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Passage to the Castle

Castel Sant'Angelo must be one of the most photographed sites in Rome. Given that Rome is one of the world's most photographed cites, that is really saying something. Having captured several of the classic vistas of Castel Sant'Angelo, I set about finding different angles. This street leading up to the bridge across to the castle…
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Crowds and Clouds

Late Autumn is a great time to visit Rome as the crowds are much smaller than they would be during the Summer months. This image was created from the Spanish Steps, with a perspective down Via dei Condotti, an upmarket shopping street in city's centre. The presence of the crowds gives some indication of what…
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The Temple of Castor and Pollux

The Temple of Castor and Pollux is one of the ancient ruined buildings in the Roman Forum. Today the temple consists of three marble pillars, some foundational structure and little more. It can be seen from a variety of vantage points from around the Forum. I composed this image to get maximal sky between the…
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Trevi Fountain

Perhaps the world's most famous fountain (and certainly the most famous in Rome), the Trevi Fountain is a spectacular baroque masterpiece not far from the Pantheon in the city's centre. In my other Rome images I have discussed my preference for the pre-dawn blue hour as an opportunity to get nice light and few people.…
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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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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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