Analysis: Trey Ratcliff Photography

Travel Photographer Trey Ratcliff is an advocate to High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography. His website,, has become one of the most popular travel photography blog on the Internet. Though not the first in HDR photography, he is style and eye for detail have influenced millions of people.

" "The Night Before Chinese New Year in London.
  • Date Taken
  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Camera Make: Sony
  • Exposure Time: 1/5
  • Aperture: 4
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length: 16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

To capture subjects with vibrant, saturated colors does not necessarily mean the need for spectacular landscapes. Trey Ratcliff has shown that it can be done in our own backyard; in this case a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, London. Beyond that, I think this image has a lot more to offer.

The Chinese restaurant illuminates brightly in the night; its distinctive oriental shop front, red colored, and characters on it shops title. Two pavements converged to give a two-point perspective. Street lantern decors compliment well with the brick pattern pavement, adding texture. Reflection on the wet pavement amplifies the colorful lights emanating from the restaurant. It is interesting to see a passer-by, who happens to be in the middle of the frame and other human activities, balanced well on both sides of the street.

Trey Ratcliff’s caption adds depth to his image. This is interesting because there I see some irony in it. Holiday eves are usually brimming with lots of people; however there is not much activity here. Perhaps the uncrowded street suggests that more people are coming out into the street for the festive season because of the wet weather.

I am sure this image, as with the rest of his photos, were produced using multiple exposure blending. High Definition Range photography has become a large part of my photographic journey, but unlike some of his HDR images, I paint my scene what I think is real, and not beyond the reality.

For more of Trey Ratcliff’s works, click here.

Note: High definition range photography technique were used in many parts of my BA2a_1 assignment, as wel as partially in my BA2a_2 works. To navigate to my works, click here


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