We’re still working to refine everything with the new map function on the site — please let me know if you have any feedback! 🙂
Daily Photo – Crossing the wooden bridge in Venice
There are three huge bridges that cross the grand canal in Venice, and this is one of the most famous views. I'm always impressed at these feats of engineering… I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the original construction in the olden days. It occurs to me I don't even really have any idea how bridges are even built! I kind of have an idea, but I don't think I could actually build one, or, at least, not one I was willing to walk on myself.
Here’s a really cool video! These are all the aerial highlights from our Tour Across the USA last year, set to the music of Shpongle (a head-trippy band I discovered at Burning Man one year!). Enjoy! 🙂
Daily Photo – Bel doing yoga in Venice
There's one big difference between Bel and me, even though we both like yoga. One of us will do it nearly nude out in the cold rain and one of us won't.
The new X1D looks ridiculously awesome! The only trouble is I can’t get my hands on one as they are in very short supply. The other bad thing is that there are only two lenses… both prime. The 45mm and the 90mm. I really need something a bit wider, so I hope they announce something cool at PhotoKina!
Daily Photo – Purple Feathers
This one was taken with the Hasselblad 100mm prime lens. It's the perfect lens for this kind of photo. That bokeh is so smooth, eh? Yeah, I had a great time with this lens, out there, hunting subject after subject. When you have a dedicated lens like that on there, it really limits your shooting options, which, counterintuitively, is a freeing! I was able to lurk around and find the most interesting subjects for a fun few hours of portrait work.
This is the only city where I got in my 10,000 steps for three weeks in a row. It also helped me to walk off all that Italian food! 🙂
Daily Photo – Night Bridge in Venice
This is the underside of the controversial Calatrava bridge in Venice. It's beautiful to photograph even though it's perilous to walk on it! The locals say that people are always slipping and falling over the railing. I don't really see how you could fall over the railing, as it seemed pretty high to me. I certainly see how you can slip in the rain on the glass… but you'd have to “leap” a bit upwards to get over the rail, which seems unlikely in a slipping situation! Well, what do I know?
I’m patiently waiting for my friends at Hasselblad to send me one for a play! At the same time, I’m interested in trying out the Phase One. It’s gonna be an interesting year of toys! In the meantime, though, I’m perfectly happy with my Sony! 🙂
Daily Photo – Evening in Venice
I feel like I've used that title before, but that's okay. It just sounds kind of romantic, eh? This is when I was shooting with the medium format Hasselblad. Do you see how it has this kind of nice “effect” — I still can't quite put words around it, but maybe you know what I mean.
That was a great workshop we had in Denver – thanks again everyone. We’re working on getting all the Screen Recordings ready for you now! 🙂
Daily Photo – Moody Canals at Night
Here's one of those bridges that I would cross almost every night when walking back and forth from St. Mark's Square to Accademia. Many bridges, like this one, have restaurants nearby so there's often a nice little cluster of activity around each one.
Peak Design is back again with their Kickstarter craziness. Everything is heavily under wraps at the moment, but what I can tell you is that you need to get excited about this!
This time around the team at Peak Design are offering some limited quantity early bird rewards and prizes. Make sure you sign up to receive an email notification right before the Kickstarter goes live. To the people who do register for these early bird rewards are all entered in to win one of three $500 Kickstarter credits, which can be used towards any product in the upcoming Peak Design campaign.
There most likely will be several limited quantity rewards with discounted prices, available to the people who support the Kickstarter from the start.
This reminds me to plug the rather awesome Textures Tutorial here in the store! Below is a little video all about it!
Daily Photo – Textures of Venice
This is a classic scene from Venice, and I decided to make it more classical by adding about seven textures to the final result. This is a spot you have to go to in the morning to get that sun, since I'm facing the east here. I wish it was a sunset location, since I hate waking up early. I love sleeping in, like a cat.
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Daily Photo – Bassano del Grappa
This was about an hour's drive outside of Venice. I've wanted to visit here for years, but it seems so strange to LEAVE some place as Venice to go somewhere else… but we finally did and I'm really happy about the visit. This is a famous bridge from World War II and the site of a major battle. You can still see bullet pock marks on many of the buildings.
This is one of my favorite new photos from Venice! I know I keep saying that over and over and over again, but it's nice to re-visit these places through photos. Even though I have a decent memory, I find these photos in my Lightroom to process and I think, “Oh! I almost forgot about that one!”
Here’s one of my favorite new videos… all about Venice!
Daily Photo – Colors and Lines in Venice
I love mixing together different levels of detail and smoothness in a photo. I think it's important to have a series of transitions. This one has many transitions, jumping from smooth dull colors to riotous textured colors to bright smooth areas to dull-colored highly textured areas. It's a fun way to process a photo because it comes out a little different every time, and I'm not ever sure I could re-create this.