Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice.

The Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice.
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Behind The Lens

I took this in Venice. It took me a while to find the right spot to shoot from. I want to be as "head on" as possible to the bridge and many of the spots giving that angle were on floating jetties. That meant they were no good for a long exposure. Eventually I found a solid area to set up my tripod and had to zoom in a bit.
It was just after "Blue Hour" at the end of May. The sky had a lovely blue colour that really complimented the light colours of the bridge and buildings.
There isn't really anything to add about the lighting for this image. The ambient lighting was just right and I managed to find a quiet spot to shoot from so I was able to try a number of settings until I got something I was happy with.
For this image, I used my old Nikon D80 with a tripod and shutter release remote control. There was no need for ND filters as it was dark enough for a long exposure without them.
Venice is a wonderful location to take photos and sometimes it is difficult to decide what to photograph next. My intention had been to get some sunset images from a different location a bit further down the Grand Canal in Venice. As we were walking back to our hotel, we arrived at the Rialto Bridge and the lighting was really good. It was a matter of the right place at the right time.
I took a single RAW image for this shot. I took a couple of shots with various settings and found this image which is predominantly shades of blue and white worked much better than a slightly "warmer" image
In my camera bag
I try not to weigh myself down with lots of equipment. For cityscapes and landscapes, I typically carry my Nikon D80, tripod, wired shutter release and some ND filters.
Get as far away from the crowds as you possibly can. When you have popular landmarks like the Rialto Bridge, they are always very busy which makes it harder to get the shot you want. For this one, I found a place where there were no other people so I wasn't battling with other photographers to line up the same shot.

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