Visions of Venice

The Academia Bridge in Venice is bustling with tourists from morning until night. At any given point you will find hundreds of people taking selfies and photos from the same spot. Considering how often this vantage point is used, it’s challenging to create something unique. Yet, as John Lennon sang, “There are no problems, only solutions”. In order to make an image that was truly original, I setup my tripod and waited for dusk. Eventually, the artificial lights illuminated the the iconic Santa Maria della Salute church. Meanwhile, water taxis, vaporettos and gondolas navigated the channel below.

Each boat had its own head and tail light on it. With a 12 minute exposure these created long colorful trails. I shot it on an Olympus OMD EM1 using the live composite mode. The amazing thing is you can actually watch the picture develop right before your eyes on the LCD screen. Once the desired effect is created, you stop the exposure. While it sounds sophisticated, the mode is actually simple to use. The biggest hurdle was trying to prevent people from bumping into my tripod.

Some see things the way they are and ask, “Why?” I dream things that never were, and ask “Why not?”
— George Bernard Shaw