20 October, 2010

Below The Rialto

Crossing the Grand Canal

As photographers we tend to stand out in a crowd. It’s not just the ton of gear we’re lugging around, It the constant moving, climbing, scrambling, and re-positioning of ourselves. This becomes incredibly important when trying to frame a shot. Very often taking a stellar photo requires us to step outside of our comfort zones. Sometimes it takes some guts to put yourself in a precarious position in order to claim the prize. If nothing else and excluding the possible element of danger, it sure does get some funny looks from passers by. Funny looks are fine though. In fact, get used to them because, well, you probably deserve it. Just have your wife pack an extra “I’m with Stupid” Tee Shirt.


If you’re nervous, try singing.

“When the moon hits your eye and the smell of dead fish hits your nose, that’s amore.” — No way to set up a tripod here and I’m pretty sure I look like a huge tourist shimmying out on these posts. What’s the worst that could happen?

Seriously though, take the chance and get the shot. It’s well worth it.

Below The Rialto

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated a highly engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

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  • Atharva Phadke

    Starting to fall in Love with you photos , Elia. But the main part which sort of boosts the idea behind your clicks , is the description. Thank you for making me rethink about what profession to choose. All the very best.
    – Atharva Phadke , Student(About to go in college). Pune , Maharashtra , India.