August 15, 2013

Canal, Venice

Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A Venice canal reflects the summer sky in this Autochrome picture from 1927. Photographer Hans Hildenbrand became famous for the color pictures he made around Europe during World War I.


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27 comments
Drkamal Mohanani
Drkamal Mohanani

CANAL SYSTEM OF VENICE IS FAMOUS AND ATTRACTIVE TOURIST CENTER -DR KAMAL MOHANANI

Rita Cobb
Rita Cobb

Have painted it. Wonderful shot. Thanks

Pain Hurts
Pain Hurts

would you believe I stood here 2 yrs ago and a relative rented a room there , I just compared it to my pic I took .. wow, small world.  There are no 2 alike entrances to the water, which is rarely this calm now. 
 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow, the water looks like ice. Very cool.

Deborah Ziegler
Deborah Ziegler

Autochrome photography is luscious like a perfect piece of fruit in your hungry mouth, but consumed with your eyes only~

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel

Older color photos are so amazing!

Justin Herobrine
Justin Herobrine

I can't believe he got this photo in 1927! It's cool how the water looks so still!

Arlucio Viana
Arlucio Viana

It's impressive how he got that lighting in a twenties-photo,

Sara A.
Sara A.

Gorgeously antique. 

Sophie Yang
Sophie Yang

Yes, absolutely  beautiful place, I am a Chinese girl. By the way, Wuzhen beside of Shanghai in China  is a antique and picturesque place that is worthy to visit surely.  I am so crazy on such ancient and historical places.

Humberto Sanchez
Humberto Sanchez

If I'm not mistaken, the steps on the left of the canal lead to the terrace of the hotel where Katherine Hepburn's  character was staying, in the 1955 movie "Summertime".

pawan kumar
pawan kumar

oh! calm ,quiet,peace.Trees in rhs submerged in water give effect of canal street

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Just gorgeous.

I wish I was lost on the back-streets now. 

Nick F.
Nick F.

@Shannon T Autochrome exposures were really long, so I would guess the water was moving during the shot. It does make for a remarkable effect.

Deborah Ziegler
Deborah Ziegler

@Sophie Yang Thanks for your sweet words Sophie Yang.  Do you take photos? If so, it would be lovely to see Wuzhen beside Shanghai.  I too am so crazy on such ancient and historical places.  Deborah Ziegler

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