The Azure Blue Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle

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    See you all today at the Google HQ!
    I'm excited to meet a lot of my Google friends in person! The talk is today, and I've got everything ready for it. For reference, here are a few links I will mention during the talk:

    HDR Tutorial - Free tutorial here on the site - you'll be up and running with a pretty pic in an hour!
    Jill Bolte Taylor - about the Right and Left Brain on TED
    HDR Spotting - a site with the Attention Distribution Engine to drive more traffic to other HDR Artists sites (still in beta - you have to get an invite code from existing member)
    Textures Tutorial - The textures and a video showing how I got those textured-photos
    Videos - A collection of free videos showing how I take HDR Photos in the field...
    Twitter and Human Evolution - A longer treatise on what it suggests...

    Daily Photo - The Azure Blue Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle

    I mentioned yesterday that I was able to get a private tour throughout Hearst. It was a long and great day! Thank goodness I had a mass of memory cards... I got so much footage it was crazy!

    I could have picked a bunch of shots to be the "first", but I thought this one was particularly wonderful. There are two enormous pools at Hearst Castle, and this is the indoor one. This is a nice vantage point because this spot is actually quite difficult to reach! There is no door behind me... so I had to "shimmy" along that edge you see... It was NARROW... the shimmy was like a video game, except while holding a $10,000 camera! Sketchy! But I just had to get over here because I could visualize the shot before it happened...

    Here's a cool fact about this pool. Part of Hearst has now been gutted so there is room for the IT department. The IT department uses the water from this pool to cool their equipment... wild, eh?

    from Trey Ratcliff at

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    1. Jeni315 49 months ago | reply

      I remember visiting here when I was a kid. Still looks as beautiful!
      I remember looking out over the land and hearing the tour guide say everything he could see Hearst owned!

    2. Hanalove 49 months ago | reply

      Kirei----! love this blue!

    3. Gloria M. 47 months ago | reply

      Wow, such decadence. It is absolutely breathtaking.

    4. stryder© 46 months ago | reply

      i can't drain the lake to get into the water temple, how did you do it?

    5. ronaldvidnphoto 45 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic.. I used it in a recent photo edit..


    6. SLO-D300 44 months ago | reply

      you are invited to show your best work in a new WOWnderful HDR group

      Let's have fun!

    7. mvtm 44 months ago | reply

      This looks like a scene from Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time videogame. Y'know, the water temple?!!
      I'm sure the HDR looks better than the original one. :)

    8. Nicolasprieur 42 months ago | reply

      I have been there a few years ago, this place is just amazing!

    9. Munnerz 42 months ago | reply

      Flaweless work! I love the detail!

    10. mbr100863 42 months ago | reply

      Wow! Wonderful colours, spectacular shot

    11. CrystalStar716 41 months ago | reply

      Completely Breathtaking!!!

    12. Steve Richards (Badger) 36 months ago | reply

      Stunningly beautiful capture!!

      This is a wonderful shot!

      Seen at the group:

    13. Darrell Godliman 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot of an amazing place.

    14. AngieAlaniz 32 months ago | reply

      I love that place.
      I have been there twice. That place has two beautiful pools.

    15. Jackie4mail 25 months ago | reply

      Wow! Thanks for keeping some of your work accessible to others-I've pinned this shot to Pinterest with credits and thanks to you, and of course, it links.

    16. Officer Phil 23 months ago | reply

      Hi, I have modified this photo into a "virtual reality" format. You can find it on this page:


    17. Officer Phil 21 months ago | reply

      I have modified this photo into a "virtual realty" format. You can see it at:



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