Rome, Italy – St. Peter’s Basilica

There are Places 2 Explore and then there are places you have to visit one day!  This must visit is The Vatican/St. Peter’s Basilica.  I must say that in all of my travels world wide…this location has got to be the most awe-inpsiring place I have ever been!  It is very surreal and you kinda feel not worthy that you get to see this amazing place with your own eyes!  The statue above is one of many in St. Peter’s.  There are four that surround the piers of the dome. This is St. Longinus.   I have a strong memory that will stick with me forever the first steps I took into St. Peter’s and looked up at the inside of the dome…I froze in wonderment!   I have only been there once…and will surely go back in the next few years!   No tripods allowed…so hand hold every shot and they still will look great!

Rome, Italy – Trevi Fountain (HDR)

Here is the real Trevi Fountain in the amazing Rome, Italy!  A super Place 2 Explore!!   Rome is truly stunning!  If you have already or  plan to visit…one week in just Rome is perfect!  So many things to see and the food is unreal!  I was in a few years back and wanted to see the Trevi Fountain.  I took a cab from my hotel just to get here.  In Rome…everything seems to be about a 10 minute taxi ride.   It was a Sunday afternoon…this means lots of people hanging out.  I walked up and just grabbed a few shots.  This was taken before my HDR days…converted with a single raw.

You can see the grand scale of the fountain compared to the one in Vegas.  Such a beautiful place!  I’d like to plan a vacation here in a few years.  Then take a train up to Florence & Venice.  Italy is one stunning country!!  Molto Bello!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  1/100 second – Single RAW HDR (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16.0
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Venetian Hotel (HDR)

From the fun and party filled Las Vegas…here is an HDR of the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip! Las Vegas is a paradise for adults that like to get away and have fun…but it should also be noted as a key spot for HDR photography!  I must admit, there is probably an HDR every step you take in Vegas!  Colors, Lights, Hotels…its all there to photograph.  The big issue is people.  We just came back from a 3 day visit and it was the peak of summer holidays!  My only option is early morning photo time!   This shot was my target.  I had been to the Venetian and knew it was perfect for HDR.  I set my alarm this Saturday for 4:30 AM.   I awoke and looked outside…wow!  The streets were packed and filled with people…time to go back to bed!  I gave myself another hour of sleep and was up now at 5:30 AM.  The sun was coming up and I figured all the party people will be passed out or asleep at this time!  I looked outside and it was getting quiet.  I jumped in a cab and hit the Venetian.  I asked the cabbie was is the quietest time in Vegas….he said 8 AM.  …although I thought 6 AM was not bad!

This location at the Venetian is located right next to the registration.  Here you can find this amazing hallway and meeting area you can see ahead with a beautiful fountain. All just waiting for HDR photographers!!  LOL  I had to people dodge many times, but it wasn’t too bad.  Some exposures were long and any people involved…just disappeared!   I shot the hotel for about 90 minutes and made my walk back down the strip.  I post a few more shots from here soon.  I’d say any shot here was a great one.  If you have been here and photographed it…you know well!   Viva Las Venetian!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • Rome, Italy – Colosseum

    This was taken a few years back…before my love of HDR’s.  What I would give to get back to Rome and spend a week HDR’ing!  Rome is in my top 5 places to visit in the world.  I could photograph the Colosseum for hours!  Hopefully I can get to Italy next year.  I still have yet to visit Tuscany, Venice, Florence, Pisa, etc….    Italy is one great place 2 explore!   As for Rome, it is a big city.  It seems as though everything is a 10 minute taxi ride away.  That equals alot of Euro!   A tour would be fun!   Lots to see and do in Rome.  A typical hop on/hop off bus has these stops…

    - TERMINI: Piazza dei Cinquecento – corner Via Cavour
    – SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE: Via Liberiana 16 – side Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore
    – QUIRINALE: Via Nazionale – corner Via XXIV Maggio
    – PIAZZA VENEZIA: Museo Vittoriano, side Piazza Ara Coeli
    – COLOSSEO: Via Celio Vibenna
    – CIRCO MASSIMO: Piazzale Ugo La Malfa – side Circo Massimo
    – ISOLA TIBERINA: Piazza di Monte Savello ATAC bus stop
    – BOTTEGHE OSCURE: Via Botteghe Oscure – ATAC bus stop
    – NAVONA: In front of S. Apollinare Church
    – CHIESA NUOVA: Piazza della Chiesa Nuova (Corso Vittorio Emanuele)
    – SAN PIETRO: Opposite Caffè San Pietro – Via della Conciliazione
    – CASTEL SANT’ANGELO: Piazza Sant’Angelo opposite to the Castle
    – AUGUSTO IMPERATORE: Piazza Augusto Imperatore front restaurant “Gusto”
    – TREVI: Via del Traforo – corner Via del Tritone
    – BARBERINI: On the square – Corner Via Veneto (front of Fontana delle Api)
    – REPUBBLICA: Piazza della Repubblica corner Via Terme di Diocleziano – Boscolo Exedra Hotel / Mc Donalds

    If you have visited Rome, other than The Colosseum and the Vatican…what would be your top spots?

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 34.0mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  1/500 (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/18
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro
  • Rome, Italy – Colosseum Archway

    A few year back maybe most of us watched the movie Gladiator with Russell Crowe.   The Colosseum must have been a spectacle to see back in the days!   Here is a view while walking into the arena.  You can see some tourists in the background to give you a size reference.   They said 50,000 people could fill the arena.  An amazing feat of engineering and beauty!   These days we only see a small percent of what was back in the day.   I enjoyed the tour and the incredible views.

    Info from the web: The Colosseum was used to host gladiatorial shows as well as a variety of other events. The shows, called munera, were always given by private individuals rather than the state. They had a strong religious element but were also demonstrations of power and family prestige, and were immensely popular with the population. Another popular type of show was the animal hunt, or venatio. This utilized a great variety of wild beasts, mainly imported from Africa and the Middle East, and included creatures such as rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, elephants, giraffes, aurochs, wisents, barbary lions, panthers, leopards, bears, caspian tigers, crocodiles and ostriches. Battles and hunts were often staged amid elaborate sets with movable trees and buildings. Such events were occasionally on a huge scale; Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia in 107 with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators over the course of 123 days.

    Rome is a must visit in one’s lifetime.  With the Colosseum and the Vatican…thats a few days well spent right there!  Ciao!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 29.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/250
    • Aperture:  f/8
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast)