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© James Wiley
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From my 'Chiaroscuro' collection.
In my 'Architecture and Scenic' collection.

I think it is impossible to take a bad picture in Venice. It has to be one of the most photogenic places on earth. However, it is almost equally impossible to take one that is not a cliche. We've seen them all, so I have titled this simply 'Venice' as it is the one image I have that to me says Venice without being a cliche.

In the Architecture, Chiaroscuro Style photo essay.

Also in the story Chiaroscuro.

73 responses

  • Sven Tomasic

    Sven Tomasic said (3 Feb 2012):

    nice :)

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    I love the minimal boat highlight and the pool of reflected light. It pulls it all together.

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    Wow,stunning work James!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    The composition, along with your amazing use of the light and shadows resulted in one incredible photo!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    This is an amazing image of Venice. I love your b&w images!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    This is an amazing image of Venice. I love your b&w images!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    This is an amazing image of Venice. I love your b&w images!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (4 Feb 2012):

    You really are a superb photographer James! The POV, the the way the light and shadow overlays is fantastic!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (4 Feb 2012):

    Thanks so much Yaz!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    maaliline töötlus

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Excellent shot!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    E X Q U I S I T E n t r y !

  • Darion Hamby

    Darion Hamby gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    Lovely city! Lovely image!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    great work, postproduction!!Well done!!

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Stunningly captured and processed, your production values are so dramatic James!

  • Harsh Wardhan

    Harsh Wardhan said (11 Feb 2012):

    Great city

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    The black and white really makes a statement on this image to see Venice in another way. Nicely done!

  • ang litratista

    ang litratista said (21 Feb 2012):

    beautiful! i love Venice and this photograph truly captures its beauty. i love the simplicity and yet it says so much. thanks for sharing this.

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    awesome B/W

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2012):

    Masterfully well done!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (29 Feb 2012):

    A beautiful balance of s matter and tones--the glow is special, and enhances the textured flow so well

  • jits

    jits gave props (27 May 2012):

    nice and edgy image...

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (31 May 2012):


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    V gave props (28 Jun 2012):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    sure my vote

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jul 2012):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Brilliant and voted!!!!!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    I come back to vote!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Bravo! This says Venice in a totally unique way. Love it!

  • Ron Holiday Broomell

    Ron Holiday Broomell gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    got my vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Aug 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Fabulous shot vote!!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Magnificent! Voted!

  • Harsh Wardhan

    Harsh Wardhan said (5 Aug 2012):

    i love this city

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles said (6 Aug 2012):

    Love it dark. Voted

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2012):

    voted! A great find and amazing lighting.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Another great chiaroscuro. Voted!

  • Joana D'Assumpcao

    Joana D'Assumpcao said (12 Aug 2012):

    yeah! =D

  • Gabriela Velazquez

    Gabriela Velazquez said (14 Aug 2012):

    Wondeful B&W

  • Elise Ange

    Elise Ange gave props (14 Aug 2012):

    Very creative and unique!

  • Daniel Anzola

    Daniel Anzola gave props (17 Aug 2012):

    Amazing. Your B&Ws are too good.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (17 Aug 2012):

    Venice is indeed a wondrous place.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 Aug 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (20 Aug 2012):

    Great entry! Voted!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (21 Aug 2012):

    Very beautiful, got my vote.

  • Dale Scherfling

    Dale Scherfling gave props (24 Aug 2012):

    Not only yes but HELL YES!


    JOE FAILK gave props (28 Aug 2012):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (1 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful! voted

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (2 Sep 2012):

    Perfect entry!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    Voted..this is making me speechless, the minimal boat and light is just spellbinding...the best!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (5 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful contrasts: light/dark; hard surfaces/soft rippley water. Great image. voted.

  • Luigi Aureli

    Luigi Aureli gave props (7 Sep 2012):

    my vote

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   said (16 Sep 2012):

    Very unique! You got my ripple vote!

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (20 Sep 2012):

    brilliant! my vote.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2012):


  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (28 Sep 2012):

    Nice, voted

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (8 Oct 2012):

    Very classic with the three subjects that definitely say Venice.....canal boat, water and old buildings.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (17 Oct 2012):

    A unique and striking view of Venice.. masterful capture! .. Voted.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Original! Got my vote.

  • Sara Knick

    Sara Knick gave props (7 Nov 2012):


  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (10 Nov 2012):


  • nonie cajot

    nonie cajot gave props (3 Dec 2012):

    Love the lighting. - Voted!

  • Roberto Larrazolo

    Roberto Larrazolo gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    My vote.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    You did it and it's not a cliché. Voted.

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (21 Feb 2013):

    Superb! My vote!

  • Al Stiegman

    Al Stiegman said (9 Mar 2013):

    I think I have already left a prop on this series but one more won't hurt; this work is just great and the fact that you still use film makes it all the better. You are a real pro.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2013):

    one of the places on my bucket list! great entry!! voted

  • Charidy Bunsa

    Charidy Bunsa said (8 May 2013):

    Nice to see Venice portrayed in such high contrast b&w - - usually I see color photos of the city and this is very striking and gives a sense of darker mystery.

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (9 May 2013):

    voted. power photo frame.

  • Scott Emery

    Scott Emery gave props (30 May 2013):

    Is there a genre of photography in which you are not excellent? Your range of interests, compositions and refined product appears vast.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (27 Jul 2013):

    back to vote!

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    Well done... voted ;o)

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