Hasselblad H5D – Stuck in Customs

A Final Night in Venice

Incredible Talent

Watch how this artist makes these carvings in wood… just wowsers!

Daily Photo – A Final Night in Venice

Here’s a new photo I edited from Venice. I was there for about three weeks, and it wasn’t until the last few days that I finally stopped getting lost! This was edited with Aurora HDR 2019, btw…

A Final Night in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-22 17:21:54
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture11
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring Oman

True Size Map

Prepare for mind blowage as you check out this website to check the size of one country versus others.

Daily Photo – Exploring Oman

I was allowed to stay at this beautiful mosque after closing. This is one of the security guys that was helping to show me around. He was incredibly cool and nice. At the end, we got along so well, that we became Instagram buddies and remain so until this day! 🙂

Exploring Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-13 09:00:09
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Family Visit in Oman

When the Ratcliffs were in Oman

Here’s a little video I made while we were in Oman!

Daily Photo – Family Visit in Oman

I can’t wait to go back to Oman! I’ve been to many many countries, and I can say that the people in Oman were amongst the nicest people I’ve met in my entire life. I’ve also noticed that the nicer the people in a culture, the more they are happy with you taking photos. This is not that surprising of a corollary, but an important one to note.

By the way, this is not a picture of MY family in Oman.

Family Visit in Oman

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-13 09:55:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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First Shot with the Hasselblad H5D

Grammarly

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Daily Photo – First Shot with the Hasselblad H5D

This is not a new photo, but it’s one I took about two or three years ago as soon as I got that Hasselblad. Nice, eh? I was still trying to figure out the camera, as the behavior was quite a bit different than my Sony. So I spent a day traveling around the South Island here in New Zealand to try using the camera in a lot of different conditions. I took this over near Jack’s Point in Queenstown.

First Shot with the Hasselblad H5D

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-21 01:19:48
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Textures of Venice

Drunk Golfer Fun

Based on today’s Venice post, I was thinking about the time Rene fell into a canal in Venice, Italy. This video below never fails to make me laugh. I mean, you know what’s gonna happen, but it still always cracks me up.

Daily Photo – Textures of Venice

Last time I was in Venice, I was there for a long 3 weeks. That’s a long time to be in a place! Hey, but I got to know it really well! It took me about 10 days before I stopped getting lost. Well, sometimes at night when I would walk around my friends, taking a drink of wine every time we crossed a bridge (we call it bridge-wine), we would end up getting quite lost. That may have been a contributing factor to Rene falling in a canal one night.

Textures of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-05 08:14:48
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1.4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Carnivale Fun in Venice

Cliff Baise Paintings

My friend Cliff has started really getting into painting. Check out his latest Venice-related creation!

Daily Photo – Carnival Fun in Venice

Here’s one of about 1,000 photos I took of the awesome costumes in Venice during Carnivale. I highly recommend going to Venice at this time of year if you are interested in taking photos of people but kind of shy. Every one of them loves having their photos taken. And, it’s totally free. I was afraid they would charge money or something… but they do it for the fun of it. I sometimes wonder what kind of people they are. My guess is they, themselves, are secretly very shy, and this is their one chance to safely be extroverted and the center of attention.

Carnival Fun in Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-09 17:02:27
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length100.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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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! 🙂

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

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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

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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

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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

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