Venetian Noir, Venice

Candid night shot from our first evening in Venice. I held off processing the first set of shots for a while as the Canon 50mm f/1.8’s AF had been woeful in the rainy darkness and at ISO 800 the noise on the old 300D is pretty significant.

However, converting to black and white the noise comes across as an old film grain and the soft focus perhaps adds to the mood in this case. It should look good on black, but it’s just too soft to really work enlarged. Hope everyone’s having a great start to the week.

Update – Three years on and this series remain some of my favourite shots from Venice. It’s so easy to get obsessive about sharpness and gear. These shots on a dying camera, with wayward AF, and nothing in focus are wrong in so many ways – and yet, somehow they catch a mood some much better than the technically perfect can in every instance.

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