A Day In Venice

Venice; City of Water, City of Masks, City of Bridges, City of Canals, The Floating City, and Queen of the Adriatic. All monikers for this beautiful floating city in Northeastern Italy. The city is made up of 118 islands connected by canals and bridges. Venice is also composed of 6 boroughs.

Enough with the facts from Wikipedia.

What makes Venice so absolutely breathtaking is everything that you’re not used to in your normal life. In America, we’re used to a fast-paced lifestyle for the most part. We’re used to modernization. We’re used to cars as a means for transportation. Venice is a World Heritage site for these reasons. The fact that Venice is linked by bridges and canals alone sets its course for being unique. The architecture that surrounds the city is enough to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and that is especially true as you escape through small alleyways in the night. And once you’ve made it through the small alleyways you begin to hear the bands playing the classical baroque style music in St. Mark’s Square while onlookers sip away at their wine. It’s movie quality when the weather permits.

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I was there for a day. And that was enough to get me hooked for life. In fact, I've already booked another trip back. 

The day time photography slot is probably best had for street photography as people are everywhere in San Marco. Places like the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, and Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) are filled/packed with people. I suggest traveling through the tiny alleyways for something less packed. These places all become less crowded as dinner time starts to roll around, but the absolute best time is before sunrise/and at sunrise. I had the entire Bridge of Sighs to myself. I had the entire Piazza San Marco by myself. It was amazing to be there in that moment. To have that moment was the reason why I love photography and why I love traveling. And that, that is something we all look forward to having.

As someone who actively plays video games I couldn't help but notice just how great of a job Ubisoft did with creating a digital world of Venice in their video game Assassin's Creed II. I had always thought they did a great job, but it wasn't until visiting Venice that I really understood the complexity in which they created. While we were on a gondola I started noticing that the architecture in Venice was perfect for climbing or scaling a building. I had always wondered how the characters in Assassin's Creed were able to scale a building (I know it's a video game), but they really did a great job in making it life-life. 

Piazza San Marco Area

Tips: Bring a wide-angled lens. I don't think I used anything greater than a 35mm on my full-frame Nikon D610 the entire time I was shooting the city of Venice. I did use the 50mm for portraits though. 


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