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As the Ships Sail By



Long Exposure of passing boats from The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.

Long Exposure of passing boats from The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the beautiful city of Venice, Italy from the famous Rialto Bridge.
Time
It was taken just before midnight on the New Year of 2015. We were waiting on the Rialto Bridge in hopes of seeing fireworks over the buildings (we didn't). But it was a great place to ring in the New Year and I got this fun photo out of it!
Lighting
I really loved the lighting coming from the surrounding buildings and the reflections they were creating. Then I noticed that all the passing boats, large and small, had lights inside them or on top of them and that's when I got the idea to do the long-exposure and capture the light trails from the moving boats.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 18-200mm lens. I always bring my small, flexible travel tripod. It's a GorillaPod SLR-Zoom. I can fit it into my travel bag while walking around large cities and it can hook onto, wrap-around or sit-on pretty much anything.
Inspiration
I was celebrating the New Year in Venice, standing on the Rialto Bridge with my husband. I knew this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I wanted to capture it in a special, memorable way. Instead of capturing a video with lots of noises and voices, I created a peaceful photo that captured a full 25 seconds of life in Venice just as I want to remember it.
Editing
This photo didn't require much post-processing at all. I increased the contrast and colors a bit and a used some blur in the sky to reduce some of the noise created from such a long-exposure, even at the lowest ISO possible, but that's the only work I did with it.
In my camera bag
When I'm traveling, I have my Nikon D7000 camera body and my Nikon 18-200MM lens. It's a great all-around lens that I can use for near and far. In case I come upon a wide building or sprawling landscape, I always have the Tamron 10-24mm wide angle lens. And for low-light conditions and portrait shoots, I use my Nikon 35mm 1.8 Prime Lens. I also carry my flexible GorillaPod tripod. I can use it for uneven surfaces, hook it around railings and poles, even trees, or just set it on something to use a basic tripod. It's lightweight, fits in my bag and it doesn't attract the attention a full-sized tripod does.
Feedback
Before deciding on a specific place to set-up, walk around and think about composition both from your own eyes and through your camera. Make sure nothing is going to end up in the frame of your photo that you don't want in it. You can never judge how easy or difficult it will be to edit something out of the photo until you get it home. Be patient. Long exposures can be tricky and you'll probably have to take more than one to get just one right. It can be trial and error sometimes. When traveling, leave the full-size tripod at home. Some cities won't even allow you to set it up. Invest in a small flexible tripod for night and long-exposure shots. It can go anywhere, hook onto just about anything and you won't be asked to take it down.

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