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Adventuring in Rotterdam

New Headspace

If you’re into meditation (or even want to just try it for a few days), I recommend the new version of the “Headspace” app. All the basic stuff is free, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Why not make 10 minutes for your awesome mind to relax a bit?

Daily Photo – Adventuring in Rotterdam

I don't have many regrets from the road trip across Europe, but maybe one is not stopping in enough other cities other than the big ones. This was one little side-stop we made in Rotterdam, a very cool city that I had never visited. It was a very artsy place, with wacky sculptures and street art all over the place… All the art gave the city a very nice texture; and it's another pin in the map to return to some day with more time! 🙂

Adventuring in Rotterdam

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-15 22:58:31
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Subway Stations of Moscow

Updated Switching Website

Many of you know that I recently Switched from Mac to Windows. I’ve recently updated the article because I’ve added the Microsoft Surface Studio to the mix… what a mean machine! Here’s a little video that shows it off:

Daily Photo – Subway Stations of Moscow

The subway stations of Moscow are legendary. And it's not just this one, but there are at least a dozen stunners. I only had about 2.5 days in Moscow, so not nearly enough time to see them all, but it's certainly on the list when I go back… it's a fun challenge, actually, if you go to Moscow. It's a good idea to set aside two entire days to visit 20 subway stations… seems like a really fun photography scavenger hunt!

Subway Stations of Moscow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-04 14:54:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • 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

A Favorite Walk

How-To Video

Here’s a how-to of how I made today’s photo. I did this on Facebook live, and it’s embedded here. Enjoy! 🙂

Side note: the video looses audio/visual sync though due to technical gremlins but hopefully it’s still somewhat useful!

Daily Photo – A Favorite Walk

I do this walk by my house a few times a week. This is about 5 minutes away and affords amazing views of the valley. I decided to make a panorama here with my new Hasselblad X1D. This is made up of 5 different vertical photos… stitched together in Lightroom, then adjusted with Aurora HDR. Well, you can see more in the video above!

A Favorite Walk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:15:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • 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! 🙂

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

Bal Harbour, Florida

Online Travel Tip

Since you can book most anywhere online now, be sure to fill in that “Special Instructions” box when you reserve the room. Request a very high room and tell them you are a professional photographer (even if it’s not true) and you’re looking to get excellent photos of the sunrise/sunset (be sure to look at the hotel first to see the best views are East or West)!

Daily Photo – Bal Harbour, Florida

This was my view out the window looking north along the coast in Bal Harbour. It was my first time here, and I thought, for some reason, that this was just another part of Miami. I suppose it is, geographically, but the culture is completely different here. It's mega quiet and a much older area. No beach parties, not a ton of restaurants or clubs… maybe even ZERO clubs. I was here for maybe two or three nights after a cruise to re-group and relax. I did a few jogs, some workouts, and a squeezed in a few photos while here too.

Bal Harbour, Florida

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-14 07:05:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length73.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Abu Dhabi Night

Spotify Discover Weekly Algorithm

Can anyone find a website where this algorithm is described? Sometimes it does a great job and sometimes it’s all over the place. I wonder if it is because I have drastically different sorts of playlists.

Daily Photo – Abu Dhabi Night

What cool colors eh? I'd love to talk to the lighting designer for this place and talk to them about how they come up with these ideas. I'm pretty sure it's all colored LEDs, which makes buildings so much more interesting at night now. Have you noticed that? In the last ten years since LEDs are getting everywhere, it makes for some really beautiful night light installations.

Abu Dhabi Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:44:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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