Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pic(k) of the week 8: Dark clouds over Saint Peter's Basilica - Rome / Vatican City

Even though my day-job as an airline pilot, makes me travel more than the average photographer, I'm often limited to less than 24 hours to shoot in. Such was the case a few weeks ago, when I was in Rome; one of my favourite cities for travel photography.

Not rare for Italy, the city center was locked down because of a strike the day I was there. It became a bit of an expedition to get from my crew hotel near the airport, to the spot I envisioned in the center of town; the Sant' Angelo bridge over the Tiber river which is a great spot to photograph the Saint Peter's Basilica (Vatican city) at sunset. 

To add even more to the drama, it started raining just when the best light was about to hit the scene... At least I didn't have to worry about  my camera as the Fujifilm X-T1 is weather-sealed! 

Dark clouds over Saint Peter's Basilica (Rome/Vatican)

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 18-55
5 bracketed shots varying between 1/15s and 2s
ISO 200, 55mm (83mm full frame equivalent), f8
Merge to 32 bit file in HDR PRO in Photoshop CC 2014 
Star effect of some Street lights blended in with additional image shot at f22
Nik ColorEfex pro for contrast optimisation 

Those of you following me on social media, might have seen a different shot from the same place in a portrait orientation, called "The Vatican is on fire". 

Remember, "Just as Rome was not built in one day, an image is sometimes not made in one shot neither".

Happy shooting,

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