Flaxen Horse at Sunrise

Northern California PhotoWalk!

I’m giving a talk at the Google HQ on Aug 11th entitled, “Artists and the Internet: Digitally Extending Your Natural Self.” That part is closed (but will be recorded), but after we will be having a PhotoWalk at Stanford. We’ll have a bunch of people from Google and people from the community here. It will be great fun and I hope you can come!

To sign up (all my PhotoWalks are free), come see the PlanCast event.


This is one of the many photos I processed in the HDR Video Tutorial. During the class, it was suggested that maybe there is some kind of a subscription service where people could join and then download videos of me post-processing stuff. Would you be interested in this? I don’t have the time to do anything like this in the immediate future… but if people dig the idea, maybe I could do it some day. There is a lot of bandwidth/distribution/infrastructure stuff to figure out too, but I guess it could be cool. Andrea and some other people here are trying to talk me into it, but I wanted to see what you thought first. As usual, leave me comments, tweets, or Google+ messages to let me know what you think.

I checked our stats, and a month ago we served up over 5,453 GB of video and data… so this stuff gets expensive, sadly. Yes, that’s 5.4 terrabytes! That does not include any of the photos that are shown on the site… that is millions and millions of photos distributed, but, thank god, SmugMug pays for all that. Note that is just part of the standard SmugMug Pro thing and they do the same for all customers, although I am sure I overeat at their all-you-can-eat bandwidth buffet! For more info on that stuff, see my SmugMug Review.

Daily Photo – Flaxen Horse at Sunrise

The problem with horses in Iceland is that you can’t pass a farm with them frolicking about without…wondering…hmmm…I wonder if I could get a good shot. And then, of course, something in you tells you that Yes, of course, you could get a good shot. And then, you have to come up with reasons not to stop at every farm and take photos of every horse, since they all come out interesting.

So, naturally, this is a strange situation, in which you have to willingly force yourself to drive past something that you know would be amazing. But, well, you do it with the low-risk gamble that you will see something else amazing a bit down the road.

Flaxen Horse at Sunrise

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  • Susan

    Ahhh….these Icelandic horses always capture my imagination – they are so beautiful – and yes, look gentle too – like you could reach out and touch them – not sure that is true though!! Can’t wait for you to come to CA!!

  • The issue with seeing the ‘potential’ out there is that you are always wanting to stop for that cool shot you think you could get! A recent trip to Glenorchy with a friend saw us stopping about 10 times on the way – its only meant to be a 30 minute drive!
    Fortunately this makes for many good stories to be shared among friends and viewers, as I found out last night while taking place in a local exhibition… I spend most of the night talking about where and why I took my photos, and the audience loved it! “Every shot has a story” I’d say, and I think that is true for everyone who sees the world in that creative kind of way 😉

  • Every your photowalk is on the other side of the world…:( About the overeating, it reminded me one scene from Futurama 🙂 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-52R32_nV_w&feature=related ) Post-processing videos? Sounds very interesting to me, do it! 😉

  • George Green

    Beautiful blonde horse. I can see how these would be hard to pass up.

  • Glad you stopped that time… 🙂
    A Stanford photo walk, huh? Being a Cal girl, I have to say I disagree with that. Damn trees. Berkeley has the Campanile! Stanford has… well, the chapel… and Sigourney Weavers tree house… and a beautiful campus (Ok, Berkeley has that too)… and… well, lots of stuff I guess. Go hang with Mark Zuckerberg and give him a hug, he probably needs one after the Google+ beating he’s getting!

  • Hi Trey,I know how busy you are but is it possible to let us know what lens you used, how far from the horse you were and so forth
    I know its more work but I feel we all would like to the secrets of our famous blogger,thats how we learn. You can just about touch it and feel his mane. If you were that close you could have brushed his hair away from his eye he might have even thanked you hehe!

  • The post process video’s idea is GREAT! I would deffinetely love to see some, I just KNOW i’d learn so much so its a deffo yes from me :).

