Venetian glass

My last post showed just how crowded Venice can get. Amazingly, it seems that most visitors don’t move very far from St Mark’s Square, so it’s actually easy to reclaim some personal space by taking a short walk or water bus ride away from the area.

Venice is famous for beautifully crafted glassware. The most famous (and expensive!) is made on the island of Murano. When we visited, I watched as a tourist calmly handed over several thousand Euros for a glass necklace that his wife fancied the look of.

Rather than just recording “still life” images of the glass, I thought I’d include people and surroundings in some of them to try to give a feeling of place. Enjoy 🙂



A “multi-tasking” craftsman. Spotted through a dark window in a deserted Venetian square.
The type of glass trinkets more within our price range!

These photographs were taken with an Olympus OMD EM1 and OMD 12-40mm f2.8 lens and an Olympus EM5 with Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 fitted. I find this camera / lens combination fantastic for travel photography. Mirrorless – small, unobtrusive, lightweight and sealed from the elements. I never needed to change lens – so no risk of dust getting on the sensors! I’m disabled and found I could carry both cameras whilst walking with crutches – the EM1 at my side on a Black Rapid strap and the EM5 around my neck.


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