One of my biggest surprises is how open the participants were to photography. People would dress up lavishly then literally stand outside and pose for hours on end for photographers. No money needed, none of that. They would just run through a series of poses… it was so fun! I’m sure that takes a little bit of magic out of these photos now that you know, but it’s interesting nonetheless!
Daily Photo – Carnevale in Venice
The detail on the outfits and masks from all over Venice was so incredible! I'm always impressed by the artistry and effort people put into their displays. I'll tell you a secret! Well, maybe that's not the right word… I don't know what the word is. But, maybe like you, I've seen photos of Carnevale in Venice my whole life. Well, I thought the whole time that all of this was actually painted on the face. But it's not… it's all a mask and the only real part is the eyes. Maybe you knew this the entire time, but I did not. But if you've just discovered this for the first time like me, then you know what I mean when it changes everything and the way you see it!
So I’ve started adding more and more local reviews on Google as I visit everything from restaurants to hotels. I need to do more of this because I have a lot of accidental discoveries that I want to share! I think these Google reviews will become more and more important as time goes on because people will us Google Maps a lot to search for things.
Daily Photo – My Last Night in Venice
Wow, I love this photo so much! Ha! I usually don't say that about my photos, as you may know, but I do really like this one. It's another great example of that amazing compression you get from the Hasselblad.
What's funny is I didn't actually have that much “Trey Time” in Venice. I was busy filming two new videos for most of the time then doing a workshop for the rest. At the end, I had One Free Day to go off and just wander. I went off wandering with my bestie Rene… we ended up in a beautiful area for some photos on our last night… and then we went and pigged out on sushi, my first non-Italian meal in like 3 weeks! Omg I was so bloated… and I think I still am!
I love internet comments… if nothing else, it helps me not to take anything too seriously.
Let’s do a Photowalk around Edinburgh!
I’m really excited to come there… it’s my first time! We’ll meet at Hemma, which my friend Stuart tells me is a cool pub, at 2 PM to have some drinks then head out at 3 PM for the official walk!
My Photowalks are super-chill… everyone is welcome. All camera types (even mobile phones) and all skill levels are welcome! I’ll be giving tips & tricks along the way, and we’ll all share photos after the event as well. It’s a family-friendly event…
Meet: 2 PM at Hemma for drinks then 3 PM departure for Photowalk!
The Walk: My friend Stuart Davidson has a route for us!
Ending? Whenever you want it! But probably sometime after sunset/dusk
Hashtag? #TreyScotland2016 – this way we can share photos on all the networks and see what everyone snapped!
Cost: FREE. El freebo!
(For those of you in London, I’m here for this event — and then heading up to Scotland for an adventure after that!
Crazy Video Log of Every Jedi Ever
There’s a lot of awesome Star Wars stuff out nowadays… I’m pretty much a fanboy and find all of this stuff to be pretty awesome haha. I find it even more impressive that people make the time to make things like the video below!
Daily Photo – Gondolas from Above
How interesting is this photo? Yes, obviously it was taken with a quad, but I find so mesmerizing. Almost any top-down shot of a familiar object will make your head turn sideways a little bit and make your brain spin around. This is a really nice feeling, I think!
Okay, so then we left Qatar and flew to Italy. It was a fun flight for the family because they used points to upgrade to business class. I sat back in Economy (which I certainly don’t mind), but they had a ball up there! The flight attendant, at least, felt sorry for me and said she would bring back some of the “good” wine. Well, that was pretty exciting but then she never brought me any at all, which made it even worse, somehow.
Anyway, we got to Rome and the kids were able to see the last stage of the trip. It was actually kind of cool, introducing the kids to four huge religions. We started with Buddhism in Thailand, then Hinduism in India, then Islam in Oman and Qatar, then finally Christianity in Italy!
We actually started the tour in Vatican City and Saint Peter’s Basilica. I guess technically that’s a different country! But it was incredible…
In Rome, we stayed in the Boscolo Exedra, a place I mega-recommend. It’s centrally located and the whole family was very comfortable and happy there. The kids were getting QUITE spoiled by this point… week #4 in a row of lavish breakfast buffets!
After Rome, we took a train to Venice for a final few days of fun. We went to another Boscolo hotel there the Boscolo Venezia, Autograph Collection, which was also fabulous. You can see it in the below as well.
Well, WHAT a 30-day family trip. I hardly know how to express how grateful I was to spend so much time adventuring around with the family. I think it was a little Extreme for everyone, but I’m just getting them warmed up for next year!
italy Video Recap
And here’s all the videos from Italy!
Italy Photos Recap
One day we leased a few Fiat 500s to roam around the Roman countryside.
And here’s one of those country roads we drove down. This is not too far from the Appian Way, the very first road ever!
Inside the Vatican…
Here’s the kids with one foot in two different countries, Vatican City and Italy.
Scarlett drinks from an ancient aqueduct-fed fountain. Here’s a little secret: If you plug up the bottom, there is often a little extra hole where the water spurts out the top to make it easier to drink!
And finally we got to Venice where of course we took a gondola ride. Scarlett simply HAD to be in the front.
And we had a visit to the Doge’s palace to see this enormous painting by Tintoretto.
And there is our Boscolo Hotel there on the left. It was in a wonderful, quiet area of the city where mostly just locals live. It was great to be away from the touristy area for long, quiet, peaceful nights.
Daily Photo – Floating above Venice
I'll tell you something embarrassing about this photo! But once I tell you, you'll definitely be able to see it. Having said that, it's a happy accident because I really like this photo! Anyway, this was a new quadcopter that I got after the other one crashed in India. So, I realized after I took this shot that I forgot to take off that little clear sticker that goes over the camera… yeah, you can see it now, can't ya? But still, a cool effect it had!
