When its your first time traveling to Rome, a day spent in the Vatican is a must.
And for us photographers, one of the main subjects to capture is the famous Spiral Staircase.
When we arrived at the Vatican, we actually headed directly for the staircase. I'm sure it looked funny because as you enter 99% of the people go one direction, while we the 1%, headed for the exit as soon as we entered lol
The amazing thing with such Iconic subjects is that the name itself can be legendary. Meaning, when I saw the staircase in person I couldn't believe how SMALL it actually was! I guess in my head I was picturing something grande, over-the-top, and larger than life.
But still, it was such a thrill to be here and see it in person. We had so much fun photographing it.
Here is the view from the Top looking down. I purposely left the photo somewhat dark, just to give it a different feel and atmosphere.
My next post will be a view of the Staircase from the bottom looking UP! A much more unique and abstract presentation.
thanks for looking
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dkmurphys (62831) 2014-07-01 7:40
Spectacular POV of those impressive stairs. Everything is perfect, a genuine graphical composition.
Nicou (148458) 2014-07-01 8:08
quelle vue de cet escalier superbe compo et iamge quel coujrbe et ronds fantastique et ce tons gris noir superbe.
Bravo et amitié
COSTANTINO (68182) 2014-07-01 9:51
Hello dear friend
wonderful and spectacular pov of all those
impressisve stairs perfectly executed
photo with useful notes
I liked your last phrase
my next post woll be a view of the
staircase from the bottom looking
up we aare awaiting for it
the soonest possible
have a nice time
emka (104210) 2014-07-01 9:58
Hi Craig, Haha, of course, the stairs were already shown n-times (where n is a big number) but it is always a challenge to post the better photo. Your wide angle was useful there. I couldn't capture it all. My friend found me quite crazy that I spent so much time on these stairs, trying to find the best POV. Thrilling to see it at last in person, isn't it.
Excellent capture, so sharp and with great light. Strange that it is so empty. Such oval, it looks like a very strange eye.
Tomorrow will be the photo for you :)
WArm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (101285) 2014-07-01 10:49
Very impressive and perfectly taken, good exposure, nice sharpness and good timing with people, congratulations.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-07-01 11:33
A classic, of course, but you've done it beautifully here. The tones all down the staircase are incredibly rich, and you clearly used every available bit of that 8mm lens... really a shot that pulls you in, but my appetite is whetted by your tease for the next shot, which is an angle I don't know I've seen. Thanks!
mjw364 (1466) 2014-07-01 11:57
Great image! The super wide lens came into its own here and this one shot made whatever it cost worth every penny (or cent)! I love it.
Wouldn't you hate to be the Pope though? Imagine being the age these guys usually are and having to climb that staircase everyday - it's a surprise they don't die more often!
Cracking shot - love it.
Noel_Byrne (33054) 2014-07-01 12:16
Please forgive my weirdness, but this looks to me, very much like some sort of alien creature coming screaming towards the camera! The balustrade in the upper part looks like a flailing tentacle, which the centre looks like the entrance to some giant squid like beak. And in the Vatican of all places! Sorry, it is likely just my head having seen way too many horror films, but I love the striking effect this had on me when I opened the thumbnail. Beautiful place and scene, and remember, in the Vatican, no one can hear you scream.....
holmertz (57367) 2014-07-01 12:37
Sometimes you surprise me a bit by being so eager to take pictures from the already most photographed places imaginable. I guess it's a challenge for a clever photographer to try to do someting different. I can't tell from memory what makes this different from earlier photos, but I do enjoy the view of those two persons going downstairs. They are surely seen here for the first time :-). Actually, if this was early in the day it would take another hour, or several, before people started to leave. It must be fairly unique to see this staricase with only two persons on it.
See, you did something different after all!
Have a good week,
chawax (20760) 2014-07-01 12:43
Very good shot ! These spiral stairaces are very eye catching subjects for photos. I love the wide angle lens view and the dark light. The two people on the stairs who add a human presence to the scene. I think it would have been better to move your framing a very little to the right not to cut the rail of the stairs on the right.
Thanks for sharing !
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-01 13:27
Ta version est très réussie avec un bon cadrage et un rendu de couleurs intéressant. Ton grand angle a été très efficace ici. On attend avec impatience la version d'en bas.
carlo62 (53252) 2014-07-01 15:37
credo che queste siano le scale più fotografate al mondo, ma non ci sono dubbi sul perché.
Bella la tua interpretazione, le due persone, i due punti colorati, che si vedono, sono quelli che aggiungono interesse a tutta la foto.
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-01 16:48
Seen a million times, even have one myself...but this millionth and one viewing is still very much a welcome sight...give yourself a swirly for this shot! :) Is it possible to once again experience vertigo just from looking at a picture??
Such a cool pattern, almost like looking down on a tornado, but a much less fearsome and extremely elegant rendition. I actually like the fact it's a bit darker, it feels to accentuate the natural light shining through, which also helps the 3D layering effect.
Now be honest, before recent times, would you have waited for the scene to be completely clear of people? lol No matter the answer, they are a perfect compliment and obviously add that sense of scale. Going in and heading straight for the exit...I like the way you think my friend! :) Have a good one. Take it easy.
Sorry to hear about your cars A/C and the repair cost. Ouch! Just roll down all of the windows and drive faster, it works. ha
rychem (40649) 2014-07-01 20:40
This snail is fantastic, excellent shot, great POV and perfect composition
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-01 23:13
Hello Craig - We didn't go to Rome preferring to see more rural areas in Italy but I guess if we had the Vatican would have been on our list of must-sees.
