Continuing my journey next to Venezia from Firenze. I have heard and seen so much about beautiful Venezia that might not be in existence anymore in another few hundred years’ time. For this trip there, I arranged it in a date that I will be in Venezia for its Carnival 2012 when participants will don themselves up with decorative masks and costumes. I guess it is kind of cosplay? When I was there, it was so lively and crowded that I have had so much opportunities for photography on those interesting costumes. Not only the locals took part in the Carnival but I have seen many tourists taking part in this Carnival with their costumes.
Piazza San Marco is the square where all the crowds were to proudly showcase their gorgeous masks and costumes. It was rather difficult to capture shots of the people in nice masks and beautiful outfits as crowds will circle around them taking photos as well. Fortunately, using my 50mm f1.2 L on my 5D II, I have captured really nice close up shots. I would like to first share some of the shots that I have done with my 50mm f1.2 L that really helped when it turned dark in the evening. I hang around San Marco Square till late to enjoy the fun of the Carnival that happens once every year. I did not edit any of my shots but only cropping was done on few.
There are so many various kinds of masks that I have seen in the Carnival and most of the people in the photos I have shown were wearing Volto or Larva which forms the shape of a human face. There is another kind of masks that I have seen but not really fascinated about it as much as the Volto. Anyhow, these venetian masks were really interesting and they are not as much available other than Carnival.
If you are planning to visit Venezia during its Carnival, be prepared to face really huge crowds there as the whole Venezia islands will be very crowded especially over the weekends as tons of tourists would visit Venezia for the same cause. I have chosen a very relaxed way on my first day there, sitting down near a cafe in San Marco Square and have a latte while indulging myself in both my drink and the Carnival happening. The drinks are not cheap there, so do not be surprised as Venezia is a very commercial place.
Besides individuals who dressed up in their Venetian costumes and masks, you also can see many groups of people who wear almost or identical costumes. That is really interesting! But the most common ones are the couple who preferred to wear Victorian costumes which are so elegant and graceful. I will never forget my stay there for its fun I have had there. The next few photos were taken with 16-35mm f2.8 L on 5D II to capture groups and couple shots. I can tell they could have spent a bomb on their costumes, everything did not come cheap in Venezia.
For the shot below, the sun was setting and had a heavy cast on this couple here that gave nice contrast on them. This is one of the shot that I like for it color and design.
As you can see from my images, those people are not camera shy and I was there just clicking my shutter away, also trying to squeeze into any crowds that were also taking pictures. This experience is definitely one of its kind.