Flying into Venice, my first thoughts upon seeing the city out the window were, “This place can’t be real.” It looked just like a toy model of some fantasy movie set. I could not stop staring. The only thing that broke my gaze was the Swiss flight attendant offering me a chocolate. Seriously, they give out chocolate bars on Swiss Air, that is enough right there to never fly any other airline.
We walked the short path from the airport to the dock of the water taxis and soon were boating off to our destination like a (only just) slightly less glamorous Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie from The Tourist. (Hush it, I felt glamorous and the water really is that cool green color.)
I knew the only way I could really convey the sense of awe and mysticism that I was consumed by on our first day in Venice was to capture it all with my Lensbaby composer. This is not a sponsored post, I really just could not think of a more appropriate way to share how I was feeling. The place felt like a dream city. In fact, sitting here at my computer in Melbourne, I am not completely convinced that it wasn’t a dream after all. I did eventually change lenses, but for this post, I am only going to show the images that I took that first day. I will show others in the coming days.
I hope I have done the city justice.
I don’t think I put my Lensbaby back on the D3 for the rest of the trip, but it was exactly what I needed for that dreamy first day.
My entire trip was shot in jpeg. I used Vibrant setting on the picture controls sometimes (other times, just my normal settings that I have fiddled with to get the way I like the photos to look) and for the most part (except for the combination of images and desperately required dust removal) these are straight out of the camera shots.