Back to the Duomo in Milan

Speaking of the new…

Plotagraph Review, here is a new one I made right on the iPad. This is based on a digital painting I did several years ago. I wondered what it would be like to animate it, and I’m very happy with the results!

Plotagraph ipad

My First Time in Milan

One of my first real solo photo trips was in Italy. I remember REALLY falling in love with HDR photography here in the Duomo. Below is my first photo I took there, which was maybe eight years ago or so…

The Airy Doom of the Duomo The most difficult thing about this shot was hiding my tripod from the security guards.  The second hardest thing was the HDR processing from this shot melting my CPU core.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – Back to the Duomo in Milan

And here's the new one I took about a month ago. They're pretty different eh? I'm not too judgmental on my older work… I try not to think better or worse, but just different. But then one part of my brain thinks the newer one is maybe just a litttttle bit better! πŸ™‚

Back to the Duomo in Milan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-05 07:42:50
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

From one coast to the next

The New Store is Open!

Go check it out at Store.StuckInCustoms.com – a fresh re-launch! And we’re doing a special 25% off everything with the code NEWSTORE. And here’s a little video I made that shows it off!

Dropbox or Google Drive?

I’m constantly debating about switching over to Google Drive. I don’t really have a compelling reason yet… Dropbox works perfectly. Sometimes I will use Google Drive to send very large files, however. We upgraded to the corporate Dropbox account, so now the entire team has a massive amount of storage. It’s a bit expensive, I suppose, but not the end of the world.

Daily Photo – From one coast to the next

During our never-ending European tour, we saw many different coastlines. Yesterday's shot from France was preceded by this one in Italy. This was taken in Cinque Terre, looking out into the stormy sea. There was a rain storm coming in and I was mesmerized by all the moody blues. Not long after this, I got in a few final shots of the city in the pouring rain. You can see the one I got if you click on the Cinque Terre category.

From one coast to the next

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 19:31:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Posing in Venice

More from Venice

You website veterans already know this very well, but you can click on the Venice category above to see even more photos from Venice. Another way to do it is to click through today’s photo until you get to Smugmug then do a search there for Venice.

Daily Photo – Posing in Venice

Even though I went out on at least five occasions and just dedicated myself to taking these sorts of photos, I feel like I should have gone out twice as many times! It was really my first time experimenting with the 90mm Hasselblad lens, and it seems ideally suited just for this kind of shot.

Posing in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 08:51:32
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A little more from the Italian Coast

More from Cinque Terre

I wonder what it would be like to live in a place like this? Would you get tired of it, or would you get tired of it after a few months or years? I don’t know how you could get tired of it (well,me, not being a city-guy)! Plus, every day italian food? I mean, it’s all they have, so that really takes away the guilt factor.

Daily Photo – A little more from the Italian Coast

How much fun are quadcopters in places like this? Too much fun! It's almost like you can't take a bad shot. I was wishing I had those new goggles from DJI you can wear so I could do everything from a first-person perspective. I normally fly with a spotter beside me while I stare at the screen. It works great except daytime flying often has a massive glare on the screen. I think those goggles are going to be radical!

A little more from the Italian Coast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 18:30:40
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

New Interview from the Ritz-Carlton

Here’s a link in the Ritz-Carlton Journeys magazine that talks more about the nature of the tour we just did in Europe. I hope you enjoy the photos, if nothing else! πŸ™‚

Today’s photo of Milan doesn’t really match up with the top article because there is no Ritz-Carlton here, but there is an amazing Bvlgari hotel where we stayed. I’ll have to attach a photo of the pool soon!

Daily Photo – The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

I took this one on our photo walk. It's funny because a lot of times on the photo walk, I am too rushed to get a decent shot. But it worked out well in this situation! This is actually two different shots, stacked vertically in a vertirama. I have a new video coming up for Passport Members that shows a new technique for stacking photos! πŸ™‚

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-05 19:29:48
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

Restaurant Recommendation for this spot

I recommend getting an outside table at Nessun Dorma here in Manirola. This is basically the view from the restaurant! Well, it’s a little bit higher, but more or less… go there and order a bunch of food a spritzer drinks and enjoy several hours of one of the most beautiful views in the world.

Daily Photo – Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

It's hard to say where my favorite stop was during our 55-day photo tour in Europe. This area of Italy is easily in the top 10, though. I've always wanted to visit this place, so we decided to make it happen! There are 5 small towns here embedded into the coastline of Italy. You can hike between all 5 or take a little train that connects all of them. We decided to take the train to cover as much ground as possible. I have a lot more photos to share from the area, but wanted to get the Cinque Terre party started early with this one!

Cinque Terre as Evening Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-02 19:35:25
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time16
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Thoughts on pathways in photos from Berlin

After the madness of Amsterdam, we drove overnight to Berlin for the 7th photo walk on the tour. Here the theme was pathways and how they, as well as other elements, can enhance your photography.

Daily Photo – The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

I don't do a lot of these abstract scenes, but I do quite like the way this one turned out… I didn't know for sure if these long shutter techinques would work well. There's a lot of experimentation if you want to try something like this yourself. Of course, a tripod is mandatory, but then just switch into manual and try different shutter speeds and adjusting the aperture until you get the lighting you like. This one was 3.2 seconds.

The Calatrava Bridge in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-10 18:48:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fun in Venice!

Thanks again to everyone that joined us!

Be sure to check out the 80 Stays Around the World website to see more highlights from all the photo walk and other events around Europe! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Fun in Venice!

During our famous costume party in Venice, this was my friend Magnus tearing up the dance floor! He was there with our really fun workshop, and this was one of the final events. Magnus was really funny because he has this thick accent… and he was having back troubles the morning before this masquerade ball. He came limping up to me, hobbled over like an old man, holding a cup of coffee, and in a very serious voice, he mutters, “Trey, this is not a party body.”

Fun in Venice!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-07 15:33:33
  • CameraLEICA Q (Typ 116)
  • Camera MakeLeica
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.7
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Late Night, Streets of Venice

My Photography Tips from London! – London Highlights

While we’ve been on the road our master videographer Olya has been filming non-stop and has put together some highlight videos for each city. In the latest highlight reel of London, Trey dishes out some tips for colour (not color) in photography. Have a watch below and see what you think! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Late Night, Streets of Venice

A few weeks ago, I posted a similar photo from the streets of San Juan. This is one of those “lay-up” shots that I often go for. I find a fairly symmetrical pedestrian walkway (usually better than roads), then set up with a tripod for a long exposure. It's just satisfying for some reason!

Late Night, Streets of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-10 11:23:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hasselblad Greatness

For Passport Members

As a reminder for Passport members, please don’t forget to visit your special Passport page to see all the goodies. One of them is the unboxing of the New Hasselblad! Also, you’ll see, in the new HDR Video Tutorial (which you can buy separately or get for free as a Passport member), more from this amazing church below where I took this photo.

Daily Photo – Hasselblad Greatness

This was taken with my first Hasselblad, and it's one of the photos that made me fall in love with it. I do love my Sony too, but this one a bit more. This was shot at an extremely high F-Stop and you can just sort of see the sharpness in it, eh? This was shot in San Rocco in Venice.

Hasselblad Greatness

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-28 11:35:11
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time40
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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