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Has anyone been in the past, is anyone going this year?
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Yes, four or five times, but not going this year. I last went five or six years ago.
How's the best way to approach people and get there photo?
Generally you don't need to approach them, as they spend most of their time posing for cameras anyway. They do oblige with direction though if you're looking for a particular pose, providing you time it right and don't barge into everyone else's picture. Otherwise getting low often helps to get a clean background whilst also avoiding other photographers' firing lines. One of the technical difficulties is capturing eyes that are sometimes deeply recessed behind the mask - some fill-flash obviously helps there, although saying that I've seen many photos where the subject looks flat as a result. If you can get good afternoon or evening light along the Riva degli Schiavoni (waterfront at side of Doge's Palace) it's possible to get stunning results.
I'm sure you'd soon work most of that out for yourself, but just to let you know what to expect...
Most of the action centres around St Mark's Square, although sometimes there are gatherings at well known places such as La Salute.
Thanks Glenn, I'm there from Saturday night until Tuesday morning, so I should get a couple of good shots.
Well good luck! You might occasionally be given a 'business card' by participants, by the way, which is their way of prompting you to send them photos. Some of them are pretty much professional costumiers I think—they turn up every year and also attend other Venice-themed events.
Thanks, I've got some of my own printed to hand out, saying where they can see and request free hi res copies, in English and Italian.
You'll want something like this then ........
Just FYI the models are mostly French and a few German.
I'll try my best Geoff, thanks Les hope the read English then
I think I manage to get some good photos, today was snowed off though, back home tomorrow
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