Passage on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Passage on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

On our first night in Venice, I joined a friend in photographing from Ponte Dell’Accademia. This famous bridge is one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal in Venice, this one near the southern end of the canal. Facing east from our vantage point on Dell’Accademia, the Grand Canal makes a gentle left turn toward Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (often abbreviated to the Salute), which appears brightly lit in center background. We set up our tripods on the bridge and waited for several boats to sail the Grand Canal at the same time, hoping to capture parallel streaks. As with many long exposures, this one involved repeated trial-and-error, constantly waiting for multiple passing boats on the Grand Canal, and re-shooting the scene using a long exposure.

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