A classic picture of Venice, almost a postcard of the city: the view from the Rialto Bridge. I just took advantage of two simple technical choices to give the picture a different look. Following the motto “less is more”, I went for a simple, minimalist composition, as in my previous post Stillness. To do that I just used a long exposure, that wiped out all the traffic on the Grand Canal and the people on the streets. The second trick is overexposing the scene, so to blank out any color and definition from the sky. At the end only the buildings are left, with their simple, pure profiles.
Next week colors, movements and lights will be back in a big way, with a busy night picture of the same view.
Location: The Rialto Bridge, over the Grand Canal (Canal Grande).
What to shot: The Grand Canal, its buildings, the traffic of the water buses, boats and gondolas.
Ideal time to shot: Sunrise for an almost desert view of Venice. Sunset and the blue hour for a more busy atmosphere, but consider that at this time there will be a lot of people sharing the bridge with you and placing a tripod could be difficult.
Gear: Wide angle to standard zooms.
How to get there: Public water bus station Rialto (line 1, 2).
Coordinates: 45°26′16″N 12°20′09″E