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In a sandolo

Night on the Grand Canal, facing the Rialto market


My father took me rowing late in the evening several times in Venice this past week in the sandolo. He's been rowing for less than two years and prefers to avoid the crush of daytime boat traffic - the gondolas, the barge traffic. In the nighttime, you can have whole canals to yourself. For several minutes at a time, it's even possible to have a monopoly on parts of the Grand Canal.

Venice can be very small. One evening while out rowing, we ran into a friend walking along the banks, one we'd had dinner with only a day or two before. We rowed by a palazzo filled with partying Warwick Uni students, and then ran into the same students at the Ca' d'Oro a few days later.

On the last evening, I tried taking photos from a moving boat at night. The odds seemed against any of the photos turning out, but my point-and-shoot is resilient and rose to the challenge. A good dozen of the photos turned out reasonably. This is one of the best of them. It's a photo of the campo by the Camerlenghi, just down from the Rialto market. It's the same campo I photographed with the plants during acqua alta the other day, then from the land in the morning, this time from the Grand Canal at night.

Comments

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nou
Nov. 30th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Nice reflections!

My point-and-shoot keeps surprising me, too.
owlfish
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The good point-and-shoots can be really good!
eulistes
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Can I just say, I've been happily following your entire Venetian escapade, and lusting after each and every photo you post?

You rode around in a *sandolo*? At *night*? OMG ENVY!!1!

I'm waffling between hugging you and obliviating you and your parents so they think I'm you...

geesepalace
Dec. 1st, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
With a response like that, Eulistes clearly deserves a sandolo ride. At night. I loved the photo: thanks for posting it!
owlfish
Dec. 1st, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
As geesepalace is the one who most frequently does the rowing, his comment counts as an invitation.

Glad you liked the photos!
eulistes
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
A sandolo ride?! Me? [looks behind herself]

REALLY?!

Oh gosh, I'd love to.

*warm fuzzies to all and sundry*
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