    Again, wonderful shot Trey!. I tried to get the same effect as one of your other horse shots once, I crouched down and started snapping away and the horse got interested so it came closer and closer until I peeled my eye away from the view finder and it was seriously about 20cm away from my lens haha. Made me jump.

    And Eden your exibition sounds like it was great :), As you say ‘every photo has a story’ thats where I fail to impress as I never post the story with my photos but it’s something I’m deffinetly going to start doing. I tried it with this firework shot I took Monday.

  • Mitch

    @casper If you click the image, it will take you to the SmugMug site where the photo is hosted. Once there, if you put your mouse pointer on the image an information box slide into view on the right side of the image, click the little “i” in this box and you will get all the details for this image. In this case Trey used a Nikon D3S, a 50mm lens at f/1.4, ISO 800, Exposure Time 1/2000 (note: exposure time may not be accurately reflected if this is an HDR image, but all other values will be constant.

  • Gail in Montana

    Great close up of the pretty horse!!! Thanks for sharing, have a great Wednesday. 🙂

  • Beautiful shot Trey – love the soft evening glow in the background… and tack sharp as always!
    It’s ironic reading your comments about stopping for photo opportunities… I’ve lived in NZ for just over 2 years now, and still getting familiar with my surroundings. It doesn’t matter what road I drive along, the journey always takes twice as long due to stopping here, there and everywhere… no complaints mind, I’d rather have it this way rather than a bland landscape! 🙂

  • Mitch

    Hi Trey, I like the idea of the subscription service. But for it to be worthwhile, it has to be priced reasonably, and it has to show in detail all the PP. For me, it has to be of sufficient length so that I feel I’m getting my money’s worth. Also, it needs to get straight down to business; it should start with showing the image or images in their RAW format, and then take us right through the PP. One thing that would be of great benefit is why you choose to use certain tools, plug-ins, or settings; I want to see the creative Trey at work. i.e.: I went down this path during processing, didn’t like the results, so I went down this path instead, or I processed it this way and it looked great, but then I thought, what if I did this, and then it really popped. Another thing that would be really interesting is to maybe allow subscribers to provide you a photo; the reverse of what you do today where you do the HDR work, and then give the same photo’s to your students to use to see if they can achieve the same results.

  • Thanks all 🙂

    Mitch – thanks for the feedback and helping Casper there — and hope that answers your questions casper!

  • David Hendershot

    Hi Trey,

    I attended your HDR webinar this past summer and it was fantastic. Before the webinar I had a hard time understanding the workflow and process for a HDR photo (the Photoshop stuff/masters touch). After the wewbinar I felt like I had all the tools nessecary to start creating HDRs but wanted more so I purchased the older version of your HDR tutorial (no longer avaialable). I actually found myself bored since it was information I had already learned. I realized that I had the knowledge I just had to get out and do it. I think your subscription service could be good only if it was more info that is in your current HDR tutorial (WHICH IS GREAT). I would be interested in the “why” yor you take certain pictures, what you are seeing.

    Love the your work, keep the photographs still coming.

  • Trey, I think that for some, a subscription PP service would be great. However, I kind of like the mystery now of not seeing step by step. I really enjoy the bits and pieces you have given and then the hands on experimenting that I do myself.

  • Great shot. I really like the close-up! An angle I will have to try.

  • Stephen Clarke

    Trey, I love sunlight filtering through the horse’s mane. I feel like I know this horse, after the time we all spent working on him in the webinar!

    Hi Susan, I’m so very sorry to hear that Bianca has not been well. (I’m guessing that perhaps she’s been at Sick Kids Hospital in Chicago…), but I’m really very thrilled to hear that she is doing great now!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both that everything continues to be ‘A-OK’.
    The avatar picture is so tiny that it was really just a wild guess… Sorry Bianca!

  • Henry

    Do blond horses have more fun?

  • Meleah

    Postprocessing tutorial videos? Yes please!!

  • It’s embarrassing to admit, but yes, I would pay a monthly subscription fee to watch Trey process photos. What can I say? Some people get turned on by porn, I get turned on by HDR.

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