Long time ago, when I was still a student in high school, I have received from my friend a picture from Rome taken from this exact POV. I always dreamt about visiting it someday. I didn’t think I will be ever able to afford it. Many years later this dream came true. Equipped with a newly purchased Canon EOS 300 together with my girlfriend who later became my wife I arrived in Rome. Sadly I didn’t know about the existence of blue hour at that time. It was also in pre-digital times, hence it is a scan from negative. I knew I want to find this exact POV and try it by night.
This little story is for me an evidence that dreams do come true. Now my dream is to visit this place in the future again, show it to my daughter, and take this photo again at the blue hour with a digital camera.
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Giustiniani (3418) 2014-04-22 14:42
une très belle photo de nuit. Le POV est bien choisi, la vue est superbe, les reflets, les couleurs, les lumière, tout très beau. La qualité de la photo permet d'apprécier tous les détails.
tyro (20884) 2014-04-22 14:45
Although this picture was taken thirteen years ago on 35mm colour negative film with a Canon EOS 300 SLR, I would certainly be very happy if I could produce an image as good as this with my digital SLR nowadays! You must have an excellent scanner and also some excellent abilities in processing too!
All right, it's not the "blue hour" here, but does that really matter? The sky might be pure black but the artificial light more than makes up for that with beautiful lighting on the bridge and on the building on the right with its glorious dome.
Thank you for your inclusion of a map too - if I've read your map correctly, I think the bridge must be Ponte Sant Angelo and the large domed building must be St. Peter's Basilica - am I right?
No, Mariusz, do not complain. I think that this is a fabulous photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And even more impressive that it was scanned from a negative! It's a phtotograph I'd be very proud to have taken today.
P.S. But, yes, Mariusz, you must take your daughter (and your digital camera) back here! Oh, yes, and your wife too! :o)
macjake (57728) 2014-04-22 15:21
I hope you get to have the closure you're looking for, and what a way to complete that by having your daughter along side you!
Like you, Blue Hour isn't known to everyone and i certainly didn't know about it in my early days of taking photos.
this scan turned out pretty good my friend, in fact I can't really tell at all. Lovely view, perhaps I'll see it myself in May when i visit!
jasc (62) 2014-04-22 17:39
adidas5nb (5431) 2014-04-22 21:25
beautiful wide shot with excellent framing.love the light management here,and the curves of the bridge makes a great effect.
jemaflor (86548) 2014-04-22 23:15
great nightshot very well managed, I like the architecture and the format for the presentation with dome and bridge, lovely golden lights and beautiful water reflections.
emka (81684) 2014-04-22 23:28
Cześć Muriusz, Fantastyczne zdjęcie z Twojego archiwum. Co tam blue hour, ten nocny widok z gwiazdkami zapiera dech. Super ostrość i kolory. I świetna jakośc scanu. Marzenia sie spełniają, jeśli tego bardzo chcesz, więc jestem pewna, że i to spełni się bliskiej przyszłości. Też mam zdjęcie z tego miejsca, ale nie tak efektowne, niestety :(
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-04-22 23:34
super atmosfera dzieki oswietleni tej starej architektury tego wiecznego miasta,dobra ostrosc,pozdrawiam
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-22 23:40
piekna notka, ktora uzupelnia to czarujace zdjecie. Ja takze mam gdzies w starych albumach zdjecia, o ktorych marzylam i jakos po czasie te podroze sie spelnily. I pomimo ze takze teraz kazdy wyjazd jest ekscytujacy, jakos te pierwsze wyryly sie najbardziej w mojej pamieci.
Wracajac do zdjecia, POV jest rzeczywiscie bardzo dobry. Most przecina calosc w dobrej proporcji, a napiecie kumuluje sie po prawej stronie, gdzie architektura jest szczeolnie ciekawa. Ladnie rozgrane swiatlo i mnostwo refleksow ktore wzbogacaja kompozycje.
Warto marzyc, bo czasem faktycznie te marzenia sie spelniaja :-)
lousat (79019) 2014-04-23 2:49
HI Mariusz,absolutely great this night pic from Romen,what a perspective,what a perfect time of exposure to take the best lights and detail and to create this silk effect on the water,truly a great spectacle,i like it!!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-23 5:38
like you I visited Rome before the digital age and only have a few shots even worthy of posting here, but this is wonderful. Transition into digital is perfect - well done!
Regards - B.
Royaldevon (31171) 2014-04-23 6:25
I have no doubt that you will achieve your dream. When there is a strong focus on an event, it does become possible.
THis is a beautiful night time photograph and is as good as any blue hour photograph could possibly be. Your daughter would be entranced by it. The artificial lights reflecting on the water, make it look like ice. The bridge creates a very interesting separation line and the Basilica is strongly placed.
