Hey everyone! Sorry I have not posted in a while but I have been busy with some real life work stuff… ya, I know that sucks right? Well I wanted to share with you an image I took while I was in Rome Last spring of the Ponte Sant’Angelo and castel sant’angelo at Blue Hour and how it came about. First things first, when I arrived at this location, I had the plan of shooting the Vatican from the Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge. I have seen many images of the Vatican from a bridge with water and I thought that this was the bridge to be at. Once I put the camera to my eye, I realized I was in the wrong place to get the image I was looking for. In fact I was standing on the bridge that I wanted to get in the photo in the foreground. This is where doing research and planning about certain locations will pay off in the long run.
So since my plan was failed, I thought of shooting down Ponte Sant’Angelo and have castel sant’angelo at the very end of the image using the angels of Ponte Sant’Angelo to lead up to the castle. Of course I did not expect that much pedestrian traffic on the bridge so this shot was also was a wash. You can see from my sample images that there was no possible way of making the Vatican shot or bridge shot work. Of course this is all happening with the setting sun right behind and I needed to think of something to capture at lease a little bit of blue hour before it goes to pure black.
I started to look around and noticed a walkway that leads down to the riverfront. I grabbed my tripod and camera and walked down the steps frantically trying to get at least a little bit of the blue hour. I made my way over to the waters edge being careful not to fall into and set up my camera to get something in the frame that I would like later on while editing. I did a few shots but ended up choosing this final image. I love using reflections to bring more character into an image like what I have done with this image. I was also lucky to have some sort of flower petals in the water so it also caused some sense of motion in the water too. I caught the last little bit of blue hour but I was able to punch it up in editing to make it look very nice. If you look carefully, you can see some stairs up in the upper left-hand corner of the image. I learned that when you travel around to locations where you’ve never been to before, you need to be able to think on your feet and adapt to whatever comes your way. From this experience, you need to be able to capitalize on what you’re given and make something out of it. I would’ve loved to have been able to capture a beautiful shot of the vatican with the river and Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge in the foreground, hell I even had a the perfect clouds and sunset to go with it, but things did not end up like I wanted it. Hope you guys like the image and learn something from my mess ups.