The Last Sunset in Venice

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I don’t know if you follow ROBOT TREY on Snapchat (treyratcliff), but he’s recently been very confused by how I at one time had four sheep in our back paddock and then I returned home from a trip to see there are now 18.

Daily Photo – The Last Sunset in Venice

I had been waiting for ages for a nice sunset in Venice. I think I was here about a month, waiting waiting waiting… then on the last night, we got these kind of clouds. Rene and I were walking around like giddy schoolkids… taking photos right and left! I use Google Fit on my Android… this day I walked 17,000 steps!

The Last Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 17:34:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Coincidences in Venice

More Carnevale Shots

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Daily Photo – Strange Coincidences in Venice

Here's a funny story. So, at night, my friends and I would go out and take photos and carry wine, cheese, and crackers. Anyway, we were out one night and we have a tradition where every bridge we cross we have a sip of wine. We call it bridge wine, you see. Anyway, we were on a bridge and there was a very friendly German lady who was away on her first vacation in a long time. We offered her bridge wine and she took it and started just chugging it saying afterwards, “I love this country! You can drink anywhere I am so happy!” Haha… Curtis and I thought that was so funny. Then she had us use her phone to take a photo of her with the bridge wine.

Anyway, four days later I am walking around St. Mark's Square taking photos. I saw this cool lady and took her photo. She came over to me afterwards, pulled out her mobile phone, and showed me the picture of her having bridge wine!

Strange Coincidences in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-31 03:29:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

A Steamy Carnivale

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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!”

A Steamy Carnivale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-03 11:43:29
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Burano from Above

Being dumb on Snapchat

Visiting a glacier over the last 24 hours on Snapchat (treyratcliff) with ROBOT TREY.

Burano

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.

Burano from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 15:31:35
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/550
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa

Another thing about this city

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!

The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-01 00:27:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Saint Mark’s Tower from Above

Life from Above and Beyond

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.

Saint Mark's Tower from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-06 07:39:20
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

The Last 24 hours on Snapchat

Follow me on snapchat “treyratcliff” to see the real Trey, ROBOT TREY. (same name on reddit)!

Serious Photographers

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!

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-01 15:14:02
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Vatican

Vatican Tour

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…

Exploring the Vatican

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-19 17:20:34
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Bag Awards!

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.

This video below shows my bag and what’s inside of it! You can see a full listing of what is in my bag right here.

More on Calatrava

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!

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:29:42
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time406
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

1,000 Bridges

Drone Recommendations?

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.

1,000 Bridges

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-08 16:48:19
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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