The Carnival , in beautiful and romantic Venice , is undoubtedly one of the most colourful , exciting festivals in the world. Every year in February the city comes together for two weeks of pageantry and fun which permeates the entire city and which culminates on Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras.
Dating back to the twelfth century, the Carnival is characterised by fantastic costumes and elaborate masks worn by thousands of participants who travel from all over the world to display their costumes . They will have spent all year designing their elaborate costumes and masks with many returning year after year .
Venice, with its beautiful architecture, canals , smells and colours , offers so many opportunities to both amateurs and professional photographers, and even more so during the Carnival. The best time to photograph costumers is at dawn in St Mark Square where most serious photographers will show up well before dawn before the crowds have gathered , and with the street lights as the only illumination. Venice can be so cold at this time of the year but ,regardless of the temperature, the costumers will already be in St Mark Square well before dawn waiting to be photographed and ready to hand you their visiting cards with their photos and email address so that the photos can be emailed to them.
Later in the day it will be quite difficult to make a decent shot with the swarming crowds.
The atmosphere in Venice during the Carnival is simply magical and few days spent in Venice joining in the Carnival celebrations will leave anyone uplifted ! You can walk the narrow streets at any time at night and you will always find revellers wearing their costumes and masks inviting anyone in the celebrations.