Sunrise over the Grand Canal – Venice

Madonna della Salute - Venice
Madonna della Salute – Venice

I took this picture this morning from the Accademia Bridge. I wanted to change the “perspective” of the shot erasing the time concept to make the picture somehow atemporal. To do this I overexposed the scene and edited it in black and white to eliminate any detail from the sky and any color.

Location: Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia). Together with the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi, and the new Ponte della Costituzione, by Santiago Calatrava, it is one of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal, the major water-traffic corridor of Venice.

What to shot: From Ponte dell’Accademia you’ll have a vantage point toward part of the Grand Canal with its pompous buildings, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, and Punta della Dogana, where the water of the Canal Grande meets Saint Mark Basin’s ones.

Ideal time to shot: Sunrise of course, but don’t think to be there alone. This site has become one of the favorite spots by many local and foreigner photographers, and it get quite crowded on the weekends.

Gear: Wide angle lenses are ideal for creating very wide panoramas, while standard zooms (24-105mm) give you the widest range of possibilities, from panoramas to isolating the buildings or capturing the action on board of the gondolas.

How to get there: By foot is just a short walk (10 to 15 minutes) both from St. Mark Square and from the railway station. Public transport water bus station Accademia (line 1, 2).

Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 12°19′44″E

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