Sanford Morse  

Venetian Reflections by Sanford Morse

September 2023 - Venetian Reflections

September 2023 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

I just got back from a trip to Venice where I stumbled upon this photo, taken as we took a water taxi to our hotel. Not much done by way of LR.

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8 comments posted

Gordon Watson   Gordon Watson
It took me a minute to work out what was going on here because it looks like a reflection in water, but the surface is slightly curved. I would try cloning out the man's head as I find it an intrusion between the reflection and the bridge, but otherwise an unusual take on Venice, so well done on the originality front.   Posted: 09/15/2023 06:30:15
Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Gordon, I thought about removing the driver, but decided to leave him in as a clue to what was going on.   Posted: 09/21/2023 16:16:00

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
An intriguing image Sanford. Good use of colour and local architecture. Your use of the reflection definitely lifts it from the usual images we see of Venice which concentrate more on the waterways. Many photographers I know down here state that a successful image is one that makes the viewer pause and ask some questions such as "What's going on here?". This is one of those images. Well done.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:01:08
Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Thanks Ian. I almost missed seeing what was in front of me. When I saw it, it was a wow.   Posted: 09/24/2023 08:02:44

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Unique photograph Sanford. Sharp from front to back and a great reflection of the buildings and people. I enjoy photographs where you have to think a little to get the correct perspective. There is an adjustment slider in Lightroom where you can straighten up a curved perspective.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:09:50
Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
The curve if from the top of the water taxi.   Posted: 09/24/2023 08:01:59

Henriette Brasseur   Henriette Brasseur
Hi Sanford,

There is a way to straighten out the curvature of the reflection in the boat if you want to try it. In Photoshop draw a rectangle from just under the man's head and bring the line out to the side. Open image in RAW, go to Geometry and click on the hashtag looking icon. Draw a line on the edge of the tall buildings on each side and this will straighten out the curving buildings. You are probably then left with a little white gap on each side so select the white area in photoshop and go to Edit>Content Aware and fill in the small white area. You may have to tweak here and there but at least the curvature is not so prominent. I tried it and it works but you may not want to try this method and just enjoy your image as it. A suggestion...if you want the man and his hand in the image to give a point of reference, I would lighten up the head and arm to make it stand out a bit more. I had a hard time finding the man's head at first. What wonderful memories you must have of Venice. There is so much to see in this image and that's one thing I like about this image and your perspective is different and interesting. The clouds in the sky add interest to the rest of the image with its buildings and reflections. Good seeing from your perspective.   Posted: 09/26/2023 12:35:14

Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
I had to find out what other photographers were saying. That's a good thing, because I didn't understand anything.
This photo is intriguing and it's good to show us something else about Venice that's less classical. The reflection makes perfect sense. Instead of being reflected in the water, it's the boat that reflects the image. Very clever. Bravo   Posted: 09/27/2023 04:15:06