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FROM THE VAPORETTO Photographed July 3, 2007
I generally don’t like gimmicky photos, and this one I fear is gimmicky. I was in Venice twice this summer, on July 2-3 and July 25-26. On the earlier visit I was riding on a small waterbus, a vaporetto, from the Maritima where the Crystal Serenity was docked to San Marco, the heart of the venerable city. I could not get very close to the window because of other passengers on the vaporetto, but I held out my camera at arm’s length and shot reflexively just as we passed a gondola. (On the Nikon D70 one has to look through the viewfinder to take a photo. The image does not appear on the screen until the photo has been shot.) The timing turned out to be auspicious, as I was able I catch the gondolier in the foreground with the Chiesa San Giorgio Maggiore and its graceful tower, in the background. The window frame in the vaporetto created a compelling frame with desirable angles.

I had a circular polarizing filter on the 18-70 mm Nikkor lens, and shot the photo in the simplest, "Auto" setting.

Finally, I must add as a postscript that what appears to be some artifact in the water, just below the right end of the gondola, is real. I examined the original 6 MP shot, and It's just an unfortunate combination of reflection and refraction. In the upper left corner of the window, however, if I had spotted the reflection, I might have cloned it out. John Munro (jwmunro) pointed out that reflection which I had not spotted.

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