I staked out one of my own gondoliers this evening.
Steve Elkins was out on the Phoenix and had no idea I was zooming in on him with the long lens.
As I crouched there on the dock, quietly cursing myself for not bringing the tripod, I did manage to snap off a few images that might be considered "barely passing".
Shooting at a distance, you get a better idea of the air quality.
The further away something is, the more flat and washed out it appears.
No matter how many times I raise my camera, shooting gondolas just never gets old.