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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The St. Peter’s Basilica in the last sunlight, photographed from the park of Villa Borghese.
The Pantheon is not to be missed when visiting Rome. Here a panorama of 8 pictures, taken without a tripod and aperture 2.8.
View over the river Tiber to the bridge of the Castel Sant’Angelo, in the background the dome of St. Peter’s.