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sembach Apr 5th, 2015 10:54 AM

Venice: Best Photo Opportunities
 
Where and when do you take your best photos in Venice? In addition to the main attractions, would welcome unique or quirky places. Also like daily life locations, markets, sun-set venues and classic architecture.

janisj Apr 5th, 2015 11:01 AM

Venice is probably the most photogenic city on earth. One could easily take 1000 pictures a day and each one would look like a postcard. You have to go some to take a bad photo. Honest.

>>classic architecture<< That is ALL there is in Venice.

sembach Apr 5th, 2015 11:04 AM

janisj, I fully agree, but was interested in seeing where and when other travelers took thier best photos.

MmePerdu Apr 5th, 2015 12:29 PM

1. There's a good spot for gondolas, the Basino Orseolo, very near the NW corner of Piazza San Marco.
2. Everything looks different from the top of the Campanile di San Marco and the roof of the basilica especially beautiful.
3. If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the very front (outside) of a #1 vaporetto, you'll have as long as you like for everything along the Grand Canal.

Michael Apr 5th, 2015 02:01 PM

Some of my best photos were taken just walking around:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca...914405643/show

bridges give a good point of view of the canals.

bobthenavigator Apr 5th, 2015 02:46 PM

Hard to go wrong--it is all spectacular:

http://www.slowphotos.com/photo/show...y.php?cat=4440

janisj Apr 5th, 2015 03:28 PM

I was trying to say what Michael and bob said. There are no bad photos in Venice and unless you have several days there, I wouldn't waste time looking for the 'perfect' shots. I've spent one whole day mostly riding in the open back seating area of Vaporetti and jumping off to explore, back on a Vaporetto and repeat. Took hundreds of photos and could have taken hundreds more. The very best shots (and I've sold many of mine) were just kismet -- the perfect sun dappled house w/ very artsy ;) laundry hanging from the window. A flower girl entering a church w/ her Grandmother trying to mover her along. A bride on a gondola. Gondoliers taking a break. One amazing palace after another from the water . . .

The photo ops are overwhelming.

Andrew Apr 5th, 2015 03:35 PM

The Grand Canal at sunset from the Rialto Bridge. (Each time I was there, the bridge was mobbed with people - hard to squeeze in a tripod.)

Piazza San Marco at night, with the light reflecting off the square (where people are dancing as the bands play).

HappyTrvlr Apr 5th, 2015 04:08 PM

My beat were when walking around the neighborhoods.

Blueeyedcod Apr 5th, 2015 04:34 PM

The earlier the better. I'm always up just before sunrise. You'll get the soft glow of the lights as the sunrise illuminates the canals and buildings.

My favourite places for early morning photography is in front of Palazzo Ducale toward Sann Giorgio Maggiore and along Riva Degli Schiavoni.

I also roam the neighbourhood of Castello early in the morning as all you'll see are workers with their delivery trolleys and pigeons. The canals and bridges around there are beautiful - as is all of Venice - but this is my neighbourhood and I find it very peaceful at this time of day.

photoman_6 Apr 5th, 2015 04:40 PM

I'm looking forward to my five days in Venice in September, but as a ling time photographer, you might want to consider turning some of your more architectural shots to black and white for a different outlook

sandralist Apr 5th, 2015 06:08 PM

I've seen some dull pictures of Venice! A lot actually. Some of them downright bad. Most of them taken by tourists. So putting some thought into times of day for optimal light, varying angles, scenes that tell stories is an intelligent approach.

sandralist Apr 5th, 2015 06:16 PM

Probably would be hard to market this one as a postcard

http://travelblog.am/wp-content/uplo...t_in-italy.jpg

and if you don't want modern architecture in your snaps, you might want to steer clear of the Ponte della Costituzione (but I sort of like it)

http://www.e-architect.co.uk/images/...c020310_p2.jpg

sembach Apr 5th, 2015 07:12 PM

Thank you all for the great feedback - just what i was looking for

IMDonehere Apr 5th, 2015 07:48 PM

See what other people have shot and then shoot something different.

margotheangel Apr 5th, 2015 08:23 PM

We went to the top of the campanile (it has an elevator) on San Giorgio Maggiore and got great pictures looking back at St Mark's Square in the afternoon. If you do go there, they're doing construction on the island, so you need to take a Siegel shuttle from San Zaccaria - the regular vaporetto doesn't stop there currently.

