Standing on the waterfront of Piazza San Marco, the evening light on the church of San Giorgio Maggiore was a feast for the eyes. I am not sure how the timber stumps used by the Gondolas would look. Regardless, I stopped the urge to crop them.
Every visitor to the Piazza San Marco sees it, and some take a picture of it, but only a handful bother to take the quick vaporetto ride across the Canal to visit the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. This is a shame, since they miss one of the glorious architectural beauties of Venice. It is decorated with works by Tintoretto, Carpaccio, and Jacopo Bassano and that boasts spectacular views from the bell tower.
The island was originally known as the Island of Cypresses; a monastery dedicated to St. Benedict opened there in the 10th century and eventually became one of the most powerful and wealthy Benedictine monasteries in the world. A Christmas Day earthquake in 1223 destroyed the entire religious complex which was quickly rebuilt. Several churches preceded the one we see today which was built between 1566 and 1610; it was Andrea Palladio’s first complete church (he had worked previously on the façade of San Francesco della Vigna).
An indication of the status of this monastery is the fact that the Papal Conclave of 1800 was held here after Napoleon invaded Rome and the Vatican fled to Venice to elect a new Pope. Soon after, this complex was suppressed– the monks were dispersed, their treasures plundered, and their finest painting (Veronese’s Wedding at Cana) taken to the Louvre. The church was only closed for a couple of years while the monastery was closed for over a century, during which time it was used as military barracks and fell into disrepair. Today, the monks are back and share the island with the Cini Foundation, a cultural research organization that has restored the entire complex.
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mirosu (14532) 2012-11-08 6:08
You have posted photo from place I've visitd in last August. I didn't make it to the side of your excellent viewpoint. I like the nice vibrant colors and excellent clarity. It is a well-chosen framing, in a slight higher-angle shot that works very well graphically, and gives a nice perspective to the elegant architecture of the Church of St. Giorgio Maggiore. The nice light has a beautiful effect on the elements, and the colors are magnificent.
macjake (57074) 2012-11-08 6:22
you're so very lucky to have travelled here, good for you.
you have captured some very elegant light on the front side of that church, and i really like the dome in the bg too.
thanks for this lovely lit shot
timecapturer (49286) 2012-11-08 6:56
a striking shot of this popular TE destination. Love the fg detailing that gives us an anchor point and real sense of scale. The light and colours here are so vibrant and give the shot a mellow yet stimulating glow. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
JFS (32459) 2012-11-08 7:46
I take my hat off my friend! Impressive image of Venice, superb light and colors, a delight for the eyes!
dta (67294) 2012-11-08 8:08
Hello Arunanva ,
This is an excellen capture of this famous church , especially for the wonderful light . The idea of the wooden posts in the FG is good , but I wonder if it would have not been better with a slightly higher POV , to not place them in front of the building .
holmertz (41753) 2012-11-08 8:27
No doubt this is one of your best photos so far. The magnificent buildings have of course helped you a long way, but you found a good foreground and waited until the right moment when the evening light had its warmest tones. You have also taken great care with the sharpness and saturation of the colours. The pink tone of the sky is very well captured.
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2012-11-08 11:45
Wow, what a view. And for me to see such a spectacular front face onto water like this is a real treat. I know of this building from reading books on architecture, but this is a unique view to me, and one I am enjoying very much. The red brickwork against that white facade is wonderful. Thanks indeed for sharing.
All the best
vasilpro (40933) 2012-11-08 12:20
Wonderful composition with interesting architectural details, beautiful warm light and colors, TFS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
baclama (18111) 2012-11-08 12:30
une belle image de Venise peut-etre un peu trop saturée? mais c'est tres reussi...
les couleurs du soir rechauffent l'ambiance..
yquem46 (38746) 2012-11-08 12:35
What a splendid warm light of this little island facing San Marco piazza
Well done, bravo
lousat (77810) 2012-11-08 14:23
Magnificent moment to take one of the most beautiful chruches of Venezia! What a warm light,perfect to contrast so well the sky,great exposure and excellent details and colors,a very good advertising for my country..ehehe....Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
bayno (18342) 2012-11-08 16:15
very beautiful light, I like the composition with the poles in FG, add depth, also very beautiful colors, the church is stunning, as you had advised LIsa...I would removed the noise there is in the sky with a software in PP, there are many and also freeware...
