It is ironic that the architectural gem of Venetian religious architecture owes its existence to a terrifying epidemic that struck during the Italian Baroque Period. The Bubonic Plague had been ravaging Venice, and by 1630, when it had wiped out a third of Venices estimated population of 150,000, the political leaders of the city made a pledge to God: if He would stop the plague, they would show their gratitude by building a defining edifice to honor the Virgin Mary. And indeed, as the plague subsided, the authorities awarded architect Baldassare Longhena the commission to build a great basilica at the tip of Dosuro, on land gained by driving over 1.5 million pylons into the swamp. (The precise location is at intersection of St. Marks Basin with the Grand Canal.) The construction continued for 58 years, its architect having passed away six years before the churchs completion in 1688. Venetian scenes like the one in the photograph, with the sun setting over its canals and bridges, its domes and spires must have inspired two of its favorite sons Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Canaletto (1697-1768) in creating their masterpieces in music and paintings, respectively.
August 6, 2006 was the evening before disembarkation from the Crystal Symphony on which I had been giving lectures. It was time to return to the ship and pack for the flight back home to the United States. The view is that of the Grand Canal, with the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute (Church of Saint Mary of Health and Salvation) with its prominent dome as the focal point of the image. Despite the extremely limited light, and the vibrations in the small water taxi that we took from San Marco to the pier at Maritime, where the ship was docked, I was able to obtain two or three successful images out of half-a-dozen that I shot. I had set the effective film speed on my camera on the maximum, ISO-1600, sensitive enough to film a black cat inside a coal mine, but some pixilation resulted.
The surrounding mat/frame was created in Photoshop, with the white line suggesting a bevel; the dark gray color of "the mat" came from a dark area of the image, a common practice among framers.
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
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aimee (941) 2007-02-18 8:38
nice to see an other picture from you again !
This a wonderful view which you offer to ours eyes today. The colors are wonderful and the monuments of Venice in the shadows are great.
That's a master's shot !
xavshot (69835) 2007-02-18 8:40
très belles couleurs du ciel qui permet de mettre en valeur la silhouette des monuments de Venise. Un bon cadrage bien équilibré. Bravo
rigoletto (34279) 2007-02-18 8:48
Venedik için iftar saati :DD
Çok güzel bir ışıkla çekmişsiniz fotoğrafınızı. Gökyüzünün altında neredeyse silüet haline gelecek katedral muazzam duruyor. Dalgalı kanalda ilerleyen tekneler ile yakaladığınız hareket de oldukça etkileyici.
Rigoletto della Salute
maximage (15537) 2007-02-18 8:48
Extraordinaire image, avec un ciel superbe.
Atmosphère dramatique incroyable!
Dommage que l'image penche un peu à gauche?
ahmetgedikli (25609) 2007-02-18 8:54
İtalya'dan yine muhteşem bir görüntü. Gökyüzünün rengarenk güzelliğine mimarininde güzelliği eklenince ortaya işte böyle seyrine doyumsuz bir fotoğraf çıktı. Elinize sağlık. Bu arada kitabınızı Ankara'da bulamadığım için netten ısmarladım, bir hafta da bana ulaşacakmış. Selamlar, saygılar.
levocan (2253) 2007-02-18 8:59
Renkler ve ışık çok hoş.
suhan (3552) 2007-02-18 9:07
çok heybetli! siluetler, gökyüzündeki renkler, sudaki hareket ve yansımalarla gerçekten hoş bir Venedik karesi olmuş.
pat0500 (21561) 2007-02-18 9:12
Lovely great picture here and beautiful point of view.
Beautiful architecture of bulding indeed and goods sharpness, very nice composition..!
snunney (107513) 2007-02-18 9:31
Excellent shot of this famous church. Very nice colours in the sky and good detail in the canal. The passing boats are an added bonus.
anes_lc (14968) 2007-02-18 10:34
great shot,beautiful view with a stunning sky.congratulation.
