The Gathering Storm (Venezia 287)

So here we have the usual cliché shot of gondolas with St Mark’s basin beyond and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance.  What makes this version different, apart from the lack of blue from the tarpaulins of the boats, is that I made San Giorgio the focal point and allowed the rest to look after itself.  The rain had already begun, and the thunderstorm was looming, meaning there was little light to shoot a sharp image.  I did have a tripod allowing me to compensate by shooting a long exposure, which of course meant that the wind and sea pitched the boats into blurred patterns.

In doing so I think it captures more of the mood of the moment before the storm hit.



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