Barcelona – Stuck in Customs

Exploring Tibidabo

Daily Photo – Exploring Tibidabo

It’s not often that people pair churches with amusement parks. Maybe that is the way forward for religion though given numbers are dropping all over the place. Lure in the kids…

Speaking of Tibidabo it reminds me of Friends, which reminds me of my Russian friend Olya who learned a lot of her English (and cultural knowledge of America) from watching Friends back when she lived in Russia.

Exploring Tibidabo

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 19:28:48
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture32
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Spain

Daily Photo – The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Spain

Gaudi’s masterpiece here in Barcelona is probably the most stunning religious structure I’ve ever been inside. I was lucky and I was given special access to a few areas only the Pope gets to visit. He has like is own “Papal Balcony” where he can kind of lord over the congregation. I suppose if you’re the Pope, you just get anything you want. You’re like, hey, I want my own balcony, and then the church just kinda does it for you. This cathedral broke ground way back in 1882 and they are still working on it. It’s probably taking them a while to complete this amazing behemoth because the Spanish have four-hour lunches.
From the Worship collection on Foundation.

The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Spain

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:35:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Barcelona

Beautiful Cities of the World Collection

Here is another of the special animated creations for the recent drop on OpenSea.

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50 Beautiful Cities

Hey awesome blog reader… you’ll probably be aware that I’ve been delving into the world of NFTs in the past few months. So far, it’s been both a success and an interesting adventure. That continues today with my 2nd drop on OpenSea. This set of NFTs is based around 50 of my favorite cities spanning all seven continents. There are a wide range of configurations (and prices) available and I’d love it if you’d check them out. If you thought an NFT mixed with physical art was odd last time then how about several NFTs, wrapped in an NFT… mixed with some Aave tokens which should appreciate over time??!

The first drop on OpenSea did better than expected and broke $100,000USD in the first three days. This second one already has a lot of interest as more and more collectors are getting into the NFT world. Jump on in! I’ll make a detailed video soon that talks more about what I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, some new ideas, and other interesting stuff from this wild wild west of cryptofun.

Also, if you’re an NFT curious artist, be sure to sign up for Passport where I’ve been sharing videos about my NFT experience so far. If you’re thinking about listing your own, you may find those helpful. Speaking of your own NFTs, I’m now starting to invest back into other projects so if you launch something cool tag me on Twitter and I’ll be sure to take a look. 🙂



Trey Ratcliff Cities NFT OpenSea Preview

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Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Great Interview with Jason Silva and Erik Davis

Daily Photo – Gaudi’s Masterpiece

We were lucky to get a little bonus access to the Sagrada Familia and were able to get into the upper floors. These are quite hidden from the ground level and I never would have known they were there otherwise. I didn’t have to do anything special to get access, just a bit of planning ahead of time with their PR team.

Gaudi’s Masterpiece

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 09:44:53
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Gaudi’s Masterpiece

New Deep Fake Comedy

Those guys from South Park have made a new comedy that uses Deep Fake tech to re-create Trump, Zuckerberg, and a ton more… super funny…

Daily Photo – Gaudi’s Masterpiece

I kind of wish I had a wide-angle lens for this photo, but I had a new Hasselblad and I only had a limited number of lenses. But, that’s okay because it forced me to find the most interesting thing to fit inside of that rectangle. You may notice that it has a 3:2 ratio, which is the default for the Hasselblad (I believe). I kept it in that original ratio rather than re-cropping it.

Gaudi’s Masterpiece

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:30:34
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Colors of Gaudi

Daily Photo – Colors of Gaudi

This guy was quite the visionary to design all of this in his mind. It’s too bad he never got to see it in person. They’re still building the cathedral and I think it’s gonna be another 20 years or so. When you’re inside, however, it looks to be almost 100% complete. The first time I went I didn’t even realize you could go inside, so I missed that opportunity. I don’t know why I didn’t at least go and ask… that’s not like me.

Colors of Gaudi

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:49:13
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Barcelona Airport

Passport Sunday How-to!

Thanks again to all you awesome Passport Members!

Today you’ll get to see a fairly radical edit and how I pushed this airport photo into an unexpected direction. Enjoy!

Editing of the Barcelona Airport Shot

I decided to go quite high-key with this one and ramp up the reflection aspect of the photo. There are a few other tiny little tricks I did in here that you can learn for your photos as well!

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Daily Photo – The Barcelona Airport

Man, I wish all airports had these super-reflective floors. Wouldn’t that be amazing? It’s not like I’m spending much time in airports any more… but maybe while no one is in them, it would be cool if all airports swapped out their floors for mirrors.

The Barcelona Airport

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  • Date Taken2010-09-23 08:39:09
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture22
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Hotel Arts in Barcelona

European Tour Highlights

I mention the tour below… you’ll see some footage from Barcelona too!

Daily Photo – The Hotel Arts in Barcelona

While on tour in Europe, we stayed at 10 different hotels. The tour was ostensibly for the Ritz-Carlton, but they didn’t have their hotels in every city we stopped in. However, because they are part of Marriott Luxury, they hooked us up with all sorts of other partner hotels. The Bvlgari in Milan, The Edition in London, and here, in the Hotel Arts in Barcelona!

The Hotel Arts in Barcelona

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  • Date Taken2017-04-29 20:06:27
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Inside the Mighty Cathedral

Carp with a Human Face

I saw this on Reddit and thought it was pretty cool. Anyone that follows evolutionary trees knows that fish are our distant distant cousins… and then when you see something like this (even though you can’t prove things by anecdote, but DNA instead), it is a bit mind-bending.

(Open the vid to see the full frame)

a carp fish with a "human face" from WTF

Daily Photo – Inside the Mighty Cathedral

I think we spent about three hours here inside Gaudi’s masterpiece. Thanks to Curtis, we had a special art curator from the cathedral get us special access to areas where the public is not allowed. One of the places she took us was up into the upper cloisters where the Pope hangs out when he blows into town.
[La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain]

Inside the Mighty Cathedral

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  • Date Taken2017-04-30 08:35:26
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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