A fire Sunset over Venice

Getting to the top!

I’ve never done any of the basic touristy things in Venice. Why? I don’t know! But I’ll get there early with my family before the Photo Adventure Workshop and do all of them. Who knows, maybe I’ll discover something cool! Like, for example, I’ve never been to the top of that tower you see there in this photo below in St. Mark’s Square.

Daily Photo – A fire Sunset over Venice

I can’t wait to get back to Venice! We took this during the amazing photo walk while there. It was really wonderful, but next time, I think we need a wine sherpa. It was SUCH a long walk and I started to get quite tired…. Even after I took this, it was another 3km until our final destination! Now I’m making all photo walks quite short… with a high probability of a wine sherpa!

A fire Sunset over Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length49.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Oh Venice!

New Video – It’s a GREAT recap of our 13 photo walks across the USA!

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Daily Photo – Oh Venice!

It's really getting close now for arrival in Venice for our photo adventure! I already have my plane tickets and everythang… it's gonna be so epic. I never get tired of taking photos here. I have to remember to stop even more when crossing bridges to try to find more scenes like this.

Oh Venice!

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length77.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.7

Burano, Italy

New Under 60s video!

Newly released over at The Arcanum now you can sign up in under 60 seconds and also use Facebook login – cool! What is The Arcanum? It’s an amazing new way to learn Photography (other skills coming soon) with the tried & true Master & Apprentice system, but with a modern twist… think of it like Uber for creative brains! 🙂

Burano and Murano

These are two different places! I didn’t know this before I went. Murano is the place to go for all the glass blowing and that sort of thing. Burano is quite a bit further away, but as you can see, it’s more than worth it!

Daily Photo – Burano, Italy

I took SO many photos here. I was already completely overloaded while in Venice, but then I got here and started lighting it up even more. It was about 10x as colorful as Venice, which was already pretty insane!

Burano, Italy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

The Grand Prize Winner!

We’ve been doing an amazing photo contest over at Viewbug that collected about 20,000 photos. There were so many good ones… it was pretty much impossible to figure one out! Quite tortuous, really!

The winner gets to come to New Zealand to spend a week at our Photo Workshop Adventures — it’s gonna be so epic! Thanks again to the amazing Ritz-Carlton for helping out with this prize!

And here’s the amazing winning photo. Now this is my kinda shot… it’s got it all, a beautiful sky with a perfectly composed landscape. The colors and the fantasy-wonder of it all is right up my alley. I love it when these photos are somewhere between fantasy and reality. I also really like the soft bowl of the grasses in the bottom of the photo; it has a very welcoming and inviting feel. The whole thing is just a pleasure to look at! Great job Amanda Hughes!

Amazing Runner Up Number 1!

This guy is insane! Man those are some of the best star photos that I’ve ever seen in my entire life… and I’ve seen oooooodles! And then I went to his website (which has the awesome name AstroPhotoBear.com) and was even more amazing. That photo on his front page just blows me away… it reminds me I have to get out there more to take night photos. Very inspirational!

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Amazing Runner Up Number 2!

Now this gal (Lisa Holloway) is amaze-maze! I’ve actually followed her work for years. I actually just was sitting here wondering if she’s won many awards on Viewbug, and I saw she has won OVER 21,000 AWARDS! Are you kidding me… wow she deserves it. What a talent. I want her to come take pictures of me running through a field!

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Yesterday’s Photo Mystery

By the way, if you could not figure out yesterday’s photo, just look at it upside down… and then it will be easier to figure out. No photoshop magic or anything… just cheeky cropping.

Daily Photo – The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

This place is actually very easy to find but I didn’t find it till the end! It’s right off Saint Mark’s square, so it’s definitely worth a stop, either for photography or for tea and cake! I felt in a bit of a rush, so I didn’t really get to sit down and take some time to myself, which is a shame… but sometimes that’s the way your day works out!

