My Final Sunset in Venice

The-Making-Of

Here is a video I did live on Facebook where I edited this photo using Aurora HDR 2018. I hope it is helpful to you! 🙂

Aurora HDR 2018 – Processing an image live.

Where are you watching from! Tell us in the comments! I’m editing some photos while waiting to visit a castle at sunset here in Sarasota Florida, currently at the Ritz-Carlton. I’m using Aurora HDR, and you can grab the software at https://store.stuckincustoms.com/collections/software . Any questions, ask away! Tane-san will feed them to me.

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Daily Photo – My Final Sunset in Venice

I very rarely process photos twice, but I chose this one as a good candidate because I had processed it earlier with a previous version of Aurora. Since the new Aurora has a lot of new features and algorithms, it was a perfect chance to see the differences. I think this version of the photo is way better than the first time around.

I took this on my final night in Venice. I was there for a total of three weeks and the weather was rather dismal most of the time. The final night had this great sunset and I was so excited!

My Final Sunset in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 17:30:31
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Dart River Valley

Video Tip on Denoising Mobile Shots

Many of you may have my Google Pixel 2 Review on the site, so you know I take a lot more mobile photos than usual. As great as the camera is, there is still some noise in sunset photos and night photos. This video below shows you how I get rid of the noise using Aurora HDR 2018.

Daily Photo – The Dart River Valley

I took this from a helicopter while my friend Choppy was flying me out on a work for a patron. I flew over this delta probably about 10 times, and it looks different every time. This is one of my favorite shots with the shadows of the mountains falling halfway across it.

There is a jet-boat adventure you can do through here. I still haven't tried it, but it's on my to-do list!

The Dart River Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-03-30 05:56:49
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Strange Ideas in Venice

Venice HDR Tutorial

Today’s Venice photo gives me a chance to mention a really cool tutorial we did in Venice. Here’s A LINK to the tutorial. It’s one of the highest-quality videos I’ve ever made. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Strange Ideas in Venice

One night in Venice after dinner I had an idea to take a photo like this. I wanted to add as much darkness and mystery as possible. This is not usually the case because I shoot with a tripod, which I use for long exposures to get a lot of light. But I thought I'd mix it up this evening and try something a little different.

Strange Ideas in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-28 22:51:46
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Easy Photo Shooting in Venice

Insta 360 Review

Here’s a friendly reminder to check out my Insta 360 Review that I finished last month. It’s a heck of a cool camera, even if you’re not that serious about it. I think it’d be great fun to make family videos to share with the extended family too!

Daily Photo – Easy Photo Shooting in Venice

If you enjoy taking photos of people but are a little afraid of the social awkwardness of the practice, just book a room in Venice during Carnivale! These people LOVE having their photo taken. They basically slowly waltz around Venice all day long and pause here and there so people can take their photos. They don't charge money; they just enjoy being the center of attention. We all know these kind of people, like my daughter Scarlett for example, who you may know from my Instagram stories.

Easy Photo Shooting in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-01 15:13:14
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Night Walk in Venice

Venice From Above

Here’s an all-Venice video I made with a quadcopter – enjoy!

Daily Photo – A Night Walk in Venice

To get around the cruise-ship-dump-off of tourists in Venice, remember they all leave around sunset and the city empties out. A great suggestion for Venice is to adopt something close to my Burning Man schedule: Stay up til 3 AM wandering the streets and canals, then go sleep and wake up around noon or 1 PM. Start eating some amazing lunch somewhere, wander, take photos, eat more, have wine, shop, more photos, more eating, sunset, then wander after dark. You see a lot of peaceful scenes like this.

A Night Walk in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 21:38:21
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time91
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rainy Yoga in St. Mark’s Square

Good Video

I’m a big fan of Jim Carrey’s recent talks about consciousness and whatnot. Here’s a 5-minute highlight of his commencement speech with some cool art behind it.

Daily Photo – Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Here's Bel doing a wee bit of yoga in St. Mark's Square right before dinner. That's the kind of thing she does when she's not doing any filming! She sets down all her video equipment and then starts doing a bit of yoga action, even in the rain.

Rainy Yoga in St. Mark's Square

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 19:24:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length50.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

That time we lost a quadcopter

The Eventful Landing

Related to the story below…

Daily Photo – That time we lost a quadcopter

Well, there was never really ONE time, there have been many. But this one, I can say honestly, was not my fault. We had the DJI Inspire up. It was an early demo model and we never really had great firmware for it. We were going to fly towards the windmills, but about 2 minutes into the flight, we lost control. I mean, literally. We could not see it, but it was still broadcasting a live feed with GPS. It took another half hour, but apparently, it went about 10 miles away and landed itself perfectly. One strange thing, however, it landed right beside by a dead cow… I assume the death of the cow was not related to the quadcopter, but I cannot be sure.

That time we lost a quadcopter

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 05:02:30
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length65.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Midnight in Venice

Speaking of Venice

Do you have the Complete HDR Tutorial that we filmed in Venice? If not, here is a preview of it…

Daily Photo – Midnight in Venice

When you're in a photo-taking mode all day, it's hard to put down the camera at night. Since every day in Venice was filled with photography, it always bled into the night as well. And since it was the middle of Carnivale, then people kept looking awesome all day long. No matter how tired I got, I could not walk by someone like this and NOT take a photo.

Midnight in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 18:01:51
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO6400
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Carnivale in Venice

Venice from Above

Here’s a video I made while in Venice; I hope you enjoy!

Daily Photo – Carnivale in Venice

Speaking of photo adventures (yesterday's post), here's one we did in Venice! It was my very first Carnivale, and I didn't expect to get so many photos of people in costume. I didn't know if you had to pay money to these people or what. It turns out you don't! They just will sit there and pose literally all day long. They love it! It's like what they were born to do… and so it's great practice for a photographer to get out there and work on portrait photography.

Carnivale in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-03 10:07:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Mighty Statue

LA Photo Walk Tonight!

I’m doing a special photo walk tonight in LA with Air New Zealand! Come on out… it will be a free and amazing event. Here is a link to the event!

A B&W from this same spot

Below is another version of this shot, taken about 30 minutes later in the morning. For some reason, I think I like the Black and White one even more!

from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

Daily Photo – The Mighty Statue

Where three seas meet on the southern tip of India, this massive statue just out of the ocean. Here's one that I took at sunrise one morning after we got off the train. It was a disorienting morning because the train rumbled down the tracks all night then we got out off at about 4 AM. Everything is a bit confusing when waking up at 4 AM! Then it was even more confusing navigating a bunch of tiny and crowded Indian streets in the dark of morning. I had no idea what I was really seeing until a little bit of light hit the scene, and then I was totally blown away!

The Mighty Statue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-09 01:33:12
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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