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.
I was in Rome in the second week of January 2011 and wasn’t expecting to see Christmas Trees still up, but that is the tradition in Italy. This particular Christmas Tree was in the middle of the Spanish Steps. As I walked up the steps and looked back down the Via dei Condotti (the busy road in the background) I knew that a close up of the Christmas Tree with a blurred background could make for an interesting photograph.
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.
This is the view of St. Mark’s Basilica from the top of the Campanile, which is the bell tower of the Basilica. As you can see, the bell tower gives you some of the best views over Venice. Looking in the opposite direction you can look down into the world famous St. Mark’s Square directly below. My uncle Tim had warned me not to go up on the hour as this is a bell tower, apparently he was up there when the clock struck 12 and the bells are very loud.