It doesn’t matter if you are in the most picturesque location in the world if you are not the mood to take photos the results are not going to be good. Perhaps I took the wrong camera or the wrong lens combination,regardless the results or inspiration to take photos of Italy just wasn’t there. In some ways you can replace with this post you can replace “classic” with “clichéd”.

Even during a day around Venice I noticed every view was a photograph I had already seen a dozen times before, I struggled to find any sort of unique view. In the end I resorted to taking photos of other people taking photos.

I counted dozens of high end cameras with all sorts of lenses and attachments, each photographer stopping at the same point and capturing the same image as the previous caller.

It is hard to believe anyone can visit the most photographic location in the world and come back disappointed. It genuinely wasn’t the location but simply I really wasn’t interested in taking photographs when everyone around me was doing the same.

You can click on the photos to view larger on flickr.

Venice Long Exposure

Lake Garda at Sunset

Carnival

Feeding the Birds in Style

Venice Door

Parking in Venice

Italian Baker

The Last Night

Venice

Night Swimming

Italy Cycles

Street Music

Sunset

Venice

Bridge

View of the Lake

Sand Street

Ultimately I have wrapped my holiday photos up into a post but if you are still interested in photos of Italy there are more in the flickr set here. I sure most of you have more inspiring images of Italy and Venice.

The question is how do you push yourself to capture something different, how do you keep going when it seems everyone around you is a photographer capturing the exact same images?