Category Archives: Photography

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Apps for Photography

My iPhone, and to an extent my iPad, are really important parts of my seascape, landscape and urban photography. The iPhone itself makes for a good scouting camera, a good camera for a sneaky pano and a tool for making images of my image making. Its true power, however, lies in its abilities to assist…
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Stormy Forum

After shooting the Roman Forum one dawn, we visited the site, easily spending a good half day exploring the various Roman ruins. Spectacular. It was a brilliant Rome day, with beautiful weather, but some fairly ominous clouds came over the site, providing quite a spectacular sky. I found a composition that I liked with the…
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Vatican Night

This is the third in a series of photos made of the Vatican, from Rome's Ponte Umberto I, down the Tiber River and across the Ponte Sant'Angelo. After staking out a good vantage point , I stayed in place from golden hour, through the sunset and into the late blue hour, when this shot was…
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Castel and Bridge

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…
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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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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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