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Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Magic Hour

This is an evening scene taken just as we were leaving Dubrovnik, Croatia to reboard our Windstar ship, the WindSurf, the largest sailing yacht in the world, carrying only 308 “pampered guests.”  I love this time of the evening–about an hour after sunset–when the sky is a deep azure blue, just before it turns an inky black.  We visited three cities in beautiful Croatia, Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, called by Lord Byron “the Pearl of the Adriatic.”    I’ll try to post one or two more from Dubrovnik, and then later, I’ll add one from each of the other two towns. 

Note:  I love the way my D90 deftly handles noise in low-light photos, even at an ISO of 3200.

Nikon D90, 18 mm, ISO 3200 (handheld!), f 3.5, 1/25 with 18-200 VR stabilized lens

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Santa Maria Della Salute n Venice

Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice

This is a view of the Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice.  It is a great example of Venetian Byzantine Architecture.  According to Wikipedia, “Starting in the Summer of 1629, a wave of the plague assaulted Venice, and over the next two years killed nearly a third of the population.”   By October of 1630, almost 50,000 citizens had been killed by plague, and the Venetian Senate made a plea to God—that if  God would end the plague, they would build a Basilica in honor of the Virgin Mary.  The plague did end soon afterwards, and the church was built  at the intersecton of the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Basin.

Settings:  Nikon D90, ISO 640, Nikon 18-200 VR, 105 mm, f4.0, 1/50 sec (handheld), -1.00 exposure) 

 Note:  I love the lack of noise in low light images with both by D90 and (to an even greater extent) by my D700.

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Grand Canal in Venice

Grand Canal in Venice

In most of my blog  entries to this point, I have been displaying many of my New England and United States photos.  Those who know me best, however, know that my wife and I love cruising, in the Caribbean and throughout the world.   After an absence from my blog, due to traveling, family illness, and just being really busy, I am ready to blog again—-and for a while, I’ll be showing photos from around the world.

In August, my wife and I went on a cruise from Venice to Slovenia and Croatia.  In Slovenia, we visited Koper, and in Croatia, we traveled to Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik.  I took my Nikon D90 with me and my Nikkor 18-200 VR lens, along with a polarizing filter and a mini-tripod.

This photo was taken on the Grand Canal as we slowly cruised down it on a vaparetto. As the sun was setting, it cast a golden glow on the colorful buildings, though it left the gondoliers in the shade.

Settings:   Nikon D90, ISO 400, f6.3, 1/160, 78 mm, 1/3 stop underexposed

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