I already have a ton of photos of Venice, but I’m about to be flooded with them, so to speak, with yet another amazing trip to Venice here. I hope you don’t get tired of them… I sure don’t!
Daily Photo – Black Venice Water at Night
At night in Venice, the water takes on another character to me… it seems black and oily and even a little bit evil! I know that's a strange thing because in the daytime it's so happy and colorful and full of life. But at night, it's just a different thing altogether. Maybe because you gotta stay away from it and you're always worried about falling in, like my friend Rene!
I sat down with Fred Van Johnson from This Week in Photo to talk about the new Aurora HDR software I co-designed with MacPhun. Watch and enjoy to get more inside scoop!
Be sure to go check out the always-updated Camera Recommendations Page here on the site. You’ll see one of the cameras I recommend is the Sony RX100, which took this photo below! Note, once again, that Sony is not a sponsor and they don’t pay me or anything! I just love their cameras…
Daily Photo – Super Bird!
Here's a quick shot I got in Venice one day with the RX100. I use that camera a lot for quick “street photos” — it's so darn fast and easy to use that I can get super-sharp and quick photos. I think it takes like 16 pictures in a second or something so you can be sure to have a lot to choose from. I guess it kind of feels like cheating to take so many photos… but I think the use of any kind of artifice in a creative process is noble!
Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world and I was happy to share it with my family for their first trip there. To get to Venice, we took the direct train from Rome. It was a super-fast train and we got there in only about three hours. We jumped into a water-taxi from the train station and went right to the Boscolo Hotel in the northern part of the city. It’s quieter up there… hardly any tourists and where a lot of families live.
From there, we went out adventuring all over the place. You gotta do all the touristy things in Venice, eh? Yeah! We did everything from the gondolas to the glass factories to the gelato. In fact, Scarlett was appointed the Queen of Gelato and it was her job every day to make sure everyone had their daily gelato. The only rule was each day had to be a new flavor!
And here on Day 30 is when the whole trip officially ends. The family flies back to New Zealand and I stay here in Venice for another two weeks for both Carnivale, filming some new videos, and a fun photo workshop! And yes, more gelato!
A view from the Canals.
Details of a beautiful old church.
This is the Hotel L’orologio where we are staying for the next two weeks for the workshop at Carnivale.
Ethan in the Gondola.
Here’s the Boscolo Venezia where we stayed the first few nights.
Inside the Doge’s Palace.
Venice at Sunset.
Scarlett poses in a Gondola.
The incredible San Rocco.
Daily Photo – The old city of Venice begins to wake up
Day 25 – Rome, Fiat 500 Adventures, and the Holy Catholic Vatican
We left Doha, Qatar after too-short of a trip and flew about six hours to Rome after I finally got my quadcopter out of being stuck in customs! I wasn’t allowed to fly it anywhere in Qatar or Oman, so they kept it at the airport for me. There’s always a confusing process to get it un-stuck! But everything turned out okay…
In Rome, we stayed right in the middle of the city at the Boscolo Exedra. It was another great hotel and a fun home base for the whole family. We did a ton of stuff here in the city. We got started with a full tour of Vatican City, which was even more impressive than I anticipated. Mind-blowing really! I’ve been to Rome four times but never visited the Vatican until this time. We had a private tour guide and it was definitely the way to go… Maria knew everything about this place and it was much more interesting than just blindly stumbling around.
And then we ended up in a 1962 and 1967 Fiat 500s to tour the Roman countryside. What a great way to explore… just about 10 km away was a beautiful lake… and, well you can see more in the video!
A Roman villa stands on a hill with the rest of teaming Rome behind it.
A Straight-up view from another area inside The Vatican.
Driving into the Roman countryside.
Exploring another room in The Vatican.
Exploring the massive halls inside and outside of Vatican City.
Having a quick flight over Rome with the DJI Phantom 3.
Her skirt was a little too skimpy to be let into The Vatican, so they stopped outside for some selfie action.
Scarlett got a new coat in Rome and she never takes it off.
Stopping with our Fiat 500s at a Roman aqueduct.
The amazing golden dome of the Basilica of Saint Peter.
The Basilica of Saint Peter is the longest church in the world and you can see the lengths of other churches represented on the floor.
The girls in front of the Coloseum.
The massive interior of the Basilica.
There are thousands of fountains all over Rome where the water is perfectly drinkable – one secret thing many have is if you plug the bottom, the water spurts out a little hole on top .
We took two Fiat 500’s out to explore the Roman countryside.
With one foot in both countries of Italy and Vatican City.
Well I got an iPad Pro for Christmas and I think it’s pretty cool, especially for things artistic! I’m really enjoying exploring a few different programs on here, including Lightroom Mobile and a few of the other Adobe programs. Some of those apps are confusing to me though… actually I’m really looking forward to using this more for digital painting and stuff on the road…
Daily Photo – Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice
I came across a fairly unusual scene at the Venice Biennale. What do you think is happening here?
This year we did kind of an experiment with the Trey’s Lightroom Presets and decided to make a new pack each month. It went great and people loved it. We’re gonna do something different in 2016… you’ll see!
We’ve planned something secret and exciting for when we go to Venice for our Upcoming Photo Adventure, all I can say for now is that it involves fancy costumes….yes, there will be loads of photos I can share
Daily Photo – Late for Dinner in Venice
How can you be late for dinner in Italy? It's impossible I think… It's Italy, everything is fine! And yes, I was EXTRA late for dinner this night because I got so distracted taking photos during the blue hour. Every direction was a new photo and I was actually being pulled (for some reason) away from the direction of the restaurant rather than towards it. I'd be taking a photo of one thing… then my eye would wander then I'd think, okay I gotta hurry over THERE next. Haha… at one point I almost decided not to show up for dinner at all!