Miniature Venice


I am not a professional photographer but I like to take pictures during my travels as I do usually print out a travel photobook per each destination. From time to time, when I feel nostalgic or friends ask about a place I have been to, I open the book and provide them with an idea of what to expect.

I have been using a non-professional Nikon reflex which served me quite well for long, but it was pretty heavy to carry around, so when few years ago I had been diagnosed with a herniated cervical disc (thankfully under control) doctors recommended me to avoid carrying heavy bags on my shoulders. I decided to accept the recommendations provided by few friends, who are professional photographers and switched to Canon. I discovered that photographers are pretty well divided into Nikonists or Canonists. The first ones seem to capture reality while the second seem to enhance the colours, thus moving from Nikon to Canon is kind of a crime for some and a good decision for others, and vice versa.

Among the several recommendations I collected I choose a compact Canon Camera that is something in between a professional and an amateur camera, which help me make some very good pictures, despite I am not a photo genius. I have been using it for 4 years now and I am pretty satisfied. However I didn’t abandon completely my Nikon because I have a better zoom on it, thus I keep using it on travels that involve more comfort such as Safaris, where I can put the bag on the chair and forget about it.

I have been to Venice for the week end and, before sharing 3 off the beaten path itineraries I prepared before going, that I will post in the next days, I decided to use a function of my camera that I have never tried before. It’s called “miniature function” which allows to focus on a subject and to capture the surroundings as if it was a cartoon or, actually, a miniature.

Here below is a collection of Gondolas and canals which I hope you will like, but remember: as much as you like taking pictures, do not only look at the places you visit through the lenses of your camera or you will miss the essence of it. Take a picture and then put your camera away for a while.

A speedboat along a canal in Sestiere Castello, one of the 6 districts of Venice, at east, on the way to the Gardens and the Arsenal. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
A lonely Gondola under the famous Bridge of sighs, connecting the Doge’s Palace to the Jail of Venice. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Piazzetta San Marco, the smaller section of the famous St. Mark’s Square, overlooking the Island of St. Giorgio Maggiore, has never been so empty. The picture was taken from the Horses’ Balcony of St. Mark’s Basilica. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Another Gondola along the canals of Sestiere Castello. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Gondolas were the only mean of transportation in Venice for centuries. Their unmistakable shape and colour is a real landmark for the city and, surprinsigly enough, the gondolas are pretty long despite the difficult turns they have to make. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
On the Grand Canal you usually get a picture of the Vaporetto, the official water bus of Venice, but I happened to be at the right place at the right time and spotted this lonely gondola. I took the picture from Rialto Bridge. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Another speed boat along the canals of the Jewish Ghetto. The boat is passing down the only bridge left in Venice without the railing or parapet which were added later on, to prevent the visitors from falling in the canals in crowded areas. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
A lonely gondolier along the canals of Sestiere Castello. The lack of boats going around kept the waters pretty still, thus the buildings are nicely reflected upside down on the canals. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

Despite the color of the sky, which looks grey in some pictures, due to the high level of humidity, it was a very sunny day and tenperature was around 30° Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).

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