Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!

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Day 30 – The Traveling Circus ends in Venice

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!

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A view from the Canals.

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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.

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Ethan in the Gondola.

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Here’s the Boscolo Venezia where we stayed the first few nights.

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Inside the Doge’s Palace.

Venice at Sunset.

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Scarlett poses in a Gondola.

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The incredible San Rocco.

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! 🙂

Floating above Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-24 08:47:59
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!





Day 25 – Rome, Fiat 500 Adventures, and the Holy Catholic Vatican

Awesome Rome!

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!


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A Roman villa stands on a hill with the rest of teaming Rome behind it.

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A Straight-up view from another area inside The Vatican.

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Driving into the Roman countryside.

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Exploring another room in The Vatican.

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Exploring the massive halls inside and outside of Vatican City.

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Having a quick flight over Rome with the DJI Phantom 3.

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Her skirt was a little too skimpy to be let into The Vatican, so they stopped outside for some selfie action.

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Scarlett got a new coat in Rome and she never takes it off.

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Stopping with our Fiat 500s at a Roman aqueduct.

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The amazing golden dome of the Basilica of Saint Peter.

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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.

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The girls in front of the Coloseum.

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The massive interior of the Basilica.

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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 .

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We took two Fiat 500’s out to explore the Roman countryside.

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With one foot in both countries of Italy and Vatican City.

Daily Photo – The beautiful Colosseum from above.

The beautiful Colosseum from above.

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-21 14:36:00
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice

iPad Pro

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?

Something Wicked Comes This Way in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-09 01:43:35
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Late for Dinner in Venice

Great News: December Lightroom Presets free and all 2015 Presets now in a mega-package of 132 presets!

The entire collection from this year all at once. Grab them in the store now! 🙂

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! 🙂

Secret Party

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!

Late for Dinner in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-06 02:47:11
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Boating Around Venice

The Blue Hour

This is my favorite time to take photos. I’m not always in amazing places like Venice, but when I am, it’s A VERY EXCITING TIME. The city looks amazing all the time, but things go gangbusters at the blue hour. And it’s a fun kind of nervousness inside too since you want to see as much as possible in a short time!

Daily Photo – Boating Around Venice

Whenever I get in one of these boats, I probably literally take at least 500 if not 1000 photos. Everything looks so awesome, and you're moving so fast, so the stimulation is at an extreme factor. Normally, you are kind of used to a walking-pace, so stuff appears very slowly, and you have a moment to get used to it. But these boats go about 10x that speed… and 10x the visual excitement!

Boating Around Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-09 03:02:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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 Squ

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 Taken2015-05-05 01:53:28
  • 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!

Thanks again everyone for coming out! If you wanna join me on the next Photo Walk (these are always free), sign up at our newsletter — Where will the next one be? Only the shadow knows! Oh, and so do people on the newsletter. 🙂

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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!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-02 21:07:18
  • 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 Taken2015-05-09 20:49:14
  • 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 crop

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 Taken2015-05-10 01:37:53
  • 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 Taken2015-05-10 13:18:27
  • 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

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