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 masterclass 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 Spanish steps covered by the tourist crowds
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 !
The crazy Piazza Venezia roundabout, with cars appearing to come at you from all directions yet it seems to work.
When the Piazza Venezia roundabout is almost free from cars you get the chance to see the impressive Monumento Nazionale building
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.
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.
A sign of the times with a very obvious police presence at this popular tourist spot, and other places too.
Some of the side streets had good colours and the street lights gave them a different feel.
Spotted the orange coloured windows and the arrow and then the guy went out into the middle of the road for some reason.
The Rome columns and ruins gives an interesting foreground to the iconic building lit by the flood lights.
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