San Giorgio Maggiore – Venice

Venice lagoon at dawn

San Giorgio Maggiore is a small island located in front of St. Mark’s square. It is often one of my photographic subject while strolling around Venice. San Giorgio’s church and bell tower give the island its characteristic profile. I like to take pictures of it in different conditions of light since it is illuminated by the early morning light almost frontally and backlighted at sunset. If you are going to shoot from St. Mark’s square you can also play with the many poles and docks you will find there to create a more dynamic foreground and to lead the observer’s eye through the picture.

I took this picture from St. Mark’s square, Venice, just before dawn, f/18, 30 sec.

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