February in Venice. I got up early and was in St Mark's Square before 6pm, well before dawn. Down on Riva degli Schiavoni by the basin I set up my tripod and knocked off a few shots across to Chiesa San Giorgio Maggiore. But I wasn't quite alone: a group of German photographers was already there. You really do have to be up early to beat the Germans! The 8 second shutter speed has allowed the gondolas in the foreground to blur as they were bobbing around on the slight swell, and bumping into and moving the mooring posts, which is why they too aren't sharp.
14.11.11: Lisa has suggested a tungsten white balance for this image, so I've duly obliged in a Workshop, which you may wish to look at to compare approaches.
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pipstar (110) 2011-11-10 8:44
I really like the effect you have achieved with the long exposure in this photo. The crisp buildings in the background and the blurring of the boats and moorings in the foreground have come across nicely. Well done. Funny comment in your notes...Haha!
snunney (82731) 2011-11-10 8:50
Perfect exposure control to catch this night time picture of this beautiful Venetian view. The blurred gondolas make a wonderful and apt frame for the architecture, which is pin sharp.
Highmountains (2255) 2011-11-10 9:49
The Long Exposure has brought mixed feelings in this photograph. Though artificial light brightens up the 'San Giorgio Maggiore', the soft light of dawn is quite palpable. The posts (most of the the taller ones are steady, while the shorter ones are all blurred) through which we see the magnificient building are obviously lit up by the light from Riva degli Schiavoni - behind the camera. The blurr of the gondolas reinforces the theme - 'San Giorgio Maggiore'. (We always expect to see the blue of the gondolas from this position - dont we ?).
A very well composed photograph, Will. I'm sure, the positions of the Germans didnt make much of a differnce. Superb tone & texture. A very good example of "shining softly".
Thankyou for sharing. Best Wishes.
Silvio1953 (120922) 2011-11-10 11:42
Ciao Will, fantastic long exposure, fascinating composition, like a dream, wonderful reflections and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
CLODO (30070) 2011-11-11 0:46
Congratulations Will to beat the Germans!
Good picture mixing sharp buildings and blurred gondolas, giving life to the shot.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-11-11 0:58
la luce e il movimento delle gondole in FG creano una particolare atmosfera.
Ben definita l'immagine della chiesa con colori che mi piacciono molto,
timecapturer (48146) 2011-11-11 3:40
love this! So full of atmosphere and creativity. Highly original and effective and the light is so beautifully managed. Awesome work!
Have a peaceful weekend - Brian.
delpeoples (53001) 2011-11-11 14:40
How could I ignore this. I think this shot is on every photographer's hitlist. So I'm happy to see you've nailed it. I really like the effect of the moving poles and the gondolas in front of an absolutely pin-sharp San Giorgio Maggiore. Not only does it give us a different view of this most famous site, but it also adds a bit of the abstract. Were you shooting in RAW and were you using Auto White Balance? If so, the only thing I possibly would have changed would have been the Whote Balance to make the blue tones more dramatic.
Thanks for sharing a very interesting photo with us.
PS: I've read your comments on the Forum about colour and will respond when I get a little more time. For what it's worth, yes, I think there are some who are a little heavy-handed with the colours and contrasts. I've been guilty of it myself, although try to restrain myself. I'm not much chop at post-processing, so don't do much of it. However, there are people here who also know how to post-process an image immaculately, here the photo really looks "finished". Have a look at the work of Inasiajones or NeluGoia here and you'll see what I mean. If I could use software like that, I'd be doing whatever it is they're doing :)
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (6712)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS5D
- Exposure: f/4, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Venice, City by night, Twins? [Part XXV] [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-10 8:39
- Favorites: 1 [view]