A Tropical Sunset

New Speech at SmugMug

I’ve been using SmugMug for years (see my SmugMug Review!) – and they invited me up to give a talk. Since I’ve given many hardcore tech-talks, I decided this time to tell a few traumatic and embarrassing stories about when I was growing up and how I ended up in the world of photography…

Daily Photo – A Tropical Sunset

I did a lot of snorkeling out in that bay. This whole area of Virgin Gorda is called The Baths, and it has some of the best beaches in the world. There are basically no waves of any consequence. So, if you’re just learning to snorkel, it’s a perfect environment. The kids had a lot of fun here too… lots of private little alcoves and caves!

A Tropical Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-05-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

  • Hello Trey, Im not normally one for listening to others talk about their lives but I have to say, you gave a real insight into the journey you are on and I guess it made me realise that we are all on similar journeys. I thought the ending, the part about living in the now was extremely pertinent and very moving. Great video and keep going.


  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful photo Trey – loved the video!!! 🙂

  • Jordan Stern

    Loved the video. I’m very curious to hear those other stories!

  • Casper van Zyl

    I relate to many of your stories but with a difference.When i did have a family,I was on a sleeping train in Africa and waking up looking down from the bunk bed i saw a lady putting on her leg which i have never forgotten. I found out later I was only months old. The shock to the system at that time must have been great,not counting the whippings i had in the 14 years in the orphanage.Can you imagine being a Masters orderly which I cleaned every day and saw a tin off peppermints and took one and he caught me.Louis he aid who are you 2 best friends and i replied John and Peter,he said go fetch them,and I ran like hell as i was so excited thinking they too were going to get a peppermint to find a bench in front of his room and had to take all my cloths off and lay down on the bench to have John and Peter hold my hands and feet an be whipped with a jockey whip to have the back an backside split open.This things are past but one never forgets because of shock.Its like all my life I had a built in Camera. Trey, thanks for sharing part of your stories with us,just though I would share a little with the rest of the listeners who feel that life is hard and a bit of mine ,you see life is about forgiveness not revenge even though we have evil and good in us,life and living in the beginning to the end is your choice as we are free moral agents.
    Always enjoying you thought and work.

  • susan ratcliff

    Wow Casper – you really had it bad – but I’ve always admired your positivism and encouraging posts and stories about your camera – you truly are what you believe in – not many of us can say that!! See you on here tomorrow I hope! 🙂

  • Perhaps my favorite video to date Trey. I very much appreciate the open and honest approach you’ve taken to sharing these important moments from your life and the clarity they provide for my own life’s journey.

    We artists are fortunate indeed. We get to participate in the great mystery that is life in a way many others don’t. It’s both a duty and a privilege to document our experiences and radiate them outwards in the form of positive, life-affirming images that make a real and discernible difference to the lives of others.

    While our art allows us to find meaning in our own lives it’s comforting to know that, through the process of producing and sharing that work, it becomes a conduit that can bring happiness, connection and a sense of meaning into the lives of others. And so the wheel spins.

  • Casper van Zyl

    I’ll be here Susan,life must go on or you are left behind.Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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