You know, as much as I make fun of the Hasselblad, I’m very happy with how some of the shots come out. I still do quite a bit of post-processing using Aurora and other tools, but, I have to admit… shooting in Venice at F/22 has its upside. Maybe I will try the Hasselblad again… (tents his fingers like Mr. Burns…)
I’m working on getting my passport now… and in the meantime, they sent me this welcome video, which was nice. I think it’s kind of funny how they are using country music in the background! 🙂
Warning… terrible quality recording!
Daily Photo – When Venice Flooded
I didn’t capture it at the peak of the flood when the entire St. Mark’s square was ankle-deep (or deeper). There was still enough water to make for some really nice reflections. I was looking at a lot of stores and stuff around the square, and I can’t imagine how they handle the floods. The doors on most of the spots did not look terribly waterproof!
I didn’t see any Lemurs doing this in Madagascar, but I wish I would have! It’s really hilarious! 🙂
Daily Photo – Colors of Venice
I’ve spent about three months in Venice in total and I can tell you that most days are foggy and moody like this. I think three months over three different trips is enough of statistical sampling to make this statement true. To me, this is a good thing because it makes for amazing photography. I think when a lot of people go on vacation they want it to be sunny and perfect all the time, but that doesn’t always make for the most romantic photos.
I gotta say, taking a decent photo in Venice is pretty easy. One challenge (if any) is to try not to get too many tourists that “stand out” in the photo. Removing all tourists is almost impossible, so I at least try to wait a few minutes until all the tourists in the photo are non-descript. That is, as you can see in this photo, you can see they are tourists around but they don’t distract from the main point of the photo.
This documentary is so funny… Here is a link to one of my favorite parts where Trey is voicing the part of a Japanese guy. This particular episode is about people agreeing to Apple’s T&C’s and not reading exactly what is involved.
Daily Photo – Waiting for a ride in Venice
Venice is one of the most romantic places in the world. I absolutely love it, especially when it gets foggy and moody. I like how these gondoliers have these incredible outfits. Have you ever noticed that Italians look cool wearing everything?
This entire video is worth watching… it got some flak because Elon does a little weed towards the end of the show, but who cares? That’s just a lot of overly conservative people that complain that think they know something about drugs, but actually do not. Anyway, forget about that… the entirety of the subject matter covered is extremely interesting.
Daily Photo – Beautiful Details in Venice
It goes without saying that this is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. The obvious things are the canals and bridges, but each day, I would give myself a quota of taking photos of 50 detailed objects. This light was really beautiful, and it was hanging over an intersection of two canals. I have no idea how they would change the lightbulbs… they would need a really tall boat or a really tall Italian.
I admit that I am very spoiled flying on some great airlines, almost exclusively 100% outside of the United States. Whenever I come back to the US, I am struck by how bad airlines are, and how ridiculous so many little things are. For example, look at this crazy upsell from United.
Daily Photo – Beautiful Venice in Morning Light
The two best times to explore Venice are at sunrise and sunset/night. In the middle of the day, cruise ships dump off thousands and thousands of people, so it’s quite touristy. That, in itself, is not bad, but it can have a certain feeling of chaos. It can also be hard to get photos when there are people crawling all over everything. In the middle of the day, after the crowds arrive, I usually go to a quiet non-touristy place to eat an early and long lunch, have wine, and then go back to the hotel for a 2-3 hour nana nap so I am fresh for the night!
I recently visited an amazing place in Fiji called Laucala Island. I’m old friends with the General Manager there and I primarily went there to take photos. But, while there, we decided to add a video to the mix. If you’re a Passport Member, you’ll hear more about the client work agreement that went into this and see how I edit the video. I’ve gone back-and-forth with their marketing team a few times, so I’m trying to make everything perfect for them, being an over-deliver kinda guy like I am!
If you’re a Passport member you also get full access to my all-new Quadcopter tutorial that will hopefully save you countless weeks of trouble, as you learn from all the mistakes I have made! There is a great section at the end about editing video too that I think you’ll enjoy.
I used Screenflow Pro to do all the editing for this video, even though I actually recommend Final Cut or Premiere for more serious videos. Screenflow was just barely strong enough to do all the heavy lifting for this one. Anyway, in this video, you’ll see how I chose to edit and re-organize this video based on client feedback.
I found this place by accident when I was arriving into Venice and trying to find my digs for the Biennale. I now know my way around the confusing town, but it’s really kind of a drain when you are dragging a big bag all around the city with you. Most of the effort is getting up and down over dozens of bridges… and there is always a sinking feeling that you’re going completely the wrong direction and will have to go back over that same bridge again!