The Edge of Virgin Gorda

Also from Virgin Gorda

Today’s photo was taken at the same beach as the video below. I could have taken pretty much the same photo with the Sony NEX-7, but I chose the D800 because I like the wide-angle lens a little better. I mean, I suppose it’s not a big deal, but I still get a tiny more flexibility with lenses when it comes to the D800.

However, if I only had the Sony NEX-7, I could get something very very close to this, I believe.

Daily Photo – The Edge of Virgin Gorda

I wish my D800 had a articulating screen! It’s so hard to shoot close to the ground, isn’t it? I mean, Live View helps a little bit, but it’s so tough to really know for sure.

There are certain positions you can get in (I call them the camera sutra) that can be crazy-painful. I’ve gotten a little better over the years, since I simply kind of “know” what the picture will look like without having to gorilla-pod my neck…

The Edge of Virgin Gorda

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:49:58
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Casper van Zyl

    I would totally agree with you on that matter,there are times I have been so low my glasses have come off and it is painful. There are times I take a flat 8x6x1/2in with a bolt thread the same as the camera and a small level then set 2 second timer if composition needs to move to the left then I have the markings on the sand then just move left ,right,back ,forward. Just another innovative idea. Another good shot.

  • Great reflection of them clouds!

  • Rasekh Fatmi

    the cloud formation and reflection are absolutely stunning! really looks like a vortex from which an alien craft will emerge 🙂

  • Wow – lovely shot – those beautiful pinks and blues in the reflection – awesome!

  • I agree totally Trey. I found myself developing new positions for different situations. I will never find a better way to describe the experience than camera-sutra. Hahahaha!

  • Trey, I think you mean articulating, not reticulating, screen 🙂

    Thanks for the video on the NEX and HDR. I think the overall ergonomics on a DSLR are better for most shooting situations. The ability to quickly adjust settings such as focus, ISO, brackets, etc. makes a difference when in the field. The NEX looks ‘fiddly’, and you need to navigate a bunch of menus to get anything done. That seems like it just gets in the way.

    I can certainly see owning one of these in the future, the size is certainly appealing, but I’ll stick with my D800 for now.

  • Catherine Martin

    Love the reflections all over the rocks and water. Amazing.

  • sixthcrow

    How about one of the external screens that you can mount in the hotshoe? Not as elegant as the articulating screen, but better quality, bigger, and hey, it works when you’re this low. Just add it to the bag of tricks 😛

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe sounds cool – but I bet it uses a lot of power and is ungainly!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    oops yes hehe

  • Vincent Randal

    Camera Sutra! LOL! Whatever it takes 🙂 Great photo. Very captivating.

  • Vincent Randal

    I love that photo, but when I try to order a limited edition print it gives me a picture of the Taj Mahal.

  • Christopher Helms

    It’s quite interesting that sometimes you can destroy the rule of thirds and put the visual horizon running right through the middle of the photo and it only seems to make the image even more beautiful and engaging. Well done again! (PS How was the Flight of the Conchords show? Love them!)

  • Matt

    Awesome photo. The sky almost looks like some kind of nebula.

    You mention the NEX 7 – which I am thinking of buying along with the 16mm lens and the ultra wide-angle converter for it – and was wondering what you thought of the 16mm lens?

  • Michael Curtis

    My first Nikon F3 film camera I had a 90 degree veiwer that srcewed into the eye piece.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    It was great! ….and I never liked that rule anyway! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    humph! I’ll have my team get on it…

  • Jon M

    That’s funny…I’ve got that same yogurt you’re eating in my cooler right now for lunch today. 🙂

  • WOW. Awesome I love it.

  • Hi Vincent,

    Sorry about that – I’m looking into the issue. In the meantime, here is the direct link to that photo:

    Just click “Buy” in the upper right.

  • Oh my. This shot is pretty freaking amazing Trey. My wife and I are sitting here trying to pick between it and another for a limited edition print for the new office.. Quit putting out so many dang great photos — you are making it hard for us to decide 😉

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    I think that is the new one? I have not used it yet

  • Fantastic. But for the specific type of clouds, the way you,ve framed it this could almost be a tarn in the Sierra.

  • Hi Trey. You can now connect your D800 with capture one and a mac book pro. Use the laptop screen as your viewer taking low res proof shots, then switch to raw for the big image.

  • Love the colours in the sky and I’m also a big fan of the middle horizon. As Rage Against The Machine once said, “screw the conventional rules of composition” or something like that.

  • Spencer

    Was this taken at Spring Bay that’s on your way to the Baths?

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