Bridge of Sighs, Venice

When one is taken in with the beauty of Venice, thoughts may not stray to thieves, peasants and the underground citizenry of the city. Yet, even a city as enchanting as Venice has its fair share of criminals.

Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy
March 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights and shadows, focal length 35mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 30 seconds, ISO 100, 10-stop ND filter, tripod.

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Lord Byron, the famous poet, did think of prisoners when visiting Venice. The bridge you see before you, the Bridge of Sighs, is named after a phrase in a poem by Byron. This bridge is the last place a prisoner crossed before being taken down to the tombs. The sigh is mean to represent the sigh of sadness a condemned would make when gazing out of the window of this bridge.

It is a famous scene which has been photographed and painted more times than most people would ever care to count. As a photographer, it was difficult to imagine even making a unique composition here. Though this did not stop me and after completing two shoots already this morning, I headed over towards Doge’s Palace to capture this iconic image.

By the time I got there the sun was already up. This dashed my hopes of a long exposure to create a smooth and ethereal feel. Yet using a neutral density filter I was still able to make the exposure longer even with the sun up.

While there is no particular novelty to this photo, I still cannot imagine my Venice portfolio without it!

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