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Sunrise in St. Mark’s Square…

by on Feb.27, 2018, under Life, Photography

Before we left Australia I’d actually done a little research and planning for some photography locations whilst in Venice. As it happened 🙂 a majority of the most popular photographic locations were very closeby (a short walk (5-15 mins)) from our apartment.

So for my first morning in Venice I headed out before dawn to see sunrise in St. Mark’s Square. It should have been a 5-10 min walk but, well, I’d never been here before and it was still fully night so it was a bit of a random walk in roughly the right direction before I got here :).

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark's Square

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 8 sec at f/9, ISO 100

I was still here way before sunrise – this is just before 7AM (with sunrise at 7:50AM – I mean how easy is that – sigh…).

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 is the only time you’re going to see the square this empty. During the day this place is a madhouse :).

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 6 sec at f/11, ISO 200

St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is Venice’s only square with the title of “piazza” – the rest are called “campo”. The square is dominated at its eastern end by the great church of St Mark and the Campanile di San Marco, a 99-meter guard tower from the 8th Century.

Christmas in St. Mark’s

Christmas in St. Mark's

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1.6 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Head towards the church and to the right of the Basilica is Piazzetta di San Marco with the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace (on the left) and a view out over the lagoon to San Giorgio Maggiore. It’s still 35 minutes till sunrise and the few other people around are mostly other keen photographers :).

Doge’s Palace

Doge's Palace

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1.6 sec at f/9, ISO 100

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