Nelson Apr 5th, 2015 10:23 PM

It is the kind of place where if you drop your camera and the shutter fired, then there is still a chance you got a decent shot.

In looking at my photos there are a lot in the evening, but I did happen to see a tall ship come into the harbor during an early morning stroll along the Riva Degli Schiavoni, as Blueeyedcod suggested. Could have been great light but it was cloudy. Still an interesting scene that would have been missed later in the day.

A few shots here if you have some time to waste.
http://nelsonchenkin.zenfolio.com/p324262459

We were only there for two nights, those shots all taken with a handheld P&S Canon.

sandralist Apr 6th, 2015 01:02 AM

And then, some of those ships coming into Venice are pretty ugly, although snaps of them do have documentary value.

http://myrarobinson.info/wp-content/...p_Invasion.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...00_634x410.jpg

http://jto.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-conte...0130114a1a.jpg

vincenzo32951 Apr 6th, 2015 04:33 AM

The zillions of small foot bridges offer great photo opportunities because of the reflections in the water. Just look down any small canal. Also, don't forget Burano as a great place to take photos. Venture off the main streets and into the small neighborhoods and colorful buildings.

NYCFoodSnob Apr 6th, 2015 08:54 AM

<i><font color=#555555>"There are no bad photos in Venice and unless you have several days there, I wouldn't waste time looking for the 'perfect' shots."</font></i>

Another post, as unhelpful as ever. And condescending as all hell.

The quote above demonstrates there is plenty of bad advice to be found on the internet. The blatant lack of photography skill among most tourists explains why Google Images is flooded with utterly awful images of Venice. If you look at them long enough, they all look the same.

Millions of people own a camera, mostly a cell phone camera, but they possess no visual talent and no photography acumen. The vast majority of camera owners never take their camera off the "Automatic" setting, which means they let the camera do all the thinking. In the meantime, the piece of electronics has no brain, but chances are, the computer chip inside the camera is smarter than the user. :-)

Most camera holders in Venice don't have a "Manual" setting on their camera. Professional photographers would advise you that magic doesn't happen until you switch and learn how to photograph on Manual. If you're looking for truly spectacular results in Venice, you'll need a tripod.

Sembach, if you are a professional, semi-professional, serious amateur, or semi-serious amateur photographer, research is required to find the best locations, the best lighting, and the best times of day to photograph ANYWHERE, no matter where you go. While you might think a travel board would be a logical place to ask your question, and there's no harm in trying, the first answer you got illustrates the unhelpful negativity you are likely to find. NO ONE who cares about art, beauty, and good photography would ever answer your question in such a way. Most tourists who post on travel boards know nothing about the art, craft, and science of photography. There are other places on the internet, like Luminous Landscape, where your question will be treated with the respect that it deserves.

Good luck.

janisj Apr 6th, 2015 09:07 AM

>>The quote above demonstrates there is plenty of bad advice to be found on the internet. The blatant lack of photography skill among most tourists explains why Google Images is flooded with utterly awful images of Venice.<<

>>first answer you got illustrates the unhelpful negativity you are likely to find. NO ONE who cares about art, beauty, and good photography would ever answer your question in such a way. Most tourists who post on travel boards know nothing about the art, craft, and science of photography.<<

I (modestly) do not put myself in that category. I've sold hundreds of photos - The majority (probably 600 or 700) of Scotland but hundreds of other parts of the UK, Paris, Venice, and various scenic areas in California the western US. Except for specific sunrise/sunset/meteorological phenomena, the majority of my photos are not pre-planned.

