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La Festa del Redentore 
19th-Jul-2009 04:16 pm
Printperson divina

This morning's drawing if of the decorations we put on our terrace yesterday to celebrate the Festa del Redentore. After our roast duck dinner, we (well, geesepalace) rowed to the Punta della Dogana to tie up in the prime viewing area reserved for traditional boats to watch the fireworks at midnight. Predictions were for five to six thousand boats, mostly motorized, in the Bacino. I don't think there were over one hundred oar-powered boats which were given a prized, protected spot. Most of the traditional craft were decorated with flowers, leaves, pennants. The friendly people on the boat next to us gave us prosecco and watermelon, would have given us their whole dinner. We shared our grapes and amaretti with them. I made a few drawings while we waited, and I may post them...they are a bit bouncy from the motion of the water. The fireworks were indescribably spectacular. I don't usually post my photographs, but I am particularly proud of this one of gondolas silhouetted against the fire in the sky.

19th-Jul-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh that is an incredible photo - thank-you so much for sharing it!
20th-Jul-2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, and you are so welcome. It was really a bit of luck, since the digital camera doesn't respond the exact moment you press the shutter. I took about 50 photos that night, and I tried to get a feeling for the relationship between the delay in fireworks exploding and the delay between pressing the shutter and when the image registered. My Sony camera has a setting called "photograph fireworks in all their splendor" but I didn't use that setting becuase I didn't really understand it. This was just the default automatic setting.
20th-Jul-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
And I don't usually comment, but amazing amazing photograph. :)

(Might as well take this opportunity to thank you once more for posting your drawings, I enjoy them very much and they encourage me to draw. )
20th-Jul-2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for telling me that my drawings are encouraging you to draw. I really appreciate knowing that.
13th-Aug-2009 01:33 pm (UTC) - The artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sounds like life continues to be be interesting and inspiring for you!

I'm glad!

Terry Davis
13th-Aug-2009 02:28 pm (UTC) - Re: The artist
Thank you!!!This is so exciting. How did you find me? Thank you so much for writing and reviving the tradition of birthday greetings. You must let me know how to contact you.
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