The Nameless Pagoda Sleeps

Never to be seen again

I processed this live last night during the Art of Photography class during the Q&A period. Even though we will be selling the videos in the future, none of the live Q&A will be seen again, except for people that registered. During the final session last night, I decided to edit this photo and show everyone the entire process. I had never processed it before, and I was so pleased. I decided to post it today! But, alas, only people that have already registered for the class will get to see the full video…

Did you enjoy the class?

Pop over to the Art of Photography and leave a comment, or maybe record a little YouTube video and give us a link. I’d love to see what you think! Thanks again for joining me – that was fun!

Daily Photo – The Nameless Pagoda Sleeps

Tom and I visited this Pagoda late one evening in Li Jiang. There was zero wind, so the perfect reflection made us happy. The thing that did not make us happy was having to get on the ground with our tripods in the lowest position. I do try to avoid getting on the ground as often as possible… but when the scene is right, I guess I have no choice!

The Nameless Pagoda Sleeps

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 19:21:02
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24mm (24mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Casper van Zyl

    Nice reflection.

  • susan ratcliff

    Love this photo – it’s one you can get lost in – like in a dream – fantastic!

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  • I love this, beautifully done!

  • Trey, the four day class was very informative and it got over so soon, wish we had more time from you :). I was part of the HDR class and last night, have seen some difference in the style of your post processing. I am looking forward for your NY photo walk, will give me the opportunity i have been waiting for to meet you.

    Lovely photograph and seen the way you created it last night. Hope to see many more of these session in future and also looking forward for your NZ session towards the end of the year.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Cool – I’ll see you soon! 🙂

  • Don Denesiuk

    It was truly awesome seeing you do the ‘full monty’ on this shot last night. Quite amazing seeing your hybrid technique of fusing the Lightroom and HDR images together. You gave so many great ideas that are going to take awhile to be assimilated into my brain. I look forward to getting access to the downloadable videos so I can re-watch them a few times and wring every morsel of photo knowledge goodness from them. Enjoy your winter and have a great trip back to North America which I guess is going to wind up at Burning man which is always great to experience vicariously through your photos and posts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Don Denesiuk

    Also I hope there will be some detail in the credits for the Art of Photography project of who was behind the cameras and what gear was used to produce it. I suspect the shots of you in your living room in Austin were shot on the Red Epic. Also the outdoor shots in Austin look like they were shot on a 5D mkII. How close am I?

  • Absolutely beautiful!

  • Beautiful photo, Trey. Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

  • Catherine Martin

    Trey – I learned so much in The Art of Photography class. And I bought the Lightroom presets the first night and they are amazing. I experiment every day with them now. I’m having so much fun both shooting photos for an hour before I go to work AND post-processing. It’s like I get lost in another world and discover I’ve been at it for hours. So thank you for everything you’re teaching me. Now I have to figure out a way to get a 2000 terabyte hard drive 🙂

  • Trey — I love the depth to the water and that we’re seeing under the water and the reflections at the same time, and also …

    Alas, my full comment may only be seen by those who previously registered with me via mental telepathy! 😉

  • When I first saw this shot, I’ll be honest, I thought it was slightly over-done and a bit too ‘electric’. I now humbly eat my words, as the more I look at it, the better it gets. Oh why did I ever doubt the master!

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