Gondola in Venice- Venice has become a nightmare with thousands of tourists visiting every day from giant cruise ships crowding the city to the point where most venetians now live outside of town. This jumble of humanity makes it virtually impossible to find peace and quite like you used to be able to do only a few years ago where you could lose yourself in the labyrinth of back streets and alleys. Yet I did manage to find one moment which allowed me to make this image.
D700 with 35-70 f/2.8 zoom @ 17mm. f.5/6, 1/200, ISO 720. Processed in Capture NX2 with some heavy patching and healing in Photoshop CS6 extended along with framing.
Sorry, Bob, 'm with Derek on the red frames. However, the nits I have with this are far out-weighed by the wonderful aspects of this image. I assume a wide angle was the right choice; rectifying the distortion wrecks the image. What really grabs my eye on second and third looks are the wonderful gondola and the raggedly reflection of the buildings and sky.
That's a really nice shot, very "Venice" with rich colour and detail, but the first thing I noticed was the frame. I've always contended that an excellent picture doesn't need a frame (or a filter), and your picture would do just fine on it's own
To Derek, Larry and Allen - OK I give up! I will remove the red frame. It sounds like no frame is the vote? I added it because I was in Photoshop anyway to fix a glitch in the image and also look to see if I could fix distortion. of the right hand building. Everything I tried there just made it worse, and it may in fact have really been tilted back a bit.
>To Derek, Larry and Allen - OK I give up! I will remove the >red frame. It sounds like no frame is the vote? I added it >because I was in Photoshop anyway to fix a glitch in the image >and also look to see if I could fix distortion. of the right >hand building. Everything I tried there just made it worse, >and it may in fact have really been tilted back a bit.
that may not have been distortion... many of the buildings in Venice have their own built in "distortion"
Bob, nice image and perspective. Thanks for posting--brings back memories of my day in Venice last June (the day after I visited Trieste). I can remember the crowds all too well. We spent a good portion of our time wandering and trying to find those quiet alleys and corners to get shots like this.
Dan the last time I was in Venice was over 10 years ago and my wife and I went by ourselves without a tour. We were making a grand circuit with train passes starting in London, then moving to Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan in that order. It was off season around the end of Feb or early March. We spend 3 to 4 days in each city. Venice was essentially empty. We were able to walk around at will and discover nice places to eat, attended a concert in a church and in general just mingle with the locals. We had a room in a hotel on St Mark's Square and that was mostly filled with pigeons. So I guess I am being a bit unfair in my comparison to now, but I am now swearing off going places that large cruise ships can get to.
Dan what kind of musical group and what do you play? Now we mainly travel with Vantage Travel which caters to a more mature crowd. But it is not a photo tour so I have to mostly take advantage of what is in frontof me when I am there no matter what time of day or how many tourists, unless it is a period where we get free time to ourselves which is fairly frequent. But I do believe the best trips we have taken are like the ones described in the othe post where we visit cities on our own with nothing planned out. But unless you get lucky they are usually a more expensive way to go.
I agree about the best trips being the ones you plan on your own. More and more, I like to go to a place and get a real feel for it rather than try to cover a lot in a too few days.
On the other hand, my wife (clarinet) and I (French Horn) play in the Maryland Community Band (Unlike other community concert bands, we have to audition so it's a notch above similar groups), and we've enjoyed traveling and performing with the group. Several years ago, we performed in China and this past summer, in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Like most tours, it's as you described--we shot when and where the tour took us, although they did build in some "alone" time for us, for which we were very grateful. This past trip was through Travel International and the trip to China was with Kingsway. It's all set up for us by the organization.
Oen of course you are right, but the crush of tourists, because of the big cruise ships is making tourist travel very unpleasant compared to years ago. In Venice the streets are literally packed wall to wall with tourists. Getting into churches and other site interiors requires you have a scheduled time and also that you stand on long lines similar to Disneyland unless you are with a tour group that sort of gets around much of that. It is especially bad in Italy, as it is so popular. This has been going on for years, but this year it seemed especially bad and when you consider that I was traveling in October, I cannot imagine going here in the high summer months. I am very glad I lived in Europe in the early '60's and did extensive travel every year as I got to see things that would be too much of a PIA to see today.
Unfortunately,what you describe is correct. This is even more prevalent in the Caribbean, with up to 6 ships in port some times. One tool I find useful for me and my clients is cruisecal.com. It will tell you how many ships are in port every day, so if you are staying somewhere for a few days, you can plan accordingly.
Thanks David, I don't think you missed much by missing the red frame. It had a thin red border the same color as the awning around the image followed by a white space enough for a signature and then a larger red frame with a thin black line in the center followed by a very large white border. It really jumped out at you.
Joel I was standing on a little bridge going over the canal. A few people were lined up and I had to squeeze myself to the railing. I was essentially looking down at the gondola right above the bow. The problem was there was a concrete post in the lower left corner that obstructed a good portion of that bow and the stairs and it was a big ugly light grey area in that lower corner. I don't think I noticed that I had captured it that way as I don't always pixel peep after I shoot an image, something I may need to start doing. Anyway when I opened up the image on my computer, my heart sank, and I figured I was going to have to toss the image. In general I was very unhappy with all the images I took in Venice because of the crowds. So I decided that I should take a trip to CS6 Extended and see if I could reconstruct the missing pieces. Luckily a few of the lower comb fingers were visible and a portion of the flat protrusion above that. The steps in that area were totally obliterated. But I was able to save the image, though my reconstruction is not as good as I would have liked.
Well, very good reconstruction given your explanation of the problems with the image.
I think one would never know there were those issues.
I get a kick out of even the slight reflection of the awning edge in the water between the gondola and the steps. Fine detail! Thanks for sharing. It is so hard wherever one goes these days to get to cities and compete with the crowds.