A Quick Pano from Venice

A Review of the Presets

Good man Scott Bourne did a very nice review of the presets on his site on Photo Focus. If you’re still undecided, please go check that out! You can jump right over to the Photomatix Presets page here on the site too.

Making a Quick Pano

Here’s a photo I made with the built-in pano maker on the Sony. It’s very fast and easy! The only downside is that it doesn’t create a RAW file — just JPG.

Daily Photo – A Quick Pano from Venice

This is a cute little side-street off one of the major thoroughfares. I noticed that many of the best canal-bending shots are just a little bit too wide for a normal shot. So you kind of have to go uber-wide with a bit of pano action.

A Quick Pano from Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Late Night in Venice

A new Teaser video from Peak Design

Here’s yours truly, there in that little boat off on a secret adventure. The new Kickstarter for the unknown product where we collaborated starts on the 22nd (one week away!!). To see the latest, pop over here!

AEP2

Don’t you love how all these software companies use such crazy acronyms, as if they expect everyone to understand them? AEP2 stands for Analog Efex Pro 2, and it’s the tool I used to make this shot. It’s a pretty fun tool, I must admit, even if it is a little slow.

Daily Photo – Another Late Night in Venice

I ended up sleeping pretty big chunks of the day because we were just hitting it so hard at night! It’s hard not to with scenery like this all over the place. At night they bring all the gondolas in to park, and they often make mysterious shapes and nice lines in the fading light.

Another Late Night in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

In Venice Around Midnight

The Full Rene Story

Reminder to myself: Next time I see my friend Rene, I’m gonna record him on video telling the whole story about how he fell into the Venice canals at night, went completely underwater, and ruined all of his photo equipment. OMG… it’s such a funny story!

Daily Photo – In Venice Around Midnight

Getting waterside access like this in Venice is more rare than you might think. In most areas of Venice, you’re walking along the streets and not along the canal. When you see Venice from the water, of course this makes sense because all you see are buildings lined up right to the waterfront. For whatever reason, it took me a few days to figure this out! However, there are a few select spots where you can get out along the water for a bit. This is one of them, on the west side of the Rialto Bridge, just to the south.

In Venice Around Midnight

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Dinner by the Canal in Venice

Eating Blind In London

Have you heard about that restaurant in London where you eat in total darkness? You can’t see a thing… the waiters are either blind or have IR goggles… not sure… but you really pay attention to what you put in your mouth, as you might assume!

Daily Photo – Dinner by the Canal in Venice

If I lived in Venice, I reckon I’d try to eat dinner in every restaurant by the canal at least every other night. What could be better than Italian food and wine by a magical and mysterious network of canals? Who could get tired of that? I’ve often semi-joked in speeches that my favorite times are when things are going into or out of my body… haha…. and, well, this is one of the best things into my body!

Dinner by the Canal in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photographers tell amazing stories of their mind-blowage!

Wow! Listen to these people talk what happened to them at www.TheArcanum.com – these are all Apprentices of Stephan Bollinger. BTW, we have a “rating system” like Uber and Stephan, like many Masters, hits it out of the park. He averages no less than a 5.0 rating! Here’s some of his Apprentices in this video: Pete Donohue , Jason Crader , Biju Oommen , Jake Randle , Maggi Woo , Daniela Vallant, Jeff Bond, Ryan Lundstrom , Jose Cabello , Paul McCranie , Mikhail Veter.

Hot Venice Tip

You’d think Venice is a city that has dozens (or hundreds) of rooftop bars and restaurants. Well, you’re as wrong as I was in thinking this! Darn! There’s the Gritti Palace, which is REALLY expensive and the concierge can be Quite Snobby in getting you a reservation. I have a WHOLE story about that with Rene! Or you can go here, to the top of the Hilton. It’s not too hard to get over there, as you can take the free Hilton ferry, but it’s kind of a drag. More below.

Daily Photo – A View from the Hilton in Venice

This is the view if you end up going all the way to the Hilton. They have an awesome rooftop pool, but it closes before sunset! There’s no way to get out there, no matter how much you beg and plead, believe me. But if you move to the corner of the upstairs bar, you can in fact get this view. It looks pretty good, yes, I agree, but this photo would have been 10x better if I could have just gotten over to the pool area. Balderdash!

A View from the Hilton in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length205.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Revisiting the Google Loon Project

I was able to join the Google X team here in New Zealand not too long ago for the test launch of their Loon project. Here’s a video I made with Google Glass while there:

Daily Photo – Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Naturally, there are gondolas all over Venice, but the best place to shoot them is around the edge of St. Mark’s Square as the sun is setting. Almost all of the gondoliers bring their boats in here at the end of the day and dock them for the night. It’s one of the best times to come see them all lined up in processing.

Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

The Best Venice Shooting Time

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Daily Photo – The Best Venice Shooting Time

Whenever it started to rain in Venice, I would drop everything and get out there to shoot. Even better, it was just about to get dark so all the little businesses started to turn on their lights. That reflection of the ground simply cannot be beat. Luckily, this cute waitress gal happened to be walking right through the frame, so I was sure to grab a photo of her just as she passed in front of that bright spot.

The Best Venice Shooting Time

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Shoes in Venice

Cool Shoes from A1923

I was hanging out with Simone Cecchetto and his wife Christina for several days. They design and make these incredible shoes… all handmade in Italy. More info at their website or on their Instagram.

Daily Photo – Amazing Shoes in Venice

We spent a lot of time in these water taxis in Venice. It’s such a fabulous way to see the city. It’s also way easier than walking around. They certainly aren’t inexpensive, so I tried to use every moment on them to capture as many photos as possible!

Amazing Shoes in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Venice is Just Around the Corner

Great Job Team Stuck In Customs!

Some of you may know we have a Charity page here. Well here’s a quick look at our global impact so far!

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Daily Photo – Venice is Just Around the Corner

I took this photo on my last day in Venice. I don’t know why it took me so long to find this area, but I’m glad I did. Next time I go back, its worthy of a lot more exploration!

Venice is Just Around the Corner

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

Lens Correction

This was a little above me when I took the photo, so I used the Lightroom automatic lens correction to true up all the vertical lines. I don’t always do that, but if it is very close to vertical, I want to make it is as good as possible.

Daily Photo – Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

I can’t totally take credit for this shot, as it was found on one of my random wanderings with Rene. He and I would rarely have any kind of a plan other than just meandering. There was always food in the mix. That’s a sure thing with him. It’s truly unbelievable how much food he eats… he’s like a Tardis! Anyway, here’s a little thing that he saw on the way so I grabbed my own photo!

Simple Colors in the Old Part of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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