The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.

Going to Venice is like taking a trip back in time. If you take away the tourists and the hordes of people that flock to this city every day, its quite fascinating to see the city on the water that has largely remained unchanged for centuries. The architecture is the gothic/Medieval that is best seen in the cold / dark days of winter, which is why I decided to visit Venice in November. I kept wondering how the locals live in the city as this way of life without cars, public transportation and the things we take for granted are not present in Venice. Also: the city seemed, to me at least, to be more french than Italian. I dont know why I got this feeling whilst I was there – but there’s something very french about Venice.

This is my version of the cliche Down-the-Grand-Canal Venice shot. This is the main highway of Venice that goes through the entire city. In the foreground you see Santa Maria de Salute, the largest cathedral in Venice.

November 28, 2009 | 27 comments
D700 Italy

EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/1.6 | Exposure bias: -4/6EV | Focal length: 85mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |


  • fabrizio on 28.11.2009 @ 12:08

    I hoped this very impressive shot with a wonderful tones It's a superb shot

  • Ken on 28.11.2009 @ 12:58

    Wonderfully expressive.

  • yz on 28.11.2009 @ 13:10

    excellent view

  • Max on 28.11.2009 @ 15:48

    Simply wonderful :)

  • Bob Towery on 28.11.2009 @ 18:14

    Gorgeous shot, love the tones!

  • sherri on 28.11.2009 @ 21:14

    Wow. I'd love to see it for real. What a beautiful image.

  • Ariel on 29.11.2009 @ 01:35

    Beautiful tones, really looks from the past...

  • remy on 29.11.2009 @ 05:02

    it feels like the real venice ambiance during winter, season I have been. reminds lots of memories.

  • Davin Greenwell on 29.11.2009 @ 07:26

    Venice is always portrayed as this super romantic utopia, but of course there must be another side. Finally someone has shown it. Love the darkness here.

  • Csaba/EyeVision on 29.11.2009 @ 07:41

    Nice shot. A really great travel photo. Well done.

  • Laurens Kuipers on 29.11.2009 @ 07:54

    Great atmosphere! I'm curious about the other picture you shot in Italy.

    I did not visit Venice, but I will do in the future :)

  • Arjan - PlasticDaisy on 29.11.2009 @ 10:23

    Wow this is so beautiful! And captures the Venice mood perfectly! Coming out of the dark from under one of the bridges and then you see this. Wonderful!

  • Klaus on 29.11.2009 @ 12:55

    the coloring is outstanding .. WOW

  • Otto K. on 29.11.2009 @ 17:27

    beautiful. I've wanted to visit here for a long time.

  • Oscar on 29.11.2009 @ 18:41

    Nice colours.
    I like

  • joshi daniel on 30.11.2009 @ 04:13

    a classic shot with an effect from a movie still!

  • Antoine on 30.11.2009 @ 07:08

    Superb capture black and white.

  • bluechameleon on 30.11.2009 @ 08:50

    The colours are outstanding, muted and dark at the same time. Intriguing, so many methods of transportation in this image. Bravo!

  • hoi on 30.11.2009 @ 09:46

    Looks like it's right out of a movie. I like it. Great colors, too!

  • jelb on 30.11.2009 @ 10:25

    An amazing town..A beautiful composition..bravo!

  • don on 30.11.2009 @ 10:43

    I like this wide view of the main canal. The Cathedral makes a fine main subject in the shot. I found the French influence very interesting. Nice post.

  • rian on 30.11.2009 @ 23:29

    i haven't seen a lot of shots from this place yet but i think this looks really unique.. nicely done! :)

  • MARIANA on 01.12.2009 @ 13:59

    wonderful composition . Love this image !

  • Omar on 02.12.2009 @ 08:24

    Wow, fantsatic powerful image

  • Sylvain on 02.12.2009 @ 17:01

    Great !
    Panorama is a good idea here. I love the dark process too.

  • milou on 03.12.2009 @ 14:33

    I'd imagine November would be a good time to go. My wife sent in the summer and felt part of a theme park.

    I like the framing of the bridge and all the building work.

  • SD (Aspherical) on 07.12.2009 @ 22:39

    Love those modern motor boats against all that medieval architecture - nice work!