Venice (Italy)

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  1. paul_c5x4

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    Off to Venice at the end of March for ten days. Got plenty of film sitting in the freezer waiting to be used.

    Aside from the usual tourist traps, any suggestions for "off the beaten track" locations to shoot with a 5x4 ?
     
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    In ten days you can and no doubt will cover just about every street, bridge and canal in Venice - you'll find all the locations you need for yourself without a problem.

    I like the areas away from the main tourist centres best and I tend to stay away from the Piazza san Marco, Rialto, Accademia, the station, Piazza le Roma, and the main rat runs between them . I also think that the little canals convey much more atmosphere than the Grand Canal.

    Just a couple of thoughts.

    * Don't ignore Venice at night. You won't find the exposures easy but the place is at its most evocative at night, even if it is hard to photograph well
    * As islands go, Burano is certainly more photogenic and less busy than Murano
    *I have not found Guidecca to be very interesting photographically.
    * the biggest stumbling block to good photographs IMO is bright sunlight and deep shadow. Overcast, or better yet misty, is far preferable, so if you get that don't waste it.
     
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    I was there this past summer and one of my favorite sights was the early morning fish market to view the day's catch that end's up on your plate later that night. It's located just accross the Rialto bridge along the grand canal.
     
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    I envy you on a trip like this and am sure you will find no shortage of views. With 5" X 4", perhaps St Mark's Square is your best bet, but who can say unless you are there.
     
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    Venice is great I get free Pizza every time :D (My wif's a tour guide and takes Turkish tourists around Venice)

    I've shot there with 5x4, 617 and 6x6 and every time I've been shooting film Italians have been interested and complinentary. It's an expensive City but not so bad if you eat & drink in the back streets with the locals.

    Have fun

    Ian
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions - I have some Portra put aside for a trip to Burano, and I dare say the Acros 100 will be useful for any nighttime shots.

    I might take a 6x6 loaded with HP5+ for street shots and people watching - It would be difficult to be discrete with the 5x4 kit..:w00t:
     
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    One more thing I noticed in Venice: bring wide angle lens. I usually shot with 50 and 105 on 135 format, but often I needed wider angle in Venice than in other places. Many nice locations are tight and narrow.
     
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    Venice is a great place to shoot, especially off-season when there's less people around. My tip is pretty much the same as for any other place, if you see a touristy area go the other way. Try to stay away from the clichés and look for the unusual. Maybe visit the glass factories like Murano and ask if you could do some nice 4x5 portraits of the artisans there?

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    I agree with pretty much everything said above. Venice is a very walkable city with a lot of quiet little corners; you can just pick a nice-looking square next to a little canal and wait around for the light to do something nice. Piazza San Marco really is very impressive in spite of its tourist credentials, but the real charm of the city is to be found elsewhere IMHO. I don't remember getting much use out of a wide angle on my trip there, but I agree with Darko that "tight and narrow" is a common theme of the place.

    You may want to take something handheld as well, unless you have your LF rig well set up for extemporaneous walking-around shooting expeditions.

    If you ask around you may be able to find a boat to take you to the abandoned island of Poveglia; they're not supposed to, but rumor is that it occasionally happens anyway. :whistling:

    -NT
     
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    Based on the few days I spent there in 2002, you can't miss. Everywhere you look there are amazing examples of art and architecture. Some buildings are over a thousand years old (San Marco was built around 831 IIRC) which is quite a novelty to someone living in the US where "old" is typically from the 18th century. And as ntenny notes, the city is quite walkable, it really isn't that large (although a few of the streets are pretty wet :D). Unfortunately some museum and church interiors are off limits for photography.
     
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    I am going to be a bit contrary here.....
    Others say to avoid the tourist spots, but there is a reason they are popular. Just go out at sun up and it is incredibly quiet. Getting pictures of shop keepers and delivery folks is great that time of day too. While the walkways are tight and a wide angle is useful, the details in the buildings is really incredible so a 120-150+tubes on your 6x6 will be great also. If there was any city I could photograph for 10 days, Venice is definitely it. Have a great time
     
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    http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/55234
     
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    My favorite place. I've only shot 35mm there; using a tripod may be difficult in narrower spaces, with foot traffic coming and going. Try some of the islands like Torcello.
     
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    Door knobs and bell pulls (along with other architectural details) are on the list. Also heard of something called pissotte which could provide some interesting shots.
     
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    Just got back from the little jaunt - Taking just five rolls of 120 forced me in to using the 5x4 kit much more than I expected and as a result, have over 80 sheets to process. Burano was a paradise for shooting in colour, so much so, I went back for a second day.
    Shooting with the LF ring did prove to be problematic at times. Constantly had digisnappers pointing their infernal contraptions in my direction - Most of the time, I had no objection except when doing a night time shot and being blinded by a flash.

    Disappointed with the weather though - Every day was warm and sunny with barely a cloud in sight. Did find some real nice knockers though :tongue: