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Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Recently I was lucky enough to go on a World Heritage assignment photographic mission to Rome.

Museums are always difficult to photograph in, particularly when you need to capture some context and ‘atmosphere’ around the artefacts. With this shot, I saw the person seated across the auditorium, and used the extreme wide-angle lens to group the three key elements that make the shot work. I was particularly pleased when the man lifted his hand which combined to bring the three strong hand gestures into a powerful composition.

Rome is a city that seems to have an historic vista around every corner – the challenge is to capture the buildings in an interesting and unusual way. For this shot, I used the Free-Angle Intelligent LCD viewfinder and lifted the camera above my head to achieve the composition I wanted, to have the visiting nuns and the historic background in one frame.

Night-time tripods shots are becoming a standard part of the OUR PLACE coverage. In this shot, as I was photographing from the ‘ Bridge of Angels’, a wedding party arrived. The wedding photographer was using flash, so I chose a slow-shutter speed (1/6 second) and took my shot just before I sensed that the other photographer was to fire his flash. That gave me both my shot and his also!

The Colosseum is one of the most iconic sites that a photographer can shoot. I was staying quite close to this famous landmark, so that most nights I would walk around it, enjoying its grandeur and majesty. Using the wide 7-14mm zoom I could capture it totally in one shot from up close without too much distortion.

Photo Notes:
Paris, Banks of the Seine - France
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Costiera Amalfitana
The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
Palace and Park of Versailles
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
 
 
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