I was recently in Venice and during my last trip I wanted to take the time to take some shots below the Rialto bridge. I’ve been in Venice many times and have also taken shots from the top of this bridge but I hadn’t shot from this view for many years

The best time to take pictures in Venice is definitely the blue hour, it is in fact during this hour that the “magic” between Venice canals begins the light of the evening street lamps illuminates the city with a beautiful atmosphere that only this city can offer, and Rialto bridge is one of the best city spot to admire this magic

To take this photo I move on the back side of Rialto, which is usually less full of people facing each other and moored gondolas. I take some shots that I then joined later to remove some unwanted passages of people and boats.


As first I use my exposure bracketing shots to do a exposure blend and get the base shot ready for processing, after this I correct the perspective of the bridge in order to align the the characteristic Venetian pole in front of the shot. To remove tourists who were on the bridge, I use this technique and the clone stamp tool

I then adjust he lighting levels for the sky, lights and shadows and I add details and increase a little bit contrast in the whole frame. I increase also the yellow tones of the highlights with luminosity masks to apply to a warm filter

I use also Nik Software to launch glamour glow and create a glow effect over the light coming from the bridge and soften the effect, add some extra glow manually using a paintbrush and my effect as you can see from the video here

I hope you will find this post usefull for your next trip to Venice. I like to ear feedback from you!


Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 24mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0