TravelerNL (3011) 2007-02-18 11:01
Beautiful after sunset photo with just enough light left to capture the most important contours of the buildings but leaving out all the details. The last colors available in the sky make a very nice contrast to the almost black & white of the buildings adding a great atmosphere.
You managed to get a very good composition from the moving watertaxi and sharp as well.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-02-18 11:06
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Bulutlu rengarenk gökyüzüyle gri tonda yapılar çok iyi bir şekilde yarılmış birbirinden. Harika bir atmosfer. Ellerine sağlık...
Selam ve saygılarımla...
anducina (8407) 2007-02-18 11:29
Excellent compo and POV, beautiful architecture and sunset sky. Remarkable.
jmcl (14535) 2007-02-18 11:40
the sky is stunning .. and evocative in this place .. the water beautiful .. the buildings live in that strange place between detail and silhouette that no matter how I deal with it I never feel like I have done the right thing .. (although I would love it if our friends in that modern boat were thrown into silhouette) ..
carper (96) 2007-02-18 12:40
a very nice shot Bulent. i am sorrie that I did not critique your last pirate shot. Mostly I go to the landscape shots. Oh the quality of your pirate was very good and the note was nice to. This is a very nice shot too, it's a difficult one, against the light, but you did do it very good here. Maybe you could use a highlight tool for some light into the dark parts of the shot, but thats personal, good photo, good job, good note.
marjan (7) 2007-02-18 13:18
hi Bulent, excelent shot and fantastic compositon. good POV and dark coloures.
Nilay (1323) 2007-02-18 14:08
griliğin kasveti ile açık renklerin birbirine geçişi çok orjinal, güzel bir kompozisyon olmuş,
marioana (2256) 2007-02-18 14:12
A really dramatic shot with a great effect. the only problem is you have a few spots on your image, in the sky above the ball on the left. They're a little distracting. Maybe you could clone them out on your original. Not a big problem. Well done.
anesugur (18789) 2007-02-18 17:25
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Harika bir ışık, güzel bir gökyüzü ve çok iyi bir bakış açısı.
Sonuçta da bu güzel manzara.
Elinize sağlık. Uğur
Ertan (2988) 2007-02-18 18:15
Merhaba Bulent Abi.
Italyadan guzel goruntu.siluetler,gokyuzunde renkler ve harika mimariyle gercekten hos bir resim olmus.Eline saglik
PJE (20758) 2007-02-18 19:24
Hi Bulent. I like this story about the political leaders making a vow to God to build an edifice for salvation from the plague. Very interesting indeed. I can imagine that it must have been quite the challenge to capture this photo with such a high ISO setting. Nevertheless it is a very good image with a wonderful view of the sunset sky.
I took upon myself to do a workshop for you. The reason for this workshop is bring up a few darker shadows so the image would portray how the human eye would see the scene. What pixels like to do when it comes to estimating exposure settings is to calculate the bright sky against the darker shadows which often results in the darker shadows being underexposed. So I adjusted that for you in the workshop. I can see that you had a great time there in Venice. Thanks Bulent for the great photo and info on this place. Cheers ...PJE
scotthosner (63) 2007-02-19 0:41
I like the workshop that PJE did for this photo. Before I saw his comment, I photo-shopped the original using "auto color" and "sharpen more," but his result is even better than mine. The original posting is a great photo though. Great compo, POV, sky, and the addition of the water taxi is a great touch (although i do agree with jmcl that in a perfect world, that boat would be a silhouette!) This original post definitely stands on it's own, but the sharper version is even more satisfying to me.
JCG (35129) 2007-02-19 3:42
A marvellous sky which gives all its value to this superb architecture venician. The point of view is excellent, I like very much this effect of back light which gives a particular atmosphere. The slightly agitated channel is more beautiful effect. A beautiful composition and thank you for the note always interesting.
With my all friendships of France,
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2007-02-19 4:07
Beautiful colours and contrasts and clear image. A nice postcard from Venice.
cimcim (3712) 2007-02-19 5:56
Harika bir gökyüzü ve harika bina silüetleri, buram buram Venedik kokuyor...
rbassin (24343) 2007-02-19 13:29
Magnifique image avec une belle perspective sous un ciel extraordinaire.Bravo.
