52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog


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21. It Happens Over Time

Last fall when I visited Venice I loved to hear about the history of the city. It is sometimes referred to as the floating city because it was built by setting wood pilings on the 118 submerged islands in the Northern end of the Adriatic Sea. There are 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals connecting the city.

Modern technology has proven what everyone has suspected for a very long time. The city is sinking…  Venice has battled rising water levels since the fifth century. But today, the water seems to be winning. Several factors, both natural and man-made, cause Venice to flood about 100 times a year — usually from October until late winter — a phenomenon called the acqua alta.

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37. Rows And Rows Of…

To fulfill this theme I chose a photo of rows and rows of gondolas that I took when visiting Venice, Italy. I did some post processing with Topaz Impressions and Flypaper textures.

All of Italy reminds me of a painting so I thought it was an appropriate effect to try on a photo taken there.

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20. Interpretation Of Art

While visiting Venice recently I noticed 2 women setting on the sea wall near Piazza San Marco. They both had their water colors spread on the ground and were staring off at San Giorgio Maggiore.  I walked up behind them with my camera several times to watch their progress. I’ve painted a bit in the past but have never had any luck with watercolors. I never could get the just right balance of water and pigment. All my work ended up being a muddy puddle of brown/gray. I think because of that I really appreciate someone who can master that medium.

I thought it might be fun to use a couple photos I took of that artist and show you what her view was. And then I found a photo that I took while coming into port on the cruise ship of the same building. I tinkered with my photo and did my own “Interpretation Of Art.” I did a little split toning in photoshop to give it a little more depth, a little straightening and cropping and Voilà!

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San Giorgio Maggiore Painter

My InterpretationI think we are all artists. No matter what our tool of choice, we are all creating and experimenting. All to show the world how we interpret art through our eyes. And trust me, the world is a better place because I chose a camera for my tool and not a box of watercolors!


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36. Right Place At The Right Time

As I write this blog post I am vacationing in Venice, Italy.

I am still sorting through photos… I thought this pair of photos would fit my theme this week and maybe give you all a chuckle. I know I laughed a LOT while I was taking the photos.

I took the photos in Saint Mark’s Square. If you have been there you know that people are everywhere feeding the pigeons and trying to get a photo of as many pigeons as possible climbing all over you. And ummm no, I didn’t do it. I wasn’t prepared to take the chance of bring a pigeon present back to the hotel with me down the back of my shirt.

The photos here are of a family trying to get the attention of the pigeons while the father tried to get the photo. The youngest daughter however, wanted NOTHING to do with it! She was climbing him like a tree to get away from the birds and he was doing his best to balance her while getting the shot. The whole affair was quite funny to watch.

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