New Image: Venice Gondola Sunrise

New Image: Venice Gondola Sunrise

The best time to see Venice, in my opinion, is before and after the crowds. Venice is great any time of day, although Venice looks so different under lights. Early morning is very calm. It’s just you and the street cleaners. Venice at night is a little more busy with tourists finding their way home after a late night. I don’t think I found a time when I did not pass at least one person on my way to a sunrise or a night shot. Even better, many f the cafes and pastry shops are open very early and always worth a stop.

This image is quintessential Venice. sunrise over the gondolas of St Marks Square. It was a very early start. The walk form my location to St Marks is a good 15-20 mins (allowing for getting lost). Note to others navigating Venice at night – no laneways ever looks the same. Daylight and night time play tricks on your eyes. Although I could find my way during the day, at night, Venice looks very different and I don’t think I went the same way twice to St Marks in the dark.

Its easy to get lost but also, easy to eventually find your way again. So, once you can see the Domes of St Marks basilica, then you know you are going the right way. The sunrise was great. Lots of pink and orange. The sunrise eventually went into a great big ball of sun rising over the horizon. 

This image was a long exposure of 2.5 sec at f/7.1, 24mm. I wanted the movement of the gondolas but to also catch the saturation of the colours of sunrise. The lens used was Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L. So the background of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is in the distance and the colours of sunrise low on the horizon.


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