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.
Follow “treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see very silly things.
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!
In honor of Rene and me reminiscing on his watery ways below, I give you this video. I dare you not to laugh!
Daily Photo – The Black Inky Night Waters
Another Venice shot! Yay! I took this one about midnight when I was out with my friend Rene. Every Single Time I think about him falling into this canal it makes me laugh. It's just like the funniest thing in the world to me. Thank god he didn't get hurt, so I think that just makes it even safer to laugh at. Imagine falling in that water and having it go over your head while you're carrying your camera bag and everything. Oh man oh man, I'm cracking up just thinking about it again! It's like the gift that keeps on giving.
Here’s an all-Venice Aerial video. Wow, do I love this city… By the way, if you want to know more about my quad see my DJI Phantom 3 Review here on the site.
Daily Photo – Venice From Above
I took a lot of aerial photos from the DJI Quad. I like most of them, and I like this one too, but it's not my favorite. BUT, whenever I show people all my aerial photos from Venice, this one is often the most-favorite of other-people! This is interesting to me… why my favorites often differ from other people… it's a strange thing, tastes and preferences. Just noting…
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! 🙂