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All the entries on chromasia are placed into one of seven primary categories: six to reflect the aspect ratio of the image, and the seventh to indicate that an image isn’t available as a print. Additionally, each photograph may be assigned to one of more additional categories or subcategories, e.g. my travel category, children category, and so on.

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Something a bit different today, taken during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and processed using a variety of textures and borders.

On a related note, we've just started accepting bookings for 2016 and four of the twelve places are already booked. If you think you might be interested in joining us please take a look at the following link.

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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Here's another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken from the Rialto Bridge.

If you're interested, you can find out more about next year's trip here:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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This is a shot of one of the participants from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour, shot during our natural light workshop.

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18 February, 2015 // VCPT (alt #1)comments & reactions

This was shot during our trip to Burano during our Venice Carnival Photo Tour. It says nothing about the Carnival, or Venice, but I like how it turned out. It's also a great testament to Fuji's new lens, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. Even wide open this is a very sharp lens.

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Back in 2012, during our first Venice Carnival Photo Tour, John Cavacas took a shot that I promised myself I'd go see for myself: the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell’Accademia, shot during the late afternoon. What with one thing and another I didn't make it down there in 2013, or last year, so I was determined to find the time during this year's trip.

As you'll see if you take a look at the original, the light was less than ideal, but the sun did poke through the clouds on a couple of occasions, but not when there was any interesting traffic on the canal. As such I ended up combining two different shots, taken a couple of minutes apart: one shot for the detail in the canal, particularly the boat in the foreground, and the other to capture the directional light on the buildings.

As for the processing: Venice is a romantic city, imbued with a visual and emotional magic that deserves something a bit more elaborate than a literal shot :-)

Oh, and if you're interested, we've just started promoting our 2016 trip. We only have 12 places, and two have already been booked, so sign up soon if you think you'd be interested in coming along.

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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Here's the first of my images from our 2015 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken during our natural light workshop with Martina, one of our truly wonderful models. We've just about finished this year's tour - it's the last day tomorrow - but if you'd be interested in joining us next year you can find out more about the trip here:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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After snivelling around the house for the last couple of weeks with man-flu I thought it was about time I posted something, and as I'm heading off to the Venice Carnival again next month I thought this was a good choice.

Despite having several dozen images I could post, most of which I like, I've rather neglected the blog of late as there's been rather a lot going on (and there still is). That said, I'm going to make a concerted effort over the next week or so to post the backlog, starting with this one. It was taken in the Nason Moretti glass factory and is a shot of one of the glass blowers taking a quick break before his next vase arrived.

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Another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour back in February of this year.

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Another of the very interesting characters we met during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour. If you're interested, here's the schedule and details for 2015:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_15.php

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Taken during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour in a small shop on the Island of Burano.

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I still have quite a few more XT-1 shots to post, along with a load from Dubai and Oman, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd post a few more from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

As always, let me know what you think.

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I'd be hard pressed to tell you why, but this is one of my favourite shots from our recent Venice Carnival Photo tour, taken during our trip to Burano - the 'colourful island'.

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This was taken during our Venice Carnival Photo tour during our natural light workshop and is a shot of the undeniably easy to photograph Lorraine Langon who attended the workshop with her husband.

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During our Venice Carnival Photo Tour we spend most of our time concentrating on the Carnival itself - the models, the costumes, St. Marks Square, and so on - but we also spend a couple of half days photographing some of the other wonderful places in and around Venice. One of those is Burano, 'the colourful island' - and I'll post some shots from there soon - while the other is the island of Murano, famous for it's glass.

We're extremely fortunate to have access to the Nason Moretti factory and while we're there we split into two groups: one photographs the glass blowing, the other the showroom, and then we rotate.

I can't say I'm 100% happy with this one - the reflection on the glass shelf could have been cleaner - but as I only had twenty minutes or so to find a shot, set it up, and shoot it I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out.

As always, let me know what you think.

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This is a portrait of Emy Danciu Vivan, one of two models we hired during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and I wanted to try something a bit different with this one. The temptation was to produce a much more natural image - she's a beautiful woman, wearing a fabulous costume - but I decided to go for something a bit more edgy: a stern expression, desaturated colours, and so on.

Let me know if you think it works.

Compositionally speaking: as you can see, I fell into a rather obvious trap ;)

Oh, and we've just started promoting our 2015 trip, so if you think you might be interested please click the following link for further details:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_15.php

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Another Venice shot today, taken last February as we cruised around the canals in a gondola.

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It's only six weeks until Libby and I head off to run our 2014 Venice Carnival Photo Tour so I thought I better make an effort to post the rest of the one's I shot in 2013. There aren't many left, and I probably won't post all of them, but I do think that at least some of them are worth sharing.

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Since February of this year I must have processed this shot at least a dozen times - some in colour, some in black and white - but I just couldn't get it right. This time though I'm a lot happier with it :)

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Since I launched this blog back in 2003 I've retained pretty much the same workflow: any images I'm currently working on sit in a folder called 'working files'. In the early days there were never more than a dozen or so images in there at any one time: I worked on them, got to the point that I was reasonably happy with how they'd turned out, and then blogged them. Today, there are 139 images: ones that I'm still working on but can't get right, and some of them have been there for at least two years. I should probably just give up on at least some of them, but in each case there's something about them that I like - I just can't get them right.

And my reason for mentioning that is that I've come up with a new way of dealing with them. Rather than just randomly opening one, working on it, then closing it again because I can't work out quite what I want it to say, I've been trying a different approach: deciding on a specific strategy then seeing which images it will work with. In this case, and for another three that I'll probably post next week, the strategy was 'high contrast black and white'. It didn't work with quite a few that I tried, but I think it works well with this one.

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