Writing with Light

Venice Morning

Project 52 – Entry #12

Venice in July is a busy place…well actually Italy in July is a busy place. The country gets pretty crowded with tourists and it seems that long line ups are standard. A word of advice for anyone traveling to Italy in the summer…by tickets to museums online before you leave. Seriously, we avoided 2 hours line-ups by doing that. But I digress.

Venice is an extraordinarily  beautiful city. It seems that everywhere you look there’s something worth admiring…and photographing. On our first morning in Venice I decided to get up before sunrise to go out and do some shooting. There’s a calmness to the city at 5am and as I was walking to San Marco square  (before even having a cup of coffee…where’s a Starbucks when you need one) the only thing I could hear was the cooing of the pigeons. It truly felt like I was alone in this beautiful city.  I was walking hurriedly through the narrow streets and over bridges to get to my destination and then  I realized that was I wasn’t in “the big city” any longer. There was no reason to hurry. I had Venice all to myself, even if it was just for a little while.

We had been in  San Marco Square in the evening but on this morning, with the absence of the crowds, I realized how large and just how beautiful it really was.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/4.5, 1/30

Canon XTi, Sigma 10 - 22mm, f/22, 1/6, 13mm

The gondolas are lined up in their slips in the morning just bobbing up and down in the lagoon. In the image below I tried to convey the soft movement of the gondolas. I did take 3 brackets for this shot but I didn’t like the way the ghosting looked once I put it through Photomatix. This was tonemapped from a single exposure. I then brought it into Photoshop and slightly adjusted levels.

Canon XTi, Sigma 10 - 22mm, f/22, 1 sec exposure

20 responses

  1. Edith, that first shot of the arcs way is just incredible. Simply amazing.


    August 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

  2. I can’t imagine how crowded it was Edith. We were there in October and it was crowded even then. Great images and I agree with Jan, the first one is simply outstanding.


    August 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

  3. Great series of shots, Edith. Really digging that first one with the arches.


    August 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

  4. Beautiful, and I agree witht he others. That first shot is excellent!


    August 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

  5. The first one is my favorite as well, although I really like the composition in the second one. A very nice series Edith.


    August 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

    • Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your comments. I’m also really pleased with the arches photo and how it came out.


      August 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  6. What an outstanding series here, I love the first one, the depth is amazing!


    August 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  7. Great set! My fav is the second. We did the exact same thing when we went in May. It felt like such a different city at that time of day. It’s the way to go for some great morning shots.


    August 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    • Thanks for visiting Jose and thanks for the comments. You’re absolutely right the city is a different place at that hour of the morning.


      August 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  8. The first image is fantastic Edith!


    August 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  9. Wonderful lines in the first shot. Nice color in the last shot. Those are my favs


    August 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  10. Great images Edith! I like them all, but the first one is my favorite!


    August 6, 2011 at 2:30 am

  11. Just gorgeous – worth getting up early for!


    August 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

  12. Gorgeous set of images. You are correct Venice is an amazing place. You’ve captured it very well


    August 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

  13. yes that first one is a masterpiece! great work Edith!


    August 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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