Sonata11 (33283) 2012-11-08 17:50
I like your composition of this architecture in famous place. You captured this scene wonderfully with beautiful colors, sharpness, great clarity, POV and DOF as well.
It's pleasent to look at. Great job. l like it. Thank you very much Arunava.
All the best,
divail (8330) 2012-11-08 19:32
C'est vrai que la lumière est magnifique, et le ciel présente un dégradé très fin. C'était la meilleure heure pour cette photo. Je suis heureuse de dire que j'ai visité cette belle église cet été, et que je suis montée dans le clocher pour admirer la superbe vue sur Venise et la Place St. Marc.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-11-09 3:09
Your well captured photo is very attractive with its own contrasts and colors. White facade and well know symbol Campanile San Marco are really stunning under the warm light. Perfect balance as its clarity in natural colors and sharpness.
Have a nice weekend,
aliabazari (15847) 2012-11-09 5:16
हाय Arunava प्रिय
क्या वास्तुकला का एक सुंदर दृश्य. शानदार और आकर्षक का संयोजन. मेरा बहुत अच्छा दोस्त है.
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-11-09 7:24
Beautiful view, superb colour and light. I quite like the foreground arrangement.. nicely done.
claudeD (33234) 2012-11-09 11:18
Wonderful picture with amazing colors from Venice. Very good composition and fine sharpness. i like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-11-09 13:16
Absolutely magical lighting on this wonderfully picturesque scene. You have framed it beautifully
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend
Fis2 (86309) 2012-11-09 13:18
Venice is fantastic!
Good POV and composition.
Very impressive picture.
ACL1978 (7491) 2012-11-09 17:45
You chose well not to crop the posts, Arunava - they add a nice foreground element and draw the viewer into the shot in a way that simply the building itself would not have. Certainly the bright vivid colors of sunset work well here, as does the hazy sky behind the tower. Nice shot!
siolaw (38284) 2012-11-09 23:16
Pleasant light and colour tone on the fable monuments....
The woods in the FG give some depth to the view.
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-11-10 1:15
My best compliments for this splendid image.
The colors and the POV are really splendid.
daddo (24414) 2012-11-10 1:21
Namste Arunava. The light in Italy is very special and enriches the architecture that surrounds the visitor. No wonder that many artists of northern Europe only discovered their true art when they came south. The proof is in this vivid and beautiful photo. Regards. Klaudio. (Happy Diwali to you and yours.)
Silvio1953 (123603) 2012-11-10 2:19
Ciao Arunava, fascinating view from Venice, well saturated colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-10 2:44
Beautiful capture is this wondeful place, perfect lighting and well composed and balanced image.
SWEETFREEDOM (22808) 2012-11-10 3:05
beautiful light and p.o.v. good colors and details.
thebest (4276) 2012-11-10 17:50
Well done on this lovely photo of the famous Venetian waterfront.
The colours are sensational & the lighting is very nice - it looks like the typical acid rain cloudy sky lurking overhead.
I like your photo very much reminds me of my fleeting visit to Venice - almost missed my flight back to Australia - A very romantic destination to visit.
Kindest regards & thanks for sharing a nice photo.
cigdom (2592) 2012-11-11 13:16
Woaw, this photo is great! I love the soft lighting here. And I think with this light the place looks so magical..
Thanks for sharing
By the way I had chance to look at your gallery. You are really talented;) Keep sharing your photos!
SnapRJW (31469) 2013-11-19 7:04
Hello Arunava - The sky here is so delicately coloured and forms a pretty backcloth to the warmly lit buildings. I think Denis makes a valid comment regarding the FG posts, they are a good detail but a slightly higher POV would have given you a cleaner line across the buildings. Nevertheless, I like the beautiful light and the mood here. Warm regards rosemary
carlo62 (33803) 2013-11-28 0:14
che bella questa luce, il luogo è caratteristico e riconoscibile, bello in ogni momento, ma questa luce è proprio splendida e aggiunge valore a tutta la composizione.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-11-08 5:46
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