Night Time in Venezia

I want to post a series of images captured in our recent travel to Venice, Italy.

Gentlemen, if you ever have the opportunity to take your loved one to an international destination like Venice, Paris, London – run, do not walk, to the nearest travel desk at travelocity, expedia or hotwire. These places are perfect for honeymoons, engagements, and anniversaries. I am always available for destination weddings and engagements sessions, so feel free to ask – I can assist you with the arrangements. It really is a reasonable investment if you plan ahead and look in the right places πŸ™‚

After a day filled with site-seeing, prosciutto, gelato, and seafood, the romantic peacefulness of strolling the alleyways, courtyards and bridges of one of the most romantic places in the world is impossible to pass up. Evening descends on our neighborhood market:

evening descends on the market

“Ghosts” appear when I set my camera to photograph the scene using available light. Here a lone person walks through the scene while the shutter remains open:

alley ghosts in venice alleyway

Venice is a gorgeous city, full of life (and tourists) during the day. It can be a bit crowded as a lot of people come over from the mainland during daylight to visit the beautiful city. Once the evening descends, the alleys, canals and plazas begin to empty. Since it’s day time back in the states, there’s plenty of time for capturing still canals, twinkling lights and lovers strolling arm in arm. πŸ™‚

evening descends on the market

Gondolas and other boats are tied up to their docks during the night, waiting for dawn and the rush of visitors:

evening descends on the market

A few people are still up and out after midnight, coming home from parties or getting an early start on the next morning’s fishing. Who’s tired when it’s 4:30 in the afternoon back home? πŸ™‚

gondolas tied up to their dock

nightime in venice italy

A lone boat motors down the canal while lights can be seen in the background of the local residents’ homes.

motorboat on venice canal

We spent nearly a week out on that trip traveling several places in and around Venice and Florence, but there’s just something about Venice at night that made me want to share these with you. I’ll post more in a future edition, for now you can see more of our Venice images here.

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Cindy Dekker - September 12, 2008 - 10:49 pm

They are absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to go. πŸ˜‰

Allen - September 13, 2008 - 9:47 pm

Thank you πŸ™‚

You should go, it really can be quite reasonable if you plan ahead and watch for deals online. Our flights were $405 roundtrip for Houston to Amsterdam to Venice and back πŸ™‚

hawaii photographer - September 27, 2008 - 9:54 pm


Your images of Venice are beautiful. They bring back so many memories for me… It is my favorite place on earth.



David - October 2, 2008 - 9:57 am

These are very nice Allen, love the mental picture of strolling down the alleys and over the bridges at night.

Wedding photographer in suffolk - November 3, 2008 - 6:53 am

Nice low light work- were you using a tripod for these or going handheld?

Allen - November 3, 2008 - 11:04 am

Thank you Alex πŸ™‚ These used a tripod or wall or bridge in Venice, whatever was handy to give a steady hand. The shutter speed was too slow to handhold crisp photos. πŸ™‚

Thanks David, the night-time strolls in Venice were the best part of the trip.

Shannon - December 1, 2008 - 8:14 pm

Simply stunning!

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Ashley Hurlburt - February 18, 2009 - 9:45 pm

I love these. I have been to venice & all over italy, & these capture nightime in such a small place so well. love the movement ones. i love the way the camera captures movement. it’s so dramatic!! let’s meet, we needa check each other’s photo work out. i wanna share my work with u!

BellaFotografica - Beaumont Texas Wedding Photographer - February 22, 2009 - 4:23 pm

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Damian Brown - February 9, 2010 - 2:07 pm

Clarity… love it again. I’ll be watching your travel posts closely!

Frank C - wedding photographer - February 24, 2010 - 6:53 am

Beautiful night-time photos. Venice is beautiful day or night – but sometimes difficult to photograph because of the daytime crowds.

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[…] I got home I noticed how much these reminded me of my “at night” series from Paris and Venice (and even the one from New York I haven’t posted yet): Back in daylight we walked the […]

Franco Tomasi - December 27, 2012 - 8:14 pm

amazing pictures of the amazing VENEZIA!

Allen Ayres - December 30, 2012 - 5:33 am

Thank you Franco πŸ™‚

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