Bluejeans (64251) 2007-02-19 14:14
Ola amigo Bulent fantástica foto desta catedral em Veneza ficou muito bonita com as cores do pôr do sol , o ceu ficou muito bonito com aquelas nuvens !!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
isabela_sor (47748) 2007-02-20 3:43
Great lesson of history in your note!!!Evening is the best time to shot.Great POV, excellent control of light, fantastic definition!
Have a nice Sunday
salvator (19110) 2007-02-20 3:47
Wow Bulent Bey,
Magical colors, and beautifull composition, with very nice details. The color of the sky with the yellowish tones is divine. So is the compositionand the expertly use of light.
I wish you a nice week. Best regards.
drago (4832) 2007-02-20 10:09
Bulent hi,great composition and atmosphere created by the fading light,there are a few spots on the top left part,probably created by the sea?,and a small tilting to the left although i can imagine the difficult conditions you were under.Nevertheless a great image of a city i will certainly have to visit one day!
dokadak (11518) 2007-02-20 13:51
Slm Bulent Bey,
Enfes Bir paylasim... gok yuzu rengi ve kadraja giren motorun ustundeki insanlar sahlanan bir ata binen seyisi cagristiriyor.
norenastramus06 (1226) 2007-02-20 16:08
kompsizyon ve renkler harika. detaylar ve yansımalar ile çok güzel bir fotograf tebrik ederim.
ankaradan selam ve saygılar.
alvaraalto (20610) 2007-02-20 16:24
I like the beautiful evening atmosphere in the picture.
I can almost feel refreshing of a little evening breeze after a long hot day.
Time to find a little picturesque restaurant.
bostankorkulugu (42498) 2007-02-20 17:04
bunu nasıl kaçırmışım bilmem... en güzel fotoğraflarınızdan biri.. belki de en güzeli... tam da uygun zamanda... notunuz yine nefis...
emjleclercq (15780) 2007-02-20 17:54
I really like that church (I even had a poster of it on my room for several years), which I saw during my short stay there a long time ago (I was a student at the time). And your sunset sky is beautiful here.
All the best,
stego (24132) 2007-02-20 20:23
Congratulations! A wonderful view masterly captured with your compo. On my ignorance of Art History, I feel it a bit like a classical painting, although it isn't a common view of Venice. The lighting and the sense of depth much reinforced by the sunset sky is impressive and beautiful.
Very well done.
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-02-21 1:53
Really great capture of Venice. Nice sunset with warm colors. Good pov out on a canal. Well done.
john_c (24666) 2007-02-21 10:56
A superb evening vista. This is surely Venice at its finest. I like the lighting, the silhouettes, the rippling water, and the dynamism provided by the boat. The note is most informative. Well captured, Bulent. Its a keeper.
surel (1056) 2007-02-21 17:17
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
isik,bulutlar,denizdeki hareket,her sey cok guzel.Nefis bir kare,ellerinize saglik.
adores (46419) 2007-02-21 17:57
Beautiful photo! The composition is really great, I like the colours, the light and the silhouettes of the buildings.
Good work indeed! I also apprecciated the note,it's really good!
setenay (7706) 2007-02-22 3:20
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
2 haftadır TE.bakamadım,tiryakilik yarattı hepimizde herhalde.Dün akşam TV.de çok güzel Venedik karnavalı izlemiştim,bu sabah ta güzel resminizi görünce orada olmak istedim.Kompozisyon çok etkileyici,renkli butlutlu gökyüzü,perspektif,kilisenin yeri harika.Elinize sağlık.Venediği 2 kez gördüm ama bu kilisenin içini ve yanındaki Academia resim müzesini fırsat bulup gezemedim.Seneye festival zamanını denk getirip gidebilmeyi isterim.Selam ve saygılarımla.
atilgone (0) 2007-02-22 4:46
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Çok güzel bir gün batımı. binaların hafif belirgin oluşu hoşuma gitti. Elinize sağlık. Paylaşımınız için çok teşekkür ederim.
