Getting perfect symmetry is really important if that’s the kind of shot you’re going for. It can’t be just a LITTLE bit off because it’s very noticeable. So you either have to do it perfect or not at all. However, if you DO mess it up a little, you can always do the photoshop trick where you take the left side and reflect it back on the right side! I did not do that in today’s photo, btw.
Daily Photo – Inside the Burj Al Arab
This was extremely painful to get this symmetrical! As you can imagine, when you're looking straight up, it can be a little confusing. The Sony A7 made this a bit easier though because it does have a flip-out screen that makes everything quite a bit easier!
My son Ethan goes to Wakatipu High School and it’s super-high-tech! I went to one of these orientations where they were telling us about this “point” system they have. It’s unexplainably complex, but it was really cool to see how they are using the internet to keep track of everything. Also, everyone uses Google Classroom there and it’s super-slick. It’s so different from my high school back at Jesuit Dallas! Night and day really!
Daily Photo – The Desert Rose in a Pool
Wow, she hated being in the water, but what a trooper! We had a whole workshop with us in Namibia and she was so striking that I asked if she would mind getting in the pool so I could take some photos. I like how most of them turned out… this is kind of one of those one-off shots between the “real” ones.
Visiting a glacier over the last 24 hours on Snapchat (treyratcliff) with ROBOT TREY.
Here’s a bit of trivia. So Venice is known for commerce. Nearby Murano (another island 15 minutes away) is known for glass-blowing. Then Burano (often mistaken for Murano, especially by me for years!) is known for making lace.
Daily Photo – Burano from Above
Much like yesterday, this is another cool town that is about an hour away from Venice. The only difference is that this one requires a water taxi to get here. On the way there, we launched the quad from the top of the boat (which is a 9/10 difficulty by the way) and flew over the water taxi to get this shot. What fun! Actually from up here, I was surprised to see how circular the town was. You can also see how much more colorful it is than Venice, which typically has more muted colors with pastel feels.
This bridge played a big role in both world wars. You can still see bullet dents and holes all over the nearby buildings. Alpine soldiers still gather on the bridge to sing old songs.
Daily Photo – The Bridge at Bassano Del Grappa
What a cool little medieval town this was! It's about an hour drive outside of Venice and defo worth the visit. It has this ENORMOUS bridge across the river. I have no idea why the bridge is so wide! This city is famous for inventing “Grappa” which is an after-dinner drink made from discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems. I tried a little bit of it… a bit like jet-fuel!
Here’s a video that shows this same scene in video form!
Daily Photo – Saint Mark's Tower from Above
This was the first sunny morning after about 8 straight days of overcast! So we fueled up the drone and decided to go out and get some shots. On this day, there were a lot of military and police in the square. We were very obvious when flying it (how can you not be?), and the military guys came over and were watching the screen. They thought it was so cool and no one told us to stop. On another occasion, at night, however, they did come over and tell us to stop. But that was a different group of people… They were all very nice though and there were no repercussions.
This was true paralysis by analysis. We were going to buy some of these garments and fabrics, but we just couldn’t choose which one… there were so many. And right next door there were even more. And next door to that, even more! So you always think you’re gonna see something better, and then at some point, you forget you’re even shopping and you just kinda glaze over!
Daily Photo – Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry
It was nice to get way off the tourist track in India from time to time. This city, Pondicherry, actually has had a name-change like so many cities in India. Now it's called Puducherry, although I find that most Indians I talked to still call in Pondicherry, so I'm calling it that too. Other names seem to stick better. Like, for example, Bombay is now called Mumbai, and most Indians call it Mumbai. It all comes from those tricky Englishmen who came in, could not say the regular name, and the Englishified it!
Follow me on snapchat “treyratcliff” to see the real Trey, ROBOT TREY. (same name on reddit)!
Have you noticed there are quite a few photographers that take themselves QUITE seriously? I don’t really hang out with a lot of other photographers… but I was thinking about this in Venice when I was walking around St. Mark’s square and random photographers were everywhere. So many of them were SO serious… walking around and scowling… getting that shot… it’s such a funny thing to me.
Daily Photo – Nonstop Photos at Carnevale
Sometimes it's hard to tell if these are models hired by professional photographers or if they are just regular people that are dressed up! Like, this girl for example, when I came upon her, there was some guy bossing her around. But then I realized it was the same guy that I had seen a few hours ago. I was taking photos of another girl for about five minutes. She was obviously a free agent, just wandering about. But then this guy came up and starting bossing her around, telling her where to stand and stuff. He wasn't too nice about it either… and then he took photos and walked away! There's actually a few people like that out there… so strange, I think!
If you go visit The Vatican, I recommend that you get the private tour. I went there with my family, and it was just us and the tour guide. We got to skip the whole line to get in, and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable. I even went to Catholic (Jesuit) school for four years, was saddled with four years of Theology and another four years of Latin, and she was telling me all kinds of stuff I had never heard about!
Daily Photo – Exploring the Vatican
I wasn't allowed to bring my tripod inside, so I had to try to be steady-freddy handheld! It makes it a little easier holding the Sony A7r Mark II because of the sensor-stabilization. I can shoot handheld as slow as 1/5 of a second and still get a steady shot! It's quite incredible actually…
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!