Bel doing yoga in Venice

Aerial Highlights from USA Tour

Here’s a really cool video! These are all the aerial highlights from our Tour Across the USA last year, set to the music of Shpongle (a head-trippy band I discovered at Burning Man one year!). Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Bel doing yoga in Venice

There's one big difference between Bel and me, even though we both like yoga. One of us will do it nearly nude out in the cold rain and one of us won't.

Bel doing yoga in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Purple Feathers

The New Hasselblad Mirrorless System

The new X1D looks ridiculously awesome! The only trouble is I can’t get my hands on one as they are in very short supply. The other bad thing is that there are only two lenses… both prime. The 45mm and the 90mm. I really need something a bit wider, so I hope they announce something cool at PhotoKina!

Daily Photo – Purple Feathers

This one was taken with the Hasselblad 100mm prime lens. It's the perfect lens for this kind of photo. That bokeh is so smooth, eh? Yeah, I had a great time with this lens, out there, hunting subject after subject. When you have a dedicated lens like that on there, it really limits your shooting options, which, counterintuitively, is a freeing! I was able to lurk around and find the most interesting subjects for a fun few hours of portrait work.

Purple Feathers

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Night Bridge in Venice

Fitbit Fun

This is the only city where I got in my 10,000 steps for three weeks in a row. It also helped me to walk off all that Italian food! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Night Bridge in Venice

This is the underside of the controversial Calatrava bridge in Venice. It's beautiful to photograph even though it's perilous to walk on it! The locals say that people are always slipping and falling over the railing. I don't really see how you could fall over the railing, as it seemed pretty high to me. I certainly see how you can slip in the rain on the glass… but you'd have to “leap” a bit upwards to get over the rail, which seems unlikely in a slipping situation! Well, what do I know?

Night Bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Evening in Venice

The new Hasselblad Mirrorless Medium Format

I’m patiently waiting for my friends at Hasselblad to send me one for a play! At the same time, I’m interested in trying out the Phase One. It’s gonna be an interesting year of toys! In the meantime, though, I’m perfectly happy with my Sony! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Evening in Venice

I feel like I've used that title before, but that's okay. It just sounds kind of romantic, eh? This is when I was shooting with the medium format Hasselblad. Do you see how it has this kind of nice “effect” β€” I still can't quite put words around it, but maybe you know what I mean.

Evening in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Moody Canals at Night

Thanks Again Denver

That was a great workshop we had in Denver – thanks again everyone. We’re working on getting all the Screen Recordings ready for you now! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Moody Canals at Night

Here's one of those bridges that I would cross almost every night when walking back and forth from St. Mark's Square to Accademia. Many bridges, like this one, have restaurants nearby so there's often a nice little cluster of activity around each one.

Moody Canals at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Textures of Venice

Something cool is coming from Peak Design!

New Kickstarter starting in July, 2016

Peak Design is back again with their Kickstarter craziness. Everything is heavily under wraps at the moment, but what I can tell you is that you need to get excited about this!

This time around the team at Peak Design are offering some limited quantity early bird rewards and prizes. Make sure you sign up to receive an email notification right before the Kickstarter goes live. To the people who do register for these early bird rewards are all entered in to win one of three $500 Kickstarter credits, which can be used towards any product in the upcoming Peak Design campaign.

There most likely will be several limited quantity rewards with discounted prices, available to the people who support the Kickstarter from the start.

Clicky click here to find out more about the upcoming campaign!

Textures Tutorial 2.0

This reminds me to plug the rather awesome Textures Tutorial here in the store! Below is a little video all about it!

Daily Photo – Textures of Venice

This is a classic scene from Venice, and I decided to make it more classical by adding about seven textures to the final result. This is a spot you have to go to in the morning to get that sun, since I'm facing the east here. I wish it was a sunset location, since I hate waking up early. I love sleeping in, like a cat.

Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length75.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

After the Rains in Venice

Lightroom Workflow Tutorial

Don’t miss my Lightroom Tutorial – Organize Your Photos!

Daily Photo – After the Rains in Venice

This is one of my favorite new photos from Venice! I know I keep saying that over and over and over again, but it's nice to re-visit these places through photos. Even though I have a decent memory, I find these photos in my Lightroom to process and I think, “Oh! I almost forgot about that one!”

After the Rains in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture22
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors and Lines in Venice

Video Recap: Venice from Above

Here’s one of my favorite new videos… all about Venice!

Daily Photo – Colors and Lines in Venice

I love mixing together different levels of detail and smoothness in a photo. I think it's important to have a series of transitions. This one has many transitions, jumping from smooth dull colors to riotous textured colors to bright smooth areas to dull-colored highly textured areas. It's a fun way to process a photo because it comes out a little different every time, and I'm not ever sure I could re-create this.

Colors and Lines in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚ These are little “Quick Live from a Cool Spot!” things I’m experimenting with.

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Tutorials Galore!

You’ll notice that I used a few textures here. Be sure to check out the Textures Tutorial if you’re interested in this technique. Actually, while I was shooting this, we were filming a new tutorial. If you want to be the first to find out about that one, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

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Daily Photo – Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Continuing on our Venice-Theme for the month (sorry again about all the Venice photos!), this was sort of a special morning because it was the first time we had sun in over a week! It was dreary and foggy for a long time. I love all that moody stuff for sure, but it was a nice change of pace to have the sun blast out at us!

Morning in Venice at the Gondolas

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Last Sunset in Venice

Live on Facebook

Here’s our latest live broadcast with Jing Song at her vineyards!

Sheep

I don’t know if you follow ROBOT TREY on Snapchat (treyratcliff), but he’s recently been very confused by how I at one time had four sheep in our back paddock and then I returned home from a trip to see there are now 18.

Daily Photo – The Last Sunset in Venice

I had been waiting for ages for a nice sunset in Venice. I think I was here about a month, waiting waiting waiting… then on the last night, we got these kind of clouds. Rene and I were walking around like giddy schoolkids… taking photos right and left! I use Google Fit on my Android… this day I walked 17,000 steps!

The Last Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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