Castel Sant’Angelo represents the uniqueness of old old Rome.
Built originally as a mausoleum by Emperor Hadrian in around 123-139CE, the complex was later used as a Papal residence and fortress and then a prison. It is still in use today as a museum and tourist attraction.
In researching Rome photography using 500px, Flickr and the Modern Atlas app I realised that Castel Sant’Angelo would present a range of shooting opportunities. This was backed up in Elia Locardi’s Photographing the World Part 3 tutorials that utilised this site as one of the featured shots for a tutorial.
My preferred image is with the bridge on the left (Bridge of Angels), and drawing the eye left to right to the Castel.
In some respects the featured image on this post gives more prominence to the castle, and the starbursts of the lights on the bridge work well in this composition. So it was worth shooting from several different angles.
Another angle, the smaller one to the right, shows the bridge in full daylight, with people crossing the old bridge between the castle and the city.
For me telling the story of a photographic subject is an important part of the experience. And it gives you a better chance of getting a unique image.
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