A visit to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is a highlight of any visit to Rome. The history of the place makes this a must see. And even thought it is not much here photographically, it still provides some opportunities if one looks for them.
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"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," goes the saying, or better yet, "When in Rome, do as the tourists do!"  And tourists, on the first Sunday of the month, head to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum as the admission is free! And unknowingly, we timed out visit to Rome to coincide with the first weekend of the month, hence our free admission.

My recollections of Rome were different from what I saw this time around, I guess time had mellowed my memories to the point that approaches and views seemed somehow different.  I thought (I am talking about 30 years ago) that you could drive around most of the Colosseum, but today you can't. And I remembered the Roman Forum being larger than it is. Just shows you what memories can or can't do for you.

Anyways, the Roman Forum is a wonderful and magical place for those of us who love history, and especially for those of us who love Greco-Roman history. The Roman Forum is the scene of many important historical events. A walk through this place is to go back in time several thousand years and see those places and buildings that speak out from the dim past.

Photographer's Notes

This particular shot is from the Palatine hill overlooking the forum looking down on the buildings on either side of Via Sacra.  I wanted to get a sense of the closeness of the structures - some of which date back thousands of years - and give a sense of the place as a whole. In the distance one can see the Arch of Septimus Severus, the remains of the various temples and basilicas and other government buildings. I used the diagonal line from the wall in the foreground on the bottom right to help lead the eye towards the Arch in the background.

I took this photograph using a Sony A7RII with the Sony FE 28-240mm f/5.6-6.3 OSS lens set at a focal length of 46mm.  The camera was set at f/16 with 1/125 second shutter and ISO of 100.

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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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