Last updated on March 22nd, 2016 at 08:54 pm
My father was born in a little village close to Venice and I remember my childhood spent around the calle (canals in the local dialect). I am not sure how many times we have been there, it was like living in Sydney center and going for the Sunday to Bondi, or from Melbourne to St.Kilda, just an easy trip along the lagoon.
The carnival was always the best time to be there as a kid. As soon as I grew up I spent less and less time there and more and more time travelling around the world. As a result I, of course, miss Venice and, most of all, the carnival time.
I love photography, and art generally speaking, and every corner of Venice is such a great inspiration. There is history in every brick and there are so many exhibitions and events, like the Biennale, that will keep every bit of your free time very very busy.
Our collaborator and traveller Stephanie toured Venice in winter with some great photos and a beautiful story
Today we focus on the top 10 Venice Carnival 2016 photo tips:
Try to avoid these days, it can be really frustrating because there are incredible fancy dress around, but so many people you are hardly able to isolate any from the crowd
The people in fancy dressing like to be photographed, that is why they dress, to have fun
Leave your website address around, there is a real information exchange between the people in fancy dressing and the photographers. Of course offer to send them the photos for free.
Guess what? Everybody wants to make a photo, a picture to take back home. Take your time and be respectful, don’t jump the queue
This is the time when it all starts. Only few people are around as the biggest crowd is usually coming from 10am onwards
Yes, you can use a zoom during the week to pick the fantastic mask too far away, maybe a 70-200, the quickest the best. But from Friday to Sunday there will be so many people that will be hard to have the empty space to isolate the subject
The main reason, especially on the weekend, is that you can:
Reflectors work great but there is just no space, too many people. Take a flash with you with a diffuser filter on top if you can, that will give enough light to the face and most important to the eyes
This is a carnival that is quite similar to the Venice one, very spectacular, however not as crowded. Yes, you don’t have Venice in the background, however you do have a lovely medieval village, which is as awesome
All the photos for this post were made by Angelo Dinapoli, in his first experience at the Carnival.
It was my first time and it was really fascinating and captivating too. The Venetians live the carnival as nobody else in Italy. So many adults dressing in amazing costumes, sought-after, made of brocade and bright colour velvet.
Look, I was really impressed by how easy is to approach people and make some interesting portraits of people in fancy dressing, everybody is so willing
At 12 o’clock, the Carnival opening with the volo dell’angelo (the angel fly). A fancy dressed person flies over the crowd in the Piazza San Marco. Everybody in the square was open-mouthed
It was really packed, especially at lunch time when it was almost impossible to walk in the small lanes and find a restaurant to have a break. I was really surprised to hear so many spoken languages, with a highest concentration of French.
Thanks Angelo and happy photography to everybody planning to visit the Carnival of Venice
Nowadays, when I go to visit Venice I do it without saying anything to my family 🙂 . I like to take 2-3 days for myself just wondering through this immortal city. After that I show up as a surprise to my uncle door 🙂
My usual hotel is Hotel Antico Capon, in Dorsoduro, the student area of Venice. You get to experience more of the local life, with local restaurants and bars. Tourists are everywhere in Venice, however this area tends to be more inhabited by students and Venetians. Really something different
The hotel is 15-20mins walk from San Marco square
Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.