Category Archives: HDR Photography

Venetian Gondola’s – Venice, Italy

The gondola is a traditional flat bottomed rowing boat which is an icon of Venice. The four hundred or so gondolas in operation are all primarily used for tourists and the fixed costs can be quite surprising. Typically starting at 80 Euros for a 45 minute ride. If you are a couple enjoying a romantic […]

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Bridge of Sighs – Venice, Italy

Built in 1602, Lord Byron gave it its name in the 19th century. By the time the bridge was built prisoners did not cross the bridge any more and so Byron’s suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their last sight of Venice, was not entirely accurate. Due to its position and from where it can […]

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Rialto Bridge – Venice, Italy

It was cold and overcast throughout my stay in Venice. I was unlucky with the weather and so had to contend with just the beauty of Venice, without decent weather. The Rialto Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Grand Canal between the districts of San Marco and San Polo. For a bridge that […]

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Vatican City & Rome Panorama – Rome, Italy

There is a viewing platform at the base of the lantern from where you can enjoy an unparalleled panorama over Rome. You have the option of taking the elevator or the stairs, the latter being a bit cheaper. At the foot of the dome you can walk onto the roof terrace, from where you get […]

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Castel Sant’Angelo – Rome, Italy

The Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum (Mausoleum of Hadrian). Like most ancient architecture in Rome it is now a museum and you can go up to the parapets for a view across the Tiber River. I had a lot to do in Rome […]

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St Peter’s Basilica – Rome, Italy

Considered to be the centre of Catholicism, St Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It is one of the largest churches in the world and the works of art and statues within the church must be seen. I’m not religious but I had to admire the architecture. The detail is mesmerising. […]

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Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

I would recommend the approach from Via delle Muratte, off Via del Corso, when you first go to see the Trevi Fountain. Merchants selling iconic memorabilia line the alley. As you walk closer to the end, you hear the sound of the water and the space then opens up. Of course you want photos without […]

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The Pantheon – Rome, Italy

I like how some of the ancient architecture of Rome is tucked away, surrounded by buildings. You walk up a nondescript alley wondering at which turn you’ll see it and then there it is as the piazza opens up and presents its secret. The best approach has to be the one to the Trevi Fountain […]

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Column of Marcus Aurelius – Rome, Italy

The Column of Marcus Aurelius is a Roman victory column in Piazza Colonna, Rome, Italy. It is a Doric column featuring a spiral relief: it was built in honour of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and modelled on Trajan’s Column. Well that is the brief history lesson. I wanted the column to appear taller than the […]

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Altar of the Fatherland – Rome, Italy

The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) who was the first king of a unified Italy. It courted controversy due to its location and style. Just like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in […]

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