Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Italy, Rome

HDR image in the Roman Forum, Rome - Italy
'Rome - Old & New'
Another HDR image. This image was taken in Rome on a visit to the Roman Forum. We think a great title for this image would be "Rome - Old & New" as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II , known to Romans as the "typewriter",  in the background is relatively new compared to the Roman Forum. The "typewriter" was inaugurated in 1911 but was not completed until 1935. The €7 cost to get to the top of the monument are well worth the visit as there are stunning views over Rome.

The Roman Forum on the other hand dates back as far as the 7th century BC and is a must see on an any travellers visit to Rome. Allow yourself at least a couple of hours to wander through this site as it is a fairly large area.

Once again, this image was taken on one of several visits for our 'Cruising the Mediterranean' series of pictorial souvenir books that currently sell on selected MSC Cruises itineraries.

This image was a set of 3 exposures (-2,0,+2) and combined in Photomatix Pro 4.2 software. Once again we have used the 'Painterly' preset and then backed off the effect to give it a more realistic effect. Adding people to the image has given the image some scale. For any further information about our techniques used here please leave a comment.

Our Tips:
  1. Like any attraction in Rome try to get there early to avoid the crowds. Don't go in June/July/August as It's just too hot, busy & stessful. We always visit in September/October as there are less tourists, accommodation is cheaper and the weather is still good.
  2. On a nice cloudless day the contrast will be pretty high with lots of shadows so perfect for HDR photography however cloudless skies can be boring.
  3. Be patient as a lot of people will walk in front of your camera during shots. Always shoot on Continuous-High to take the shots as quick as possible.
  4. Try to use a tripod as much as possible although we tend to handhold most of our shots including the one above.

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