People of Venice

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The plague doctor

I am sure I have told you before that I am most definitely not a street photographer. But it is a genre that I admire. It is good to challenge oneself every now and then so, during our recent trip to Venice, I turned my new lightweight toy, the Fuji X-E1, on the people.

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The market seller

Venice is such a super city for people watching.

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The coffee breaker

I do like black and white for this kind of photography.

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The dog and art lover

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The not impressed

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The lunchtime debaters

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The reader

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The friendly listener

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The story teller

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The taxi hailer (and antique camera-owner)

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The lawkeepers

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The heavy lifters

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The master craftsman

Venetian textures

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Venice is such a visual feast. Once you have done with the watery vistas, the colourful reflections, and the people, there is still delight to be had in the smaller details.
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Sometimes the more crumbling parts are almost more rewarding than the well maintained. For a while you might be tempted to try to get all the verticals and horizontals in your photos just right until you realise that they were never straight anyway.
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I wonder why photographers love the dilapidated so much?
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“Il y a, à Venise, trois lieux magiques et secrets : l’un dans la “rue de l’amour des amis”, le deuxième près du “pont des merveilles” et le troisième dans le “sentier des marranes”, près de San Geremia, dans le vieux ghetto. Quand les Vénitiens – parfois ce sont les Maltais – sont fatigués des autorités, ils vont dans ces lieux secrets et, ouvrant les portes au fond de ces cours, ils s’en vont pour toujours vers des pays merveilleux et vers d’autres histoires…”
Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese: Fable De Venise

Burano reflections

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As I mentioned yesterday, Burano’s vibrancy is doubled by the reflections in its many canals.
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It’s always fun to flip a reflections shot.  Well, I like doing it anyway.
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Zooming in close creates a more abstract look.
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Or a wider view makes a more painterly image.
ItalyI have so many images of this lovely little island, but I don’t want to bore you! Tomorrow I will take a break to share with you some exciting news but then, if you can stand it, the weekend will see us back in Burano for one more visit.
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We need not to conform! What we need is to burst out into all these beautiful colors! – C. Joybell C.

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More colours of Burano

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I couldn’t resist sharing more of Burano’s colourful houses, this time from a slightly wider perspective.
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Some towers lean rather alarmingly.
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Washing billows in the spring breeze.
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With no cars, it’s a lovely place to stroll.
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And cycling is popular too.
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As if all this colour wasn’t enough, it is doubled by the reflections in the canals, of which more tomorrow.

Colours of Burano

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One of the delights that should never be missed when visiting Venice is the little island of Burano.

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Less than an hour’s Vaporetto ride across the lagoon, Burano is a tiny island where all the houses have been painted in vibrant shades.  A photographer’s dream.

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You aren’t going to win any originality contests with your photos – Burano is already copiously recorded in pixels – but still you can hardly resist snapping away like a photog possessed.
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La Serenissima

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We have just returned from a wonderful weekend in my favourite city in the whole world, Venice. Apart from Friday, the weather was kind to us and it was a great opportunity for me to get to grips with my new travel camera, the Fuji X-E1.  I have more than a few files to process and a review of this camera in the pipeline, to follow up on my review of the Sony NEX-7 in January.  But I must concentrate on my studies for the next few days so they will have to wait.  Suffice it to say that the camera is all I hoped and more. I am looking forward to May when I can get back to serious blogging and catching up on the blogs I follow.

Dunstanburgh Castle

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Today I thought I’d share some images taken at Dunstanburgh Castle on Northumberland’s beautiful Heritage Coast. The castle is the largest in Northumberland. In 1313, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, cousin of Edward II of England began construction and John of Gaunt added to it later in the century.

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During the Wars of the Roses, the castle was badly damaged and it slowly fell into decay. The castle is now owned by the National Trust and in the care of English Heritage. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstanburgh_Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

This beautiful and evocative ruin can hardly fail to inspire, perched on a rocky outcrop above the coast and the plain below.  Some great painters have immortalised it, including Turner and, one of my favourite contemporary artists, Michael Morgan.

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Lilburn Tower, the most intact of the castle buildings, seems to demand a moody black and white treatment. Can you imagine a knight riding along that path, perhaps to rescue a princess from the tower?  I kept thinking instead of Macbeth, riding to meet the three weird sisters, perhaps because Roman Polanski’s film, Macbeth was shot in the area.

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Dunstanburgh Castle is reached via a footpath from Craster, a sleepy fishing village to the South.  Or via the beautiful sands of Embleton Bay to the North.

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I chased down a rainbow there on our visit, only just managing one hasty exposure before the colours faded, from which I made this, rather more painterly than usual, image with a little help from Topaz Simplify:

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For all that I enjoyed the, admittedly rather over the top, colours of the last two images, it remains, for me, the black and white images that suit this location more.  If you get the chance to visit this atmospheric ruin, I thoroughly recommend it.

Lilburn Tower