The Magical Cave

Many Comments Yesterday – Responses (and an upgrade!)

The comments from yesterday got a little crazy, and I did my best to respond. You’ll also notice a massive-upgrade to the commenting system. What do you think?

Trey’s Variety Hour #39: Body Painting and Photography

Warning: If you are offended by nudes, watch the TWiT pixelated version in the podcast.
Opportunity: If you can effortlessly handle the naked naked, be sure to watch the embedded YouTube below! 🙂

Artists Paul Roustan, Alexa Meade, and Daniel Ibanez join me this week and show us a bunch of their artwork and tell the stories behind them.

*Bonus Notes:

– Awesome time travel movie I recommend: “Primer”. Give it your full attention otherwise you might miss something 🙂
– Barry Glassman, a colorblind photographer, of is looking to pay someone to help him process photos. Go check him out if you are interested!

Thanks to Leo Laporte, Tony Wang, and Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production!

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Daily Photo – The Magical Cave

The Baths on Virgin Gorda are filled with many tiny little caves here and there. For some, you have to crawl through sand or swim to get there. This one was one of the tightest and one of the most awesome! I thought it would be a great place to take a photo… I first went inside here with Justin Troupe and it was so awesome, I decided to return inside with my camera!

Because the light levels were so extreme in here, I went with a 7-exp shot in this situation.

The Magical Cave

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 16:51:57
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length21mm (21mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Wow! Cool shot – beautiful! The rocks are so interesting – that darker one in the left foreground looks like a skull!

  • Adam Ohannessian

    Hi Trey, there may be an issue here – the cave photo is not showing up here on the page or in your RSS feed … for me anyway.

  • Casper van Zyl

    And not showing for us here in Ausie,will check later until then have a good weekend and to your followers

  • Wow, I wasn’t by a computer yesterday but what the hell did I miss?!! Sounds like hell broke loose round here! I didn’t have time to read all those comments this morning and if someone did quote what I am about to quote then I am sorry, but the following saying always comes to my head when situations like this arise – “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less”. You’ve been an inspiration to thousands who visit your site Trey and your contribution to 21st century photography is way above anyone else I can think of………Super shot as always!

  • Shea Goff

    Love, love, love the shot. And no problem with the comments.

    I think it is good to have yesterday behind us.

  • Wow, that is some mighty blue-greenish water there! This sure is a fun place to visit.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! Luke and Curtis are working on this

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Cool – thx

  • Trey Ratcliff

    See what happened when you left?? ! 🙂

  • Oh wow. Beautiful!!!

  • Wowee, beautiful photo from within the cave, I love it. Looks like it’s time for a desktop change. Thanks so much for sharing!!! Have a wonderful Friday, everyone! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    Well what a day you had yesterday,i take my hat off to you for just about thanking every one.If that person was on sight sandbagging he would of been eating his heart out but serve him right .There are times you put your pride in your pocket and say sorry ,I know as you can easily misread people you do not know like I’ve done. This is a WOW from me and Susan mentioned a skull,well if you turn your head sideways to the left and look at the over hanging rock you will see a face with a beard,no hands for
    a fork. ” KING NEPTUNE ” himself looking down on the skull. I’ts amazing what one can find in a picture thats why they say a picture says a thousand words. Hope you enjoy my find.Hehe!!!

  • Adam – could you please tell me what browser you’re using?

  • Casper – could you please tell me what browser you’re using?

  • Casper – Can you know see the photo? Earlier you mentioned you were having issues seeing it in your browser.

  • Kyle VanEtten

    Oh wow! Love this one Trey, what a great way to start my day, thanks!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Can see it now thats why i made the comment Thanks

  • Patrick Mc Donnell

    Beautiful shot Trey – really shows what can be done with skillful HDR processing to handle such a huge dynamic range so well. One of my faves from your work!

  • Tony Beverley

    Wow. The first thing I saw was the face at the bottom left looking up – I then saw the (older) face looking down at it. Wow. NICE!

  • I noticed the new system yesterday and I think it looks pretty sweet. There was one little glitch where, after I expanded the comments yesterday a few times, it eventually loaded comments over your footer graphic and into the #eae4cf colored background. I just assumed since it was new that it was still being worked on.

    Maybe its fixed already – I haven’t checked today.

    Love the cave, it makes me feel nice and cool.

    Edit: Using Chrome 19.0.1084.56 m

  • Thanks for the feedback, Jess. We see this issue periodically when there are many comments on a single post, and we’re working to fix. If you can leave a comment when you notice it happening (or just email me at [email protected]) it will help us fix it. Thanks again!

  • Adam,

    Is the photo appearing for you now?

  • t_linn

    Great, Trey. Now you’ve ruined cave photography too… 😀

    Actually, HDR works really well with this image. Nice.

  • Very interesting shot – definitely another cliched travel photo hehe – I never read any more of that guys comments on the ‘about me’ page but he sounds like he might be like one of the hacks I used to see regularly at soccer matches while I was doing my sports photography last year – a bitter soul jealous of the fact someone is having more fun and making more money with a camera than they are – sad!

  • Beautiful shot Trey. I love the perspective you got here. And the commenting system looks pretty slick. Very clean. 😉 Is this still using Disqus or is it a different system?

  • Never mind my last question Trey, I just spotted the “Powered by Disqus” logo at the bottom. he he. ;-P

  • Sweet photo @google-c1ec23de8292d904dc213eba8bf1d17d:disqus! The light and colors in this are fantastic. I’m off to Grand Bahama next month and the trip won’t come fast enough. My wife and 10 year old daughter just passed their closed water SCUBA certification so by the time I catch up with them they’ll be fully certified. Can’t wait to got diving with them! Cheers.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks everyone 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe – glad you found it 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    haha yeah – one of those guys!

  • Casper van Zyl


  • I noticed the same problem while viewing the site on my ‘new’ ipad. (I haven’t tried it today though) When i expanded the comments it covered the footer. I also had trouble submitting my comments. It kept blocking my comments for some reason. There was nothing negative or obscene in the comment so I’m not sure why it wouldn’t show.

  • Adam Ohannessian

    Hi Curtis,

    I am using Chrome v19 on Mac. But the image was showing up about an hour after I added the comment.

  • Adam Ohannessian

    Hi Luke,

    Yes it started to show up about an hour or so after my first comment.

  • Thanks, Adam. We’ll keep an eye on it, and please let us know if it happens again.

  • Amazing photo of a beautiful place.

  • Chris Krier

    Love the Baths!!! We go sailing there every year and get better shots every time we go back. Can’t get enough of the BVI!

  • So awesome!

  • I love that cave.

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