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Venice

The city that is not meant for lovers only

Story by Fabien Bazanegue May 30th, 2017

NO DOUBT, WE’RE IN VENICE!

Not any cars in the street, only walkers and gondolas. Fore sure we are in Venice !

The city meant for lovers is also definitively meant for photographers. There is so much to enjoy there if you love taking picture, everything is so picturesque.

Nevertheless, what you need to know if you want to explore Venice thoroughly is that you are going to walk a lot. And when I say a lot I really mean a lot!

During my stay of 2 days and half I have walked nearly 60 kilometers ! Yes 60. During the second day I even achieved a semi marathon ! Actually, Venice is not that big. For example, it would take you less than 30 minutes to go from Fondamente Nove (at the north) to St Mark's Square or Doge's Palace (at the south). The thing is, when you do it several time a day, at the end it makes a huge count of footsteps!

So here we are in fantastic Venice. Enjoy!


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Rialto Bridge

Doge's PAlace and St Mark's SQUARE

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Doge's Palace
Crowded Café terrace on St Mark's Square
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Bridge of Sighs
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Playing with the light

Venice is the perfect playground if you like to play with the light. In the narrow streets or canals, there is always a sunbeam that comes illuminating a particular detail.

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The Grand Canal

Paying attention to details

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The reward of waking up early

What a reward to enjoy an incredible sunrise over the Laguna. That day, the weather was clear enough so I was able to see the snowy Alps far away in the background.

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Sunrise over Cimitero di San Michele as seen from Fondamente Nove

A BIT OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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Falling in love with BURANO

If you have the chance to come to Venice, you definitively need to take the vaporetto and reach Burano. This is completely different from Venice. Here all houses are painted in vibrant colors that makes the atmosphere a bit unreal. It is as if you have landed into fantasy land.

And for a photographer, it's like paradise! There's so much to shoot! At every corner of any streets there is always something that will catch your eyes.

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Strolling in Dorsoduro

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute as seen from Ponte dell'Academia
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the entrance of the Grand Canal
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The shots I was expecting

If there was one shot I had in mind before coming to Venice, this was a long exposure shot at sunset with blurry gondolas in the foreground and Giudecca in the background.

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night shots

I wanted to come back from Venice with some night shots. Unfortunately, Venice is definitively not the ultimate city for that type of pictures. The main reason being that the streets and monuments are "poorly" lighted. For example, The Piazza San Marco is a bit sad at night, same for the Rialto bridge. They are both illuminated with a very white (and cold) light that do not emphasize their beauty.

Nevermind, I did some shots anyway and the result is not so disappointing after all. And finally I am quite happy with the contrast between warm and cold lights

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
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Rialto Bridge
Footnote: All shots taken with love using a Fujifilm X-T2 and a 16-55mm lens
Venice, Italy