Have you heard about that restaurant in London where you eat in total darkness? You can’t see a thing… the waiters are either blind or have IR goggles… not sure… but you really pay attention to what you put in your mouth, as you might assume!
Daily Photo – Dinner by the Canal in Venice
If I lived in Venice, I reckon I’d try to eat dinner in every restaurant by the canal at least every other night. What could be better than Italian food and wine by a magical and mysterious network of canals? Who could get tired of that? I’ve often semi-joked in speeches that my favorite times are when things are going into or out of my body… haha…. and, well, this is one of the best things into my body!
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!
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.
I know we sold out Venice in 48 hours and there were many disappointed people (including some old friends) — sorry about that! Well, to be sure and not miss out on our next one, sign up for the Newsletter.
Daily Photo – The Best Venice Shooting Time
Whenever it started to rain in Venice, I would drop everything and get out there to shoot. Even better, it was just about to get dark so all the little businesses started to turn on their lights. That reflection of the ground simply cannot be beat. Luckily, this cute waitress gal happened to be walking right through the frame, so I was sure to grab a photo of her just as she passed in front of that bright spot.
I was hanging out with Simone Cecchetto and his wife Christina for several days. They design and make these incredible shoes… all handmade in Italy. More info at their website or on their Instagram.
Daily Photo – Amazing Shoes in Venice
We spent a lot of time in these water taxis in Venice. It’s such a fabulous way to see the city. It’s also way easier than walking around. They certainly aren’t inexpensive, so I tried to use every moment on them to capture as many photos as possible!
This was a little above me when I took the photo, so I used the Lightroom automatic lens correction to true up all the vertical lines. I don’t always do that, but if it is very close to vertical, I want to make it is as good as possible.
Daily Photo – Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice
I can’t totally take credit for this shot, as it was found on one of my random wanderings with Rene. He and I would rarely have any kind of a plan other than just meandering. There was always food in the mix. That’s a sure thing with him. It’s truly unbelievable how much food he eats… he’s like a Tardis! Anyway, here’s a little thing that he saw on the way so I grabbed my own photo!
Here’s the FULL episode, as what follows below is just the bit where I was on. Here’s the full description of the whole episode:
Hosts: Leo Laporte, Megan Morrone, Mike Elgan, Jason Howell, Fr. Robert Ballecer, and Bryan Burnett.
Mike Elgan takes us through the highlights of Google I/O, Photographer Trey Ratcliff talks about The Arcanum and photography with Voice Over Actor Jim Cutler, plus inside the Kickstarter project called Cubit.
A lot of people ask what I use to record my videos on my computer — I really recommend Screenflow Pro. It’s just a great program and very very easy to use.
Daily Photo – 1,000 Stories in Venice
I walked around a lot of these nights with my friend Rene. It was nice to wander around and see so many other people out and about. I think there were mostly locals around, sitting on steps or bridges, drinking and eating. I was amazed how many people I saw walking around with glasses of wine — very impressive, Italy, very impressive…
Jump over to the Trey’s Lightroom Presets Page to see what’s happening this month! Remember, they are half price for you on day one of each new month!
Staying up Late
I’m considering staying up all night during our upcoming Venice Photography Adventure on the final night. I absolutely love staying out late and taking photos. It could be an absolute blast… we’ll see if we have the energy at that stage in the adventure, but I like the idea of it.
Night is often a great time to shoot there because all the streets clear out and it’s very dark and romantic… just don’t fall into any canals!
Daily Photo – Vertical Venice
One of the best times to take photos in Venice is in the early morning. The light plays with the buildings in surprising ways. Also, since most of the city is not a grid-pattern, you never know what you’ll see as you look down one canal or cross the next bridge. It’s like a fabulous Venice-randomizer! Here's one of my favorite angles from one of the morning walks…
Venice Carnival Photo Adventure February 4-10, 2016 – €15,000 Euros – Sold Out
See the Venice Carnival Photo Adventure page! This is a very special trip to perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities in all the world, Venice. This sold out in 48 hours after we first announced it in our Newsletter, so be sure to sign up for that to hear about this stuff first!
Even though we’re sold out, you can Contact Curtis to jump on Standby List in case of cancellation.
A Secret Entrance in Venice
Not far from this exit I found a really cool old bookstore that reminded me of something from Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. It’s full of all sorts of crazy old books, some in fabulous shapes. There is a sign that is chained across the door that says, “Please Wait for Attendance,” but no one ever comes. There’s a secret button you can push in the upper left just outside that will grant you entrance. So cool! I went in there and got a few gifts to bring home.
A few recent photos from Venice to get you excited…
Daily Photo – Leaving Saint Mark’s Square in Venice
Venice has thousands of tiny alleys that twist this way and that, and before you know it, you end up in another square. This is the biggest square, Ca San Marco, and there are about 7 exits to this square (as with most). Here’s my favorite of them all… as evening falls, this way is the most beautifully lit for another adventure in getting lost on purpose!