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Practical Photography (UK) - - 10clicks -

Cap­tur­ing un­usual pho­tos of fa­mous lo­ca­tions can be dif­fi­cult, so take a leaf out of Da­vide Vez­zoli’s (500px.com/ davide­vez­zoli) book and utilise a fun prop.

“I was ini­tially a bit con­fused when my wife, Sil­via, asked me to buy a glass ball to take artis­tic im­ages with our cam­era. How­ever, once I started tak­ing shots with it I im­me­di­ately knew what my wife had seen in this in­nocu­ous ob­ject.

“A few weeks later we were visit­ing Venice and wanted an un­usual view­point. My wife told me to place the glass ball on an over­pass with the best view of the most fa­mous bridge in Venice.

“I put the ball on the mar­ble handrail, but it was very crowded and windy where I was shoot­ing, so I had to move quickly. If that ball had fallen onto a per­son or gon­dola be­low I could have been re-mort­gag­ing my house! I used an aper­ture of f/1.4 for a very shal­low depth-of-field. This gave me a shut­ter speed of 1/2000sec, as it was very bright.”

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