Photographing Rome at night was the only real option I had during a recent visit to the city.

A visit to the city of Rome had been on our list of places we wanted to visit for a while now and when the chance came up to combine it with a fashion shoot and master class organised by Valentina Feula, founder of Fashion Artwise Productions  we planned a short visit.

As we arrived on the Friday afternoon and given that I would be shooting all weekend at a location outside the main city centre, I decided to go out and photograph the city at night.

Photographing Rome at night gives you some different images to the normal and gives you different challenges too. You really need a tripod once the sun has set. I had my trusty travel tripod the 3 Legged Thing Brian with me so that came out to help with the longer exposure times. After sunset, the colours from the lights at the locations offer an opportunity to make some different images of some of the iconic locations available, but the exposure times drop and hand holding becomes an issue.

Going into the city centre and exploring the locations, involved taking the metro into town and choosing a station from where to explore the popular locations on foot to see what night photography was possible

The metro gives some great lead lines      Image of the travelator lines on the rome metro system (photographing rome at night)

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The Spanish steps covered by the tourist crowds

image from the spanish steps with the crowds of tourists covering the majority of the steps (photographing rome at night)

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Photographing Rome at night I expected that there would be fewer people around at the popular locations, that was certainly a wrong assumption as you can see at the Spanish steps.

The side street gave a few opportunities for some street photography too. This lady was certainly not interested in anything but her phone !

street image spotted on a side street a lady sitting on a chainlink fence lost in here phone (february images)

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The crazy Piazza Venezia roundabout, with cars appearing to come at you from all directions yet it seems to work.

imaged showing cars negociating the piazza venezia roundabout in the evening light feburary images

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When the Piazza Venezia roundabout is almost free from cars you get the chance to see the impressive Monumento Nazionale building

the piazza venezia roundabout almost free from cars give you a chance to see the impressive monumento nazionale building

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Crossing the Piazza gets you up close to the Monumento Nazionale building – to its impressive and imposing statue and the carving around its base. The blue lights made this for me.

getting closer to the impressive monumento nazionale building you can see the carving details in the buildings facade

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A short walk took me to the Trevi Fountain square which contains the wonderful fountain and even bigger crowds considering this was around 20:00. Here I chose to include the visitors in my shots. Very difficult to exclude them really.

image from the trevi fountain square shoot around 20:00 still lots of tourists stood in front of the fountain (february images)

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image from the trevi fountain square shoot around 20:00 still lots of tourists stood in front of the fountain (february images)

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image from the trevi fountain square shoot around 20:00 still lots of tourists stood in front of the fountain (february images)

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image from the trevi fountain square shoot around 20:00 still lots of tourists stood in front of the fountain (february images)

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A sign of the times with a very obvious police presence at this popular tourist spot, and other places too.

image from the trevi fountain square shoot around 20:00 still lots of tourists stood in front of the fountain showing the crowds and the police keeping a watchful presence (february images)

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image from one of the main shopping streets showing a couple walking hand in hand against the on coming cars (februay images)

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Some of the side streets had good colours and the street lights gave them a different feel.

image showing interesting colours of the walls in the side streets of rome (februay images

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Spotted the orange coloured windows and the arrow and then the guy went out into the middle of the road for some reason.

image showing a large road lane direction arrow pointing to figure looking down the road against a large build where all the windows have an orange glow coming from them (photographing rome at night)

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Image showing a small food stall with the vendor looking at his phone shot from behind (photographing rome at night

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The Rome columns and ruins gives an interesting foreground to the iconic building lit by the flood lights.

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(photographing rome at night)

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The orange glow from the flood lights gives this set of building a different look.

Final image for this blog is of a street artist working with spray paint to produce fantasy type art images

the image shows a street artist using spray cans paint to produce fantasy works of art he is work under his own protable flood light

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