St Peter's Square | Piazza Di Pietra
One of the highlights of Vatican City, this astounding public square is the first thing you will see your way to St Peter's Cathedral.
The curving colonnades frame the church perfectly, and the large public space is one of the most beautiful in Rome.
The square was built by Bernini - a Baroque architect, sculptor and painter who also gave Rome another of my favourite public spaces, the Piazza Navona.
This photo was taken at sunrise. I planned (and surprisingly succeeded) to be in the first elevator up the cupola, where I also took this photo:
Vertigo in the Cupola
Being up there early has its advantages. Most importantly, you don't have 50,000 other tourists jostling you. You also get rewarded with nice sunrises. In this photo, sunlight slowly advances over the piazza and the rest of Rome.
Post processing on PS - rotate slightly >minor crop >levels >unsharp mask >brightness/contrast >colour balance
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mikee (2354) 2004-08-10 18:49
Wonderful colos and a splendid view of this famous area of Rome. It is a shame the photo lacks a wee bit of quality with the details in the background washed off. However, it is a great composition. Well done.
It's always great if you can wake up early in the morning in such places. The atmosphere is amazing and you have the place all to yourself.
Marcie (345) 2004-08-10 23:03
Very good association, and a great panoramic shot.
pamastro (7218) 2004-08-10 23:53
Beautiful shot, Lynn. Excellent view. The light is so soft. That morning mist is there. It really has a morning beauty to it. The square is nicely calm at this time of day. It's quite a catch. Very nicely done.
robiuk (10805) 2004-08-14 13:08
Very emotional to me - good wide capture that lacks of sharpness.
Colours are alright but I have to admit I don't like this thick black border above and below the photo.