The Venetian canals are teeming with tourist filled gondolas but every so often you can capture a truly romantic moment…even if its a fleeting one.
Le Massif de Charlevoix is a ski hill in north-eastern Quebec just over an hour from Quebec City. I think I mentioned in my last post that the views are spectacular as your overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Just a bit of history, in 2002, Daniel Gauthier, one of the co-founders of Le Cirque du Soleil, purchased Le Massif. He sold his interest in Cirque du Soleil and used part of the proceeds to purchase this ski hill.
A few months ago I posted an image of Rome that I re-invented as a vintage travel poster. You can see that one here. Well I had so much fun doing that one that I had to create one for Le Massif. I see a trend starting here.
This is another shot from my early morning Venice shoot. There was something about this one gondola set apart from the rest. I felt it was lonely out there all by itself. I thought the loneliness might be conveyed better in B&W.
I converted the image to B&W using Photoshop the used Topaz Lens Effects to isolate the gondola and blur the surrounding area.
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.
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.