Capture of the Week: Trey Ratcliff


In the past few years the application of HDR Imagery has taken the digital world by storm.

Some love it, some hate it, as is life.

The narrow dynamic range of digital sensors has limitations as did film and one could easily argue that similar techniques have been around for decades.

In 1856, Gustave Le Grey was quite possibly the first photographer to composite two images in order to achieve detail in both land and sky in his famous landscape titled The Great Wave.

Ansel Adams helped pioneer the zone system which enabled him to attain the highest possible tonal range in his large format prints.

The use of filtration whether that be Polarizer, Split Neutral Density or Color has been applied to imagery for decades as well.

I have personally never done an official HDR image, mostly due to the fact that I feel as if I achieve a proper dynamic range through the use of filtration and subtle processing but I appreciate the technique when applied skillfully, realistically and in moderation.

The process has been mislabeled as a grungy gimmick and has gotten it’s bad rap due to so many photographers who over-saturate, over-sharpen and over-season their final print.

A sin I’m sure were all guilty off at one point or another.

The above photo belongs to Trey Ratcliff, a world renowned Travel Photographer, a true master of the process that is HDR and the creator of


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