Travel photos 3: Venice

Hints and tips from Philip Grosset

San Marco

Everyone photographs the Campo San Marco, but most people seem to do it from ground level or from the balcony of St Mark's. It's always worth searching for different viewpoints, such as this one at the cafeteria on the 1st floor of the Carrer Museum.

Gondola transfer
Gondolier at rest
Try to aim for photos that are based on your own personal observations and feelings. (Of course, I might have had a more interesting photo if the woman had fallen in!) The gondolier on the right having a quiet rest is just the sort of thing you might notice but is unlikely to appear on the official postcards.
Try to capture the feeling of the place by picking out revealing close ups, such as these very typical carnival masks, that are seen everywhere.

Burano Burano
If a place really captures your interest, take lots of photos of it. This is the immensely colorful island of Burano, in the lagoon, an hour or so by boat from Venice. It pays to wait for a sunny day before trying to photograph scenes like these. Although Burano largely lives on its tourist trade, there is still vigorous local life there, so try to feature local inhabitants, like the man in the foreground in the photo on the top right whose presence adds depth to the picture.

Burano washing Shoes
And always be on the lookout for unexpected or humorous touches.
You don't have to wait for the sun to come out to take photos. This was what Venice was like for a couple of days while I was there one September - so it all adds to the personal record.

This is another much photographed view, looking across from Riva degli Schiavoni towards San Giorgio Maggiore. It is made more dramatic by the early evening light and the consequent contrast of shadow and light.
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