San Giorgio Maggiorie: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 105mm @ f14, 25 sec
Photographic Workshop - January 2018
The 19th Century philosopher Alexander Herzen once said “To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”
The city of Venice is truely one of the most, if not 'the' most elegant city on earth - 118 small islands linked by 400 bridges, filled with magnificent architecture and works of art, all wrapped up in a healthy dose of history, provide the photographer with a wealth of image making opportunities. Around every corner is a scene worthy of being captured by camera and lens, ancient buildings, ornate bridges, reflections, waterways, gondola's to name just a few of the features.
A perfect location to make images, learn new skills and techniques, then return home with some amazing memories and stunning photographs.
I have teamed up with Melvin Nicholson of Melvin Nicholson Photography and the Facebook group 'Landscape Locations' to offer 8 lucky photographers the opportunity to join us for a 4 night photographic workshop in this wonderful location. Read on to learn more about the workshop and the opportuinities that await you and then head over to Melvin's web site to book your place - a link is at the end of this article.
There are the iconic views of Venice, such as the image above, 'San Giorgio Maggiore', usually taken during the day with a cloudless blue sky, but one of the magical things about Venice is that once you have made your version of the 'iconic' image, you can improvise and then capture something different. It is a place that really rewards those who try to bring a little extra 'creativity' to their image making.
With my image above, I noticed the reflections of the lights in the descending mists behind the church, which added an extra dimension to the scene, a long exposure smoothed the surface of the lagoon, my only concern was trying to find a position which would allow me to get the church's entrance facade as full on as possible. Below is the more usual view of the island, with bobbing gondolas in the foreground.
View Across St Mark's Bay: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 24mm @ f9, 1/320 sec
Another of the iconic views of Venice is taken from Accademia Bridge looking east towards to dome of the Basilica Di Santa Maria della Salute, the trick with this image was to get the right perspective. If I had used a wide angle lens then the dome would have disappeared into the distance and would ceased to have become a prominant focal point, so I zoomed in, turned my camera into portrait format and made 4, vertical exposures, stitching the images together in Photoshop.
This is just one of the techniques you will learn about during our time together - when to use it, why you use it and how to use it.
View From Accedemia: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 85mm @ f9, 1/400 sec
If you were to visit Venice and just photograph the main sites then you would be missing out on so much, around every corner there is a photograph just waiting to be taken. Millions of visitors take millions of photographs but how many actually capture a memorable image, something that stirs the souls of people who view it - this is something very different to the usual holiday snaps, which only jog the memory of the person who took the photo.
Melvin and myself want you to make images that both you and your friends will love and will want to view over and over again.
Hunting around the back alleys and waterways you will come across scenes like this, beautiful bridges where the light reflects off the coloured buildings casting wonderful hues on the scene.
Little Bridge: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 81mm @ f8, 1/125 sec
The fun doesn't stop once the sun goes down, we can find beautiful little scenes like this and employ techniques such as long exposure or HDR to make our images.
Da Marco: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 800 - 65mm @ f11, 3 exposures (2, 4 and 8 sec) HDR
We have chosen to visit Venice in January, a time when there will be fewer tourists (and fellow photographers) walking the streets which will enable us to make our images without fighting through crowds of people. It is also a time of year when we can expect varying weather conditions, cold and sunny one day, while the next brings milder conditions and some 'atmospheric' mist - perfect for capturing differing types of images.
2 Pigeons, 4 Lamps: Canon 50D, ISO 400 - 200mm, 1/350 sec
Lonlieness: Canon 50D, ISO 100 - 10mm @ f11, 1/4 sec
Both Melvin and myself will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, offer suggestions on composition, camera settings or creative advice. The number of guests has been kept small to ensure one of us is always available to help you capture the very best images possible.
Salute: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 40mm @ f22, 30 sec
Approdo Per La Strada: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 800 - 40mm @ f14, 15 sec
Drunken Noah: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 45mm @ f11, 3.2 sec
Palazzo Ducale: Canon 5D MkIII, ISO 400 - 50mm @ f11, 4 sec
In this months 'featured image' I am going to discuss how I made this image taken at Porth Nanven, Cornwall.
When 'out in the field' I always try and imagine how I want my finished image to look before I make my exposure, doing this helps me decide what camera settings will get me the closest RAW capture to enable me to achieve my goal.