Let’s start this new year of blogging with one of the most iconic views of Venice. The picture of Santa Maria della Salute church, from the Accademia bridge, is one of those that everyone who is visiting Venice doesn’t want to miss, from the pro photographer to the most absent-minded point and shoot owner. But from just clicking the shutter in front of a cityscape that inspired thousands of painters and photographers, to taking home a picture that will fill your eyes with joy, a lot of water passes under the bridge! 😉 And many things need to be considered. As usual, some tips can be very useful, and I am going to share some of them every week. Let’s start with the basics: wake up early. Timing is essential in photography. Being there early will put you in the favorite condition to be on the site almost alone, that’s a pretty good advantage considering that during the day you could have to fight with a crowd to take your pictures; moreover the sun will rise right behind the church cupolas, giving often gorgeous colors to the sky over the church. Another tip for you is be aware of the small movement of the bridge itself: being built with wood boards it is quite susceptible to the people walking, that can cause a micro blur on your longest exposures.
That’s all folks. See you next week with another picture of one of the most iconic view in Venice.
Location: Accademia bridge, over the Grand Canal (Canal Grande), the major water-traffic corridor of Venice.
What to shot: The Grand Canal with its pompous buildings and the church of Santa Maria della Salute.
Ideal time to shot: At sunrise you can frame with the sun just behind the church of Santa Maria della Salute. Also for this reason this site has become one of the favorite spots by many local and foreigner photographers. At night the church’s cupolas are amazingly illuminated.
Gear: Wide angle to standard zooms.
How to get there: By foot is just a short walk (10 to 15 minutes) both from St. Mark Square and from the railway station. Public transport water bus station Accademia (line 1, 2).
Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 12°19′44″E