Dukkati palace or Doge’s palace
Information and Tips About Location
The best time by far to be there is at sunrise (September-March). If you are there at the right time and have a nice sunrise, the shadows of the crosses on the building are illuminated in yellow. Once you see this in person, you will be blown away!
Play with the shadows, which the morning and evening light will provide.
Try to capture some movement (people) between the Dukkati palace arches.
Look above and take shots of the details, as well as those small statues that are all over palace.
Use the Doge’s palace as your foreground element and try to combine a picture with the San Marco Tower or the statue with the lions as your main focal point.
If you have time, we also recommend that you visit the museum at the Doge’s palace. It is one of the best museums that you can find in Europe.
• Use a wide lens if you want to combine San Marco Tower and other elements in one picture.
• A normal lens and a few steps back will give you a picture with very interesting perspective distortion.
• A Telelens will give you the option of capturing the details of the palace exterior.
• Tripod – in sunset or sunrise light
River bank of San Marco Square with the famous Gondolas
Information and Tips about location
From this location, you can take two iconic shots of Venice.
The first position will give you the perfect place to take pictures of Venice’s famous gondolas. This is a parking spot for gondolas so you are able to take a picture with repeat patterns and plenty of fascinating gondola details.
The second iconic shot at this location is the island where the church of San Giorgio is located. There is no postcard of Venice without the San Giorgio church on it.
If you combine both elements with nice light, you will definitely get an amazing shot, perhaps one of your best from Venice.
Be there at sunrise, as the whole riverbank and the Dukkati (Doge’s) Palace are perfectly lit with almost no dark areas. Be patient if there is no sun and watch for equally beautiful changes in the cloud color.
• Tripod – this is essential here, especially if you want to show movement in the gondolas or take pictures during sunrise and sunset lighting.
• A second option is to use a higher shutter speed (high ISO) to capture the free motion of the gondolas.
• Use a normal or wide lens to include as many gondolas as possible, as well as their surroundings
• No need for a telelens.
• Use an ND filter to extend your sunrise or sunset shooting time.