Burning the witch in a bonfire in Basiliano-Vissandone in Italy to celebrate a Pignarul
 –  2012 Carnival in Venice
On the hunt for a for a great shot
Venice/Italy (2012)For a photographer who loves to capture special moments, the Carnival in Venice is the place to be for to do just that. Not an easy task though, I admit. In fact it is quite the opposite. Most of all during the last weekend of the celebrations and on "Fat Tuesday", when hundreds of thousand visitors overrun the delicate "Lagoon City". And what a challenge it is, especially for newbie to this event or the ones who don't know their ways around in this beautiful Italian city. Just imagine very narrow alleys filled with thousands of people and you are in the middle of it, with no way to escape. An immense long sort of convoy moves sluggish non-stop from the outside of the city to the main plaza, the Saint Mark's Square, all day long. And while you're pushed and pulled and got a lot of time to think you realize: everybody in front of you and behind has the same goal as you: getting the best possible photo of a "Venetian Mask" at the "Carnevale di Venezia", with a camera, a cell phone or a even a tablet.   
When you have the same goal as hundreds of thousand people
  
I always try to avoid big masses and still every day during the 2 weeks of carnival celebration, I had thought about going to Venice and finally taking some photos of the great Venetian masks. My only carnival pictures I had so far were from previous visits in the 80's and 90's, from the time when analog photography still was the way to go. It had to come to the last day of carnival in 2012, to the last hours of celebration on "Fat Tuesday", to finally decide, drive to the lagoon city and jump right into the crazy crowd. Equipped with my two digital Nikons - D7000 and D70 -, a flash for the use in the evening hours, I finally made it thanks to suggestions of locals to Saint Marcus Square faster and easier than expected. When I saw the masses of people I promised myself to be kind and nice and not to "hurt" anybody during "the war for the perfect shot". Well, I can tell you, I kept my resolution, I might have hurt some feeling though. I didn't really warm up to the people taking pictures with their phones and tablets, quite frankly they really annoyed me and at times even angered me. Professional photographers kind of look out for each other on events like this one, "cell and tablet clicker" have unfortunately don't feel any obligation to do so and show not even regrets when they completely destroy your moment. In six of ten shots on average I captured an arm of a cell clicker or a piece of a phone or tablet. More than 50 percent of my pics therefore went right into the garbage. Well...

Anyway, even though I'm not a friend of flash photography some of the flashed shots turned out pretty much okay. I've decided to share some of my "Last-minute" carnival photos with you my friends. Even though most of the photos are not really my standard of quality but it was also a beginning for me to handle chaos and photography wasn't really my main focus in hindsight.
  
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