Tag: Venice

Winter in Venice

Winter in Venice

Winter light is different, even if the weather isn’t very wintery here in Venice now. These photos are from a tour on December 27th around the city.

Gilberto Penzo: La gondola

Gilberto Penzo: La gondola

“La gondola” by Gilberto Penzo is the definitive book on the Venetian gondola, but it has been out of print for years. A second edition has now been published.

Black and white photography

Black and white photography

The Salute church in Venice
The Salute church in Venice

Martina and I went and did another photography class with Marc de Tolenaere – this time on black and white photography.

Much of the focus was technical: correct exposure and post production.

We talked about Ansel Adamszone system, and the need to make sure that important areas of the composition aren’t too dark so details are lost, or too bright.

Since our digital cameras have colour sensors, we need to convert the photos to black and white. To make the photos work, Marc taught us to work on the histogram, and restrict it by reducing contrast globally, and then widening it by increasing contrast locally. This will make the photo sharper without having areas go too dark or too bright, so details are lost.

Venetian fairground

Venetian fairground

Every Christmas there’s a fairground in Venice, in the Riva dei Sette Martiri, for small children.  

Fog in Venice

Fog in Venice

We’ve had a good deal of fog this winter, but still no snow. These photos are from the St. Mark’s and Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice.

Saint Mark’s evening fog

Saint Mark’s evening fog

Saint Mark's square on a foggy evening around Christmas
Saint Mark’s square on a foggy evening around Christmas
Moto ondoso

Moto ondoso

One of the main environmental problems in Venice is the moto ondoso – wave movement. It is mostly caused by taxis and tourist boats, to a lesser extent by vaporetti (water buses) and private boats. The constant churning of the water causes erosion of walls, […]

Regata Storica

Regata Storica

This year’s Regata Storica was held on September 6th, and we went down to look in our gondola, which we moored just opposite the Erberia close to Rialto.

No Grandi Navi

No Grandi Navi

On May 9th there was a fairly large demonstration in Venice against the passage of the cruise ships in the lagoon. We went and took some photos.