Today I wanted to share a nice little peek in to our nighttime stroll through the Roman Colosseum. I like to think we were pretty exclusive VIP’s to get to see this wonderful piece of history at night, but the truth is anyone can! If you visit Rome, Italy, and would like to experience this, you will need to be there on a Thursday or Saturday (May-Oct), and either pick up tickets at the front gate (they start selling tickets for the night tour once the sun goes down I think – we got ours at around 8:30 PM), or book online. Just browsing for a few minutes I came across this site that sells tickets online. Since it can fill up pretty quickly, I would recommend buying online. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and takes you all around the inside of the Colosseum.
Now, on to the tour. The last time I was inside the Colosseum I was just a boy, so I really didn’t remember much. Every time I go to Rome (about 10 times now since 2009) I mean to go see it, but the crowds always dissuade me. This tour is pretty intimate, no more than 12 or so people a group. The tour was full of photographers (can you blame them??) and one guy even had his heavy-duty tripod (of which I was tremendously jealous of at first).
Before the tour started, I dialed in some settings on the D800 and slipped on the 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. Shooting almost everything at above 3000 ISO, I was a bit worried about the quality of the photos. When I started reviewing the shots I was taking, I was quite pleasantly surprised at how good they looked. After some cleanup, noise reduction, and lighting modifications, they looked pretty close to how I remembered them. The colors were actually that vivid and beautiful in real life. It is pretty amazing what a so-so, amateur photographer (me) can capture with the amazing equipment these days
Photo-wise, this tour is very accommodating. At each “stop” you are given about 4 minutes to shoot away, and while the guide is talking you can always walk around to get a people-less shot. Do yourself a favor and bring a wide angle lens, you will be happy you did! Anyways, I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed! Check back tomorrow!