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Imagine yourself on a long voyage towards Venice. Perhaps you are a merchant headed into Venice to sell your goods in the thriving market. Or maybe you are an artist, on your way to study the art and architecture.
Whatever your reason for heading to this destination, when approaching Venice see the island bound church in this photo, the San Giorgio Maggiore, is one of the first things you see before arriving in Venice.
After shooting Campanile and Doge’s Palace with telephoto lens earlier this morning, I decided to try long focus composition with San Giorgio Maggiore Church from the very same spot. During this shoot I made a series of photos capturing different phases of twilight.
The sun expected to rise behind my back and provided excellent side lighting which rendered the architecture details in a stunning way. To narrow down which photo to showcase I selected the one with the best light and colour quality.
The bell tower you see in this photo, Campanile, is one of the most famous landmarks in Venice. Beyond its beauty, the bell tower served a practical purpose for the city to communicate to its people.
Each of the five bells would let the town’s people know specific events. The Maleficio announced an execution – it is chilling to think about the countless people would hear the ominous bell before being put to death. One knew the Senate was in session when they heard the chime of the Mezza Terza. At midday, the people of Venice would hear the dinging of the Nona. The Trottiera called the Maggiore Consiglio to council meetings. Last, but probably everyone’s favorite, the Marangona, the biggest of all the bells, indicated the beginning and end of the work day.
One of the bells actually still rings on the hour, so you feel the tower’s presence as you tour through the city. As I approached the tower long before sunrise the next morning, the bell struck the hour. This morning I wanted to create a composition with the Campanile, Doge’s Palace and the San Marco Cathedral. To capture all of them I need to shoot from a faraway distance, so I used my telephoto lens.
To find the perfect perspective I stopped at multiple points. It was not easy due the fact it was still dark out! Once I finally found the spot I wanted, I setup the tripod and snapped a few test shots. All that was left to do was wait until sunrise to get started. The composition was perfect with the famous Venice skyline painted with famous landmarks and the glow of the morning light.
In a Tolkenian natural environment, high-fantasy legends were murmuring at our ears, while we drove to the waterfalls on one of the Plitvice Lakes trail. Vibrant greens, algae, moss and a fresh wet atmosphere surrounded us.
This very fragile complex of fauna and flora has inspired writers of all times. The story of the Black Queen, who created the 16 lakes after citizens of Plitvice prayed and prayed for rain to fall, that she finally sent thunder and storms until the entire area had become a green lush. Still nowadays it is called the “Devil’s Garden”.
I wanted to explore myself this extraordinary scenery, and chose to do so on an next morning, although clouds had developed and rain started to drizzle for a while. The family breakfast that Volodimir served us was far behind already!
Diving in the oasis of untouched forest, I felt like I was walking in a real life movie where elves and magic Queens would come out from the frame. The smooth movement of the water falling on the rocks, contrasted with the pinkish and grey skies in the background.
There is a very special achievement for any travel/landscape photographer to get published in National Geographic magazine. I was really excited when one of my Copenhagen night photos was suddenly published in June 2015 issue of Spanish National Geographic Travel (Viajes National Geographic). I was contacted by NG editor back in April after she stumbled upon my Copenhagen photo at 500px website and asked if I agree to sell license to be published in Copenhagen related story in upcoming June 2015 issue. Yes, of course!
Here is the photo of Copenhagen Amagertorv Square and Stork Fountain I captured during my visit to Copenhagen in April 2012, which was selected by National Geographic editor.
And here is the screenshot of Viajes National Geographic #183 spread with my photo.