Saint Mark’s Tower from Above

Life from Above and Beyond

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.

Saint Mark's Tower from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraFC300X
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry

Too many to choose from

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!

Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

The Last 24 hours on Snapchat

Follow me on snapchat “treyratcliff” to see the real Trey, ROBOT TREY. (same name on reddit)!

Serious Photographers

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!

Nonstop Photos at Carnevale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the Vatican

Vatican Tour

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…

Exploring the Vatican

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Bag Awards!

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.

This video below shows my bag and what’s inside of it! You can see a full listing of what is in my bag right here.

More on Calatrava

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!

Venetians Hate This Calatrava Bridge

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time406
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

An amazing launch!

Here’s a cool infographic that shows how Aurora HDR is just blowing up… I am glad so many people love it!

Getting into the Details

Remember you can click on these photos and follow through to the Smugmug site where you can then see the ultra-big version as well! :)

Daily Photo – Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

What an incredible mosaic! These mosques I've visited in the middle east are all over the top and so beautiful. This one was in Muscat, Oman and the craftsmanship was impeccable. Also, thank Allah they let me use a tripod, otherwise a shot that is this detailed would be impossible.

Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

1,000 Bridges

Drone Recommendations?

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.

1,000 Bridges

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Road Trip New Zealand!

The Museum Art Hotel in Wellington

This hotel is mega-awesome! I really recommend it… Every time I go to Wellington I stay here. It’s very quirky because the lobby and most rooms are filled with all kinds of random modern art. It’s like everywhere… you can’t turn around without your eyes catching onto something you never expected to see! It was recently bought by the QT Hotels company (I think), and I’ve stayed at some of their amazing properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast as well. Anyway, if you’re lookin’ for a great hotel in Welly, be sure to go here!

Daily Photo – Amazing New Zealand

I know I know… I keep talking about how lovely it is here. I think I just want everyone to come experience it for themselves. This is one of the first photos I ever took here, when I came on a road trip with my family. We did the whole rent-a-camper-van thing and it was totally radical. In fact, the family keeps begging me to rent another one of those to do another road trip even though we actually live here!

Amazing New Zealand

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/3.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length125mm (125mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Through a window in Burano

Robot Trey on Snapchat

Follow “treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see very silly things.

People Photos

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!

Through a window in Burano

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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