The Rapture

Pinned on 27, July 2012 at 01:47 by Robert Brown

The Rapture
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Live on Leo Laporte’s SXSW Broadcast!

The night started out over at the Austin American Statesman Social Media Awards. I was a winner and got a cool little trophy – you can see it in the video below! While there, I met a bunch of interesting people… I’m always impressed at what a hub of social media Austin has become.

I was between parties and walking down the 6th street when along came Leo Laporte and his huge entourage. Leo has a big battery pack on his back, a camera, and a light. He carries around the contraption and broadcasts everything live to thousands of people on

To get a good view of his setup, AND to see how HUGE SXSW is here in Austin, see this amazing video of Leo crowd-surfing at the Diggnation event! He was live streaming the entire crowdsurfing event to thousands of people all over the world… very cool!

Anyway, I was walking down the street – and I said, "Hi Leo!". He didn’t know who I was at first, but then, after talking to me for a bit, he remembered. I told him that I was, indeed, quite forgettable, and I certainly took no offense.

The group was Leo, Robert Scoble, Jeff Jarvis, Dane Golden, and a whole bunch of other people, including a small contingent from Rackspace. Anyway, we geeked out for a few minutes talking about HDR Photography… he mentioned this website, which then caused a crash when the TWIT Army attacked it. As you can tell, Leo could not have been nicer… a very cool guy.

After our little talk, they started talking a bit about SmugMug and Chris Makaskill — if interested in finding out more, see my "SmugMug Review" here on the site.

Weird Things

One of the people I met tonight was Justin Robert Young, who has a show on the TWIT network, and runs a website called "Weird Things" with my friend Andrew Mayne (who Twitter-duced me to Justin). Be sure to check out their website if you’d like to see some cool and unexpected stuff!

Even better, he invited me along and then got me right into the Mashable Party, which had a line halfway around the block!

Daily Photo – The Rapture
The drive to Milford Sound is probably the prettiest in the world. The landscapes were just outrageous. It’s a 2-hour drive, but it took me about 5!

Along the way, the clouds and sun were doing some crazy things. I drove down to the beach to grab this scene, just at the perfect time.

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avatar ++NiklasPhotography++ says:

What a great capture!

avatar FrankBa [Off] says:

Excellent light
splendid realisation
love the darkness
well done

avatar Sky Noir says:

Oh the light! great sun rays.

avatar Lucid Graphics says:

Great story and an awesome shot!

avatar De Gira Por El Mundo says:

Thanks for sharing… amazing!!!

avatar ngawangchodron says:

Lovely image!!! This is great!

avatar Dave DiCello says:

This is just stunning

avatar Cliff_Baise says:

Hey, Trey. It’s Cliff. Remember me? Glad you made it back from NZ ok. I love the photos you’ve posted from there and look forward to many more. Yo Socrates, stop by my stream sometime to see what your Plato has been up to. L8R.

avatar susan_r4 says:

This is sooo beautiful – love the shades of blue and the light reflecting through the clouds – super Trey!

avatar Portraitlove ™ © says:

Absolutely stunning…

avatar Igor Alecsander says:

amazing scene, great hdr.

avatar Dani℮l says:

Just love this, well done!!

avatar Majtek862 says:

Great capture of the rapture. I guess I missed it… :-)

avatar elginz says:

Very cool.

avatar bevcraigwhite says:

incredible sky light…enjoyed your account too !!!!! Please add this beautiful photo to CITRIT,Best of yours!
Citrit group

avatar Guav says:

Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Dark Days, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

avatar cevatzade / says:

Hi, I’m an admin for a group called, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

avatar VinothChandar says:

ohh WOW!

avatar Sizzo-grafy says:

Stunning!! instant fav! amazing work!

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avatar JL-CA says:

C’est l’apocalypse, très belle photo.

avatar Theaterwiz says:

Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places on earth, great shot

avatar -Bandw- says:

Vdry excellent capture

Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

avatar hey.pictrues says:

I really like that.

avatar Scott Barlow says:

Beautiful rays!

avatar (c.jones) says:

great capture, very vibrant shot and great processing

avatar Richard Thorkildson says:

That is an awesome sky!
Outstanding work…

avatar Steven W Moore says:

Great shot, I love the light streaming through the clouds.

avatar Spinool says:

wonderful, just magic!

avatar evy2010 says:

very dramatic and beautiful!

avatar probson32 says:

Fantastic. Love how the rays have come out.

avatar n&s I Photography says:

Hi, I’m an admin for a group called *Desafío Fotográfico* / Comment on your faves /, and we’d love to have this added to the group!


Vista en las fotos de mis contactos. (Yo también quiero esto)

avatar Andy M Canada says:

Lovely shot of nature showing her talent

avatar Le***Refs *PHOTOGRAPHIE* says:

wow beautiful ligth!

avatar Sai Achanta says:

lovely snap!

avatar Kim Crowder says:


avatar kth_friend says:

wonderful rays… great clouds.. well done

Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

avatar Shoeven says:

cool shot

Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

avatar Svam1 says:

Veery cool.. love the clouds!!!

avatar mattsantomarco says:

Holy guacamole! Thats all I got to say about that:-)

avatar asksomeoneelse says:

Limiting the range of colours has really added to what is already a great shot.

avatar fennymun says:

That’s amazing!

avatar Raf Ferreira says:

This is really epic

avatar Mitch Lopez says:

Sooo amazing

avatar elleren711 says:

WOW, wow wow, awesome Trey!

avatar Edgar González says:

Magical indeed!!

avatar PathologicalPhotographer says:

That’s crazy cool–it seems worthy of being printed out next to an inspirational saying, (haha) a great job–excellent capture!

avatar Randy Le'Moine Photography says:

Awesome Trey.

avatar ktania says:

great shot!!!

avatar okocha1337 says:

perfect shot

avatar francesco sgroi says:

I like your work,

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avatar Julien Ratel ( Still In Iceland ) says:

what a sky!! these clouds are dramatic!!

avatar Sam Bekkers says:

sick awesome !

avatar avarith says:

the first shot from you i don’t really like.
the harsh cut between the horizon and the light rays looks very unnatural.

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avatar tomcollinsarc says:

Neat picture. It demands looking at!

avatar Phanta89 says:

Beautiful photo. Looks almost unreal!

avatar conory says:

Stunning image, looks really dramatic.

avatar cosmosvortex_2006 says:

A wonderful capture of the Sun’s assome power and beauty.

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