A Few Photos From Venice…

by George on October 2, 2011

GPS: N: 45°43’73.00″
W: 12°33’50.03″

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Wow! What a workshop. I’m just home from teaching an extended ICP workshop in Venice. And yes, it was the experience of a lifetime.

I’ll have more photos and thoughts from the event to share in the coming days (as I edit the > 5000 photos that I brought home…), but for now, here is a quick first take on the shoot.

And now… I’ve got some keywording to do. :-)

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Christoph October 2, 2011 at 6:35 AM

“Boys playing ball” is my favorite. BTW: Do you carry a travel tripod around?

George October 2, 2011 at 6:45 AM

I think that’s an interesting question, given the nature of your favorite pick! If I had been carrying a tripod when I stumbled onto these two boys, I would have missed the shot.

I do carry a tripod occasionally… but only one of these photos was taken using one: the sunrise from Accademia bridge. Most of the night shots are hand held at ISO 4000 or 6400.


Claudia October 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Fantastic George. Favorites: Driving While Talking on a Cell Phone (made me laugh), Reflections (am I correct to assume that was manually focused?), and Private Boat (it’s so powerful in Black & White). I’m also intrigued by A Gondolier and Stubborn, how did you keep the red and make everything else B&W? That’s a wonderful effect!

Claudia October 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Oh one more thing, how come you seem to have no noise at those high ISOs? Is it the quality of the equipment?

George October 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Thanks, Claudia.

No… Reflections (#15, right?) focused auto, on the iron work. Gondolier and Stubborn were masked in Photoshop. About the ISO… the newer cameras are pretty good. You do see lots of noise at 1:1, but with a little noise reduction, you never really see it at 900 px.

Glad you like them!

Rob October 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Nice set with consistent high quality.

My personal favorites: “Boys Playing Ball”, “Stairs at Don Orione” and “Shadows”. All three show very strong, dynamic composition and interesting lighting.

I’m not so sure about those two partially desaturated photos (“A Gondolier” and “Stubborn”). Those kinds of effects should be used very cautiously – only when there is an obvious need for them to exist in a photo. Otherwise, they may seem a bit artificial and out-of-place.

Will you show us some more?

George October 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

“Artificial”? Perhaps.

“Out-of-place?” Well… that’s a pretty subjective call. Whimsey and humor has had a place in photography ever since its invention. The photo of the gondolier was a grab shot (obviously….), and since he’s in shadow against a brightly lit wall, it’s basically a nothing photograph. It’s only interesting because of the wind picking up the sash. So I choose to accentuate that. It’s playful. That’s all.

Again with the dog. It’s a nothing photograph; only interesting because of the attitude of the dog, and the color of the overly fru-fruy harness. If I find time, I’ll try to post both pure B&W and color renditions and you’ll see that they are much less interesting either way.


Ed Law October 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Glad the trip was such a success, George.

Really looking forward to the B&W, my favorite medium. I think it’s because I may be partially color blind. ;-)

Bernie Campoli October 3, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Thanks for the preview, nice selection.

Bud Gibson October 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I like the one of the beggar the best, but they’re all good. You have the flavor of a street photographer. You like to catch art as it happens in front of you. That can be really fun.

I think it would be neat if you did a series on black and white conversion (yes, I’ve doen the one in your LR tutorial, and it’s a good start). But, what are different looks you could strive for? How do you get there?

George October 5, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Hi Bud,

Thanks for your comments. I actually did an entire series on B&W from the Venice workshop, but the color there is also captivating.

What do I strive for? I know it sounds cliché, but I always strive for the look of a really good B&W silver print, from a perfectly exposed and processed film neg.

Quite elusive, but possible if you learn the controls, and use your eyes. Canned presets are nowhere.


Bud Gibson October 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

I will say I’ve found your tour of the B&W controls in light room to be quite informative. I’m afraid to say that the intuitions of fim elude me.

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