[Still reposting.......one of my favorite night shots of Venice....it glows on black!]
Seen from outside in the winter cold from a deserted San Marco Square,
Caffe Florian looked like something out of a fairytale. One could
almost see it: the weary adventurer having voyaged far and wide,
finally reaching the enchanted place the sailors had shown him on the
ancient map. There was that little cafe, sparkling in the night like
a jewel ..... and he could hear soft music and the laughter of the
guests as they sipped their precious drinks!
My first night in Venice ever, and I was walking along the arcade, where floods had eaten into the stone flanks of the ancient pillars, and could palpably sense these old walls whispering the deep desires and dreams of Venetians who had lived and breathed here for centuries, next to the dark shimmering lagoon.
Luckily I had a tripod with me.....finally found one after walking all over Venice that day ......with plans to return and shoot the square at night, when San Marco was silent, with hardly a soul out in the damp chilly air.
TEXTURES ADDED are by Borealnz and LaBrume. I only use them very delicately to enhance what was already there. The light along the colonnade of the Procuratie has a greenish glow from the compact flurorescents. I chose to alter this by using two layers of slightly warm tones that had very delicate almost nonexistant textures to them. This was the only way i could remove at least some of the effects of the green glow. (You can see the green glow in the photo below, around the Caffe Florian that is under right hand arch. Look carefully at the area around the bulb on the right. It has a greenish cast.
The textures removed the greenish cast and returned the warm glow the caffe would have had in the lights of torches, which is the way all of Venice was lit, historically. Fire has a warm hue, unlike the some of the compact fluorescents in use today.