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What Color is Your Parachute?


Within minutes after docking in Venice, we were off on a small-boat excursion to the islands of Murano (glass) and Burano (lace), some 7 km away.
Burano is also known for its brightly-painted houses, which we saw just as the sun was setting.

"The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. This practice has resulted in the myriad of warm, pastelly colours that characterises the island today."

I sure did wish I had had my tripod with me!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

 

What Color is Your Parachute?


Within minutes after docking in Venice, we were off on a small-boat excursion to the islands of Murano (glass) and Burano (lace), some 7 km away.
Burano is also known for its brightly-painted houses, which we saw just as the sun was setting.

"The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. This practice has resulted in the myriad of warm, pastelly colours that characterises the island today."

I sure did wish I had had my tripod with me!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

 

comments (42)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Dec 2007, 01:31
You have capture this place really well. I can just imagine strolling along taking in all the atmosphere of this place.

The reflections with all that colour are great.The WASHING on the right and the small bike on the left(I can hear the kiddy laughing has he/she learns to ride up and down the path.

Well donewink
Ginnie Hart: It was a splendid time of the day to be there, Tracy. And yes, I'm a glutton for the laundry and the bikes! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 3 Dec 2007, 02:12
Beautiful shot Ginnie, the colours are just lovely.
Ginnie Hart: It was like a fairytale town, Aussie. Hard to believe a place like it actually existed! Thanks.
  • Ted
  • 3 Dec 2007, 05:21
Wonderful. I was in Venice 5, 6 years ago and Burano was my favorite little trip.
Ginnie Hart: So then you know, Ted! So glad you've seen this little paradise. Thanks.
This looks like a film set more than a real place
Ginnie Hart: You are exactly right, Chris. I hadn't put my finger on it till you said it. Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Dec 2007, 06:50
wonderful colours, wonderful reflections, a wonderful silent atmosphere at such an early evening- it is Italy, not Nederland- I recognize the differences (for example washing on the right), but in general there is a community,too! Venice and the islands around it- belong to my absolute real dreamy places of the world I ever have seen!
Ginnie Hart: Well, at least now I know what you're talking about, Philine! And I would totally agree. Thank you.
  • Olaide
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2007, 06:58
beautiful colours.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Olaide.
Very nice shot Ginnie. I like the colours and the lighting giving this strange early morning atmosphere
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing early morning and early evening would look almost the same, Richard, even though this is evening. But thanks!
  • Astrid
  • rainy windy Holland
  • 3 Dec 2007, 07:24
Sprakeloos, talking about speachless my dear Ginnie, this is stunning magnificent, almost as if I can touch, very well captured, you were lucky only one person was there, but that does not disturb at all, have a nice day smile
Ginnie Hart: So this will be my new Dutch word for the day. Sprakeloos. I like that! Thank you, Astrid. smile
Nice twighlight shot of Burano - almost looks better than in bright sunlight, certainly less people ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I wasn't there in bright sunlight, Mike, but I definitely have a feeling you're right. It was like another world! Thanks.
Beautiful twilight shot. Such a peaceful atmosphere. I had not realised that there was a `system` for choosing the colours and, what is more, it works! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Roz, the system clearly works. It was such an enchanting place! Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 3 Dec 2007, 08:27
This is such a stunning photograph. It is just beautiful...the low light, the lines, the colors, boats, and reflections.

Makes me want to take a trip there with the hopes of seeing with my eyes the beautiful scene you've captured here.
Ginnie Hart: I would highly recommend a visit there, Kathryn, since you're such a world traveler! You would not be disappointed! Thank you.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Dec 2007, 10:37
Wow! Like lowering myself into a tub of very warm water and drifting...

Your narrative speaks of a strict building/environmental code, which seems justified in this ancient, unique city.
Ginnie Hart: It was absolutely enchanting, Ray, and did not feel "restricted" in any way. The image of a tub of warm water and drifting is very appropriate for this place! Thank you.
Despite your lacking tripod (always a pest to carry around) a fine shot Ginny. A great place too, by the way. Did you buy some glass?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Wim. We did indeed buy glass in Murano, which we visited first. Beautiful stuff. Burano is known for it's lace but we did not buy any there.
Another lovely life scene.

You have a wonderful talent for presenting the mundane in fascinating ways, Ginnie. I suspect you are now one of those who can see the potential in a scene and compose the shot in the viewfinder as you bring it to your eye.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are always so encouraging, Colin, if not flattering. Thank you kindly!
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 3 Dec 2007, 11:15
Oh Ginne this is beautiful. Makes me pine to return there. The colours are stunning and you have captured it at the right time of day.. the lighting is lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Words like that will always make my day, Gale! smile Thank you kindly.
wow thanks for the write up!
it was most enlightening!
even without a tripod you did a fanstastic job of capturing ths shot!
it's awesomely beautiful!
love the myraid of colours!
Ginnie Hart: You're very welcome, KS, and thank you kindly. A tripod would have given me star lights. smile
Great colours Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes they are, Bernie. Thanks for stopping by.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Dec 2007, 13:16
This is awesome. What do you want to do with a tripod if you can do this out of hand. Point your tripod at the results and tell it to eat its heart out?
Wanted to do some HDR? tongue

And it is not only the colours, composition etc everything - wow. You have given Burano the KISS of Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wanted to give Martin some star lights, what can I say! smile And you know me, I already did my cheap HDR. I've never done it for real yet!

