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.)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Campo Erberia, Tonight

On an ordinary Friday night in early May this campo would be filled with candle-lit cafe tables and crowds--and gondolas-- along the water's edge. But not this year.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Reflections On A Sunday Afternoon On the Grand Canal (6 Views)

The weather this past Sunday was beautiful and the Grand Canal was barely ruffled by currents, winds or motorboat traffic--making it particularly hospitable to both reflections and rowers. 

This image was actually taken yesterday, not Sunday, but I include it here as it was the first gondola I've seen on the Grand Canal in at least 8 weeks (though it carried no passengers).