Tuesday, November 27, 2007

VENICE TRAVEL TIPS – Evening at Orseolo

photo by Nereo Zane

In my last post I talked about shooting photos at Bacino Orseolo and how I’d like to go back there with something other than my “snappy camera”. I’ve been through there several times with Nereo Zane who is a professional photographer. He took some of the same shots I put in my last post (much better, of course). I’m scouring my e-mails for them and hope to put them up soon. The shot I have posted here was taken in the evening, when there weren’t as many gondolas there. It’s a neat shot and requires a better camera (and the skill to use that camera). One of the things I like most about this shot, as with many of the evening photos I’ve seen from Nereo, is the way he captures the mood of Venice through exposure. It is both beautiful and lonely at the same time. The water – green, the buildings – a sort of parchment color. Most shops are closed but then there’s that one bistro or ristorante in the background trying it’s hardest to light up the night.

When I look at this image, I see the Venice that awaits anyone willing to explore her late at night; after the hordes of tourists have gone back to their cruise ships, the locals are either at home or dining in a campo and the street vendors have all disappeared until morning.

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