On the autobus boat going down the Grand Canal from our hotel towards St. Mark’s Square I spotted this interesting looking old building and grabbed a quick snap. Turns out this is the Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia, otherwise known in English as the Natural History Museum of Venice. Sadly we didn’t get chance to explore inside, but I find the architectural details extremely interesting.
Taken from outside the Santa Maria della Salute looking east across the water to the famous island of San Giorgio Maggiore, which features on many postcards. I like this view more than my last photo of the island because here we can see the main entrance to the monastery more clearly. On the left of the frame is a water taxi heading towards where I was standing to capture this image.
On the left is the side of St. Mark’s Basilica and on the right is The Doge’s Palace in Venice. Due to the lighting and textures on the buildings I chose to process the image into a black and white photograph. I also cropped the bottom of the frame to remove the crowds of hundreds of tourists which I felt distracted attention away from these two beautiful buildings. The Doge’s Palace was originally the residence of the Doge of Venice (Duke and military leader). Today this palace is a museum and I can confirm that it is well worth a visit.
One of my earliest digital photographs is the above image of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice taken way back in 2004. It was the middle of the day and the lighting was very flat due to the angle of the sun and the overcast cloud cover. Still the advances in Lightroom and Photoshop editing meant I was able to bring out as much detail as I could. If you look at the very bottom of the frame you can see the crowds of hundreds of tourists.
Just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square was this row of stalls selling Venetian themed goods to the tourists. The majority of the stalls have the Venetian Masks that are typically worn during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice). It was nearly six years ago that I was last in Venice and I hope to return as soon as I can. Today I would have probably spent an hour or two photographing the details of some of the masks and other items for sale, just as I did in the markets of Rome at the beginning of this year.