

    What an amazing shot! I’m heading to Ibiza in a few weeks, and was hoping you’d share the location of this beach. Also, any other great locations the local pointed out would be fantastic! Again mate, well done!

  • This is my favorite image of yours. I love it and I can’t stop looking at it

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  • what a great picture this is. it reminds me of a the beautiful beches in Jericoaraca, Brazil.

  • Mihai

    I think you’re a fantastic photographer but a bit of a moron too – I mean: WTF WERE YOU DOING TAKING PICTURES? all you did was immortalize yet another moment when you failed to LIVE a fantastic moment & chose to look through a glass when you should have stripped down to shorts & join her! what’s wrong with men these days, choosing mariconadas over a gorgeous girl…

  • Anonymous

    Purchased Stuck in Customs as a screensaver for our Roku Box. We loved all the photos. Unfortunately we had to uninstall due to this photo. We have young children in the home as well as teenagers. This photo is just not appropriate on our living room TV.

    It’s a shame we can’t manually choose the photos that will display. Without that option, we can’t use your screensaver. 🙁

  • lol on whos bottom?

  • Shen Li

    @34180cf52c4a00c0b72a93a81bec0fc2:disqus there is a higher pleasure than lust. even for men 😉 creating art is one of those… And it lasts longer :)))

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  • Thanks for the heads up. We’ll follow up with them.

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