On a recent vacation to Italy one of the things I was most looking forward to was visiting Venice for the day. Over the years I have seen loads of photos of the city, I have read loads about the city, and I have head loads of stories from mates who have visited the city. Venice was a city I had wanted to visit for a long long time, and I was finally going.
Whilst planning my trip to Italy I had visions in my mind’s eye) of all the photos I wanted to take and how I wanted to take them. All the photos of Venice I have seen looked the same, and I wanted to capture something a bit different. Actually, I wanted to capture something very different.
Getting shots of Venice wasn’t difficult, but getting ‘different’ shots of Venice was, and after spending several hours walking around with the camera my favorites include:-
Now I have experienced Venice first hand I can see why all the photos are the same, i.e. the same subject shot from the same angle at the same time of day in the same way. Venice is stupidly busy and with several thousand people visiting the city each and every day getting away from the crowd isn’t possible. Capturing photos from different angles isn’t possible. Capturing photos without any people in them isn’t possible. Heck, even using a tripod isn’t possible.
Venice is an extremely difficult city to photograph differently, and that is down to the sheer amount of tourists. I visited Venice in the quieter winter months and there were several thousand people around then. I’d hate to be there during the busy summer months as I am thinking there isn’t room to breathe, let alone take photos.
Whilst I was disappointed with the photos at first, all things considered I guess they aren’t too bad. Besides, some of the photos have sold on a couple of stock sites and print on demand sites I submitted them to so other people seem to like them as well.