CANOE ART IN CHICAGO: The Navy Pier in Chicago is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and visitors to the Windy City. It has lots of fun things for families— amusement park rides, boat tours, music and food. It also hosts excellent art, including the Smith Museum of Stained Glass (really worth a visit and home to some of the most spectacular stained glass art in America) and beautiful outside art. In the summer of 2012, I was captivated by Nancy Rubins’ installation called “Monochrome II Chicago.” I photographed the work at various times during a recent visit to Chicago. My favourite time was late in the day when the evening sun added some golden touches to the aluminum canoes. I shot from many angles and particularly liked this one. The odd angles of the canoes against the geometric patterns in the Lake Point Tower provided a contrast in shapes that I found very powerful.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm at 112mm f8, 1/60 sec, 800 ISO. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
VENICE, ITALY, GONDOLIER: Gondolas are synonymous with Venice. Some might say that no trip is complete without a ride in the ubiquitous boats. However, as a photographer, I’d much rather photograph them from a distance. Gondoliers wear their distinctive and traditional hats and shirts and know they are the constant subject of photographers. This fellow hung about for some time, very conscious of the constant clicking and enjoyed the attention. Gondoliers have their website that explains their official rates. Find rates at : GondolaVenezia.it It’s not cheap, by any means. Prices are approximately 80 Euros for a 40 minute ride for up to 6 persons. And that’s during the daytime. At night, rates rise to 100 Euros for a 40 minute ride. If you have your heart set on a romantic ride for two, that’s the rate you’ll pay. But if you hang about the popular spots where rides commence, you’ll find fellow travelers looking for others to share the cost of the ride. Don’t be surprised if Gondoliers ask for more than these noted rates. So, settle on the price and length of the ride at the outset. Also, check the time of the start of your ride. Why? Gondoliers’ watches can run suspiciously fast!
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Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, AFS 70-300mm lens at 122mm, f4.8, 1/320 sec. ISO 1250.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography