Postcards from Venice and a simple Canon hack to create foggy photos

My friend and I travelled to Venice at the very beginning of this year! Looking back, I can say, it was a magical time, even in the winter! OK, ESPECIALLY in the winter! I need to make a confession here, originally I was in Venice to hunt fog and the ‘aqua alta’. To me, there is nothing prettier than a city or landscape, covered with fog. I wanted this:

moody postcards from Venice, Italy
moody postcards from Venice, Italy

but I got this: sunny weather and not a single cloud for days 🙂

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

I came prepared! I packed the warmest clothes, waterproof everything and was praying for the moodiest scenery. Little did I know! The sun accompanied us every single second of our stay! No fog! No aqua alta! No dramatic scenery! So this is where I had to get creative, I was there for foggy photos and I wanted foggy photos. Of course Venice spoiled us and I managed to get a few brilliant images flooded with rays of light. But wait until you read what I have done to get my foggy images without the real fog!

at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice, Italy
at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
La Gondola, Venice, Italy
La Gondola, Venice, Italy
Christmas lights in Venice, Italy
Christmas lights in Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Christmas lights in Venice, Italy
Christmas lights in Venice, Italy

 

Venice, Italy
Venice, ItalyBridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

 

Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Ok, so there I was without the fog, that I initially wanted. Don’t get me wrong, sunny Venice is the most perfect starting point for a vacation, but I have been in Venice in the summer time for a couple of times and had gathered lots of images, flooded with light. My thoughts brought me back to my photography beginnings, back then I was experimenting a lot and I remembered a photo hack I once had heard of: to create a foggy effect, use petroleum jelly on the lens. So, there I was, at the Grand Canale and of course I didn’t have any petroleum jelly, so I thought about my lipgloss and just went for it. I put lipgloss on my lens and started taking photos… Some of them turned out completely blurry and here I learned to spare some parts of the lens and this way I created a very interesting foggy look. I know, it doesn’t really look like real fog, because there is no forcing the nature. But still, it allowed me to create a magical Venice the way I see it. These next photos were taken with lipgloss on my lens:

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
roof top view in Venice, Italy
roof top view in Venice, Italy
antique street light in Venice, Italy
antique street light in Venice, Italy

I hope, you enjoyed my little Canon hack and felt inspired to leave conventional ways of photography to create the results you are dreaming of. To me it was so interesting to learn and see what will happen when I am ready to expand my horizon… What a great start to a year!

Wishing all of you a great start to the new year, A. XO

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