Funky Venice Photos 28


So I told ya’ll that I was messing around with some new photo editing software and ideas. I haven’t had any internet for the last few days, I have been fooling around with it some more. Fair warning — these are highly doctored photos, but thought that some of you might actually enjoy them.

My mother has a great artistic sense and has done a fair bit of painting in her life. These shots probably represent what talents she wished I had inherited from her, since I can’t paint to save my life.

One of the things I love in the world, that simply does not exist in enough places in the States, is the culture of sidewalk cafes. Here is a “painting” of the cafe scene by the canals of Venice.

Venice canals and sidewalk cafes HDR painting style
This one is a little sloppy, but I am learning how I need to actually shoot these photos, so I can funk with them afterwords. So try to ignore the “ghosting” and haziness of some of the objects, if you can.

venice gondolier italy hdr photography


About Michael Hodson

Iā€™m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

28 thoughts on “Funky Venice Photos

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Thanks! That is the effect I’m going for in that particular tweek effort.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Venice can be a fairy tale place… if you avoid the Plaza San Marco area and the hordes of tourists!

  • Dalene Heck

    AH! I can’t wait to get to Venice. Very cool photos, they definitely do look like watercolors!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I really love Venice, but it is a really hit or miss city for most people on the love/hate scale.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I know — I sooooo wish we’d embrace this culture a lot more in the States.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I have messed around with black and white a bit… will definitely post some in that format also.

  • Daniel N.

    Michael, I hate you for doing this! šŸ™‚
    But I can’t blame you, we all do it first when we discover the software but you’ll end up realizing that less is more.

    • Nomadic Samuel

      I agree, I went overboard with some of my edited shots a year ago and now I just look back at some of these and shake my head…LOL

      • Michael Hodson Post author

        Ahhhh, I’m not going to do this very often. Not a look that I am a huge fan of, but some of the vibrant colors in Venice lend themselves to going over the top…. occasionally.

  • Debbie Beardsley

    I really like these! They make me realize I need to get more into photography. First I need to make or find the time šŸ™‚

  • Globetrottergirls

    Love these images – well edited šŸ™‚ Would hang them in my living room. Can’t wait to read more about your trip to Venice, I imagine the town is packed at this time of year (although your images do not show this at all).

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Thanks! And yes, there were scads of people there. I tried to avoid the main tourist areas and also went to town before most people were up and above (before 8 am).

  • Nomadic Samuel

    I like these shots – could be paintings. At first, I thought maybe you used a preset from LR but noticed from your comments it was Photomatix. Anyhow, nice creative shots. I agree with Daniel though that it’s fun to make these from time to time, but certainly not exclusively.

  • Michela

    I love the way you coloured the city, it is enhancing the soul of this awesome city which is Venice! šŸ™‚
    Great work!

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