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The Floating City of Venice

by Coole Photography on May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Built on a hundred and twenty little islands, linked to the mainland by four hundred bridges, Venice is unique and like no other city in the world. A city which gives the impression that nothing will ever again be created like it, a a precarious and fleeting encounter between the sea and history.

After a last minute change of flight I arrived in Venice ready to see what the floating city had to offer. I knew before leaving it was a place filled with couples and that love oozed from every brick so I was prepared to try and see past that, given that my husband was at home, and get straight to work!

The first evening was dedicated to one single shot; it was a shot that I have long wanted to capture and so thought it best to get it on the first night so that the pressure was off a little. The view across the Bacino di San Marco lagoon towards the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore, which is located on San Giorgio Island, is truly magical, especially when you add in the bobbing Gondolas. The evening was perfect, not a cloud in the sky and a magnificent blue hour, which made the shots that much better.

My second day included visiting the colourful island of Burano, a much visited island by photographers looking to add some vibrant colours into their portfolio for Venice. After here, it was time to shoot another of Venice’s classic shots, the view looking down the Grand Canal as seen from the Ponte dell’Accademia, with the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, also known as the Basilica of St. Mary of Health, in the background. As I stood on the bridge with my tripod set-up and ready, the wind did everything it could to persuade me to try and find another evening shot but luckily just as blue hour began the wind died down, the other tourists disappeared into bistros lining the canal and I had the place to myself.

The next few days were simply spent wandering through the narrow passages and taking boat rides up and down the Grand Canal. During my visit the Pope made his arrival into Venice and for the next two days many of the sights and historical buildings I had intended to see were closed, however I did manage to take a quick look inside the 11th century Basilica di San Marco, located in the Piazza San Marco, which was truly beautiful, however no photographs were allowed to be taken inside the main building so you’ll have to visit for yourselves to see how magnificent it is!

My last night was spent photographing the iconic Ponte di Rialto, a bridge that has crossed Venice’s Grand Canal for more than 400 years. In hindsight it would have been better to have taken these shots on the previous night when the city was much quieter as throughout all of blue hour taxi boats crept in and out of the foreground of my image, but thankfully I managed to get one shot clear of boats which keeps the focus on this beautiful bridge.

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