Venice, Italy Photo Series

| October 11, 2009

A misty canal in Venice, Italy

I have a few things to say about Venice beyond this post but I think I will wait for them and focus on this Venice photo series, which is a compilation of a few of my favorites from our visit. Venice is all about walking, which gave me a great opportunity to shoot and reshoot subjects in a variety of light conditions. Just as I did in Florence, I tried to take advantage of the atmosphere on a number of shots to help de-clutter the endless detail that is Venice. The atmosphere is what caught my eye at the canal location above. I loved the feel of the space and the light coming from around the bend. There were a couple of men sitting at the opening on the rail to the right. To maintain the solitude of the photo, I had to use Adobe Photoshop to take them out. I also scrubbed the Yamaha logo from the motorboat to eliminate that distraction as well

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Santa Maria della Salute as seen from the Accademia Bridge

The gondolas are quite beautiful in Venice. Although they are expensive to ride, they are hard to pass up. In the photo below, I like the way the line of the gondola leads the eye along the flowing curve up and through the picture. As you can see, these little boats are very well maintained and quite pleasing to to the eye.

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A gondola ready and waiting for the next tourist

In the picture below, gondolas were parked on the lagoon near the Piazza San Marco. In the distance is San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Andrea Palladio. The Palladian style, named after him, adhered to the classical Roman principles he rediscovered, applied and explained in his works. While we staying at a farmhouse in Vicenza, we could see his villa gleaming in the sunlight in the near foothills.

Gondolas and San Giorgio Maggiore

Gondolas and San Giorgio Maggiore

Below is the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of St Mary of Health/Salvation). According to Wikipedia, the Salute built on a platform made of 100,000 wooden piles. It is constructed of Istrian stone and marmorino (brick covered with marble dust). It was a bit of a trick finding a good place to shoot the church in the best light through the maze of Venice. You could see it from just about everywhere along the lagoon but finding the right street to turn on for a view was a challenge. I was not carrying my ultra-wide lens so I had to take this shot in two pieces (top and bottom) and merge them in Adobe Photoshop. A free apron goes to the person that can find the seam.

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

I actually do not know where we were when I took the photo below. I remember liking the rhythm of the piers and how the scene was broken up by the house at the end. The scene was a little more airy and had great light so I snapped the picture!

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Yet another beautiful view in Venice

Below is a wide shot of the view of the Santa Maria della Salute in the first photo. On the left you see “fondaco” houses, which are buildings that combine a warehouse and the merchant’s residence. We were told that the first floor of many of these buildings are vacant due to the flooding that occurs from time to time in Venice. This view is quite arresting when you cross the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge. Maybe it was because we have seen the very same view many times in paintings in museums all over the world.

The Grand Canal Venice Italy

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Well, there you have it, my Venice, Italy photo series. Thanks for all the nice feedback on the pictures. I am glad you enjoy viewing them. As you may notice by my frenzied pace of posts lately, I am excited about them and am glad I have you to share them with. There are more to come including pictures of our stay in a 400 year old farmhouse in Vicenza, a trip to Lake Garda of James Bond fame, side trips to Siena and San Gimignano, and of course the Cinque Terre. Have a good week!

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Another canal shot in Venice, Italy

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  1. pam says:

    I look forward to more. Love how you talk about the rhythm, atmosphere, composition of the photos.

  2. Ann Rogers says:

    I am still savoring each of your posted photos from Italy, reliving our visit there a couple of years ago. Thank you, thank you for sharing your beautiful memories, can’t wait for more.

  3. Perry says:

    Condé Nast Travel magazine quality images, Lee. Very nice post again. I could not find the seam in the Santa Maria pic, but I would guess the upper 1/3 if that means anything.

  4. Lee says:

    Hi Pam. Photography has become a lot more fun since elevating my committment to better compositions. I am hoping that this experience will help me look for painting compositions in the field as well. Thanks as always for your comments!

    Hi Ann! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the pictures. Glad they bring back memories for you. Funny how memory is triggered. When in Salzberg last year we went to a concert featuring selections from the Marriage of Figaro. I bought the opera on iTunes when I got home and listen to it frequently. It always puts me back in Austria!

    Thanks Perry. I have sent the Ponte Vecchio picture from the prior post for Giclee output to satin canvas to see how it turns out. My friend Lauren collects limited editions to I thought, “what the heck, I’ll give it a go.” You are right on the seam! The subtle gradation in the sky gave me a few fits on the high res image. Keep an eye on your doorstep!

  5. Perry says:

    Thanks Lee!

  6. Perry says:

    Lee- the apron arrived yesterday! Great quality- it will last for ever. Thank you for your generosity and I look forward to wearing it in the studio from this day forward. Kindest, Perry

  7. Lee says:

    My pleasure Perry. Glad it will be put to good use. Have a great week! /Lee

  8. B. Rudolph says:

    I love your photos and I have really enjoyed reading your blog very much. I am delighted that you found mine, since I am so new to this, and thank you for your comments too. I will be following. (I really love the Ponte Vecchio piece)