Google Science Fair !

Gather the kids and join me online soon!

I’ll be broadcasting live on YouTube for the Google Science Fair! You can watch online on the Event Page Here. This is a free educational event, aimed especially at kids. It’s all about science and photography.

It’s on May 7 (May 8 in some parts of the world) – check The Event Page for your local time. I’ll be joined by schoolkids from all around the world. It should be great fun!

Here is info from the event:

The Science of Photography

Digital photography offers amazing flexibility to capture and modify images. But how does the science of photography actually work? What are the basic principles of light, and how do they affect how photographers shoot? How do different cameras and lenses capture images differently? And how do software tools change the way those images are ultimately viewed?

Come to this Hangout On Air with Trey Ratcliff, the world-class photographer whose work is displayed at He will be interviewed by well-known blogger, technology analyst, and amateur photographer Robert Scoble, as well as by Google Student Ambassadors. Here’s your chance to learn about the science behind those amazing images.

Tuesday, May 7, 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET / 2200 GMT / 2300 CE / 900 NZDT (8 May)

Daily Photo – Close Encounters over Big Sur

I went out to take photos of the shooting stars in Big Sur last week, but I only saw a few. I took a few shots of the night skies, but I think the most interesting one was this. It reminded me of that opening scene from Close Encounters! This is what it looks like in the middle of a long exposure when a car comes up over a hill towards you…

Close Encounters over Big Sur

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-22 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

  • susan ratcliff

    I so love this shot – it reminds me of a movie! 🙂

  • I tried shooting starry skies before but never got good results. Have to invest more time… 😉

    Great shot. Was it a car?

  • Yes! This is definitely the opening to Close Encounters! I hope that afterwards you did not go home and start fashioning mountains out of shaving foam and mashed potato hehe! I tried the astrophotography thing a few times too and the experience can be summed up in two words….epic fail! 🙂

  • Yes this is the light of a car in the right, and the light in the left is from a lighthouse 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    Starry, starry night would be the theme song for this pic, Great shot!

  • thabesh

    very cool!

  • Trey Ratcliff


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