feather (51130) 2007-02-22 6:52
It's very impressive to achieve such a wonderful image from a water taxi. There is no motion blur and the colours are beautiful. Even though you used a high ISO the noise is minimal. Paul's WS has brought more detail from the shadows, but silhouettes are often the charm of sunset images. Good work.
fotohadi (2967) 2007-02-22 7:16
Selam Bülent bey,cok güzel sülüet,açıklama taktire şayan elinize sağlık,Hadi
PixelTerror (0) 2007-02-22 7:24
Even though they appear as silhouettes the shapes of these buildings set the context at once, it can't be anywhere else as Venezia... except Las Vegas maybe ;-)
A nice low light picture, it's a small detail but I believe it tilts to the left.
Have a nice day,
pablominto (53746) 2007-02-22 14:48
I like how you make use of the low evening light here!
The sky is the dominating element, but the reflection off the water is also attractive...
Still enough light to give some details in the architecture, well composed image!
henrytf (985) 2007-02-22 16:55
This is really one of the nicest photos you have put on TE. The colours of the sky, their reflexions in the Grand Canal, the two motor boats, the semi silhouetted Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute, with just enough details in the shadows, all these elements make a great picture. I also enjoyed reading your very informative note. The plague you mention makes me think of the London Great Plague in 1665 and the Great Fire that followed in 1666. After all St Paul's Cathedral was built after a similar catastrophe. Your picture and your note prove once more how useful and interesting Internet sites such as TE are.
cobbydale (1958) 2007-02-22 17:12
A stunning shot Bulent! Wonderful lighting and colours. Well done.
delic (6735) 2007-02-22 17:37
You have presented a tough one again. The sky and the fact that it is Venice make this photo appealing. At first I felt that the buildings were on the dark side and they lacked sufficient detail. I thought about possible fixes: could have used neutral grad filter, or PP perhaps. But then as I kept staring, my eyes became adjusted to the shadows, and it actually started looking fine. And very fine it is.
leo61 (0) 2007-02-23 0:06
Fantastic image,like an old painting.
Great shot,taken from an excellent POV.
There is just enough light to recognice this wonderful architecture and the sunset colors in the sky are very nice.
I`ll write you this weekend about my image from Turkey.
jhm (160941) 2007-02-23 7:40
You care for excellent for a great depth and perspective, maybe generally a little bit dark but very nice colours in the sky and good detail in the canal, I'm very glad with your excellent note too! Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
missninja (497) 2007-02-24 4:45
You captured a very beautiful scene. I love the sky! It´s an amazing light and it gives a good contrast to the buildings and the water. TFS!
eugen (492) 2007-02-24 19:16
this is an extraordinary shot, really perfect and wonderful colours, POV and DOF.
Very, very professional (what we can see by looking at the number of comments O_O)
Thanks for sharing,
wishlist (4133) 2007-02-25 8:07
this is an amazing shot. The Santa Maria della Salute fading into the shadow adds something special to your picture. The atmosphere is so beautiful and the colours are just amazing.
Very well capured indeed!! POV from where?
Best regards from Manchester (UK)
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2007-02-25 10:42
Hi Bulent, I generally hate joining groups and adding to points over a 100 (I am sure you don't need me) but this is quite awesome actually. I myself photographed the Salute many times, a few of them are on TL and TE (see what you think.)
pinakie_slg (861) 2007-02-25 21:19
another great picture from u. thanks for sharing.
keeping a balance with the monument and the rightside bldg is indeed a work of a genius and ofcourse the light and sky is perfect.
robob (3648) 2007-02-26 11:23
Excellente lumière dans cette image et jaime beaucoup le contraste sombre des constructions avec les belles couleurs du ciel. Félicitations à toi !
