Waterfalls at Midnight

A Normal Day in Trey Ratcliff’s Life

Well I don’t know if it was a normal day or not, but I met several people from international press agencies while I was in Beijing. On this day, I had a bunch of very nice people follow me around… I don’t know if I was all that entertaining or not! But, anyway, this nice German reporter named Philipp Neumann wrote an article called “A Normal Day in Trey Ratcliff’s Life” that you might like. A few of the images that I took while in Tiananmen Square I included in the most recent newsletter (it’s free). Did you see them?

Daily Photo – Waterfalls at Midnight

I had done a little research about the southern part of Iceland before my trip, but I left enough gaps to be surprised.

On this particular night, it was about 65 degrees (18 C), so it was just a tad perfect. The air was wet with moisture from an evening rainstorm, and it was held aloft by the strange weather patterns. When I first saw this waterfall, it was around midnight. By the time I got into this position, it was about 1 AM or so.

Once again, I had not seen another human for hours. It was so eerie walking around these amazing places alone. Typically, with something so grandiose, you sort of expect a bunch of tourists to be lurking about. So, alone, it all feels a bit post-apocalyptic. But thanks to a ton of video games, I’m well versed with how to survive in these situations.

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey – the falls are so pretty with the green and the sky – I can’t imagine being in such a tranquil scene all alone – know you had fun! The article is super good too – he seems enthusiastic!

  • “well versed in how to survive in these situations” lol. See any zombies around there??
    The falls are absolutely gorgeous. This one is definitely going on my desktop to inspire me. You’re nighttime story reminds me of wandering around Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii at night- that’s another good spot for feeling like the world might end. And at night the rangers aren’t around to tell you where to stay away from, so you can wander the lava fields and find yourself on top of lava tubes and flows…. insanity. A good place to go for amazing photos though.

  • Wonderful shot Trey!

  • Wow is that a path or a river running underneath the overhang behind the waterfall? Either way it’s a good guage at to the scale of these falls- absolutely awesome! I agree with you on the whole survival thing – thanks to my love of movies I too am well versed in the disposal of Predators, Xenomorphs and Zombies.

    I got the new ebook last night and quite enjoyed it – Some of the photos were amazing especially the one with the Ford with the logo behind it and it’s reflections on the floor. I liked the fact that i’ll dip into it when I need to. That’s why I love the reference section. One flaw though – where was your superb photo of the Batmobile?

  • Simon Morris

    Stunning photo Trey… good article too by Philipp Neumann, especially like the comment regarding philosophy and the picture telling a story… if only I had the talent!

  • I think this photo nails the special night light up here in the noooorth. Great shot, by the way. Iceland is indeed a place of its own, but when it comes to natural beauty, nothing beats my country, Norway. You’re welcome to Northern Norway, where I live and photograph.

  • Thanks!

    Andy – yes – that is a path. I did not take it… it was SO slippery… if I went down, people might not find me for a few weeks.

  • Michele

    It’s cool to walk behind this waterfall – we did it back in August 2008. I was more concerned about my camera getting wet than me. We got soaked, but it was worth it!

    It’s name is Seljalandsfoss.

    Great photo, Trey – I must process some of mine of the same!

  • Great photo and cool article. The candids really shows you ‘in the zone’, lol

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Trey, this is near of the top of my favorites!! It has me written all over it, mountains, water, and waterfalls, rock formations, and a beautiful sky!! Thanks so much for sharing once again!! Have a great weekend in New Zealand ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great shot, this is were HDR really shows its worth!

  • This is a great shot. How tall was this you reckon?

  • Good question Matthew – I don’t know how tall it is. I’m not a good range of size, but I’d say around 12-14 miles high.

  • Interesting how the two falls seem to fall differently, must be a wide angle lens. Great colors.

  • Nice shot and post, Trey. I’m sure this is from one of the maps on Halo Reach? Lol

  • Ermina Wilder

    Incredible…that is all I can say!!!!!

  • Great shot Trey!

  • Great Shot. You said it was shot at 1 AM. What day of the year? How low on the horizon did the sun get that day?

  • Nice capture. Love how the photo looks natural even thought it a HDR.

  • Trey, I am new to HDR and your photography and your way of thinking has inspired so much. I just want to say Thank you for all the wonderful work and specially for the photo tips you provide on your website.


  • Sasank

    Trey, I have been following your site for a few months now..Really nice photos..This one is really very well done..the balance is just perfect..
    I look forward to new photos from you..

  • Thanks so much ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Really great! The nighttime haze gives the clouds a very ethereal appearance.

  • That is a truly great image Trey.

  • This is just amazing my friend! Really inspiring me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Travis

    Hey Trey, I am a high school student who recently found your site. Love the work. Quick question though. How do you get the water to look the way it does. I have recently started photography and am still learning. I have a Nikon D40x.

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  • Hi Trey. Just came back from Iceland and tried to “re-create” this image, of course with winds coming from the south and gushing your camera with droplets from the waterfall every 5 seconds makes for a frustrating experience ๐Ÿ™‚ Nevertheless, a great waterfall and a great trip!

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