Dec 272010

Venice is a city of hidden alleyways. Each one tempts you to explore it, all the way to the end. Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 2.0, 1/4 second @ ISO 400.

Venice, Italy

The crowds are gone, the rain

has stopped, and the cold, blue

sky has come in from the north.

Its Christmas time in Venice and

a great chance to experience the

city with the locals, but what does

a real Venetian look like?

The easiest way to spot a Venetian woman is by her fur coat. Animal rights are going to have a tough time convincing these ladies to part with their furs. Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 3.8, 1/350th second @ ISO 400.

-35mm Summicron Version III

For this trip to Venice, I decided to take a 35mm and explore the city and its surrounding islands with a classic focal length.  Truthfully, I never use a 35mm.  For some reason it has never jumped out at me, with the exception of the new 35mm Summilux, but why not challenge my brain and eye to a new vantage point?


This sculpture, outside of the Punta Della Dogana (the old customs house) needs to be guarded presumably from vandals. The marble like surface begs for graffiti, but this gentleman makes sure "Non Toccare". Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 4.8, 1/2000 second @ ISO 400.

I just learned that becoming a gondoliere is serious business. Apparently only three licenses are given out each year. While looking at the water, there was a bellowing sound coming down the canal. Then this fella showed up. Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 4.0, 1/750th second @ ISO 640.

In Italian, the phrase for "taking a walk" translates to "Fare Una Passeggiata." Literally it means, doing a walk. Any man who strolls in pink pants in December is definitely "Dooing a walk." Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 5.7, 1/3000th second @ ISO 400.

Even if Venice is losing its battle to the sea, nothing stops the Venetians from trying to save it. Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 5.7, 1/2000th second @ ISO 400.

And with treasures like Santa Maria Dei Miracoli, I am glad they are fighting the rising tides. Leica M9 35mm Summicron f 4.0, 3 seconds @ ISO 640. This was done with the 2 second timer on "A."

This guy looked like the art critic Robert Hughes. "Robert, are you in Venice?" Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f 5.7, 1/250th second @ ISO 400.

As long as there is Venice, there will be old men playing violins. Leica M9 35mm Summicron f 5.7, 1/350th second @ ISO 400.

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