Michael Apr 6th, 2015 09:11 AM

<i>if you are a professional, semi-professional, serious amateur, or semi-serious amateur photographer,</i>

I think that the OP's original question rules out the first two categories.

IMDonehere Apr 6th, 2015 10:11 AM

I have $1,000's of dollars of photos but I shun the usual tourists shots and look for things that are different.

The answer depends on your aesthetic and intent. If you just want some shots that will be a remembrance of your trip, that is one answer, if you want post card shots, that is another answer, and if you want something more artsy-fartsy, that is a third answer.

NYCFoodSnob Apr 6th, 2015 10:50 AM

<i><font color=#555555>"I think that the OP's original question rules out the first two categories."</font></i>

I disagree.

The details that the OP wants will not be easy to find. Photographers can be a selfish lot, and smart ones know how to protect their business interests. Why aid a competitor, any competitor, on a very public board?

If I wanted this kind of specific information about an unfamiliar location, I would pose as a newbie. If a cop stops me because I shoot on a tripod, I play the dumb-amateur card. Smart people know about workarounds, and they use them.

<i><font color=#555555>"I've sold hundreds of photos"</font></i>

And I'm Annie Leibovitz.

IMDonehere Apr 6th, 2015 01:46 PM

Photographers can be a selfish lot?

I am sure that is true with everyone you hang out with.

It is almost impossible to give photographic advice on a board such as this. Who knows the OP's aesthetic, knowledge, patience, quality and abilities of the cameras, experience, knowledge of other photographer's works, range of techniques, etc.

99% on the photos shown on these boards are standard fare and now with photoshop many have unrealistic colors and tones. Like blogs, people see their work on-line and think someone presented it in their name and become unduly excited.

Nelson Apr 6th, 2015 02:54 PM

While that may be true IMDonehere, can't the same be said for sites that are geared towards photo enthusiasts?
https://500px.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C...icense_type=-1

It's real easy, and fun, to get carried away with HDR and all those post-processing dials!

mama_mia Apr 6th, 2015 03:26 PM

My best photos of Venice were taken on a foggy morning, when Piazza San Marco was nearly empty. The rows of chairs in front of the cafes were set out, but no one was in them. A few gondolas bobbed near their docks, their vivid blue stark against the muted colors of the waters

I am definitely not Annie Leibovitz (or a paid photographer) but I find early morning is a lovely time to look at Venice. And, rather than hoping for perfect weather, check out the interesting effects of rain or fog. (It will likely be less busy then.)

vincenzo32951 Apr 6th, 2015 05:15 PM

Ask "Where can I take some good pictures," and someone on Fodor's tells you how to build a camera.

Andrew Apr 6th, 2015 05:43 PM

Although there are photo ops seemingly around every corner in Venice, in many ways I found it a frustrating place to take pictures. You are either on foot or at the mercy of the vaporetto to get around. So if you want to photograph say sunset, some pre-planning is required. Also, because Venice isn't on a grid, it can be a challenge to figure out where the sun is likely to set at what location, until you are actually standing there.

So I completely understand the OP's question and find it very reasonable. If you are taking scenic photos, your biggest challenge is usually find the best locations, and that's harder in Venice than most other places I've been in Europe.

IMDonehere Apr 6th, 2015 08:52 PM

Nelson-I only looked at the first two pages and 85% were over photoshopped for an unnatural look. And the others look very similar to each other.

Nelson Apr 7th, 2015 07:39 AM

That's exactly what I thought IMDonehere. The sorting was "ranking", so people apparently like that kind of work.

For the OP, studying a few pages from that link will indicate some of the popular places where photographers like to shoot. In many cases the title, description, or some of the hashtags will indicate exactly where the picture was taken.

Another source is Sightsmap:
http://www.sightsmap.com/

Zoom down to street level in Venice and you can see where most photos posted on Google have been taken. Right away St. Marks and the Rialto Bridge area jump out as are very hot. Then you can choose either to seek out or avoid those places! Or both.

Have fun.


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