Apex (336) 2007-03-05 14:12
Ancient architecture and a golden sunset is always a great choice of subject matter.
zeca (19762) 2007-03-08 17:48
Wow! This is so beautiful! The architecture, the lights, the clouds, the colours, the framing, everything is great here!
nirvana73 (0) 2007-03-09 9:11
Çok güzel bir kare
renk tonları ve netlik muhteşem
huzur verici bir kare
grigand (20198) 2007-03-09 15:27
A very nice shot, the light is very good. Well done
I know very well this place.
MIG13 (0) 2007-03-09 21:19
Hi, Bulent! Venice is a world landmark as a whole and you've captured it in a nice and original composition, showing great colours and reflections! Well done! TFS! Regards! Miguel.
balatrek (7455) 2007-03-11 4:41
The best thing of this image is the atmosphere that you were able to capture, the tones of the sky are perfect to create that sensation of tranquillity in all the scene, without a doubt is a magic moment and you knew it to see well. Good work and thanks to share.
Angshu (56760) 2007-03-19 23:48
Hello Professor "A"
Most certainly one of the best pictures of S.M.D.S I've seen. The light is moody & so is the atmosphere. What's more remarkable is you've shot this from a boat in the choppy waters. Bravo. I like Paul's WS where he's coaxed out some details, without touching the lovely sky colours. This is great work & a fabulous note as always
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-03-24 8:39
I also like this very beautifull composition; First the sky is very beautifull, but also the darkness on the water is also beautifull, perfectly managed. It is still possible to see the boats and lot of details.
Have a nice week end
nisko (2642) 2007-03-25 12:37
i love your photo!wonderful colours on sky and the dark lights on sea and buildings makes the image very atmosferic!tfs!
Nezihi (267) 2007-03-30 23:48
cok guzel bir calisma.Renkler ve compozisyon harika.Ellinize saglik.Selamlar.
smash2707 (3320) 2007-04-14 19:10
Hi Bulent. Beautiful sunset and nice perspective. Regards, Yvonne
erel (11890) 2007-05-10 13:26
harika bir gün batımı yakalışsınız ışık ve kadraj çok güzel tebrikler..EREL
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-06-24 14:03
Another classic shot of Venice. Again, great composition. Very nice sky also. This photo is outstanding for being taken in a boat and the ISO-1600 "pixilation" does not detract from the photo whatsoever. Truthfully, I think it gives the photo a little character. A real life photo, not a studio shot. You saw the black cat and pushed your equipment to its max to get the photo. Great work. Great shot. Great note.
meltemi (0) 2007-08-09 6:08
Beautiful visual of this church which really comes through well in this superb composition. A nice perspective with an excellent wonderful moody lightning, it's peaceful and somehow melancholic. Great colors and details too and much appreciated notes.
enedimd (1532) 2007-09-17 12:42
Bülent bey selamlar,
Venedikten enfes bir manzara. Sıcak renkler, bulutların harika görünümü, müthiş güzel mimari va bakış açısı ile mükemmel bir kompozisyon. Çok güzel bir atmosfer. Elinize sağlık.
Sevgi ve saygılarımla,
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2007-09-17 12:43
Hello, Bulent -
This was on the featured release screen when TE came up, so I had to take a look! It looks to me like you cleaned up the pixilation - Gaussian blur? I find the tilt of the water a bit disturbing; it looks like the canal is draining out lower left!
But a great capture and print under difficult conditions. The colorful sky and the deeply shadowed church make a great combination.
rminkow (1556) 2007-09-27 20:27
Hi Bulant...great shot...really captures the mood of this great city.
robsz (741) 2007-12-10 5:23
very nice composition indeed and beautiful sky colour. My only criticism is that it is a little dark and hard to see detail, but composition is excellent with great evening mood conveyed in this shot. Very much enjoying your whole gallery.
BWJ (3094) 2008-10-16 18:37
The picture is alive with warm light of the sunset showing it colorful brilliance across the sky, onto the buildings and over the water against the otherwise contrasting gray shadows. Small choppy ripples in the water of the Grand Canal give the sense of motion. You captured well the mood of the early evening. It is lovely.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (40523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-70, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Skyscapes I, LIFE ON THE VENETIAN CANALS..., DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-18 8:32
- Favorites: 3 [view]