Denver PhotoWalk & Taking a break on the hike

Denver PhotoWalk!

I need a Denver Expert to help me plan a route and stuff! Any volunteers?

I’ve never done a PhotoWalk in Denver and I am excited! I’ll be there (by accident via a long international connection from Yellowstone to Bangkok) for about 10 hours, and I thought it would be fun to come see the city, take photos, and meet you all! Let’s do it…

For the LATEST EVENT INFO, check this Google+ Event page!

Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 6PM
Location: TBD
Route: TBD! πŸ™‚
Cost: Free
What Levels are invited? All levels, from Beginner to Advanced, from Mobile Phones to DSLRs!
Prizes: Yes! I’ll give away a free copy of my latest Lightroom Presets to everyone who shows up! πŸ™‚
Family Friendly? Yes, bring the kids!
Afterparty? Probably! TBD!

If you’ve never been to one of these, they are very fun! I’ll be setting up in various locations to take photos. I’ll talk through all my settings. I’ll talk about compositions or ideas… I also talk a lot about shots that I don’t take and why I don’t take them… anyway, I’m there for questions or, well, anything!

Fake Reflection Shots

I never fake my reflection shots, and here is a good way to tell. Now, even before telling you this, I suppose, naturally, it is possible to fake it the way I am telling you, but it is just a lot harder, I guess! Anyway, if you look at all the structures above the water, you’ll see that not all of them are in the reflection because of my angle. As just a little example, you can see all the mountains in the top, but not in the bottom. If you ever see EXACTLY the same thing, either it is faked, or the camera has to be like one inch above the water!

You can also see this effect in a previous photo I posted while over Lake Hayes. Just click on the “New Zealand” link above in the category to find that one! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Taking a break on the hike

While at that amazing retreat called “Aro-Ha” here near Queenstown, we'd take amazing hikes every day… and had so much fun! Here, we stopped for a little break by this perfect little pond. It's amazing to me how many picture-perfect spots are all over the landscape here… I'll never get used to it!

Taking a break on the hike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-01-18 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3000
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias


    I sent a reflection shot of a sunrise to a magazine for a cover and they thought it was a fake because the reflection was not the same, they did print after I explained, odd for a magazine not to know though, great work.

  • Susan

    Crystal clear – beautiful there! πŸ™‚

  • Larry Mathews

    Not fake, but like you said, the camera was pretty close to the water, and so was everything in the image.

  • Dave Robbins

    +Trey, others have probably already asked this, but where did all the EXIF go?

  • Chris Axe

    Nice image Trey! I never thought about faking reflections. I’ll be on the lookout. BTW after watching your daughters video she sure is a chip off the old block!

    Also any plans taking you back to Monterey, CA ?

  • treyratcliff

    Haha thanks! And yes, a trip to Monterey in the future for sure! πŸ™‚

  • IF_girl

    Hi Trey. I’m relatively new to Denver area, but my dad and I are looking forward to joining you. I can do some research into good spots if you’d like.

  • Tom S.

    Of course I’m out of state when you are there. Make sure you hit the 16th Street Mall. You can also get good views of downtown from Mile High Stadium side of the highway. Cheesman park is nice and the botanical gardens are beautiful. City park has the Nature and Science Museum, plus great views of downtown and the mountains. If you can get into the mountains, do it.

  • treyratcliff

    Yes this will be a fun event! πŸ™‚

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