Martin’s Venice Update

Well alarm goes at 6 30 and it’s still dark outside although it is just starting to get lighter. My hotel is situated next to the famous Fenice Opera House you may recall a number of years ago it burnt down. So then  it is a quick exit from my hotel with all my gear. That EOS 7D with 70/200 lens + 580 speedlite and EOS 40D with 15/30 lens and spare batteries and memory cards etc. It is about a 5 minute walk to St Marks Square and the waterfront where all the action takes place. The sun is starting to come up and it is going to be a gorgeous day. At times you have to be forceful to get your pictures, sharpen your elbows as it can be like a scrum. You have to be careful that you do not trip over discarded tripods’ camera bags or photographers prostrate on the floor (Adrian Lines). The key to good images is the background, sort this and you should not have a problem. With the lenses I am using I am able to get in very close or do wide angle shots. The flash acts as a fill in.

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Well the light was excellent so I am hoping for some good images at one point you became aware of a presence and it was a large cruise liner sailing by heading towards cruise terminal in Venice. Well after a good mornings work it is now nearing 9am and the photographers all head for breakfast as the tourists start to arrive. So I am putting this together over breakfast and I will add a selection of images later. Breakfast is buffet style with a great choice and also scrambled Egg and Bacon so you can be assured of a good start to the day

Tiring work this photography so will have a rest until about 1130 and then I will go for a wander

Your Man In Venice reporting for SLPS News


PS Next month on BBC2 a new series starts hosted by John Sergent

Britain’s First Photo Album  – Please watch this!

Trailer link below

Starts on Monday 12th March showing every weekday at 6.30 BBC2, for two weeks.

This series is on the life and photography of Francis Frith who in the 1860’s enbarked on photographing  Great Britain and as a consequence the Post Card evolved. I am pleased to say that myself and a small group of SLPS members were involved in the making of the Liverpool based edition