Grand Canal - Panoramic view of the Grand Canal from Rialto Bridge
Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful city in the world. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day, and is a symbol of romantic journeys. Is located along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The city stretches across 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, connected by more than 400 bridges. Is also famous for the carnival and for the high water (acqua alta).
Walk around and get lost is the best way to visit Venice. Is not possible to miss the touristic attractions of the city, like Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge but one of the best experience to find lovely places is to get lost in the narrow footpaths ("calle" in venetian). Venice and its lagoon is UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of story, architecture and artworks. The Center of venice has no roads and is only walkable. Is connected to the mainland by a long bridge and is also reachable by train, airplane or boat. One time reached the center the only way is to walk or take public trasportation on the sea. During the day is always full of people from everywhere, during the carnival is almost impossible walk in the small "calle" nearby San Marco. See the city during the festival is an amazing experience full of colors and masks and is a thing that everybody should do!
I can't talk about the story and all the attractions that are available in Venice, one book would not be enough. But I want to focus the attention on a couple of tricks to find original places and shoot the best photos. During the carnival my suggestion is to use zoom lens to have the best result with portrait of the masks. Everywhere you can find people ready to be photographed, the atmosphere is like a big party and everyone take photos to everyone. As always the best light is in the morning and before the sunset, especially in Piazza San Marco is better to shoot from two hours before the sunset until half an hour after. This time period is also perfect to go to the Colourfully painted houses on Burano (a small island, 30minute boat ride from "fondamenta nuove"). All the islands and city center are incredible during the night with an old fashion. Many couples have to do in the night, but with dark Venice is more romantic. If you have a tripod, take it and you will not regret. Is not easy to photograph with this condition because there is a mix of darkness and artificial light from the houses, but more practise will increase your result! Of course you will have to photograph the bridge of sighs, my advice is to doing from a different place. Don't stop on the bridge but go down near the water and try from there. Try to find a new perspective to take a photo of Rialto Bridge, don't do it from the place where everyone do it. I'm sure the results will be good. After a walk in the heart of Venice, take your time and plan to get lost for not less than three hours. Walk and follow your eyes and you will have a photographic experience you will never forget.
I have use for different trips:
- Canon 7D
- Canon EF 24-105 F4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L IS
- Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 DC HSM
- Canon EF 50 F1.8
- Speedlite 580 EX II
- 190 XB Tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 Head