Speech at Adobe and another geeky Lost reference

Speech at Adobe HQ

Come join me in San Jose! Thanks to the nice people at Adobe, the event is free, so I look forward to meeting you!

I’ve been invited to speak as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the Advanced Technology Labs at Adobe. The talk is on Feb 24 at 1 PM PDT in the Park Auditorium at 345 Park Ave in San Jose. I’ll be talking about the future-present of photography, post-processing, HDR, and a little bit of everything.

Daily Photo – The Little-Known Submarine Secret Dropoff Location in Lost

What would a week be if I didn’t make arcane references to Lost, Firefly, Arrested Development, Burn Notice, the Simpsons, or Sledgehammer? Well… here goes the weekly quota…

Te Anau is one of the most stunning locations in the world. Located near the distant southern tip of the south island of New Zealand, it’s the home base for countless breathtaking excursions. About two hours from Te Anau is this place at Milford Sound. It’s called a “sound”, but it’s really a fjord. I heard an explanation of why it was not named correctly, but that escapes me now. I’m sure our smart members of the community here that are Kiwis can clear this up for us!

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • I like the juxtaposition of the crane against the mountains…the triangle of the cable matches the valley.

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  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey – these names in NZ intrigue me – unusual! Sooo gorgeous there!

  • Simon Morris

    Nice image Trey… simple and rustic, I also like the texture and colour of the greens down the lefthand side of the valley, excellent!
    We sure are lucky to have emigrated to this young and wonderful country called New Zealand… we’ve settled over on the east coast of the South Island (approx. 30km north of Christchurch) however, we did visit Milford Sound during our 3 week recce of both the North & South Island during March 2008. It’s a stunning place and the long and twisty road from Te Anau is majestic… Doubtful Sound is also a worthy visit πŸ™‚
    Trey – talking of the ‘Simpsons’… what did you think to the 1.3km long Homer Tunnel? It’s quite a sight when you exit the western portal, yes… breathtaking!

  • Hi Trey I’m no Kiwi but captain John Grono discovered it in 1812 and named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales.Captain John Lort Stokes later renamed Milford Haven, Milford Sound. It has claimed to be the wettest place in the world,6800mm a year.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Trey! When I follow your blog using Google Reader, it doesn’t appear to have a name. It says “unknown title”. Thought you’d like to know, apparantly some title info is missing in the coding.

    Of course, great photo as always πŸ™‚

  • Ah, Milford… How I miss you!

    When I was doing my private pilots license training, I had the good fortune to fly into Milford Sound on a regular basis… I think the record was three times in a week! I’ve been there about 20 times, however only driven once… Bit of a backwards way to do it, but I ain’t complaining!

    It’s been far too long since I made a visit, and its on the cards in the near future when I can justify the expense. Really keen to capture the magic HDR style… I uploaded my first decent HDR of Gibbston Valley last night, the climb to this spot nearly killed me!


  • Gail in Montana

    Congratulations on the invitation to speak at the Adobe event!!! Wish I lived close enough to attend πŸ™ I love your photos of Milford Sound. I looked and this will be the third in my Trey Ratcliff picture file on my computer. It looks like such a beautiful place, and you did a wonderful job capturing all three images!!!! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  • Dear Trey,

    will the speech be posted on “stuckincustoms” for those not able to “whitness”?

    best regards.


  • Ria

    You always make ordinary things look extraordinary. πŸ˜€ I Love your work!

  • It resembles the Douro region in Portugal, origin place of the famous Port Wine.
    Great shot, as usual!

  • Thanks!

    Henrik – no one on my team can figure out that confounding problem!

    Harmon – I will see if there is video avail after the event – I hope so.

    Eden – it’s only a few hours away, you know… that distance is just in your head!

    Louis – thanks!

    Simon – the homer tunnel – yes!

  • Cool beans that you’ll be visiting San Jose, I hope that I can attend schedule permitting.

    Beautiful photograph, as usual. I love when 2 or 3 of the land/water/sky elements are in a photograph.

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  • I miss it so much πŸ™
    Have a look at my video of milford sound, on a beautiful sunny day! :

  • Sounds are carved by rivers (typically narrow, V shaped), fjords by glaciers (characteristic broad U shape). Nice shot of Deep Water Cove, the commercial fishing wharf at Milford Sound.

    Jim in Te Anau

  • Dylan

    Looking forward to hearing from you in person at the Adobe HQ in San Jose! I’m excited!

  • I used to be a sea kayak guide in Milford Sound – never, ever got sick of, or bored with the place – its always changing, but always beautiful, and arguably best in the pouring rain. Whilst it does rain there quite a bit, its average rainfall is only about 7 – 8 metres a year. There are places in India that boast 12 – 13 metre’s per year!!! Check out this list (although it doesn’t mention Milford sound, which makes be a little suspicious of its validity.)http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/lists/temperature-wettest.htm

    Thanks for sharing your photography and helpful hints and tutorials … keep up the good work.

  • opps forgot: A sound is a flooded river valley, and Fjord is a flooded glacial valley, typified by steep sides, the so called ‘U’ shaped valley.

  • Hey Trey, I am in Te Anau as we speak!I have fallen in love with the place. Much more quiet and relaxing than Queenstown. I actually think I am going to stay here awhile. Check out my NZ pics if you want, I will be uploading more quite regularly.


  • Thanks for showing our country to the world πŸ™‚ One of the 2 places in NZ I’ve never been too… easy to get to Australia than Milldford!

  • Hi Trey,

    When are you going to come and visit Peru?


  • Fantastic photograph, you can really see the detail in the moss on the mountains and the ripples in the water, it reminded me of one of those Japanese waterfall pictures in a way.

  • Thanks all!

    Jeff – that is on my list – very high… I heard they were shutting down tourism there soon

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