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Daily Photo – A Steamy Carnivale
Two of my favorite things combined in this photo, Steampunk and Venice! I don't know where these two came from… they were really nice. They had some kind of strange Hungarian accent or something. I could barely understand them. They came over and secretly told me: “You should come back to see us tomorrow. We are going to be Steampunk Wampires!”
Visiting a glacier over the last 24 hours on Snapchat (treyratcliff) with ROBOT TREY.
Here’s a bit of trivia. So Venice is known for commerce. Nearby Murano (another island 15 minutes away) is known for glass-blowing. Then Burano (often mistaken for Murano, especially by me for years!) is known for making lace.
Daily Photo – Burano from Above
Much like yesterday, this is another cool town that is about an hour away from Venice. The only difference is that this one requires a water taxi to get here. On the way there, we launched the quad from the top of the boat (which is a 9/10 difficulty by the way) and flew over the water taxi to get this shot. What fun! Actually from up here, I was surprised to see how circular the town was. You can also see how much more colorful it is than Venice, which typically has more muted colors with pastel feels.
This bridge played a big role in both world wars. You can still see bullet dents and holes all over the nearby buildings. Alpine soldiers still gather on the bridge to sing old songs.
Daily Photo – The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa
What a cool little medieval town this was! It's about an hour drive outside of Venice and defo worth the visit. It has this ENORMOUS bridge across the river. I have no idea why the bridge is so wide! This city is famous for inventing “Grappa” which is an after-dinner drink made from discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems. I tried a little bit of it… a bit like jet-fuel!
Here’s a video that shows this same scene in video form!
Daily Photo – Saint Mark's Tower from Above
This was the first sunny morning after about 8 straight days of overcast! So we fueled up the drone and decided to go out and get some shots. On this day, there were a lot of military and police in the square. We were very obvious when flying it (how can you not be?), and the military guys came over and were watching the screen. They thought it was so cool and no one told us to stop. On another occasion, at night, however, they did come over and tell us to stop. But that was a different group of people… They were all very nice though and there were no repercussions.
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Have you noticed there are quite a few photographers that take themselves QUITE seriously? I don’t really hang out with a lot of other photographers… but I was thinking about this in Venice when I was walking around St. Mark’s square and random photographers were everywhere. So many of them were SO serious… walking around and scowling… getting that shot… it’s such a funny thing to me.
Daily Photo – Nonstop Photos at Carnevale
Sometimes it's hard to tell if these are models hired by professional photographers or if they are just regular people that are dressed up! Like, this girl for example, when I came upon her, there was some guy bossing her around. But then I realized it was the same guy that I had seen a few hours ago. I was taking photos of another girl for about five minutes. She was obviously a free agent, just wandering about. But then this guy came up and starting bossing her around, telling her where to stand and stuff. He wasn't too nice about it either… and then he took photos and walked away! There's actually a few people like that out there… so strange, I think!
If you go visit The Vatican, I recommend that you get the private tour. I went there with my family, and it was just us and the tour guide. We got to skip the whole line to get in, and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable. I even went to Catholic (Jesuit) school for four years, was saddled with four years of Theology and another four years of Latin, and she was telling me all kinds of stuff I had never heard about!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Vatican
I wasn't allowed to bring my tripod inside, so I had to try to be steady-freddy handheld! It makes it a little easier holding the Sony A7r Mark II because of the sensor-stabilization. I can shoot handheld as slow as 1/5 of a second and still get a steady shot! It's quite incredible actually…
What’s in my bag and what’s the Best Bag? I just voted, and I voted for the Peak Design Everyday Messenger that I helped design. There’s a Vote going on over on Carryology about your favorite bag. Seems to be a good voting thing because they don’t want your email or FB registration or anything. I guess they do it by IP address or something.
My dad first introduced me to this radical architect… and even though what I say below is pretty critical, if you look at this Google Search on his designs, well you can see they are pretty badass!
Daily Photo – Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge
Yeah, I can't tell you how many people I talked to in Venice that just don't have a single good word to say about this somewhat famous (infamous?) bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. It's pretty, yes, as you can see. But most of it is glass, and you walk on glass to get over. The glass isn't even see-through. It's just slippery as hell. And I can definitely see how it is slippery in the rain, but it must be a nightmare when it freezes. There's also countless stories of people losing control of themselves and tumbling over the side into the Venice canals!
You might see over on the DJI Phantom Review page that I’ve changed my recommendations and now suggest the Phantom 4. It is more expensive, yes, but that obstacle avoidance is BIG. Really, if you don’t have it, you might destroy 2 or 3 of the other Phantoms with honest mistakes with obstacles. So, you see, in the end, you save money and heartache!
Daily Photo – 1,000 Bridges
I don't think there are actually 1,000 bridges in Venice, but there might be! There must be at least 500, and every one of them is quite unique in its own way. I think even the most hardcore photographer at some point puts on blinders… and you cross yet another bridge and you say to himself, “Yet another bridge,” and you don't take a photo. This happens to me a lot there, so now I do kind of force myself to slow down, see what is unique about this particular bridge and canal system, and try to take a shot at it.
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Here’s some hot advice I have! I know many people that come here are also into landscape and travel photography. And when you travel, this is often the “default” mode… to take landscapy or travelly photos! For me, I have to kind of “get out” of that mode and switch to taking photos of people. When you get back home, you’ll find a very nice connection back to that sense of place if you have photos of the local people as well. So don’t forget to force yourself to get some people photos too!
Daily Photo – Through a window in Burano
Here's a quick random photo I got in Burano, which is a magical place about a 45-minute boat ride from Venice. I was setting up for a “typical Trey shot” if there is such a thing, but then I heard the shutters open behind me and I saw this nice woman there. I spun my camera around for a quick shot!
Amazing! I knew the world was ready for some new HDR software, but didn’t think the demand would be this high! Find out more in the Stuck In Customs Store!
And yes, we are working on a Windows version with the team from MacPhun… It’s gonna be equally incredible! If you’ve been watching my stream from the past 3 months, basically every photo was created using Aurora HDR Pro. I love that thing and have literally processed thousands of photos with it… Be sure to check out all my free tutorials on that page above as well!
Here’s one of my favorite meditations… it only takes 5 minutes. Try closing your eyes and listen to it!
Daily Photo – Backing up and Zooming Out
Remember the black water photo I posted a few days ago where I talked about Rene falling in the water in Venice? Well here's another photo that I took of that exact same place, except I stepped back about 10 meters. I usually don't post two photos in such close proximity in time and space on the blog. But I thought it was kind of interesting… it's fun to arrive at an interesting place and see how many photos you can make in that space. These are the two most interesting photos I got in this area… I took about 10 different photos, and it turned out that 8 of them were pretty boring… and these are the best two!