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Venice at Night

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 23, 2012

Santa Maria delle Salute

The photo above is Santa Maria della Salute, photographed from a vaporetto at night. This posting will wind up my Venice photos. It’s hard to believe, looking back on the 19 blog postings related to Venice, that we were only there three nights. We packed a lot into 2.5 days! I calmed down a little in Florence, after the relentless touring/photographing in Venice and the islands. Also, we spent Shabbat in Florence, so that cut out a day.

I didn’t have a tripod, so my night photos are limited to what I could do with a high ISO and steady hand. Below is the Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Detail of the Rialto Bridge:

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Souvenir stand:

Souvenirs, Venice

Pilazzo at night, Venice

St Mark’s Square, looking towards the Piazetta. The Doge’s Palace is on the right.

St. Mark's Square, Venice

I’m not sure what this old ship was doing in the Venetian lagoon but it was a challenge to photograph.

Old Ship, Venice Lagoon

Canal, Venice

Canal, Venice

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Movie in the Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

Here are some notes on the movie in the sukkah photo. Although I was using a tripod, I set the ISO to 800 because it was quite dark and the subjects were moving.

Here’s the original, as it came out of the camera. The lighting is very yellow because of the street lights in the park behind the yard.


Often I deal with the yellow street lights by making the photo B/W but in this case the final effect seemed to dark and cold.


In the end I decided to reduce the saturation and increase the fill light midpoint so that more detail was visible. I didn’t go all the way to shades of grey because I wanted a little warmth left and a hint of colour in the decorations. I cropped the white area of the wall of sukkah so that the eye would be drawn more to the inner part. Similarly, I cropped the ceiling (top) and chairs in front (bottom) to reduce the clutter and simplify the composition.

Movie night in the sukkah

Incidentally, the chair that I cropped out was the one the family offered to me. This shot wasn’t exactly posed but it wasn’t candid either. I didn’t sneak up to some unsuspecting family sitting in a sukkah and set up my tripod outside the door. They knew I was there but I waited until they were engrossed in the movie.

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