Author Archives: Des

Photography, productivity and diving geek from Sydney, Australia. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Pantheon Blue

Even with a fairly featureless sky, blue hour is the best time of day to shoot for the clear, balanced light, and for the lack of crowds. To get this image in frame required setting my tripod up on the fountain in the piazza in front of the Pantheon, using a wide angle lens. I…
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Colosseum

Merry Christmas Wishing visitors a very Merry Christmas. Have a safe and happy holiday. Colosseum The Colosseum is such a large and important part of both the history of the Roman Empire and the City of Rome that it is actually hard to write something new and interesting about it. Photographically, any trip to Rome…
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Vatican Sunset

After staking out a good vantage point on Rome's Ponte Umberto I, I stayed there from the late afternoon (golden hour), through the sunset and into the blue hour. The exact same composition can deliver a range of different images. In this image shot in late November, the evening progressed and the river smoothed out,…
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The Roman Forum

Rome is full of history, most of it within an easy walk of the centre of the city. A friend once said something to me along the lines of: For Europeans 200km is a long distance, and for Australians 200 years is a lot of history. There is a lot of truth to this, as…
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Lateran Obelisk & Aqueduct House

Lateran Obelisk The Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing Egyptian Obelisk in the world, and stands prominently in a piazza in Rome, not far from the Colosseum. We kind of stumbled across this monument after visiting some basilicas in the area. I took a look at the Modern Atlas iOS app and found mention of…
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Bridge of Angels

One of the amazing things, at least to me about Rome is that so many centuries old buildings and structures remain in use today. A great example of this is Ponte Sant'Angelo — a bridge built in 134CE, and still used today as a main pedestrian thoroughfare. Distinguished by its 10 angels, the CBD of…
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Vatican Afternoon

Rome, the eternal city, is an amazing place for photography. The thing about the capital city of Italy is that it a beautiful mix of the old and the new. Buildings that are hundreds, even thousands, of years old are still in daily use in a city that is also a modern world capital. There…
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Waking Up in Positano

After a successful shoot in the blue hour from the eastern overlook of Positano, I decided to go back to the same location for sunrise photos the next morning. The early backlighting from the sun behind cast a really nice light over the township, lighting the surrounding mountains up with a beautiful golden hue, and…
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Atrani by Night

One of the many gorgeous townships on Italy's Amalfi Coast is Atrani, a village literally 10 minutes by foot from Amalfi. Atrani is a pretty town cutting into another gap in the coastal mountain range, quickly rising up from sea level to the heights above. Our day trip to Amalfi and Atrani (from our base…
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Cobblestone Passageway

Positano in the low season is marked by low numbers of tourists, and with many of the hotel, restaurant and retail workers being employed seasonally, the township is very quiet. There are many opportunities to explore the streets, alleys and stairways without the crowds, and much of the time there are opportunities to make photos…
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Positano Sunrise

Apart from the lack of crowds, one of the distinctive things about low season in Positano is that the days are quite short. As the late, great photographer, Galen Rowell, once said: "You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer…
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Sunset Silhouette

I like a good silhouette, but find this type of photography to be challenging. I think that's because there needs to be a healthy balance between light and shadow (balanced light), strong features, colour and negative space. After making some sunset photos on the beach during our first evening in the beautiful Amalfi Coast town…
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