Nocturnal Image for the Current 24-Hour Period

For reasons I won’t get into, I never was a Boy Scout, but I would have made a good one. Well, the part about being prepared, anyway. When I visit a location for the first time, I bring with me a notebook filled with research. Places to see, times to be there, which bar fills their wine glasses the most. You know, that sort of thing. But, of course, all the research in the world is only worth so much. There’s really nothing like immersing yourself in a new location and just simply EXPLORING.

Venice is among the most photographed cities on Earth. Even a night photographer has a hard time finding elbow room at the most popular sites. But you won’t find this image on any postcards and you won’t read about the location in any guidebooks and you won’t see it marked on any maps. In fact, even as small as Venice is, you might have a hard time finding it even if I gave you directions.

Night photo in Venice, Italy

Somewhere in Venice. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens, f/16, 20 seconds, ISO 400.

It’s one of those places that you just stumble upon. And the best way to stumble upon something is to get out and walk around and explore. I found this spot in the middle of the night. Tourists don’t even go here during the day, so I for sure had it all to myself at night. I was struck by the juxtaposition of the blue walkway lighting and the warm beacon lights in the water.

With such a wide-angle view, I typically would never stop the lens down as far as f/16 in order to gain as much sharpness as possible, not to mention keep the shutter speeds more manageable. However, in this case I chose the small aperture to achieve the starburst effect from the lights.  

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never been lost in my life. Now, there have been a few times when I didn’t know exactly where I was, but being lost is a different matter. When you’re lost, you want to be found. Whenever I don’t know where I am, I would appreciate being left alone. I still have some EXPLORING to do!

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