The Venice Carnival is a magical and almost surreal spectacle. For an amateur photographer, it's an excellent opportunity to work with 'models' for free and to experiment with lighting, both natural and artificial. In actual fact, nearly all of the following photos have had some degree of flash(gun) used in them.
This set of photos from 2011's 'Carnival of The Masks' are probably my best photographs, of any genre, to date. If you ever get the chance to go to the Venice Carnival, just do it - it's truly amazing!