Blogpost about Rome's architectural landmark of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome during night and day. MORE
2000 years old, holding 50.000 to 80.000 spectators back then: The Colosseum in Rome. MORE
During my last visit in Rome I had plenty of opportunities for street photography. Check what I came home with from Italy's capital. MORE
After spending almost a week in Rome in March 2017 and some time to reflect this are my Top Ten Pictures. MORE
A blogpost about Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. MORE
There a 7 New Wonders of the world. This blogpost shows the 5 of them that I have visited so far. MORE
Welcome to my Top Ten 2017! Each year I collect my best ten shots and this is what I came up with in 2017.
I started my photography year of 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark in January. After a day full of work I found some time to spent in Nyhavn, the old harbour of Copenhagen. I did some long exposure and it was very, very cold. Quite liked the result of the smooth water in Nyhavn in this pic. Find our more about my "At night" work. If you are interested in some more Copenhagen images click here.
Whenever I am in a big city street photography becomes part of my daily shooting. What I love about it is that you easily can integrate it whilst walking along the touristy spots. It doesn't even matter that you shoot during midday since the houses and streets have plenty of light and shadow for you to play with. I spent a week in Rome during March 2017 and it was my first time in Italy's capital. This blogpost features my street photography this beautiful old city. If you are interested my other articles on Rome check here for St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, My Top Ten Rome pictures, my Colosseum blogpost and my Rome gallery.
I enjoy spending time on my own shooting. Especially at night after a busy day. This night out at Castle Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) was much needed after the first full day in Rome in March 2017. I took my tripod, one camera and one lense and just had to walk 10 minutes from our apartment near Vatican City. A perfect little start into a week of photographing the eternal city. Castel Sant'Angelo is located at the west side of the river Tiber and just a few hundred meters away from St. Peter's Basilica. It is a towering cylindrical building shielded by a citadel originally designed as a Mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family in the 2nd century AD. The connected bridge called Pons Aelius or Ponte Sant'Angelo, also built by Hadrian, is as beautiful as the castle and they make for a stunning architectural combination.
Much later the popes converted the Mausoleum to a castle, starting in the 14th century. The connecting wall to St. Peter's Basilica was built by Pope Nicholas III in 1277. It is about 800 m long, has a fortified corridor and is called Passetto di Borgo. It served as an escape route for popes in danger. During these times Castel Sant'Angelo was used as a prison as well as a refuge. Today it hosts a museum and you can enjoy the views around the Italian capital from its roof.
I started taking pictures down at the river bank of the Tiber. Is was a warm and dry evening and I very much enjoyed this calm end of the day. Later I finished my shoot on the bridge. The scene felt a bit like Charles' bridge in Prague.
During our last day we visited Castle Sant'Angelo from the inside. You will find these pictures in the second part of my blogpost. If you make it to Rome, make sure to pay a visit to this beautiful piece of ancient architecture.
I never made it to Rome until March 2017. Europe has so many things to offer, but the rest of the world also does. So I generally tend to go intercontinental in my long vacation since it is easier to endeavor Europe's beauty later in life. Anyway, after a two hour flight from Hamburg it was time for almost a week in the capital of Italy. I had time to reflect on the trip to come up with my Top Ten Rome Pictures this week. if you like what you see make sure to check my other blogposts on Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome Street Photography and my Rome gallery.
The Colosseum is a Flavian Amphitheatre completed 80 AD. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. Some 50.000 to 80.000 spectators were able to watch gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions and dramas based on classical mythology. Today the Colosseum is partially ruined due to earthquakes and stone-robbers, but still an iconic architectural landmark of Imperial Rome.