The Beginning of Time

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EG Video – I’ll Save you $4000

So, instead of buying that ticket, I promised you could watch my video for free, and here you go.  I took a risk with this one, and I hope there are bits in here that are of interest.  Enjoy!  (and yes, I’ll be returning to Monterey this year…maybe I will see some of you there!)

Daily Photo – The Beginning of Time

I spent most of this weekend working on this photo. One common question is, “How long do these photos take?” They take me anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. It’s not contiguous work, of course, but some are so challenging that I have to keep returning to them time and time again.

This spot in northern central Iceland is a bit perilous to reach. It’s so perilous here at Godafoss, in fact, that I am glad my mom didn’t see me getting into position. Is the water cold? Yes, yes it is.

The Beginning of Time

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:04:37
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  • Aperturef/22
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Derek K

    My first thought when I saw this was “how did he get this vantage point?” It’s not an angle I’ve seen before, or even thought accessible. Godafoss is a beautiful location but most people are content to photograph it from the usual places, up high and farther away. Obviously you’re not most people.

    The photo is great; I love the colors and I think the exposure length is a good balance for the subject. Did you have trouble keeping the lens dry, so close to the water? 

  • Matthew Taylor

    Wow. Stunning. One of your best in awhile in my opinion.

  • Oh wow! How magnificent are these falls?? Super beautiful Trey!

  • Anonymous

    i finally got a disqus account so cool thanks trey i finally have a proper avatar…uhm…i laff at those other ones before, they were so silly those ones you made up…it makes me giggle everytime hehehehe 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    The WOW factor i give to this one and yes one of your better ones.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Trey.  This one is awesome.  Thanks for giving us more insight on how long it takes to process a photo.  I sometimes take days to finish one and other times it comes together so quickly I almost missed the fun.  I love how a finished photo seems to sing though =)

  • Anonymous

    Trey – this is a keeper – one of your best.  Fantastic waterfall – love the silky water over the falls.  It looks like you were in the water or very close to it to get this angle.

  • Exceptional, even for you. 

  • Patrick Mc Donnell

    Absolutely fantastic Trey – one of your very best

  • Adam Allegro

    This shot is just amazing Trey.  Everytime I see a shot of yours from Iceland, it makes me more and more anxious to get out there… Only a few more months!!!  Well done my friend – this is just fantastic.

  • Thanks for the video! This photo was worth every minute you spent on it! Thank you for continuing to inspire with images like these.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing the EG talk, it was a really inspirational way to start the day!

  • Margaret Summers

    this may be my favorite ever photo of yours, Trey.  I’m glad you weren’t hurt getting it – but I’m glad you persevered.  Thanks!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you thank you 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Derek ! 🙂

  • Great title and epic capture.  The effort really shows, beautiful scene!

  • Awesome work as always! 

  • Wow, absolutely amazing photo.  Waterfall photos are always good, and these waterfalls looks especially nice and the sky is quite interesting.  The only thing I don’t really like is the lack of variety in color in the photo but overall it looks great.

  • WOW well worth the effort. Beautiful image Trey.

  • Wow … this leaves me speechless.. .It’s stunning!

  • Paul Garrett

    I appreciate your message at the end of your EG5 talk about connecting the dots of your past to realize how they have prepared you for your current place and purpose in life.  It’s a process of becoming self aware, which perhaps comes more easily to artists than to others.  I once had a spiritual revelation that said, “Don’t worry, your life is so much bigger.”  The more you examine life, the more you realize that everything is so much bigger, including your purpose and what lies ahead for you on your journey.

    Your shot of the waterfall is amazing, by the way!

    Have a great day,


  • Derek K

    You’re welcome Trey, always inspired by your Iceland photos. I was there in 2010 when I was just starting to get into photography and I can’t wait to go back with new-found creativity and knowledge, though I don’t think it’ll be enough to get me climbing down into a waterfall like this. 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Paul! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Jeff 🙂

  • Warren Groom

    I love your work, and have started following you more and more recently, especially your videos and speeches. I’m not a photographer, but your approach and mentality towards your work is inspiring and translates easily into any other medium and other aspects of life. It’s good to feel so much passion from someone towards what they do and it absolutely shows in your pictures.

  • Anonymous

    Perilous to reach and cold water leads me to believe that there may have been some rock-hopping involved. Fast moving water tends to make rocks smooth and slippery. Add the element of cold, and the rocks may have been ice covered. I can imagine it was perilous. I am thankful that both you and the gear survived. It leads me to a question though, what type of footwear do you use? BTW excellent photo. I love the perspective. I like the eddies in the water too.

  • Scotty Graham

    Really nice photo, Trey….why did this one take so long to process? Was it the sky? Your work paid off…excellent photograph! I also REALLY enjoyed your talk….thanks so much for sharing it with us…

  • You must be pretty mad to go to that place that low by the water. I didn’t see any option to get into that position and have never seen a photo from that angle – for a good reason, most likely!
    Here is my photo from the other side – showing that there was not much to stand on for you 🙂  (3rd photo in that blogpost)

  • Look at that waterfalls! It’s so dreamy and stunning! Just like what I saw in Harry Potter movies. O__O

  • Ed Gately

    Great shot Trey.  It is wonderful to hang out down there.  When I was there last May the flow was a little too strong and I had a ton of mist blowing my way, so I could not quite line up at that location.  I scooted down a little further to allow the mist to rise and took this multi shot pano.

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