Posted by: jeanne | February 23, 2017

taking pictures

after a long nap to get rid of the rest of my hangover, and in the interests of my continuing illness, i slept until 1pm monday – yay.  you should see the back of my throat.

it continued foggy, and cold, and kind of wet, but in anticipation of marie’s visit i washed connor’s sheets and a bunch of other laundry, and hung them out to dry in the cold, damp air.  good luck, right?

and then around 3, we went down to take photos of the afternoon costumes.  connor was irrepressible that afternoon, starting with the vaporetto ride, during which he variously played swing on the luggage rack, and hid under the luggage rack to pop out at unwary passengers.

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we got off the vaporetto at the first san marco stop, valparesso, and walked along the seafront of san mark’s square, where there were a goodly crowd of costumers posing here and there.  i ran around and got pictures of a bunch of them.  jim did too, but unfortunately the sd card in his little camera malfunctioned, and he got none of the photos he shot.

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eventually we got down to san zaccaria and caught the number 2 to san giorgio.  we could see from san marco that there was a crowd there, unlike the day before when nobody showed up because of the fog.

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so we got to work.  i had the big camera, with a zoom lens on it, and jim had the itty bitty but still quite adequate silver coolpix.  the difference is the big camera had 350 dpi and a faster shutter, and the silver camera is 300 dpi and takes forever to shoot.  and my phone camera shoots at 72 dpi and still does a good job if that’s all i have.

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jim was stopped by at least three photographers who wanted to get his picture, and several more who took his photo from a distance.

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the only shot he has mentioned not being able to get was this one, with the closeup of the dog.  often regular tourists don some sort of mask and go out to pose.  and since carnival is a totally modern reinvention, and basically for tourists, that’s okay.  like purple hair with a renaissance costume – who cares about historical fact these days, anyway (fake news).

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oh the lengths some photographers will go.  this one was actually reclining on the costumed leg of the woman behind him, and when she moved off, he had to readjust his position on the ground to continue shooting.

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even on the vaporetto home, people are still primping and adjusting, just in case.

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on tuesday we went down a bit earlier than usual, and walked instead of taking the vaporetto.  things are so crowded now that taking the water bus is more of a headache than walking, because you can mostly take back streets and avoid the crowds if you’re on foot.

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in the piazza they have erected a fanciful barrier of wood.  two years ago when we were here before, they just had fencing, but this time it was a good deal more effort to separate the paying customers from the regular tourists. there they have nonstop entertainment of various kinds.  when we arrived they were showing a film about glassblowing, and cautioning everybody not to buy trinkets made in china, but look for the murano label.  if you know what you’re looking at, it’s easy to tell the difference – workmanship as well as price.

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this guy was dressed as jesus with a crown of thorns, and was offering free hugs.  both connor and i got one.

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connor picked up a mess of streamers and ran around the piazza with them, finally engaging a chinese tourist who chased him and finally caught him.

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jim engaged this rough-looking pirate and i was just a little too late to catch the exchange.

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still murky.  nobody out on san giorgio, either, so we stayed where we were.

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love the dog

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seeing a lot of pastel colored costumers this year; must be a trend.  at least there were no zombies.

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for the first time, connor brought his kindle and took his own photographs.  we were struck by how serious he got while he was taking pictures, and of course, how everybody responds to him.

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the shoes are perhaps not period.  but then again, you can always take a 3/4 shot.

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this is one of the photos connor took.  you can tell because everybody’s looking down at him, and some of them bend down to get on his level, which he sort of expects.  he will climb up on something so that he can converse with people eye to eye.

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finally, as we were leaving, he marched off to sit down and look over his photos.  he also wrote something, but since he can’t read yet, it’s debatable what he was actually trying to do.  he thought it was important, anyway.

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several of the costumes were partial, showing the inner workings of the effort it takes to be beautiful.

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and there were a couple of guys in drag and pulling it off nicely.

on wednesday, we went off to the market to get some branzini for marie’s arrival, and the i stopped by the farmacia for some vitamin c and echinacea tincture because the sight of my throat the night before frightened me.  and then i went back to bed.  marie was supposed to arrive at 6, and i was supposed to meet her at piazzale roma, so jim took the opportunity to slip away down to san marco and take some photos.  the following are all his work.  he used the zoom lens exclusively, and often people did not realize he was taking their photos, so he got a lot of candid shots.

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like this one, where they’re both looking at their cellphones

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hard to tell if the costumed guys are really tall, or the tourists are really short

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another thing you don’t see as much this year is steampunk

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more pauses that refresh.  could that be two guys in drag, or only one?

jim got back just as i was getting up to do the final house prep for marie, so while he had a nap, connor and i went out to get frittelle, and came across a bionic camera operator (transformers, or borg?)  they were from the states, and reported a hellish trip thru security, as every single thing in their pack was inspected; every camera lens, every lens cover, every cable.  leaving the country.  wtf.  and yes, that camera costs more than some houses.

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it turns out marie’s flight was delayed enough that she missed her connection, and is spending the night in an airport hotel.  she’ll be to us in the morning, and i suspect she’ll only want to get started immediately to make up for lost time.  but still, a fish dinner awaits.  we went ahead and ate part of it, but i got three fish filleted, and there’s salad and potatos or rice, depending.  it’ll cost us less than 10 euros, which is why we can afford to come to venice and spend two months.  if we ate at restaurants all the time and stayed in hotels, we’d be able to spend about a week here, and then go home broke like most tourists.

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