It is easy to see why the spiral staircase is such a popular subject, the elliptical shape is unusual and the decoration beautiful. Here both features are well captured. I agree with Gert here, the figures add enormously to the scene adding a splash of colour and contrast.
I look forward to the more funky upload.
CLODO (35360) 2014-07-02 4:12
The ultra wide angle lens is absolutly necessary to get all the staircase, looking as a big spiral on which a few people go down. Good light management !
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-02 4:13
You did a great job of photographing these well-known stairs. Its amazing what length and expense photographers go to to get their own images of already well recorded subjects. I went to Iceland to see and photograph the things that I had seen previously on TREKEARTH.
Sergiom (85999) 2014-07-02 6:52
Je me disais bien aussi que j'aurais du apporter ma lentille 10-20 pour prendre cette photo. Il ressort très bien ainsi dans toute sa splendeur cet escalier du musée du Vatican.
As-tu comme moi été déçu de la chapelle sixtine?
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-07-02 8:29
I like this hypnotic image. Good use of your wide angle to get it all in, and I like the inclusion of the two people showing just how big the structure is in relation to them. Good management of the dim lighting as all the nice details are visible throughout.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-07-02 9:53
I get dizzy just looking at it, I can imagine going down the staircase. Good pov and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-07-02 10:29
The spiral staircase theme is always very popular here on TE. This picture is a very good example of the theme. A very attractive view with very pleasant colours. The persons add life (and colours) to the capture.
tyro (26142) 2014-07-02 12:37
What an interesting note you have written! Funnily enough, like yourself, I had always thought that this staircase was of massive dimensions too - so it's good to learn that we were both wrong! I presume that this is the "double spiral" staircase and indeed it would appear so from your photograph. And obviously (unlike spiral staircases in castles, etc.) this staircase was not built for defence because the spiral "goes the wrong way" - this one has a right-hand pitch whereas those built for defence have a left-hand pitch.
Enough of that. This is a gorgeous photograph which, like so many good ones, is so wonderful because of the lovely light which pervades the scene: lovely soft lighting from above (there must be some windows high up there) brings out all the fine soft colours as well as the textures in the ornate railings. And, of course, your composition is just perfect too - and the inclusion of the two people, brightly dressed and at just the right point in their descent, are just
the "icing on the cake".
ChrisJ (117199) 2014-07-02 14:31
Thanks for posting this. I spent limited time at St Peters and the Vatican and missed this. A fantastic spiral resembling a seashell. Good sharpness and the dark, somber diffused light adds mood. The couple add scale. Tfs!
nikkitta (17068) 2014-07-02 14:42
I remember this capture made by Bulent, but yours is special with ONLY two people descending and giving a good touch of red
Like the dark golden tones and POV
bona (13739) 2014-07-02 19:09
Ooooowoooo! Wonderful photo Craig!
Love this and add to my favorites theme.
I think the result is in part of the eye fish lens and in part the place architecture. Incredable result you got.
chrislo (4097) 2014-07-03 1:41
A classic view of these famous stairs, possibly the most photographed stairs in the world, but still wonderfully captured and always great to look at. These spiral staircases provide indeed a fascinating subject of photography with their spiral shape, repeated over and over as we look down to the bottom. The perspective is spectacular and the effect really mesmerizing, and your POV has perfectly captured the hypnotic quality of the geometric patterns. Excellent contrast between the shadowed and lighted areas. The descending visitors add a human touch to the scene. Excellent shot.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-07-03 1:55
lovely picture and very good use of classic motive of the spiral staircase. Well chosen POV and nicely organized composition with couple of people caught in the frame. I like superb quality of the colors and sharpness as well as very good framing.
Thanks for sharing
All the best
Royaldevon (41799) 2014-07-03 3:41
I really, really like this!
It makes me a little dizzy just looking at it!
The orientation is superb, whilst those figure give scale and focus. You'd swear they were moving!!
Have a lovely day,
dip (23890) 2014-07-03 5:13
a really amazing shot with fantastic graphical effect,
the inclusion of people admittedly gives a scale to guess the dimensions,but somehow I also see as very big,
about the lighting I would say that this "somewhat dark" works perfectly here!
thanks for sharing,
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-03 22:59
Amazing and very well executed presentation of this spectacular construction. Like the quite dark tonality here which helped to create an unique mood and great visual effect. Very well done!
Silvio1953 (150245) 2014-07-04 7:17
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with fantastic geometry, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-07-04 11:39
What a super staircase and composition with so many dynamics in the frame coupled by the drama of that ultra wide lens for it does give the vertigo and enormous height effect. I really like the off axis symmetry of this image and the "vortex" effect and it's always interesting where the people end up on theses stairs. I feel that the incomplete spiral makes you engage with the picture better. You got the colour tones and exposure spot on. A brilliant shot. tfs
worldcitizen (9172) 2014-07-04 11:40
Hello again Craig,
Ah, the famous staircase. :-) I like seeing it every time. The spirals are mesmerizing, and your execution and presentation are great as always. It's nice that there were some people, but not too many. They add a little spice to the scene, but the staircase is still the star.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-07-04 22:51
The Spiral staircase is truly spectacular.Great way to exhibit a form of art slowly disappearing in our modern world.Excellent colors and sharpness.Very well captured.TFS.
cornejo (45408) 2014-07-11 11:28
Hi Craig, I'm here again after my vacation. Very good view of this interesting spiral staircase, nicely captured by a great pov with pretty good picture. An interesting image of an interesting place, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (71053)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2014-05-25
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- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
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