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On Location

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

This particular image was taken during a second attempt to capture the famous church at the mouth of the eastern end of the Grand Canal. The previous evening I had tried from a spot only 50 yards to the right but had failed to get a clear shot through all the mooring poles and hotel awnings, plus the sky had been particularly flat that night. So I treated my first go a sighting trip and made a mental note to keep an eye on the sky for the following evening.

Fortunately the next night proved to be much more interesting so I left my ever patient wife people watching in St. Mark's Square, about 20 minutes walk away, and hot-footed back to the canal side for another go. This time I 'borrowed' a small pier from one of the hotels and set up at the end to give myself a clean view.

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Lake Louise, Canada

If we were to categorise landscapes and locations, to be clear I am not actually suggesting we do, then there would surely have to be a category labelled 'iconic' and I suggest Lake Louise would be a prime candidate for that list. Front and centre on the tourist trail, if you are in this part of the rockies than it would be rude not to drop by and that's fine, it is a beautiful lake and the mountains look great any time of year, but for some reason it troubles me.

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River Coupall, Glencoe

On reflection, I suspect this is probably the closest I have come to a 'grab shot' in my landscape efforts thus far, due in relatively equal parts to the prevailing weather conditions and a lack of preparation on my part.

Brace yourself for a nugget of screamingly obvious photography advice. If you are planning on taking photos in Scotland, in November, outside, the don't forget to pack the expensive waterproof cover you bought to protect your not entirely waterproof sensitive electronic camera equipment.

Needless to say, on this occasion I had left this essential piece of kit safe in a warm, dry, tidy drawer at home which meant that I was now forced to sit in my car staring at the intermittent wind driven showers, trying to mentally calculate how long it would take me to get from the car to my chosen spot, set up, take the photo, repack and get back to the car and whaether I could achieve all this before the rain closed in again.

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