You have honored me well, Louis. Thank you kindly.
  • Dotun
  • USA
  • 3 Dec 2007, 13:45
Oh sweet, on a first look I thought this was Venice, I am loving the colors and reflection here.
Ginnie Hart: It's a different sort of Venice, Dotun. So near but so far. smile Thanks.
It does not concern the tripod, Ginnie. Your pulse has been sufficient to catch a pretty full atmosphere of nocturnal colors. Precious photo!
Ginnie Hart: As always, José-Angel, you're a true sweetheart! smile
Great perspective and nicely composed shot. Love all the colors and the reflection adds to the image. Nice job.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, John, for stopping by and commenting. I am such a fan of your work, especially the HDR!
  • Nig
  • Work
  • 3 Dec 2007, 16:21
Its all been said, excellent capture!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Nigel. Thank you.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2007, 16:21
This is lovely, and I am happy to see an overview shot of this place after seeing so many detail shots.
Ginnie Hart: Did you see my comment to Louis? I wished I had had my tripod so that I could have given you some star lights!!! smile Thanks, Martin.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 3 Dec 2007, 16:46
Awesome shot Ginnie! I won't be surprised if the Venice Mayor asked you for this pic to put up in his office. Glad to see you making gud use of that XTi smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! If that ever happens, Thomas, you'll be the first to know! Thank you so much. I'm really loving the new KISS/XTi!
A clever use of ISO 800 ! The colors are wonderful in this evening/night light ! Bravissimo !!
Ginnie Hart: It was that time of night, Zeb, when I did NOT want to use flash. Eventually I was up to ISO 1600! I had no chose, especially without a tripod. Thanks.
  • Ferdi
  • 3 Dec 2007, 19:08
WOW... This is one stunning photo Ginnie ! The sky gells perfectly with the walls and the water ! Brilliant !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
That is some great colours. Love the time of the day when it starts to get dark and you get that mix of natural and artifical light...and I have to mention the reflections as well...very nice...
Ginnie Hart: I love that time of the day, too, Aksel. Thank you kindly.
Why a tripod? I think in this narrow streets you'l be better of without.. I thought "on the firts sight" that this was NORWAY, so thats not where this is, I have only been in Venice for 3 hours ha! So reason to go again ,with tripod ...thoug I have a MONOPOD ( 1 leg) thats even handier and smaller , do you know that? Of coure you do.... Nice photography again, I lo-o-o-o-ove ou camera eyes. Thanks!!

I am still showing a typical 'serie of Paris' photography please come and see, have a good week ,

JoAnnsmile
Ginnie Hart: I like the star effect of the lights when you use a tripod, JoAnn. I use a monopod with my large 200 lens that is almost too heavy for me for long periods. Or at Nicholas' games, it helps to rest the camera! Thanks.
  • Tooter
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2007, 21:31
What glorious color! And the reflections and lights are terrific. I love low light photos. May you find lots more laundry and bikes. Isn't Venice wonderful when you find the quiet back canals!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ted, this all was wonderful! Our time in Venice the next day was rainy the entire time. So I'm very glad we had this nice, dry time in Burano! Thank you kindly for stopping by again.
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 3 Dec 2007, 21:48
Terrific shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Always a sweetheart, Chris! Thanks.
the colours r really warm and u did an excellent job capturing it considering the constraints smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Deji!
Great composition and use of colour Ginnie. Did you nip down and ask them to put the light on in the orange house doorway? It draws you into the picture and adds to the reflection as well.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love your imagination, Bill. Thank you.
  • Ellie
  • UK
  • 4 Dec 2007, 00:28
Wow, all those beautiful colours and their reflections. What a truly lovely place this looks.
Ginnie Hart: I highly recommend a visit, Ellie, if ever you are able. Thanks.
Great capture Ginnie. Love it. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 4 Dec 2007, 10:26
A sweet canal/street scene like I haven't seen in photos of Venice! Lovely time of evening (?), oh how nice.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, just as the sun was setting. A glorious time. We saw Murano and Burano the day before we saw Venice. This feels a tad bit different from the mainland, but definitely similar, as you'll see a couple days from now. Thanks, my dear.
Good colours, fine reflections, a nice curve to the cannal and the building line, well seen Ginnie but a pity about all those TV aerials, they should be banned for contaminating the skyline.
Ginnie Hart: Those TV antennas tell you what age these people live in, don't they, Les!!! Thanks.
Beautiful, picture postcard perfect. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dave! Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 6 Dec 2007, 11:23
God Ginnie...there's so much beauty in this corner of the world...we just feel we can stay here forever...looking...and looking...!
Ginnie Hart: I was totally stunned by this place, Lina. Since I had never seen photos of it, I had no idea it existed! I think I liked it even better than Venice...well, maybe not better, but definitely as much! Thank you, as always, for backtracking.
  • rima
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2007, 12:51
Beautiful full-color photo beautiful reflets.bonne day ..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rima, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 13 Dec 2007, 01:19
What a pretty shot, Ginnie. Look at the reflections on the water. Wonderful. Likey for me!
Ginnie Hart: I've really missed you, Kay! I sure hope you're doing well! smile Thanks for stopping by again.
Absolutely beautiful... Your images obviously comes from your soul and the instrument is your camera to capture the image in your soul... Just pure excellance.. I'm loving it.
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Ola. Your comment means the world to me.
  • Peter
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2010, 07:48
Ah! I am so sad we never made it to Burano! We were so tired after Murano that we skipped it. Oh well, we will be back I am sure.
Ginnie Hart: If you ever have the chance, Peter, make sure you go. It was amazing to see...all the different colors.

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