Russian in the Woods

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@Photoshop Tweets from Adobe Speech

During my talk yesterday at Adobe, the team there sent out a bunch of tweets… quoting me during the talk. I grabbed a bunch of them to put here below for you, in advance of the video that I think they are workin’ on:

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “Art on the Internet is just getting started, its not a saturated market.”

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “You have to have saturated and not saturated parts of the image to give eyes a break and keep viewers on the image”

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “We picture ourselves as stars of our own movie…and we like to capture it for ourselves in a more meaningful, rich way.”

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “Next time you go out to shoot, try wearing some ear phones..What happens is unexpected.”

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “If you can separate yourself from what is going on, everything can become dreamlike and you can see things in a new light.”

@Photoshop @TreyRatcliff “I challenge you to be awesome. We’re at an unprecented time in history to be awesome together rather than alone.”

Daily Photo – Russian in the Woods

Russians often just look cool. I don’t know how they do it. They don’t even have to try, but they just kind of have this “edge” that I can’t put my finger on.

I took this shot of Vulva (pronounce the “V” like Chekov did with nuclear wessuls) when we were walking in the woods in Patagonia. I had gotten up ahead of him about a quarter mile, and I stopped to take of my bag to get a snack. I like snacks when hiking. Snacks are so good. Anyway, I heard Vulva coming up behind me, so I spun around my camera to take this quick photo of him walking at me. I told him that I thought he looked really cool, but I think he thought I was just being a cheeky American.

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  • Susan

    Good shot of him Trey – he has an ummm…unusual look in his eyes – like he’d like to smash you! I so enjoyed all of your beautiful shots from there and of course the stories of ‘Yuri’!! πŸ™‚

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  • Simon Morris

    Super-sharp image! I’m guessing this was taken with your 50mm f/1.4 prime lens… he looks quite a character πŸ˜‰

  • Hey i remember this guy from the composition ebook! He does look rather intense and has a rather unfortunate name – great photo! When will Yuri be making an other appearance?

  • Gail in Montana

    Love your photo of Yuri!! Good to see him again. Glad you had fun at your adobe speech. Have a great Friday!!! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks! hehe…

    This was taken with that 50mm prime 1.4… I don’t know why I had it on in the forest at that time. I think I was getting pics of little flowers and stuff.

  • Were you making him walk 1/4 mile behind you because he’s a Canon guy? He looks like he could take on a Nikon guy.

  • Shoop just because he has a canon strap doesn’t mean he’s using a canon camera – judging by his intensity i reckon he’s packing some pretty dangerous hardware back there hehe…..

  • Great bokeh.

  • Montrealissimo

    Cool portrait, and the dude is Russian ok, 100%. But what’s with the “Russian” name? Vulva?!?!? Are you mocking us??

  • Thanks!

    Mont – no – that was his name.

    Shoop – hehe yes – Canon guys do need to walk behind me… there is an accepted social order, after all.

  • I’ve always wondered why Checkov could pronounce the “v” in his own name, but still had to say “wessels” in ST:IV.

  • I was able to attend the Adobe event in person. I thought it was an entertaining and informative talk. Highlights would have to include not pulling your punches with your thoughts on Adobe product’s shortfalls but providing some suggestions for photographer-friendly solutions. I’ve had my first camera for seven weeks so it was refreshing to hear that what photographers tend to pass off as knowledge doesn’t necessarily translate into a great picture. Anyway, great thanks. May I put a link to your site in my blog where I’ll write about the event?

  • Too funny, Trey. I immediately thought “this dude is Russian” before I read a word you had written. I think too many cigarettes and too much vodka contributes to this “cool” look. Great shot, though πŸ˜‰

  • Dan

    Haha! Thats the same look I give when I see that horid yellow Nikon strap ! Reds FTW πŸ˜› hehe.

    Pretty awesome shot for the timing lol.

    Oh Yeah, I’ve decided to create a little tutorial page on my website so if anyone feels like checking it out I’d be flattered :).

  • Haha, so true Dan… I don’t get into the whole Nikon vs Canon debate… But it is entertaining to watch the sparks fly from time to time. Its not like Mac vs PC where one (Apple FTW!) clearly destroys the other πŸ˜‰
    Taking a look at the tutorial now.

  • thanks! Sure thing mate – link away πŸ™‚

  • Dylan

    I was the guy that brought up the tripod issue at the Adobe speech. I feel like I am one of those people you’ve described that has passed that “stage” where you see a lot of incredible HDR shots and feel less motivated to get out there and shoot. However after passing that hurdle, it now feels that the greatest challenge is getting the HDR shot with the tripod. Sometimes being approached by security or just reading online now at the various locations that strictly enforce no tripods/photographs have been demotivating. While your feedback has given me some encouragement and motivation, I also just read in the SJ Mercury News today (2/27/11) that now Stanford University and various other educational institutes are cracking down on tripod users and seeking image protection. It seems to be more urban public areas are trending to enforce “image protection” and profile anyone with a tripod or slightly than larger point and shoot camera.

  • Thanks Dylan – yes I remember you ! πŸ™‚ I can only hope that point will reverse itself soon!

  • Michael

    Vova, rather:) Short for Vladimir (don’t ask).

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