European Photo Walk Announcement Yay!

I’m doing TEN (count ’em 10) free photo walks across Europe… also a few special day-long workshops. Wanna see the list of places? Come check out the new site at 80stays.treyratcliff.com!

See your city? Tell your friends! πŸ™‚

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! πŸ™‚ Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR will do swimmingly. I share lots of tips and tricks, do Q&A, and more… even better, we get to roam part of the city taking photos together. Come on out – I can’t wait to meet you! πŸ™‚

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

Last Sunset in Venice

Netflix Ideas?

Any hot Netflix suggestions? I’m currently into Season 3 of Chef’s Table as well as “Abstract” which is kind of like Chef’s Table but with design. Interesting stuff… I like these deconstructions of artistic practices…

Daily Photo – Last Sunset in Venice

I took this on my final sunset in Venice. I had been there a month, and I still never lost the “bug” to go out and take photos. I decided to go to an area of Venice that was quite far from my hotel. I was getting in the habit of walking over 15,000 steps a day, then eating massive amounts of Italian food at night. Somehow I managed to not gain any weight even though I was constantly feeling guilty about all the gorging!

Last Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 17:38:24
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors of Venetian Water

Speaking of Venice

Be sure to grab the NEW HDR Tutorial we filmed in Venice and just released for both Photomatix on Windows and Aurora HDR on Mac! It took me twice as long, but I think it was worth it!

Daily Photo – Colors of Venetian Water

The water in Venice is actually pretty disgusting. My friend Rene can attest to this because he actually fell into it with all his camera equipment! Luckily he survived to tell the tale! Anyway, sometimes during the day it looks less disgusting than usual, but one of the best ways to make it look pretty is to get these sorts of reflections at night!

Colors of Venetian Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-03 06:37:42
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

2 AM in Venice

Bridge Wine

I’d go out every night here with my friends and pretty much follow the same pattern. We’d take sunset photos, wander through the streets and canals, end up and have a fabulous dinner, then buy a bunch of wine and wander the streets more. Every time we came to a bridge we would have bridge wine and take photos. This is one of the photos I somehow achieved.

All of this activity may or may not be related to the night my friend Rene fell in the canal. God it was funny though… I still laugh thinking about it.

It always reminds me of this:

Daily Photo – 2 AM in Venice

This was shot at F/11 and was a 91 second exposure. Yes you read that right! That was one of the things I like most about the Hasselblad β€”you can take exposures longer than 30 seconds without having to use an external trigger. I've never understood that limitation on other cameras. I really don't… it's just software, as far as I know. There are so many things that these camera manufacturers should let us customize! πŸ™‚

2 AM in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 21:46:16
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time91
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bel in the Wings

Thanks again Bel!

For working hard and making so much great video for the new HDR Tutorial. I think you all will really enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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Daily Photo – Bel in the Wings

Here's a photo I talked about a little in the new HDR Tutorial, even though it's not HDR. We were in the costume party and got extremely hot, so we decided to step outside and get some of the cool Venice air. After we went out, we were locked outside! And just inside those glass doors was the band, so no one could hear our cries for help. They saw us moving around out there, and just thought we were dancing! πŸ™‚ But, naturally, I had my camera with me and I thought she looked awesome in this shot with the light hitting her.

Bel in the Wings

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-07 15:57:17
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Night time Carnivale

A favorite photo

This photo is using one of my new post-processing techniques. It’s really hard to describe, and I can’t quite get it into an easily repeatable format yet. So I’m having trouble trying to find a way to teach it! Also, I can’t quite perfect a Lightroom Preset to get this to work… but, I’m trying!

Daily Photo – Night time Carnivale

I'm a big fan of people in costume sitting in streetside cafes enjoying a drink and a snack. In fact, it makes me wish people would do this sort of thing all the time. How cool would it be if everyone in a particular city was in costume 100% of the time. If I was mayor of a city, I think I would make this a law. It'd be totally ridiculous, but I think it might catch on!

Night time Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-31 01:17:41
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Canal

Watch the whole new HDR Tutorial!

Today’s daily photo is absolutely one of my favorite creations from Venice. And I made a lot of photos I really like from that trip (this is not always the case). Anyway, you have two options for watching the new HDR Tutorial that was filmed in Venice. One, you can get and download the whole thing from the store or you can subscribe to the new monthly Passport and it’s included for free! Those of you that are logged into the Passport will see one of the videos below.

A Christmas Present?

If you’re a Passport holder, why not get one for a friend for Christmas? It’s one of those unique gifts that keeps giving all of 2017! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Last Canal

I had been in Venice for about three weeks. That's a long time to be anywhere. And no, I wasn't tired of being there, but there was a bit of a feeling like, “Okay, I've had enough β€” let's move on!” But that didn't stop me from going out on my final night to take more photos. And boy, was I ever glad I did! I was able to find this new spot as well as a few others. That city will never cease to amaze me with all the photo gifts around every corner!

The Last Canal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:03:32
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time64
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Sunset in Burano

New HDR Video Tutorial!

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Daily Photo – Sunset in Burano

There wasn't a single bad photo anywhere in the city. One tricky thing was finding the sun when it got quite low. None of the canals quite lined up along the light alley, so some of my favorite were when it was just barely above the rooflines, like this one. I processed this one earlier in the year, then I did it again for the tutorial and I liked the re-make better! πŸ™‚

Sunset in Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 15:58:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking Home Again

Intense HDR

I used the new Aurora HDR 2017 to make this photo. Obviously, sometimes I go more extreme than others. As of the time of writing this, I’m about halfway done with the new HDR Tutorial. This is one of the photos from the Venice trip where we filmed the thing. Fun times!

Daily Photo – Walking Home Again

I probably stayed at least four weeks at the amazing Hotel O'lorogio in Venice. It's a great place and the team there is amazing. Wow, what a fun time! Anyway, there was basically only one way back to the hotel, and it was over a small bridge that gave this view. One evening, I stopped to take my time and capture this scene.

Walking Home Again

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-27 19:16:18
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Ponte dell’Accademia at Sunrise

Alan Watts Video

Here’s one of my favorite videos I made last year… you’ll recognize the photo below from the first scene of the movie!

Daily Photo – Ponte dell'Accademia at Sunrise

I was in Venice for about a month, out taking photos every morning at sunrise all the way through the sunset. Then there was always lots of heavy Italian food and bridge-wine on the way home with my friends. I'm not quite sure how I survived it or how I got up at every sunrise. I'm a trooper! But I guess we don't want to miss any sunrises like this, do we?

Ponte dell'Accademia at Sunrise

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 07:44:13
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

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