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

The Place We Broke Nothing

Venice Photo Tutorial

Here’s A LINK to the video tutorial we made while in Venice. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Place We Broke Nothing

I was convinced that we would walk out of here and have to owe thousands of dollars. This is a crystal shop in Murano near Venice, and we took our whole workshop here. We saw one of those glass-blowing demonstrations, which was awesome, and then we went into this crystal shop. We all had these giant backpacks and tripods, and I was sure we'd knock over some enormous art piece, but all emerged unscathed.

The Place We Broke Nothing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-09 18:04:52
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Dinner In Venice

Italian Food in Italy

Of course they don’t call it Italian food there. They just call it food. But one thing I have definitely noticed throughout Italy is that they don’t have a huge desire for foreign food. It’s hard to find Mexican/Japanese/etc sort of food… they just really like Italian food, I guess. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

Daily Photo – Dinner In Venice

It's hard to pass by these restaurants and NOT picture yourself sitting outside to have dinner by the canal. That's kind of what it's all about here, eh? Whenever I walk by a cafe or restaurant and see people sitting outside, eating, and enjoying themselves, I am thinking, hey, that looks pretty awesome, that should be future me, or maybe even me right now.

Dinner In Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-01 02:34:20
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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

A moody Venice in the fog at night

Music from Burning Man

A few weeks after Buring Man, the playlists start to appear on Soundcloud. Here’s a set from the Space Party our camp hosted one night

Daily Photo – A moody Venice in the fog at night

If you go to Venice, I recommend you pay a bit extra and just rent a water taxi to drive you around in the late afternoon and sunset as much as possible. Just mow up and down that central canal and take little side-canals whenever you like. The water taxi is great because while the driver is whisking you around, you can then shoot in any direction.. forwards, backwards… whatever you want. And there is so much to see that you'll be busy the entire time!

A moody Venice in the fog at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-30 00:22:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO12800
  • Focal Length194.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • 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

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