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A Walk to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute…

by on Feb.24, 2018, under Life, Photography

My wife and I were keen to explore so we headed out for a walk. Our daughters weren’t so keen and decided to veg out around the apartment.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90 mm, 1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 400

I decided to head south west (away from the touristy areas) towards the Ponte dell’Accademia (or Accademia bridge). It is one of only four bridges which span the Grand Canal in Venice. It’s actually a very popular location for photographers so I was planning to come back here at sunset one day anyway.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 98 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/5.3, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

View from Ponte dell’Accademia

View from Ponte dell'Accademia

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/160 sec at f/9, ISO 100

Once there I decided to head right around to the Basilica of St Mary of Health – the one you can see in the view from the bridge – and another location I had planned to come to at sunrise or sunset to do some photography (you can see a pattern emerging here I’m sure :)).

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/6.3, ISO 640

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55 mm, 1/500 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

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Arriving in Venice…

by on Feb.23, 2018, under Life, Photography

After a two hour journey on the high speed train from Florence we were arriving in Venice.

Venice

Venice

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200 mm, 1/400 sec at f/6.3, ISO 400

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 160 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 360

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 160

Our first real experience with Venice is a trip by Vaporetto (water bus) from the main train station along the grand canal, under the famous Rialto Bridge to our stop (S. Angelo) near our accomodation in Venice.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 250 mm, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 160

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90 mm, 1/250 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

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Michelangelo’s David…

by on Feb.22, 2018, under Life, Photography

It was our last full day in Florence and we’d booked in advance for two of Florence’s premiere art galleries. First thing in the morning we were heading to the Accademia (it’s main claim to fame is Michelangelo’s David). In the afternoon we were visiting the Uffizi Gallery.

Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo's David

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 8000

Whilst there are other sculptures, paintings and even a musical instruments exhibition; the focus in the Accademia is of course Michelangelo’s sculpture of David – said to be the most famous sculpture in the world.

The Hand of David

The Hand of David

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 210 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 12800

David

David

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 250 mm, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 5600

I’m sure my girls thought – ok we’ve been here now – can we go…

Seeing David

Seeing David

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 42 mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 4500

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Firenze Night…

by on Feb.21, 2018, under Life, Photography

5:25PM (35 minutes after sunset) and Firenze is drifting into night.

As it’s now much darker I’m shooting on Manual (Auto ISO disabled) and fixed the ISO (1000 in this pano) and locked Aperture (wide open at f/4) and let shutter speed fluctuate for the HDR brackets.

This panorama is comprised of four horizontal frames wide with each frame composed of five (1EV) bracketed exposures for a total of 20 frames.

Firenze Night

Firenze Night

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/20 sec at f/4, ISO 1000 x 20 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Campanile di Giotto

Campanile di Giotto

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 1000

Palazzo Vecchio Tower

Palazzo Vecchio Tower

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 1000

Just after 5:30PM with darkness setting in, my girls and I finally decide it’s time to leave. It’s been an amazing sunset and twilight, time to head out for dinner.

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/40 sec at f/4, ISO 1600

If you are ever in Florence – don’t miss the opportunity to climb the Duomo Dome – the view is spectacular and well worth the hassle of getting up here.

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Duomo Panoramics…

by on Feb.20, 2018, under Life, Photography

I was waiting till it got darker so that the streets of the city of Florence would be lit up against a deep twilight sky. I only had to wait ten minutes or so before it started getting good. Here are a couple more Duomo panoramics as it moved towards night.

This panorama (@ 5:15PM) is comprised of seven vertical frames wide with each frame composed of three (1EV) bracketed exposures for a total of 21 frames.

Whereas before I was shooting in Aperture priority with varying ISO. As it’s now much darker I’ve switched to Manual (Auto ISO disabled) and fixed the ISO (800 in this pano) and locked Aperture (wide open at f/4) and let shutter speed fluctuate for the HDR brackets.

Duomo Wings

Duomo Wings

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/30 sec at f/4, ISO 800 x 21 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

This panorama is five minutes later (@ 5:20PM) and is comprised now of five horizontal frames wide with each frame composed of five (1EV) bracketed exposures for a total of 25 frames.

Firenze Twilight

Firenze Twilight

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 1000 x 25 Frames

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