Category Archives: Venice

Venice in Black and White.

Our good friend JoAnn Loctov of Dream of Venice fame is hosting a photography submissions contest of sorts, one I have no illusions about standing any chance in…but submit some black and whites I must.  It was impossible choosing which of my favorites to submit, but I tried to capture the feel of Venice’s buildings and timelessness without doing the generic shots of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Rialto and San Marco that a million other folks have shot.

Photos I didn’t end up submitting but that I like:

 

 

The older fellow by the boat is none other than Doug Sassi himself, taking in the sunset on Burano and watching the boats go by.  It’s a sentimental shot and you can recognize the Buranese buildings if you look closely, but it didn’t scream “Dreaming of Venice” to me, so I left it out. The clouds and sunset as the boat goes by is more typically Venetian, but the 35mm lens I had at the time leaves the Venice skyline too distant to really drive the point home.  The 50mm prime I traded it for would have been better.

Burano’s acqua alta shot was one of my favorites, but I found the people in the shot distracting and selected a less populated version of that shot on Murano that has a similar feel to send in.

If by some chance one of my shots is included, it’ll be a high honor to say the least.  In the meantime, I think I’m liking this B&W thing.  Look for more playing around with it in the future!

Branzino from the Lagoon!

One of our favorite meals in the world is the grilled branzino, filleted table side by our good friend Massimo, and served in the incomparable Trattoria da Romano’s outside seating.  A little drizzle of olive oil, a squirt of fresh lemon, and the only restaurant in Venice allowed to cook over an open flame shows you why it’s worth traveling around the world for.

Join us!

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