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The Vatican Museums…

by on Jan.24, 2018, under Life, Photography

The two attractions that most visitors come to see within the Vatican City are the Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica. Vatican City is just to the north of the city centre of Rome – indeed the Vatican is it’s own (small) country (the smallest in the world).

Apollo

Apollo

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 230 mm, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 2500

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Again I’d booked my tickets online in advance before leaving Australia which allowed us to skip the absolutely massive line outside. We arrived at opening time (9AM) and the queue was already hundreds of metres long.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 220

Inside the Vatican Museum is an enormous ornate hallway running the length of the museum hosting the galleries of Candelabra, Tapestries & Maps.

The Map Gallery

The Map Gallery

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

The Map Gallery

The Map Gallery

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 125

Just before the Sistine Chapel there’s an outside walkway (many stories up) with a view over the inner courtyard of the building – used as a parking lot for the Vatican workforce.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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The Fourth and Fifth Rings…

by on Jan.23, 2018, under Life, Photography

Our special guided tour allowed us to go right up to the just recently opened Fourth and Fifth Rings of the Colosseum.

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The Fourth Ring

The Fourth Ring

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/50 sec at f/8, ISO 100 x 9 Frames

The spectacular 360º views from up on the higher levels were fantastic and the lack of crowds a very welcome change. It also gave me the opportunity to switch lenses to the insanely ultrawide Laowa 13mm for both some single shots as well as some very wide stitched panoramas.

Open Arena

Open Arena

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

The Fifth Ring

The Fifth Ring

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100 x 5 Frames

The High View

The High View

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Arches

Arches

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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Underground and 4th and 5th Levels…

by on Jan.22, 2018, under Life, Photography

I’d booked something a little extra special for our visit to the Colosseum. Once a month on a certain day and time the online ticket office releases limited tickets for some special guided tours including one of the Underground and the newly opened 4th and 5th levels of the Colosseum.

The Pit

The Pit

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/8, ISO 450

I managed to snag tickets for all of us on an early morning session for the 75 minute guided tour in english. The tour was actually very interesting and you get to see and go to many places the normal public entry ticket cant (which only has access to the first and second levels).

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Tiered

Tiered

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 122 mm, 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

The Underground

The Underground

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 180 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 5000

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 72 mm, 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 250

This handheld stitched panorama was taken from an open terrace on the third level which has a view which looks outside the Colosseum. This is the view looking primarily west of the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/40 sec at f/8, ISO 100 x 9 Frames

We’re on our way up to the fourth and fifth rings so we’re looking down the steps to the third level below.

The Third Ring

The Third Ring

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 44 mm, 1/50 sec at f/8, ISO 500

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The Colosseum…

by on Jan.20, 2018, under Life, Photography

I had prebooked our entrance tickets to the Colosseum online before we had left Australia.

Colosseum

Colosseum

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/4, ISO 100

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We had an entry timeslot first thing (8:30AM) on our first morning in Rome and we had no idea really how important it would be to book in advance. The Colosseum, together with the Palatine (the ticket is valid for both) is the most visited monument in Italy. Even on this rainy grey day in the middle of winter in Rome the queues to purchase entry were large. A queue out in the rain we were thankfully able to skip.

Colosssal

Colosssal

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/320 sec at f/4, ISO 100

Inside the building is pretty damn incredible as expected. It’s perhaps not quite as large as I was expecting (the arena floor size) but still amazing construction for something built nearly two thousand years ago.

Looking Through

Looking Through

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/200 sec at f/4, ISO 100

The Arena

The Arena

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/250 sec at f/4, ISO 100

and of course my girls enjoying the rain 🙂 – which thankfully actually held off for most of the time we were outdoors here.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 32 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 360

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Spanish Steps – Arriving in Rome…

by on Jan.19, 2018, under Life, Photography

We’d arrived in Rome late in the afternoon on a drizzling raining day. We were to be staying right near the famous Spanish Steps in the heart of the shopping district in the city. Although to be fair essentially the entire inner city area of Rome is one giant shopping district with stores and restaurants open all day and night.

We had a fixed price car pre-booked to drive us to our accommodation which was good because he gave us a bit of a guided tour on the way in and drove via a number of the major sights.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 3600

The roads and streets are BUSY here in Rome. You’d think this packed throng is on a pedestrian only street but all these streets are for vehicles as well. They simply just slowly beep and barge their way through the crowds. I really am surprised people aren’t just run down here in Rome.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

All the streets here in the heart of Rome basically stay this way each day we were here from around midday through to 8PM or later at night. It appears to be a mixture of tourists, shoppers and locals which pack all the streets.

I had to wait till later at night to go out with my tripod and take some shots sans the insane crowds.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/1 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Our three bedroom apartment up on the third floor of our building was literally less than 100m from the Spanish steps.

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1/2 sec at f/8, ISO 100

and if you are patient and wait a really long time you can get the street almost empty of people and cars :).

Via del Babuino

Via del Babuino

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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