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A night shot of the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) in Rome, Italy. It was amazing, but you have to be patient to get a shot without people.
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This photograph was taken on my second night in Rome.  On the first night, I decided to walk down to the Colosseum and check out the area.  I knew that there might be a good photograph to capture here in this location.

So I returned the following evening, and walked all around, and took some shots. But the area was crowded with folks, and as I tried to take photographs I couldn't seem to get a good shot.

So I walked around some more, looking for an angle that would provide the photograph some interest. I finally settled on this angle. I used the diagonals of the arch to help frame the Colosseum in the background. The interior lighting of the Colosseum adds a bit of punch and interest to the photograph.

Photographer's Notes

Like I noted above, the diagonal of the Arch and angle I used in a way highlights the arch and frames the Colosseum in the background. It is a night shot, so the darkness helps to emphasize the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum.

Again I had to wait for quite some time as there were a fair number of tour groups walking around, so I waited. And in fact there were a few people who were walking along the edge of the photograph, but the length of the exposure was long enough to not show the people walking past.

I took this photograph using a Sony A7RII using the Sony FE 28-240mm f/5.6-6.3 OSS lens set at 28mm focal length. The camera was set at f/10 (so I could get both the arch and the Colosseum in focus) with 2 seconds for shutter speed and ISO set at 800. Even at an ISO of 800, there is little if any discernible noise.

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Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

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