I’m in love with my city: Venice.
There are no enough words to describe how much beauty this town is in the early morning. Silence, quiet, there are people walking fast to arrive at the workplace on time, market set up…
and then there are us. Small group indeed but very good photographers. We spent about three hours together walking around Rialto and Arsenale areas; two of the most popular areas in Venice. To be more precise, I’m talking about Sestieri (Districts) of San Polo and Castello.
We started to take some colour images to practice a bit more on how read the light and how to compose the frame using a very fast lens. All participants were using lenses with F 1.4 -1.8; easy to understand why there are corners with vignette effect. Doesn’t matter the brand of camera and/or lenses. The exercise was targeted to framing.
And, of course, some street photography shots were coming up… Sunrise in Venice is almost different every day because the amount of humidity on the air; you can have different colours and sharpness every time you take a shot.
Moving on Castello direction, I saw many places that changed their original use. No more artisans or local food shops but something different, as in the shot here below… Wash machines have replaced a bakery.
As you can see, not many people around (7:30 am); lights are still turned on and we can practice on exposition parameters… again, look the corners; blurring because the F1.4.
So, why not to shoot in BW? Not so difficult because most of the new cameras offers you to shoot in RAW + JPG and then change your JPG set up to MONOCHROME. Results are good enough also from this files…
Here also, look the blurring effect, but the incredible clarity of the car and the nice composition.
A normal activities in Venice also… Trash and garbage collection. We use boats, of course, instead a track as in all the other cities!!!
a gorgeous day for sure!
Sunrise from Arsenale looking to San Marco; sun is not up at all, just few rays from our backside. Sky is enlightening the lagoon and the sun rays are colouring the building in San Marco.
Even if it’s a sunny day, temperature is not so comfortable; it’s around -3C and in Venice we use to cover the bridge’s stairs with salt to reduce the risk of slipping on ice.
A frozen dock
The Lion of Venice is everywhere
It’s around 8:30am and light is fantastic; Olivolo Island (San Pietro di Castello) and the bridge connecting the island to Via Garibaldi.
And now… let’s practice a bit with composition, lines, blurring, BW… a sort of summary for our workshop.
It seems that Castello is (probably) the oldest Sestiere in Venice… Here the civic door number 1. So…first number of the oldest part of the town.!!!
If you are still reading these rows, this means that you are interested to the published images… These are examples of what we could cover together during a workshop in Venice or in any other city where I use to run these activities. If you might be interested to, don’t hesitate to contact me by email, phone, FaceTime, Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram or… just let me know HOW YOU would be contacted. I’ll do my best to help you.
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