Rome - Rilind Hoxha

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Walking on Rooftops

This was my second time enjoying this beautiful view of Rome from the top of the Pincian Hill (Pincio), an amazing spot overlooking the city. If you visit Rome, head up there for the sunset and bring your camera!
Pincio was one of the spots I was really looking forward to shoot from and had this idea in mind for some time. That day I decided to walk over there from my hotel, which was not so far away, however as I was reaching the hill I got a bit skeptical about the weather, since the sky appeared to be fairly plain. Since I was not excepting anything extraordinary from the sky, on my way up, I stopped and did some snaps of the Altare della Patria (the war memorial monument) and the St. Peter’s Cupola and was satisfied enough with those. After wandering around for some time in search for the perfect spot to capture the sunrise and hope for some change in the weather, I decided to shoot from up the hill. And let me tell you, I was absolutely taken away from what was happening with the sky! That’s a tiny sneak peak to one of my favorite images from this trip that I am very impatient to share with you.

Seeing how astonishing the sunset was, I quickly went down to capture the Cupola once again, but this time during the blue hour. It was freezing out, but so worth it! I was really happy with how the photos turned out and literally could not wait to get my hands on them. This specific view was very balanced and gave a 3D look to the image. Moreover, there were many elements that dragged my eye to the Vatican, which, as you can see, is the main subject of this shot. Altogether, I was extremely pleased from the all of the photos I managed to capture that day.

Regarding the technical part of the image, I used a telephoto lens in order to get very close to the details and also compress the scene. It was shot with a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 at 140 mm, f11, iso200 and the base exposure was 10 seconds. I decided to bracket these shots because the upper part of the image, which was the sky, was much brighter than the lower part and it was basically impossible to retain all the details in just 2 or 3 shots. Therefore, I had to use all 5 of them in the post processing to obtain the best light possible.

I had to use a higher iso due to the weather conditions, since it was very windy and the clouds were moving really fast. I wanted the clouds to appear frozen in the image, thus I had to apply a lot of noise reduction to it. More than that, because the blue hour makes everything looks blue, it was necessary to warm the lower part, so it looks more natural. Finally, some selective sharpening was applied and ‘vuala’, the final version is in front of you!

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