In December 2015, I traveled to Venice, Italy, for a few shoots and a lot of R&R. One shoot was the Atelier Pietro Longhi, a few steps away from the Basilica dei Frari. Tailor Raffaele Dessì showed us around the shop, overflowing with fantastic dresses, costumes, and other garments based on clothing in famous paintings. Their work is impressive, making me feel I was looking through the eyes of Caravaggio or Titian. Their clients are impressive too, as he caters to governments and museums for their reenactment efforts. In other words, when I saw fabric that looked like silver or gold, it was made from real silver and gold, costing hundreds of thousands of euros. (And yes, those were heavy outfits!)
I shot with a Canon 6D with an 85mm 1.2 lens and a Canon t3i with an 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens. None of the images is edited except the shot with the label, which was brightened slightly.
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