I've no doubt that, after the first magic of the moment, you would be able to explain about the compositional features! It is a lovely, very achievable dream!
My warm regards,
dkmurphys (50376) 2014-04-23 7:09
Spectacular night scene. Rome is amazing and offers a lot of wonderful views like this one.
Enjoy a fine evening.
ikeharel (59435) 2014-04-23 9:52
Fabulous night shot, Mariusz, your trade-mark photography.
Excelent details of the dome and bridge, reflected on water, and most importent - no excessive bulbs-glare.
nikkitta (15228) 2014-04-23 13:04
It seems a good night capture plenty of good reflects on the silk waters taken with a digital camera
Of course you must return at the blue hour ( what a boring program for a litke girl)
If I am right this is the bridge Sant Angelo but I remember visiting it and seen the Vatican from a terrace, not so close as is here
gervaso (10829) 2014-04-24 9:36
Perfect night shot, with the lights perfectly captured and a very nice sharpness! The reflections on the water are a beautiful detail! Wonderful composition!
delpeoples (53523) 2014-04-25 0:24
Ahhh so beautiful and a shot that makes me nostalgic for the Eternal City. I have a shot similar, although not as good as yours. I love the close up on the domes and the old bridge of Rome. Have you heard the song I Ponti Di Roma? A very romantic song, perfect to accompany your photo.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-28 8:17
sono passati ben 13 anni da quando hai scattato questa foto e come hai giustamente detto nelle note il digitale ancora non si era affermata e si fotografava ancora con i vecchi metodi scegliendo tra negative e diapositive.
Per essere una foto scannerizzata da un negativo, a mio parere, il risultato è più che buono tanto più considerando che si tratta di un notturno e non di un'ora blu.
L'esposizione in ogni caso era perfetta come si buo ben notare dal dettaglio della cupola di San Pietro.
Ti auguro di poter presto realizzare il tuo sogno e ripetere questa inquadratura in quella che a mio parere è la più bella ora blu per fotografare questo luogo: la fine della notte che precede l'alba quando il silenzio avvolge il luogo in maniera magica e la luce poco alla volte avvolge il ponte, il fiume e la basilica.
Ciao e buona settimana
danos (88205) 2014-04-28 9:14
very nice the night view as looks like a real post card.Excellent the light and the colour management with the details to are captured superb.I like the created reflections as the beauty of the night scene.
Fis2 (87273) 2014-04-28 14:33
Bardzo przyjemne nocne foto.
Super kolorki i swiatlo.
tedesse (25133) 2014-04-29 10:41
Piekna nocna fotografia.
Doskonaly POV i kompozycja, super ostrosc i kolory tej pieknej archiwalnej pocztowki!
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-04-29 20:23
Mariusz, a spectacular nocturne of the eternal city!!
I'm impressed by the the clarity and the great detail!!
the light and shadows play the most important role in your artistic presentation!
a fabulous work..
PS: I'm so glad that you have visited Balboa Park and that you liked it..come back anytime!
williewhistler (14757) 2014-04-30 8:27
a fine conversion to digital has ensured that you have lost none of the charm and interest of the original slide,the details are nicely sharp and very clear and whilst the blue hour sky may be missing it remains a first class photograph with pleasing natural colours.
A shot to treasure.
Kind regards Les.
mcmtanyel (14537) 2014-04-30 21:01
Nice, sharp night photo. That would have been enough to earn full mark. But it also has a very pleasant subject. Congrats & TFS!
rychem (25080) 2014-04-30 21:45
Super, świetne nocne zdjęcie z doskonałą kompozycją, bardzo mi się podobają powtarzające się przęsła mostu,
adramad (39078) 2014-05-01 8:43
A magnificent sight, with the charm of the night lighting and the beautiful reflections in the river, magnificent POV capturing all Basiica bridge and St. Peter.
Very nice colorful, these natural shades.
Very well balanced lighting and very good sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Wish you a very nice day.
Cricri (108601) 2014-05-01 10:38
Une qualité d'image excellente, comme la prise des lumières, des reflets, une netteté irréprochable et le POV super bien choisi, une très belle réalisation nocturne
Waylim (25366) 2014-05-01 22:26
This is gorgeous film or digital. As a matter of fact this put many of us to shame with our new digital and expensive camera, we may not have come up with such a good shot. We all have dreams and good to know many of them are fulfill and we want to continue wish this upon other as well and to share it with other and especially you future generations.
adores (38591) 2014-05-31 16:03
You will make it for sure:)! Seems the scanner kept its quality, it's a good night shot, with a good pov and exposure. Even if it's not in the blue hour, it's a good shot!
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (31179)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-06-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 300, Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-22 14:09