PhotoWalk Recap and The New Austin

Video of the PhotoWalk

Thanks to Pinhead Doll Productions for this great video !

Recap of the PhotoWalk

One of our coaches made a nice writeup of the event – see James Brandon’s Blog. There are dozens more out there, but I wanted to mention another random one here by Jackie Danicki.

The Flickr Group for the PhotoWalk

Want to submit some photos from the walk? Visit the PhotoWalk SXSW Flickr Group! There’s also a great discussion area. For example, go read all about the coaches on the PhotoWalk – I thank them very much for their help. Also, the sponsors who are giving out amazing prizes to winners of the contest!

The PhotoWalk Group

Thanks to Mike Connell for taking this photo. An amazing group of hundreds, and we picked up more on the way!

High Dynamic Range Photo
High Dynamic Range Photo

Daily Photo – The New Austin

I don’t think I can do a better job of a writeup than many of the other attendees, so here’s just a quick recap. We began the PhotoWalk by walking down 6th street down towards Momo’s, where we met Leo Laporte and Lisa Bettany for a quick hello. After that, we weaved through the streets together, talking about all sorts of things. I also made about five other stops where I talked through my setup and my shots. On my final shot, we were working our way back towards The Driskill when I took set up for the scene below.

It was a standard HDR with five exposures. I was having some trouble grabbing an autofocus spot, so I just went to manual focus just to be sure the lens didn’t try to re-focus on the multiple exposures.

Thanks again to everyone that came out! It was great getting to know you during the walk, and after the walk back at The Driskill.

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • Susan

    Cool shot – love all the action and colors- lively!! Am sure the photowalk was fun and looks like a good turnout!

  • Ooo love both shots of the photowalk. Really quite stunning. Everyone looks like they are having a blast and learning a lot. I’m envious.

  • Awesome photo, every time I see photos like this I wish I lived in or near a bigger city to do more photography like that. Looks like it was a great Photowalk.

  • WOW. Trey. Dude.
    I love this shot. Too bad Katz’s clozed. (I thought it never closes?)

  • WOW. Trey. Dude.
    I love this shot. Too bad Katz’s clozed. (I thought it never closes?)
    BTW – Is something off about this shot? Did you flip it or something? I know this area well but somehow it doesn’t look right.

  • Wow, is that your army Trey? Are you planning to do a photowalk in Europe this year? I would be the happiest person in the world!

    By the way, I just started a Flickr group ( ), this group is not about bazillion images added every day, it’s about the best quality HDR images. It would be great if you could join! I just sent you an invitation to your latest shot! Thanks in advance!

  • Simon Morris

    Looks like you had loads of fun with a large group turnout… that’s some moneys worth being held up there in the above photo!
    Trey – you mention having trouble ‘grabbing an autofocus spot’ for the above image… did you therefore manual focus on a specific point/area, or just manual focus to infinity?

  • Hehe you’re becoming quite the celebrity – what a gathering! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love today’s photo – it’s right up my street (pardon the pun) with the light trails and the motion blur in the crowds. Very well done indeed sir!

    I was on facebook last night and realised that I only keep contact with a couple of the good folks from here. Apart from the said few I don’t really have any photography contacts over there so I’ve added my facebook address below should you wish to add me there :-

  • It was a pleasure walking with you, Trey. I learned a lot. Thanks for the tip on Topaz Adjust….great product! Just bought it using your coupon.

  • wish I could have been thereโ€ฆstill don’t get how you achieve these beautiful strokes out of street lights (and the sun in other pictures)โ€ฆ

  • OH MY GOD! so many FAT people in that picture…..i’m sjut curious why you ” american people ” are so fat ? you can’t stop eating or….. ?

  • What a great turnout! Wish I could have been there, maybe next time.
    Cool picture also.

  • You mentioned going to manual focus so that the camera wouldn’t change focus between exposures. On my D300, the camera won’t refocus during a bracketed series as long as I don’t let up on the shutter release. I can’t imagine your camera doesn’t do the same. On the other hand, I can think of reasons why you might not want to use continuous pressure on the button, in which case that could be a factor.

  • I think I’d rather be fat than jaw-droppingly rude.

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, what a good turn out!!!! I couldn’t begin to count that many people. How exciting. Great shot of the group, nice little video that really was short, and today’s photo is really pretty, too. Petronel is right, we do have an obesity problem in the U.S., I guess he could have put it in a nicer way, Scott. I’ve been there, but through TOPS(Take Off Pounds Sensibly), I have gotten my weight down and am keeping it there. We have so much abundance of everything here, a lot of folks loose sight of what’s really important in life. I think what has happened in Japan has opened the eyes of some, hopefully! OK, that’s my speech for today, lol. Have a great Wednesday. Tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day. Trey, do you have a photo to post with lots of green in it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looking forward to whatever it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    That’s a classic Ratcliff HDR. Love it! I wish I could have been there. That really looks like fun. Hope to make it to Carmel/Monterrey if my schedule works out.

  • Dan

    Trey… I never knew you had so many friends ๐Ÿ˜› Wow, Was not expecting that many people to show! Thats amazing, You certainly are becoming quiet the catch :).

    I wish I lived near Austin! ๐Ÿ™ I’m definitely putting one of your photo walks on my to-do bucket list haha.

    Loving the shot too, Is that the ‘Driskill’ in the back behind ‘TenOak?’.

    Also I noticed the clouds have some motion blur on them, Is that captured by one of your exposures being open for a while then blending it in after?.

    I took your advice on giving away stuff :), Not that anyone would want it I’ve started added some images to download on my website. I guess it’s better than nothing at the moment.

    If anyone fancy’s checking it out feel free ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to here from you all.


  • Thanks!

    Dan – no that is not the Driskill… that is an office building that everything thinks looks like nose-hair clippers. It’s called the Frost Building

    Gonzo – no – did not flip it… everything is really there ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Simon (and Dan) – I was in manual focus on infinity. I paused between shots and did not hold down the shutter release the whole time. I waited on the 3/4/5 exposures until traffic was streaming by.

  • You need to come to Ohio Trey!

  • Thanks for the mention Trey! I enjoyed being a coach at the event. I did more talking than shooting but it was rewarding to help newbies out.

  • Trey, glad I could be a coach at the event. It was a great time with a wonderful group of photographers.

  • Yes, this event was a blast. Thanks for having me as a coach Trey. Like Mike, I think I only ended up getting 2 or 3 shots the whole time but hey, that’s the point of being a coach right? So many people! The shot looks killer BTW, I saw you setting up for this one so it’s cool to see how it turned out.

  • don rexroad

    wonderful:yosemite valley and a photowalk with trey before i go..80 now, will hold on to get it done. don

  • Great shot! What an amazing turnout for this photowalk. Any idea when you would be down in Orlando for a photowalk? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Simon Morris

    Trey – thanks for explaining your technique for the above image… I also focus on infinity when challenged with similar landscape scenes – safest option!

  • I love your night shots, Trey – wonderful dynamic feel. Thanks for sharing.

  • Peter

    Love the shot. One question though. Whats up with the bike? It looks like it moved maybe?

  • Excellent. I’m very impressed with the video quality (I had watched it in full screen mode on a 23′ monitor in HD on the vimeo site), it has a warm quality to it. Thanks for sharing. I would be interested in seeing a longer version if made available.

    Fantastic work as always, Trey.

  • You set a really high bar for photo walks! It was so inspiring to see such an enormous group of people passionate about photography and coming together to meet and share their love. Congrats on such a successful photography gathering. I’m sure next year will be even better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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