A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photographers tell amazing stories of their mind-blowage!

Wow! Listen to these people talk what happened to them at www.TheArcanum.com – these are all Apprentices of Stephan Bollinger. BTW, we have a “rating system” like Uber and Stephan, like many Masters, hits it out of the park. He averages no less than a 5.0 rating! Here’s some of his Apprentices in this video: Pete Donohue , Jason Crader , Biju Oommen , Jake Randle , Maggi Woo , Daniela Vallant, Jeff Bond, Ryan Lundstrom , Jose Cabello , Paul McCranie , Mikhail Veter.

Hot Venice Tip

You’d think Venice is a city that has dozens (or hundreds) of rooftop bars and restaurants. Well, you’re as wrong as I was in thinking this! Darn! There’s the Gritti Palace, which is REALLY expensive and the concierge can be Quite Snobby in getting you a reservation. I have a WHOLE story about that with Rene! Or you can go here, to the top of the Hilton. It’s not too hard to get over there, as you can take the free Hilton ferry, but it’s kind of a drag. More below.

Daily Photo – A View from the Hilton in Venice

This is the view if you end up going all the way to the Hilton. They have an awesome rooftop pool, but it closes before sunset! There’s no way to get out there, no matter how much you beg and plead, believe me. But if you move to the corner of the upstairs bar, you can in fact get this view. It looks pretty good, yes, I agree, but this photo would have been 10x better if I could have just gotten over to the pool area. Balderdash!

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length205.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

The Rails to Casablanca

Morocco Video

I should have a cool video from Morocco to share with you soon! :)

Daily Photo – The Rails to Casablanca

Technically, I suppose, these are the rails between Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco. I shot this out of the back of the train, looking towards Casablanca where I had just left. That’s where the main airport is, and I was disappointed that Casablanca was not a more awesome town! I had just watched “Casablanca” for a second time on the plane on the way there, and I had high expectations, but I’d say it was by far the most disappointing of the places I visited in Morocco. I’d rank it last among the 7-8 cities I stayed in during my three weeks there!

The Rails to Casablanca

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Revisiting the Google Loon Project

I was able to join the Google X team here in New Zealand not too long ago for the test launch of their Loon project. Here’s a video I made with Google Glass while there:

Daily Photo – Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Naturally, there are gondolas all over Venice, but the best place to shoot them is around the edge of St. Mark’s Square as the sun is setting. Almost all of the gondoliers bring their boats in here at the end of the day and dock them for the night. It’s one of the best times to come see them all lined up in processing.

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Using Stuck on Earth to plan Thailand Trip

Some more coolness from Stuck On Earth. I’ll show you some awesome stuff in Stuck On Earth that you may not know about!

Daily Photo – Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

This little place right by Bang Saray, Thailand was a real surprise. I always pull up Stuck on Earth when I’m in a new spot and constantly finding cool things here and there. This was one of my greatest finds!

Another Gem Found with Stuck on Earth

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Processing

I processed this one with MacPhun Intensify. It really did a great job with the sharpness and color tones, I think!

Daily Photo – My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Here’s the studio I walk to every day from the main house. Every now and then in the autumn and winter there is a wonderful snow that falls and gives everything a parallel-universe feeling. I find I have to take these photos early in the morning because in late afternoon, all the white snow starts to melt off the trees and you lose that nice reverse-contrast feeling.

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Quadcopter Fun

I flew my DJI Quad a lot here in Bora Bora. It turns out there was another guest who was doing the same thing! I always end up making besties with other quad-dudes around me! haha… sort of a secret club of instant-friends!

Daily Photo – Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Is there any place better in the world? I’m not sure I can think of one while staring at this scene! Which should you get in? The body-temperature sea with the sand beneath your toes, or the body-temperature infinity pool where there is a little place to set your drink and nachos. Decisions decisions!

Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Love in the Sand

Lost Communication!

I feel really bad because I told this couple that I would send them the photo, but I lost the email? I’m such a dingaling. The woman here gave me her email and I put it in my phone but it got deleted. It was something like VioletRose@aol or PinkFlower@aol — oh man I have no idea… and they were really nice too… now I just feel bad and lame about it!

Daily Photo – Love in the Sand

This was an awesome couple from Saudi Arabia. They were having so much fun taking photos of each other. I swooped in and joined in the fun. One of the funniest things was a very strange communication barrier. So, they didn’t speak English to begin with, but then the real confusion started when I tried to show them THIS photo that I grabbed. On the Sony, you can see the image on the back of the camera when you look through the viewfinder. I kept trying to show them the photo on my camera, and they thought I wanted them to take MY picture. I was like, no no, just look! After like 10 awkward attempts they finally got it and were Really Happy!

Love in the Sand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

The Tapestries of China

Texture Tutorial

Be sure to visit Trey’s Texture Tutorial to see how I make these kinds of photos. They are very fun, and anyone can do it!

Daily Photo – The Tapestries of China

This whole area around Guilin has become one of my favorite areas to visit and explore in China. The shapes around here are epic and timeless, and they put me in quite a creative and contemplative mood!

The Tapestries of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Stuck In Customs Internet Research Team

I wonder who in the audience can find her YouTube channel? A great challenge for this seemingly can-find-anything audience here!

Daily Photo – On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Here’s one of the gals that was running around with us during the crazy photowalk in Tokyo, Japan. I had no idea what was happening for most of the photowalk, but there were awesome sights and people everywhere. It turns out that this gal is a fairly major YouTube star in Japan, and she doesn’t speak a lick of English. I have completely forgotten her name, but I remember looking up her YouTube channel and being completely flummoxed by what was happening.

On the Japanese PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

Perfect Water Out There

It gets pretty hot here in Dubai most of the year, so that Arabian Sea comes in very handy. Either you’re inside, slathered with AC, or if you’re outside, you should be in that water! If you go out and keep swimming in a straight line, you’ll end up in Iran.

Daily Photo – The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

This is the view from the topside bar at the Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach. These places are so intricately and perfectly designed. People that can design these sort of geometric landscapes that incorporate gardens and pools and beaches — that is a pretty cool skill. It’s one of those strange art-forms that I really appreciate, mostly because I find it to be completely unfathomable.

The Quiet Sea on a Perfect Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

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