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Venice - Dawn at the Grand Canal | by Yen Baet
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Venice - Dawn at the Grand Canal

Grand Canal | Canal Grande - Venice, Italy.


I find that waking up early in Venice, particularly before the break of dawn, is a very refreshing treat. That's when you experience that nice quiet break before the crazy crowd pours in. The fragrance of fresh bread and brewed coffee, the soft bobbing of still-empty gondolas, the lazy whir of the first stream of vaporetti that passes along the sleepy Grand Canal - you take these all in during the early hours and you're reminded why you keep coming back to Venice.



The Grand Canal is one of the major waterways of Venice where common public transport in the form of water buses or vaporetti, private water taxis, and gondolas wind their way through. The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings dating back from the 13th to the 18th century. Until the 19th century, the Rialto Bridge was the only bridge that crossed the canal. At present, there are 3 more bridges: the Ponte degli Scalzi, the Ponte dell'Accademia, and a more controversial bridge (Ponte della Costituzione) designed by Santiago Calatrava which connects the train station to Piazzale Roma.


Camera/Lens: Nikon D700; 24-70mm f/2.8;

Exposure: 20 sec.; Aperture: f/18; ISO: 200; Focal Length: 58mm;

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Taken on February 17, 2012