Rom at night, -Blue Hour, -Available Light Photography

Rom at Night, -Blue Hour, -Available Light Photography

A week in Rome in late October, early November. Perfect conditions, almost always sun and perfect 21 degrees. The cameras were a Nikon D5300 with the Sigma 17-70mm 2.8 - 4.0 DC. ISO 100 and the small Sony RX 100 IV for shooting at the Coliseum and in the catacombs.

In our bike tour on the Via Appia Antica , we were too late to get the big Nikon, so the Colosseum was unceremoniously shot with the small Sony. The tripod was the DSLR Gorillapod, the ISO set to 125.

 

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A panorama of the Colosseo and the Arch Constantine after sunset in the blue hour

 

The Castel Sant'Angelo can not be left out, of course, if you go there in the late afternoon it is not so crowded any more , and the light is getting better the later the evening.

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On the roof of the Castel Sant'Angelo

 

Photographing is also not easy here, because you can not get to the edge of the roof for security reasons, so the panorama was taken out of the hand.

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A panorama from the roof of the Castel Sant'Angelo down to the river tiber in the blue hour

 

The roof of St. Peter's can also be visited. The tickets for it are inside. Once you have the cards, you have to climb up immediately. Buying the cards and visiting later is not possible.

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A dome on the roof of the st peters basilica after sunset in the blue hour

The path to the top is remarkable; you climb up very narrow steps between the inner and the outer wall of the dome. Above it is tight, and very full. A large tripod can not be used, I have used the DSLR Gorillapod and wrapped it around the lattice bars of the railing. There the Nikon was mounted. The whole thing is a bit wobbly, so the remote trigger was used.

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Panorama from the roof of the st peters basilica in the sunset

 

The Spanish Steps are so crowded during the day that you can not see them anymore. Early in the morning there is still a blue hour, the following recording was made in the morning at 6 o'clock.

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The Spanish Steps in Rome before the sunrise totally empty

 

Above the Spanish steps is the park Villa Borghese, from where you have a beautiful view over Rome. Here the St. Peter's Basilica is just struck by the first rays of the sun.

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Rome early morning sunrise panorama in the first sunlight

 

In a bicycle tour on the Via Appia Antica , you should visit the St. Dominica catacombs. The recordings were made without a tripod with the Sony RX 100 IV. The ISO went up to 6400, the quality is still quite useful:

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In the catacombs of domitilla near Rome

 

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In the catacombs of domitilla near Rome

 

A little later on the roof of St. Peter's with a view of the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Tiber. The clouds make the recording even more dramatic. Before it is dark, the dome is cleared. The recording below was the last of the day.

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Panorama from the roof of the St Peters Basilica in the sunset

 

The St. Peter's Basilica in the last sunlight, photographed from the park of Villa Borghese.

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Sunset in Rome, view to the Saint Peter's Basilica

 

The Pantheon is not to be missed when visiting Rome. Here a panorama of 8 pictures, taken without a tripod and aperture 2.8.

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Indoor Pantheon panorama, a stitch of 8 images

 

 

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Blue hour in Rome

 

View over the river Tiber to the bridge of the Castel Sant'Angelo, in the background the dome of St. Peter's.

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View over the river tiber in Rome and the St Peters Basilica

 

 

Rome at night Gallery

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