TWO GIRLS WEARING MASKS, VENICE ITALY: I was in St. Mark’s Square enjoying a beautiful summer day, admiring the shop windows. Murano glass, Italian leather and of course myriad Venetian masks fill so many shop windows in Venice. These two little girls were proud of their new masks and paused for a quick photo. I was struck by their pose and had just enough time to shoot two frames. It’s funny, one can wander for hours looking for a ‘perfect’ shot that might never come. Then, out of the blue, a beautiful scene assembles and disassembles, in mere seconds, right before your eyes. The long focal length and low light result in some motion, but in this case I think it only adds a dreamy quality to the photograph. Here’s a link to another of my favourite mask photos. And here’s a link to an excellent Venetian Mask Shop and more information about the history of Venetian masks.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm at 210mm, 1/60 sec. f9, ISO 1250. Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
RUELLE DES CHATS, TROYES, FRANCE: Troyes, in the Champagne region is famous three things. It is here where the Troyes Ounce was established, a standard unit measure for gold. It is also one of the few places in France with a massive outlet mall (okay, that’s a dubious distinction). And finally, Troyes has wonderful timber frame buildings throughout its core. What a wonderful place. These girls were on school outing when the skipped down Ruelle des Chats and I was there to capture this carefree moment. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm lens at 24mm, f6.3, 1/60 sec. ISO 1600 Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography