Night Bridge in Venice

Fitbit Fun

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! πŸ™‚

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?

Night Bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:43:44
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Evening in Venice

The new Hasselblad Mirrorless Medium Format

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! πŸ™‚

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” β€” I still can't quite put words around it, but maybe you know what I mean.

Evening in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:02:06
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Moody Canals at Night

Thanks Again Denver

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! πŸ™‚

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.

Moody Canals at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-03 05:46:29
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Textures of Venice

Something cool is coming from Peak Design!

New Kickstarter starting in July, 2016

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.

Clicky click here to find out more about the upcoming campaign!

Textures Tutorial 2.0

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.

Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 07:43:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length75.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Bassano del Grappa

Digital Trends article

Here’s a new article on DT called Meet the travel photographer using Facebook Live to invite you along on the road. It gives you a little more insight into the behind-the-scenes.

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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.

Bassano del Grappa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-31 16:11:29
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/270
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias-0.344

After the Rains in Venice

Lightroom Workflow Tutorial

Don’t miss my Lightroom Tutorial – Organize Your Photos!

Daily Photo – After the Rains in Venice

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!”

After the Rains in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 17:49:01
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors and Lines in Venice

Video Recap: Venice from Above

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.

Colors and Lines in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-08 16:53:17
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Infested with Humans

From Above

There are so many great quotes in this video below… today’s photo is inspired by one of them

Daily Photo – Infested with Humans

One day we took a boat from Venice to Burano. When we were almost there, we had the terrible and awesome idea to launch the quadcopter from the top of the boat! How fun! I knew Burano was pretty, but I didn't think it would look this cool from above. I was surprised how “circular” the edge of the island was. Next time I go, I'd like to spend a few days here to explore, I think!

Infested with Humans

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 15:31:11
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

A smooth ride home

FB Live from Ben’s Home

Becoming an Artist LIVE – “Mixing it up with Ben de Haan” Live from Arthur’s Point, New Zealand at my good friend Ben’s home. We’re taking photos and mixing cocktails while talking about entrepreneurship and launching a new brand! Ask your questions below in the comments! Ben De Haan is with Cocktail Merchant – you’ll see what a master he is in this fun episode! πŸ™‚

By request, here are the two cocktail recipes at the bottom. As for other things we mentioned…

Trey’s Funky Lounge, the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist/

The Great Ben’s company Cocktail Merchant at http://www.cocktailmerchant.co.nz/

The Great furniture designer Ed Cruikshank at http://www.cruikshank.co.nz/

The Great architects Justin Wright and Louise Wright at https://assembly.co.nz/

Cocktail #1: Sloe Gin Sour.

45ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
30ml Black Robin Gin
15ml egg white
10ml sugar syrup

Assemble ingredients in a Boston shaker without ice and shake well. Add ice and shake again, double strain into a martini glass.

Cocktail #2: Espresso Martini

30ml Blue Duck Vodka
30ml Quick Brown Fox
15ml Espresso

Assemble ingredients in a Boston shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.

Multiple Images?

As you can see from today’s picture, if I were to auto bracket with a bunch of different shots, there would be way too many differences for it to auto-align and de-ghost. So, one image is really okay. Whenever possible, I do try to get multiple images, but whenever I just do a single image, I’m still pretty happy with the results!

Daily Photo – A smooth ride home

We took this on the day our workshop went over to Burano for a mini photo-adventure over there. We came back at sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous! You can see it already. We had two boats… and we all just spent time taking photos of the Other Boat! This was an HDR made with a single RAW with Aurora HDR Pro. I quite like the way it came out!

A smooth ride home

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 17:18:22
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚ These are little “Quick Live from a Cool Spot!” things I’m experimenting with.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Tutorials Galore!

You’ll notice that I used a few textures here. Be sure to check out the Textures Tutorial if you’re interested in this technique. Actually, while I was shooting this, we were filming a new tutorial. If you want to be the first to find out about that one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

 

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Daily Photo – Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Continuing on our Venice-Theme for the month (sorry again about all the Venice photos!), this was sort of a special morning because it was the first time we had sun in over a week! It was dreary and foggy for a long time. I love all that moody stuff for sure, but it was a nice change of pace to have the sun blast out at us!

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-06 08:13:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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