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 the obelisk, so we wandered over for a look.
In a busy piazza it would’ve been very easy to snap a couple of shots with one of the surrounding buildings in the direct background of the obelisk. I took a few minutes to find a vantage where I could frame the structure with sky behind.
Because it was the middle of the day, I had to adjust my bottom crop to cut out the traffic and people out, with a quick bit of tidying up in post.
Adjacent to the Lateran Obelisk are various sections of the old Roman Aqueduct system.
Each section has been built into surrounding buildings, like this piece which has several houses built in and around it.
The Aqueduct will likely stay in place for as long as the surrounding buildings remain there — and vice versa.
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 without any people at all—let alone crowds.
This image was made walking back up from the beach after a Positano sunrise photo session. This is one of the main alleyways between the Piazza dei Mulini and the beach. We walked up and down this alley each day, and most of the time had it to ourselves.
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Visiting in the off season.
With the streets being few, and the footpaths fewer, the low volume of traffic on the road was welcome. It gave a great opportunity to explore, to stop and take in the view and to make photographs as was wandered up and down the Positano township.
- Less crowds
- Beautifully deserted laneway and streets
- Easier to meander and explore
- Not rushed (Suits the Italian pace of life)
- Traffic slightly less crazy
- Less jockeying for photography hotspots
* Less choice for accommodation and restaurants
* Limited ferry and boat services
* Some shops closed
* Not swimming weather (although the water temperature was nice)
* Fewer lights for blue hour city scape shots (although too many lights may have been overpowering).
We considered there to be many pros and just a few cons to visiting in the low season.
Downtown Core by Night
Singapore’s Downtown Core is the CBD of the city, built around the visually spectacular Marine Bay.
The Bay is a freshwater reservoir, ensuring generally smooth surfaces for reflections from the picturesque city at night.
As usual, blue hour is very much my favourite time to shoot, and this image was created from a single RAW file, and processed using a couple of quick steps in Luminar.
Singapore is certainly one of the most spectacular destinations for cityscape photography.
Sydney’s Central Railway Station is the main hub for interstate and country trains.
The grand old building is the hub of the station, and makes for some interesting street photography opportunities.
I love the architecture here, and could spend hours exploring the station, the platforms and nearby pedestrian tunnels.
This image was made using my Panasonic GX–7 and the 20mm f1.7 prime lens – my favourite street photography setup.
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Christmas is a magical time in many cities, with colourful lights everywhere.
For a photographer, getting to places where the lights are on when the crowds aren’t there either means an early start or staying late. In Sydney this can be especially challenging with some shopping centres now open 24 hours in the last few days before Christmas.
This image was made the day before Christmas Eve, at about 07:15am in Sydney’s ‘The Strand Arcade’.
Being early, the centre was already ‘switched on’ but the only people about were office and shop workers heading into work, so I set up my composition and exposure, and waited until I could get the image with nobody in the frame.
Of course, this might also make for an interesting image with the crowds present, but I wasn’t brave enough to stand there with a camera on tripod (needed for the slow shutter speed I needed) as the Christmas throngs pushed past to get their last minute gifts.
And I had some last minute shopping to do myself 😉
There was something calming about having such a beautiful scene all to myself, even if it was for just a few minutes.
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