The Mirrored Tea Room in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Textures of Venice

Forbes Travel Guide Interview

I did an interview with the Forbes Travel Guide all about the tour and more! It was a fun interview… it was actually over the telephone, and she transcribed what I said into sentences… a few little mistakes in there (like I said “Police State” instead of “Police Stage”), but you’ll get the general idea, I think! 🙂

Mixing Textures

This one comes from the Textures Tutorial — I did use about 7 different textures here, mixing them all together like you might remember from the video!

Daily Photo – The Textures of Venice

Getting smooth water in Venice is not super easy, because all the canals are often busy with boat traffic. For some reason, I found this one that was perfectly still, so I jumped on the opportunity!

The Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Playing with Light in Venice

HDR Tutorial

Don’t forget to get the newest version of the video version of the HDR Tutorial!

Daily Photo – Playing with Light in Venice

The extreme contrasts of light and shadow can be quite punctuated in Venice. Many of the colors of the buildings are already pretty bold, and when the sun hits them, they pop out to a new level. It’s a pretty good case for HDR, I think, especially because you don’t want to lose all the beautiful colors back in the shadows…

Playing with Light in Venice

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Amazing Venice Forever

Texture Tutorial

Here’s another one of my favorite new texture shots from the Textures Tutorial.

Daily Photo – Amazing Venice Forever

Rene and I crossed this bridge almost every day. In fact, it’s not too far from here where he fell into the canal, so he has fond memories of this area. This is one spot we’ll stop at for sure during the upcoming Venice Photo Adventure… we’ll all line up here along the bridge and have a ball!

Amazing Venice Forever

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

What You See at the Venice Biennale

A cool product

Here’s a cool thing I saw called Saent. Check it out! I bought one…

Black and White

I’ve thought about opening up a Tumblr or something just to quickly dump all of my “misc” work that never makes it to the blog. I actually create 3000+ photos per year, but only publish my favorite 10% here on the blog. It’s not that the others are “bad” but there is lots of experimental stuff, kind of like this one you see here.

Daily Photo – What You See at the Venice Biennale

This is from the Russian pavilion. That’s my friend Rene up there, getting freaked out by this giant gas-mask guy. Those eyes inside are on huge video screens, so they actually move around, right and left… it certainly gives you a strange feeling… like the Russians are watching! 🙂

What You See at the Venice Biennale

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  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-1

One of the Nicer Places at which I’ve Been Treated Rudely

We’ll come in here for the Venice Photo Adventure too

We may have too many people to go in here all at once, but we’ll go in with groups of four… shuttle in and out! 🙂 They’ll be a bit confused, but I’ll keep the rest of the group outside busy too with other secret missions!

Daily Photo – One of the Nicer Places that I’ve Been Treated Rudely At

This is the Hotel Danieli, which is absolutely lovely, as you can see. They were really nice about me taking photos around with my tripod, which was great. I was here with my friend Rene, and we were keen to get up on the rooftop restaurant to take photos. We were more than happy to actually have a full dinner and everything too!

Anyway, we stopped at the concierge to make reservations. He said it was booked solid for a week. We were just up there and it was 90% empty! He then pretended to call upstairs and said the line was busy, sorry. It was really silly…

We did finally come back and have dinner, but we had to come back under an assumed name like criminals!

One of the Nicer Places that I’ve Been Treated Rudely At

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  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

A great idea for cathedrals!

This place did something I had never seen before. They gave everyone a pretty big mirror you can carry around. You can kind of hold it at your waist and angle it up, so you can look down to see the ceiling instead of looking up. Genius!

Daily Photo – Inside the Guided Mirror Room

See the four mirrors down there on the floor? I was gonna lay out like 50 of them, and I ran back to check my camera to see if they were centered before I added the others. Then, the security guard started yelling at me and rushing over! So I took this photo really fast. (You can see her black visage rapidly approaching on the left!)

Inside the Guided Mirror Room

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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