Venetians shadows

One of the great aspects of visiting Venice in November is that the sun stays low during the whole day. That creates long shadows for...
One of the great aspects of visiting Venice in November is that the sun stays low during the whole day. That creates long shadows for one to include in his photography. Shadows is also a good theme for Venice since a lot of its political and social history was made of intrigues and secret conspiracies. Indeed, while walking in its tight streets or cruising over its canals, you can almost hear the murmurs of subversive ghosts. Eternal lovers or wanna be doges ? They are still around. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9, 35mm...

Weekly poll #7 : How many lenses do you take on a street photography outing ?

So you are about to go out in the street and shoot, time to grab a camera and a few lenses. How many do you...
So you are about to go out in the street and shoot, time to grab a camera and a few lenses. How many do you typically take along ? Evidently, cameras with non interchangeable optical systems (fixed focal or zoom) count as one. I took a 35mm and 60mm lens kit last week to Venice, it basically allowed me to get the wide or tele looks (such as the shot below taken with the 60mm Hexanon). As for the previous poll "Which street photography book would you take on a trip?" (126 voters), it was not a surprise to see...

From Russia with love

Two friends improvise a shoot while visiting the deserted San Marco Plaza in Venice. They speak Russian, and suddenly I feel thrown in an action...
Two friends improvise a shoot while visiting the deserted San Marco Plaza in Venice. They speak Russian, and suddenly I feel thrown in an action movie. A spy ? Mr Bond must be around, better shoot before he does so. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/350, ISO160

Chiaroscuro

Apparently, Caravaggio spent some of his early times as a painter in Venice.  It was perhaps also here that he first experimented with Chiaroscuro, a...
Apparently, Caravaggio spent some of his early times as a painter in Venice.  It was perhaps also here that he first experimented with Chiaroscuro, a technique where a strong light source is used to create an extreme contrast between the subject and his environment. When I spotted this scene, I immediately thought about it. I am pretty sure that Caravaggio never would have thought that centuries later, his paintings would inspire a photograph. Actually, I guess that the concept of a photograph never even crossed his mind. It could only be the work of a Devil. (click on picture for...

The lovers of Ponte dell Accademia

Not as concurred as the Rialto bridge, the Ponte dell Accademia is a perfect spot for lovers in search of a romantic spot at sunset....
Not as concurred as the Rialto bridge, the Ponte dell Accademia is a perfect spot for lovers in search of a romantic spot at sunset. (click on picture for high res) PS: We have returned from our five days stay in Venice. Absolutely wonderful since we could witness the Acqua Alta (high waters) as well as sunny days. Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/60, ISO640

Wet, but with style

It is not because Venice is flooded that one should not go out with style. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm...
It is not because Venice is flooded that one should not go out with style. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

Canal Grande

A view over the Canal Grande filled with gondolas at sunset. I guess this is the ultimate experience in Venice. (click on picture for high...
A view over the Canal Grande filled with gondolas at sunset. I guess this is the ultimate experience in Venice. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/250, ISO640

The ghosts of San Marco

Two shadows emerge out of the darkness on Plaza San Marco. For a while, it seems that Lucifer has unleashed his army of ghosts on...
Two shadows emerge out of the darkness on Plaza San Marco. For a while, it seems that Lucifer has unleashed his army of ghosts on sleepy Venice. Yet, there is no Hell but still, nuns go to church in promise of Paradise.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO640

Acqua alta

Acqua alta (high waters) is a natural phenomena that hits Venice several times a year. A conjunction of high tide and strong winds push water...
Acqua alta (high waters) is a natural phenomena that hits Venice several times a year. A conjunction of high tide and strong winds push water into the Laguna that surrounds the city. Ultimately it floods the streets of Venice for a few hours. Though Acqua alta always existed, it has been magnified over the last century by human intervention (lack of drainage, too many motor boats, ...) and Venice is slowly drowning. Well, not for long, since major works are in progress to stop the process. So if you'd like to discover the magic of Plaza San Marco being flooded,...

In Venice

Just landed in Venice tonight. And of course, exceptional weather conditions means that water has invaded the city. I plan to get up at 6am...
Just landed in Venice tonight. And of course, exceptional weather conditions means that water has invaded the city. I plan to get up at 6am tomorrow to witness what should be a very high tide that will cover 50% of the city with water.  Just bought some huge plastic boots ... (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at 1.4, 1/30th, ISO1250