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Carnival of Venice 2013

4 Feb 2013 3:56PM
Has anyone been in the past, is anyone going this year?

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GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
4 Feb 2013 4:25PM
Yes, four or five times, but not going this year. I last went five or six years ago.
4 Feb 2013 4:34PM
How's the best way to approach people and get there photo?
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
4 Feb 2013 5:20PM
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.
4 Feb 2013 5:29PM
Thanks Glenn, I'm there from Saturday night until Tuesday morning, so I should get a couple of good shots.
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
4 Feb 2013 5:40PM
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.
4 Feb 2013 5:58PM
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.
Geoffphoto Plus
11 13.5k United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 11:21PM
You'll want something like this then ........

Les_G Plus
10 148 4 Scotland
4 Feb 2013 11:37PM
Just FYI the models are mostly French and a few German.
5 Feb 2013 3:22PM
I'll try my best Geoff, thanks Les hope the read English then Smile
11 Feb 2013 9:46PM
I think I manage to get some good photos, today was snowed off though, back home tomorrow


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