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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Moment

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.

Venice, Italy, gondola, love canal, romance


Le Massif de Charlevoix – Travel Poster

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.


The Lonely Gondola

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.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/7.1, 1/100, 20mm


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