The Roman Colosseum has to be the most visited site in Rome and for a good reason. Last year my wife and I were finally able to take a trip to Europe that we talked about ever since we had our 2nd date…. 7 years ago. Yes it has been that long. We planned on going to Rome and seeing all the wonderful sites like the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo, and of course the Roman Colosseum. I have always seen the Roman Colosseum in movies and magazines but never in person, and I was really excited to see this amazing place with my own eyes.
One of the things I love to do before I visit any location is to find out any and everything about the place I will be visiting and I found out that the line to get into the Roman Colosseum can be as long as 1 to 1.5 hours to see the massive arena. Me being me, I did a little bit of research and found that if you get your ticket over at the Roman forum(which is right across the street and has almost no line), you can bypass the line at the Roman Colosseum and go right to the front and get inside in about 10 minutes. This has to be one of the most useful piece of information I can give anyone that is wishing to visit this place. The tickets for the Roman Colosseum and the Roman forum(which is amazing also to visit) cost 12.00 euros. Buying tickets the day of visit was what we did and I recommend you to do the same thing.Since am a photographer at heart, I found that shooting the Roman Colosseum in the day time was amazing but it was lacking the “wow” factor that I was wanting to capture in my image. Everyone and their uncle has a day time photo and I wanted to capture something different. So we headed back to our AirBnB(use this code for $20 off your next visit) to get out of the relentless sun and planed for that night of shooting. I knew that shooting at blue hour was going to be my best bet on getting an amazing image to work with in post so I planned on going to Roman Colosseum after our dinner in Trastevere. After our lovely dinner, I went back to the spot I was at just hours before and set up for a quick shot of the Colosseum.
CAMERA SETTINGS / IMAGE INFO
The hard part of creating this image was to bring back the colors in the Colosseum, the grass, the pathway and enhance the blue sky. Each of them had to have a separate color mask to bring back the color and remove the fluorescent color cast that was spilling on to the scene. Once that was done, it was just about balancing each of the exposures to blend nicely with each other. After that, it did a few trips into Nik Color Efex to give the image that “pop” I love and a few other little things here and there.
No. of Exposures: 3 Exposures
EV Range: -2, 0, +2
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon 17-40 F/4
Camera: Sony A7R
Software: LR5, PS6, Nik Color Efex
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