Gondolas at dawn


Revisiting an early morning shoot in Venice.


Salute, Venice

20150424-IMG_3415_FBI loved the wisteria in bloom cascading down towards the canal in this shot I took last year.  This year, I returned and, unfortunately, the wisteria was not in bloom.   I was glad to have caught it when I did.

Burano, a feast for the eyes.


What a lovely place Burano is.  It must be awful to be a resident with so many tourists looking in your windows and judging the colour of your house and the state of the decoration, but as a visitor it is such a wonderful place to consider how much happier people would be if houses in other parts of the world were similarly decorated.




Giardini, Venice


This simple bridge by the gardens to the east of St Marks had some lovely reflections in the water.


Doges Palace, Monochrome


I rather like the monochrome treatment of this shot.  The clouds were forming quickly and the wind was moving them along but here they seem to add to the composition.


Doges Palace, Venice


I was fully ready to be unimpressed with the Doges Palace.  Indeed, anywhere where there are lots of tourists, and queues, I tend to get a bit sniffy.  I am a traveller, not a tourist!  And all that BS.

Well although we got to the Palace early in the morning, and for quite a while felt like we were, if not the only people there, in a pretty exclusive tour.  We had the headphones to get the info on the rooms we were passing through and what they were used for.  But in the end, I was just blown away with the amazing ceilings, the paintings, the reflections.

If you go to Venice, I recommend you get up early one morning and take the tour.


Casa Blu, Burano


The island of Burano is an assault on a photographer’s sight.  There is too much to shot, too many colours, too much to capture, too many people in the shots, too much of everything.  Instead, I tried to capture shop windows, and more details.  I liked how this store cut down colours to just two and went for cool rather than the hot pinks and reds and greens in the rest of the town.


San Marco


A pretty empty St Mark’s square.  It was around 6.20am and the fellas that sweep the square and keep it tidy were out working, the pigeons were hoping to find morsels left behind.  I don’t think the square is ever completely empty.


Bridge of Sighs, Venice

bridge-of-sighs-venice_26469280343_oI took this around 7am as the sun was just hitting the Doges Palace.  I liked the colours reflected in the water.  Even at this time of the morning, I had to wait to get the best location on the bridge to get the shot.  I also managed to get the waste refuse barge in, rather than a more romantic gondola!


Gondolas at Dawn


A sunrise shot of gondolas, looking toward Venice’s San Giorgio.