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Carnival in Venice [I]

Carnival in Venice [I]
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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-24
Categories: Event, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF, @ ISO 200, B+W Circular Polarizer MRC
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-25 11:44
Viewed: 2796
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We spent 4 days in Venice, during the famous Carnival.
What a splendid event, and so... calm, so dignified. In Belgium everything is so utterly nervous, so exaggerated... A world of difference!

Downside, of course, was the crowd. It was nearly impossible to take portraits of these beautifully costumed persons without disturbing people in the background.

When we were queueing to visit the Doge's palazzo I noticed this scene, and in the short time I had before other tourists blocked my view I could capture it.

Tech talk

Near in-camera compo, just a little rotated.

Adjustment layer for curves.

Downsized, framed & signed with a couple of home-cooked PS actions.

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Carnival-tourism pure, hi Frank,
I always had the wish to visit Venice for Carnival - must be impressive to see all the wonderful masks and dresses.
Thanks for your shot, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mukesh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 672 W: 100 N: 467] (5062)
  • [2009-02-25 13:15]

Very well shot...you have caught the classical mood so well. In fact the only give aways are the wall and the floor or else the picture would have easily gone off a reproduction of classica painting. TFS Frank

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-02-25 13:56]

dramatic and well presented shot! i like the crowd's expressions getting busy with their cameras to capture the right mood! and probably the right moment! its really fantastic!

tfs Frank

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-02-25 14:12]

Hi Frank

That's a nice shot from Venice. Posing and capturing both, the model and the fans, at the same time. Great colors and very sharp details

Best wishes

ciao Frank
it's not a pity the crowd.. and i like so much your composition.. that taken two sides togheter.. the truly mask and common, corious people around!.. in it.. there is a truly mood of the carnival in Venice!
well done, thanks
ciao Marco

Wonderful composition and poor lonely mask against tourises assault
good work

ciao Frank!
good mood from the carnival in the lagoon
well seen

best sERGIO

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2009-02-26 13:47]

Het concept vind ik goed Frank : een reportage-achtige foto.
Ipv mee, op de knietjes, bij het fotogeweld te gaan zitten,
neem je hen mee op in je compositie.
De compositie zelf zou ik wat anders doen.
Er is naar mijn smaak wat té veel muur rechts die
niet veel bijdraagt tot het geheel.
Ik benadruk de " té " : dame ( ? ) moet wel tegen
een stuk lege muur staan : lege muur achteraan - meute vooraan.
Heeft een apart effect voor mij.
Mooie kleuren, wit is prima ( geen OE ) behalve, voor mij,
je zwart. O.a. de kledij van de mevrouw linksonder is op
mijn beeldscherm één zwarte vlek.
( ook al zie ik de " calibratiebalk " van 0-F helemaal.
Een laatste opmerking, ook kwestie van smaak, is je DOF.
Voor mij hadden die gebouwen in de verste verte niet
zo duidelijk scherp hoeven te zijn.

Je was er duidelijk niet alleen ! :-)

TFS Frank
en als je klaar bent met devolgende ...
laat maar komen hé :-)


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-02-28 5:46]

Hi Frank

Good to see a new post from you! The lady in the mask & traditional costume at right, grabs attention here. Good sharpness & colour, Tfs!

Very beautiful street shot. Bundle of portraits here. Good story telling picture.

hey Frank!!! its been such a long time!!! good shot of chaos...depicts well the carnivale...

how nice if i would have known you were there! i think i was there the same day:)

  • torr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 384 W: 50 N: 81] (1767)
  • [2009-05-23 16:09]

Bonk der op man!
Dit beeld betekend meer dan duizend woorden.
Als je mijn ZIN vertellen wil.
Machtig mooi!



Hoi Dingo,

Zo dat is zeker dringen geblazen. Mooie kleuren. En ja als je die mensen er toch op krijgt kan je er net zo goed iets leuks mee doen.


  • tribord Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 91 N: 296] (895)
  • [2009-10-20 7:54]

Bonjour Frank,

I just had the same experience recently! It is so tricky to take such pictures.
You, you were lucky enough to have some room to move and get a good position to shoot.
I like your dual composition photographers (several)/subject (one), and background (wide)/foreground (close). Everything is at its place and well-balanced.

Adding your signature like a graffiti on the wall is quite strange but somehow funny.

Au plaisir,


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