I spent a few days in Venice, Italy.
Venice and its neighboring islands are located in the Venetian Lagoon in the northeast of Italy. The city itself is situated across 100+ islands that are separated by canals and linked by 420+ bridges. Venice is famous for the beauty of its setting, its cuisine, the gondolas, and especially for its architecture which is pretty unique across the world.
The entire city is built on closely spaced wooden piles. These piles had been driven deep into the marshy soil (a softer layer of sand and mud) until they reached a much harder layer of compressed clay. Plates of Istrian limestone was placed on top of these piles, and this layer served as the footing to construct buildings of brick and stone on it. Submerged by water and isolated from oxygen, the wooden piles did not decay as rapidly as on the surface, and therefore most of the piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. Most of these stakes were made from trunks of alder trees, a wood noted for its water resistance.
Rainwater cisterns were the only source of fresh water. The cisterns were built underneath the squares where several manholes collected rainwater. The underground cavity was filled with sand filtering the rain to prevent the valuable waterfrom being contaminated. Draw wells were used to access the water reservoir. Today, the cisterns are sealed at the top but are still decorating the numerous squares and open spaces.
The origins of Venice date back until 421 A.D. where refugees from Roman cities near Venice such as Padua, Aquileia, Treviso, Altino and Concordia and from the undefended mainland were fleeing successive waves of Germanic and Hun invasions. The Venetian Lagoon was a swamp, and therefore difficult to access, which helped the original polulation of Venice to protect themselves from the invadors.
Its beautiful palazzi, churches, bridges, restaurants, squares, art galleries, and more, make Venice a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. Of course, I brought my camera, and here are a few impressions:
I have already planned to visit New York for a long time, and this year I finally managed to experience that lively and vibrant city for the first time. I was here for the last two weeks of September and it proved to be an ideal time for exploring – it is not the busiest of all seasons and the temperatures are not as extreme as they are during midsummer. The first week was really sunny and hot which allowed me to do walks with my camera gear almost nonstop and to add many new urban photos to my collection. During the second week the weather was a bit more unstable and gave me a bit more time to relax.
After those two weeks, I cannot emphasize enough how much New York has to offer for everyone. There are countless public places like parks and waterfronts that spend some calmness between the busy streets. At almost every corner one can discover fancy shops and small galleries. For culturally interested people, there are tons of art exhibitions, festivals, theaters and museums. There is a myriad of restaurants, food courts, diners, bakeries, rooftop bars and other places for culinary connoisseurs. Finally, for architecture enthusiasts, the city shows its full spectrum of versatility in the form of numerous disctricts with historical buildings and new structures. Here is the photo gallery I created during my visit.
again I have visited Dubai to combine recreation with adventure and photography. I have also been given the opportinity to create photos of the stunning residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cantonnet, two celebrities known from a movie about living in the Burj Khalifa. The cover image gives a small insight into that beautiful residence.
I just returned from a short city trip around Scandinavia where I visited Copenhagen and Stockholm. Scandinavian architecture is known for its innovative design and the use of wood and other eco-friendly materials. On this journey, I mainly focused on the award-winning architecture of some larger buildings.
Finally, a new set of travel photos is there! I just returned from a one-week stay in Dubai and had my camera gear with me most of the time. It has already been my second trip to the Emirates, but there was still a lot to discover. As usual, I focused on architectural features but also did some aerial photography and other. One location I like to emphasize on this post is the Tomo Japanese Restaurant & Bar on top of the Raffles Hotel. This place not only offers excellent japanese cuisine and cocktails, but also an incredible panoramic view of the Dubai Skyline as you can see on the cover photo above. I convinced myself of this great experience to have dinner under clear blue sky at the Tatami Terrace of Tomo Restaurant. The other photos of my trip can be seen in the gallery below.
This post is dedicated to Los Angeles based professional architecture photographer Michael Kelley. All of his current photos and related projects can be found on his website www.mpkelley.com
Michael is a specialist in creating atmospheric photos of real estates and interiors. Therefore he has perfected a technique to produce incedible lighting environments of the locations presented in the photos.
The creation of these professional images involves a very large amount of time for location scouting, setting up camera gear, analyzing light conditions, doing test shots, performing the actual shooting from various perspectives and post-processing. I am truly impressed by his expertise and therefore I have asked Michael for a permission to share his work on my website. Here is a gallery of some real estates and interiors shot with his technique which he himself calls »light painting with speedlights«. Please note that this is copyrighted material.
The great thing about his photography is that there is a 7 hour video tutorial that has been produced by www.fstoppers.com and Michael Kelley. The tutorial can be purchased online for USD 299,00 via this link.
I have watched the video tutorial with enthusiasm and I highly recommend this to everyone interested in real estate photography and post-processing. Also, I am confident that my photos can be seriously improved if I follow the advice given by Michael. Here is the description of all chapters included in the video tutorial as it can be found on the fstoppers website:
Real Estate Photography: In the Real Estate section, Mike will teach you everything you need to know about this genre so you can kick start your career and start producing images for real estate agents, listing agents, and general property management. All of the basics will be covered in this chapter including:
In addition to “building your foundation”, Mike also talks candidly about how he found success in the real estate market, and how you too can build a money making business shooting properties for sale.
Architecture and Interior Photography: This chapter focuses on how to create photographs for higher paying clients like architects, home builders, interior designers, and magazine editorials. With the ground work already laid down, Mike focuses on streamlining your workflow and pushing your images into actual works of art. While on location at an actual architect’s personal home, Mike walks you through eight flagship images from initial capture all the way through the final photoshop editing process. We have also included a full Photoshop PSD file of a twilight exterior images so you can follow along as Mike teaches every step in creating his signature look.
Commercial and Advertising Photography: In this final section, Mike takes you on the set of two commercial spaces and demonstrates how to produce perfect images for restaurants, hotels, wedding venues, resorts, and other commercial clients. Emphasis will be placed on meeting your clients needs and lighting images according to the use of the space.
Additionally, Mike will also cover the business of commercial and advertising photography including how to market yourself, how to build residual income through image licensing, finding and maintaining clients, and pricing your work.