Venice is always beautiful. At sunset, though, the Grand Canal is dressed in a mesmerizing color palette. We arrived on the Academia Bridge just in time to be able to capture the canal bathed in the beautiful sunset golden light.
Once we reached Zattere, we were already pretty much exhausted. If you check out the map of our walk, you will realize that, by that time, we had already walked 8km, more or less. We needed some rest, so we sat along the Giudecca canal and enjoyed an ice cream while watching the sun setting.
Up to last year, sunset time would have been the last opportunity to take pictures with my old Canon 5D. This time, though, it was different. For Christmas, I bought myself the new Canon 6D, and I couldn't wait to test out in the field its amazing low-light capabilities. Therefore we decided to slowly walk back to the station taking a long tour of the southern part of Sestiere Dorsoduro, waiting for the street lamps to turn on and trying to capture the atmosphere of Venice at night.
By now the camera had already automatically switched to ISO 25600, giving me the ability to shoot handheld in light conditions that I would have never even dreamt of being able to capture before. Yes, the pictures have noise, but I really don't care. I can deal with noise. What I have really enjoyed was the ability to focus and take pictures in a very dark setting. As you can see from the last pictures in this set, I immediately began playing with the contrast between the areas lit by street lamps and the shadows.
Below is the complete map of our 11 chilometer long walk in Venice. Click here or on the map itself, to view it directly in Google Map. That way, you will be able to zoom in all the details of the path. This concludes this series of posts. I hope you have enjoyed them... As usual, it would make me very happy if you took the time to leave a comment, either here or on my Facebook page! Thank you!