Featured First trip to Venice

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by SojiOkita, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    This year we decided to visit Venice (Italy) for the first time. We went for 4 days last february.
    The city is really wonderful and probably unique. 4 days is quite short, we will probably go back ;)

    The good point going in February is that the sunset is quite early so it doesn't interfere with dinner...
    Sunrise is already quite early, but it made a nice walks before breakfast (at 7:30 am, you only see photographers with tripods in the city.)

    The weather was quite cloudy except for last day, so it was quite difficult for me to get good pictures during the day, but at sunrise/sunset, it was very photogenic.
    I sticked to the "basics" for a first visit, next time I'll probably search for more a "personal" angle.
    There was some very interesting atmosphere in the city (I usualy don't like crowded places but I fond it very relaxing) that I didn't manage to catch this time.

    First "basic" is the view on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore from the watefront next to Piazza San Marco.

    At sunset:
    32933068174_1b7934eb46_b.jpg 2017_Venise_079 by JC, sur Flickr
    ( PL 25 mm, f/2.2 - 1/20s - 5000 ISO)

    And sunrise:
    33735129256_9ab62671ed_b.jpg 2017_Venise_358 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 9-18 @ 9 mm, f/5.6 - 1.3s w. tripod)

    33776229845_999f18682c_b.jpg 2017_Venise_375 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 9-18 @ 12 mm, f/5.6 - 1/40s)

    Nearly the same place, in front of the "bridge of sighs", later in the morning:
    33646755161_00073c6c4c_b.jpg 2017_Venise_433 by JC, sur Flickr
    (P12-32 @ 12 mm, f/6.3 - 1/4000s)

    Palazzo Duccale at sunrise:
    33619520862_0707ce1927_b.jpg 2017_Venise_352 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 9-18 @ 9 mm, f/5.6 - 2s w. tripod)

    33619541562_e9e38784b5_b.jpg 2017_Venise_382 by JC, sur Flickr
    (P12-32 @ 27 mm, f/5.6 - 1/40s)

    Next to the Canal Grande, the "Ca D'Oro" at sunset:
    32933158024_e1552d7226_b.jpg 2017_Venise_741 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 9-18 @ 9 mm, f/5.6 - 5s w. tripod)
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  2. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    Another basic is the Rialto Bridge, really crowed at sunset, and with nearly nobody at sunrise...
    33646575471_4c787a81e7_b.jpg 2017_Venise_112 by JC, sur Flickr
    (PL 25 mm f/2.8 - 1/13s - ISO 1250)

    The view from the bridge is better at sunset, with more lights in the city and more life:
    33646617751_557aa1153e_b.jpg 2017_Venise_324 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 9-18 @ 9 mm, f/5.6 - 2.5s w. tripod)

    33646594261_66e001355b_b.jpg 2017_Venise_327 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Panny 42.5 f/1.7 @ f/7.1 - 5s w. tripod)

    Last basic, the view from Ponte dell'Accademia:
    33646520971_ac342ffb53_b.jpg 2017_Venise_553 by JC, sur Flickr
    (P12-32 @ 19 mm, f/5.6 - 10s w. tripod)

    Some other pictures of the city:
    33776267225_69cde51216_b.jpg 2017_Venise_125 by JC, sur Flickr
    (Oly 75 mm @ f/3.2 - 1/80s - ISO 3200)

    33735221106_c3dfdb6b14_b.jpg 2017_Venise_969 by JC, sur Flickr
    (P12-32 @ 32 mm, f/5.6 - 1/320s)

    And from my very nice hotel near Piazza San Marco:
    33776333935_ec284ff9c3_b.jpg 2017_Venise_296 by JC, sur Flickr
    (PL 25 mm - f/2.8 - 1/60s)

    Some more pictures are available in my flickr album:
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  3. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    Very impressive, can you give details of lens, filters, hand held/tripod shots please. No fog?
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  4. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    I've added some EXIF info under the shots.
    All the tripod shots have been done with my tiny Sirui T-005x which I was able to carry easily and which is stable enough for my E-M10 and small lenses.

    I really enjoyed having m43 gear during the trip. For sunrise & sunset I carried by Lowepro Hatchback backback with all my lenses, filters & my tripod.
    And during the day I choose a smaller set of lenses with my Tenba DNA 9 (I really, really like this messenger bag).
    That was a good balance (to my taste) between some specific photo walks and the rest of the day, with the camera available but not being the primary objective.

    I am also less sure I want/need the bigger E-M1 Mk II now...
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  5. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    Thanks. You give that P12-32 a good workout. Fantastic shots!
  6. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    I really like the 12-32. So small and pretty good.
    Small consumer zooms & small good primes is how I enjoy micro 4/3 (for now).
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    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Very beautiful shots! I am glad you had a good time and came back with some great images. Your images remind me that I need to get back there.

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    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Glad you were able to get up at sunrise.

  9. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    I was hoping for some fog... but no.
    I really need to go back ;)
  10. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I am heading to Venice in 5 weeks and debating weather I should carry along the P7-14. I usually get by with the 12-35 but your wide shots are making me want to bring that extra lens.

    Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

    I hope I have the energy to get up for sunrises.
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  11. bmhome1

    bmhome1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Rochester, NY
    The streets in Venice are extremely narrow, definitely take the 7-14.
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  12. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    I first read "for 5 weeks" and thought "how lucky you are !".
    I always liked wide angles... so I would take the 7-14.
    On my 150 favourite pictures of Venice, I took 65 with the 12-32, and 25 with the 9-18.
    So, not the lens I used the most, but I would have missed it for some pictures, like some shots on the Canal Grande, and the inside of the theatre "La Fenice" which is beautiful.
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  13. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Lovely pics!
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  14. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 18, 2015
    Really like the shot with the slight curvature of the boats (although the light in the one before that is nicer) and the second shot of the doge palace. I've been to Venice twice (although once as a teenager) and it is certainly a fantastic city before the cruise ships arrive and after they leave.
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