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Venice from the Campanile

 




I made this by standing in the corners and poking the camera through the holes in the protective wire mesh.
As you can see from this picture:

the place where you can take the pictures is a square space with a massive square pillar on each corner and three columns along each side.  In cross-section it looks like this:

There is a fairly massive block in the middle, housing the lift and maintenance shafts.

The place is of course full of tourists milling around. I needed at least 8 photos, and rather in quick succession.

Because I was so high up and therefore objects were far away, it was not necessary to take all photos from a single point, rotating the camera around the focal point of the lens. Rather, it was fortunately possible to move quite a distance between photos.

I had to move to the tail positions of each of the eight arrows in the diagram:

viewpoints

This involved sqeezing through the crowds and hoping that the time it took was short enough that the lighting conditions would not change too much.

However, I could not stop the boats on the Canal Grande, so I had to do some work in PhotoShop to remove multiple boats :-)

There is some vignetting and I also could not get the horizon over the cathedral of St Mark right:  I had to choose between overlapping cupolas of the cathedral or a double horizon.  I chose the double horizon, and I bet you did not really notice.

The photos were taken with an Olympus E20P, 5 megapixel digital reflex, and stiched together using Apple Quicktime VR Studio.

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