First off, thanks for all the awesome comments on my Night Colosseum post. It was an awesome experience and I was so happy I could share it with all of you! Also, if you missed the shot from the exit of the Vatican Museum, you should check it out! It is one of my favorite spiral staircases I have ever seen.
Today my mom is arriving from the states and in a couple hours we will be taking off for Sicily. We are driving south along the boot, staying in the small town of Scilla tonight, and taking the ferry across in the morning. There are so many wonderful things to see in Sicily, including Mt. Etna, Italy’s biggest Volcano, Greek Ruins, rolling hillside, and beautiful seascapes. I am extremely excited and expect to return to Naples with tons of new photos. Posting will resume next week on Wednesday. Stay tuned!
Today I have a treat for you. Here is an intimate look inside St. Peter’s Basilica, minus the tourists, noise, and confusion, all presented in detailed monochrome. As you know, I can’t show you a bunch of black and white images without mentioning how awesome Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro is. Now you can save 15% on every product they offer by accessing the Nik site here! You can even download and try it for free for a while. You owe it to yourself to at least do that!
So, when you walk in to Vatican City, beneath the beautiful, ancient columns, your jaw will drop. It is pretty overwhelming, in the best way, to gaze upon St. Peter’s Basilica from the outside. Everywhere you look, nuns and priests from different parts of the world are scurrying about. Tourists surround you, all taking badly composed snapshots and yapping loudly. But when you gaze upon the beauty before you, all that confusion and noise seems to disappear.
Getting inside St. Peter’s Basilica is completely free, and only requires a short wait in the security line. Tripods are not permitted, and everyone must pass through metal detectors. It is not really that bad at all. When you actually get inside the cathedral you will be blown away once again. The size, detail, lighting, and overall beauty is out of this world. When you see the photos below, try to picture thousands of tourists scurrying around just under each frame. I tried to shoot these in a way that gives the viewer a sense of peacefulness, observing this Mecca of Christianity as one, not bothered by crowds, noise, or other pushy photographers (I try to keep my aggressiveness to a minimum whenever I shoot
I chose to process these in black and white because I really wanted you to focus on the lighting and amazing details that fill the frames. I was so lucky with the beams of light streaming in from the outside. Weather was just perfect last week, and the mighty sun that was shining in to the cathedral appeared heavenly and divine. You can see it in a number of the photos below. Anyways, I will quit yapping now. Please enjoy the photos, and click on them to view even larger – the way they were meant to be seen. Even at extremely high ISO’s and shooting handheld, the Nikon D800 and 14-24mm wide-angle lens came through brilliantly Enjoy (and feel free to share!).
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