Wednesday, May 20, 2020

As Quiet As a Library


The arcade running outside (and beneath) the Biblioteca Marciana has in recent months been as quiet as the proverbial library, even at times of the day and night when it would typically be bustling--if not flat out packed. It will be interesting to see how that will change in the coming weeks as Venice continues to move out of lock-down mode; especially beginning in June, when some tourism might return.

I almost always try to avoid posting 2 views of the same scene, but in this case I couldn't make up my mind which to use. Both were long exposures using only a very small very portable Gumby-like tripod called the Miggo Splat recommended to me by Marco Missiaja at his shop here in Venice. The angle of view of the top image seemed a necessity as much of a choice, until I remembered that by holding the ends of the tripod's legs firmly against a solid vertical surface one can capture images from heights and locations not amenable to a regular full-scale tripod (the results of which are visible above, which was captured from above eye level). 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Il Tricolore on the Grand Canal

Beginning on April 16, and running through and beyond Italy's Liberation Day holiday on April 25, the Rialto bridge was lit with the colors of the Italian flag to show solidarity with the rest of the country in the struggle against the coronavirus. The above image was taken on Saturday, May 2 when the stillness of the formerly busy Grand Canal (especially on a weekend in May!) struck me as much as the colored lighting of the bridge. (The bridge is no longer lit this way.)