Having recently returned from a trip to Europe, I have hundreds of photos to choose from, but relatively little time to post them. The visits to Florence and Rome were certainly among the highlights of the 10-city trip, and in most cases, I used my more elaborate Nikon D200 to produce the photos. Here I used my IPhone IV. I found that the phone created better images than the more expensive camera. (If I had used a tripod and set up the Nikon manually, I would have produced better photos.)
Churches had been located at this site as early as the 4th Century AD. The present St. Peter's Papal Basilica, one of the most important churches of Christendom and one of the greatest architectural wonders on earth, was a creation of the High and Late Renaissance. It was designed by Bramante, its construction commencing in 1506. Fifty years later the magnificent dome crowning the building was created according to a design by the immortal Michelangelo. By the time the edifice was completed in 1626, one-hundred and twenty years after its construction began, it had numbered among its artist/architects Bernini.
As I braced myself to take this photo, I could see to my right people milling about "the Pieta", arguably Michelangelo's greatest sculpture, carved when the sculptor was only 25. Here the parallel shafts of light entering through the cupola created a magical, breath taking scene. Anyone having the time and energy should climb the winding spiral staircase of the dome for an unforgettable glimpse of The View from the Top.
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
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nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-08-24 10:13
Hello Professor Atalay,
This view of the St. Peter's Papal Basilica is one of the most impressive views I have ever seen. It is indeed ironic to say that I phone created better image than your Nikon. As you can see Japanese SLR are not invincible. The vertical format is very effectively capturing the dramatic shaft of light coming through the openings of the dome. Colour rendition is on the soft side creating and capturing the interior of the basilica very well. It is now two oclock in the morning here. It is very nice to be your virtual neighbour. With my at most compliments,
Very best wishes professor Atalay,
Your next-door neighbour Nobu.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-08-24 10:32
Ola amigo Bulent,
Belo momento com estes raiso de luz dentro da St Peters Basilica ,bons detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
anupam06 (769) 2011-08-24 10:42
I am wondering if it ever crossed your mind while taking this picture, to change the settings through manual control :-) The image quality is quite nice but the moment captured ...well that's priceless. God's fingers is what we call here. Lovely!
TFS & best regards,
MLINES (12516) 2011-08-24 21:30
Hi Bulent, A special capture with the beams of sunlight adding a lot to the visual impact. It certainly is a very special place. It has to be said it is not easy to keep your jaw shut when going into there. Great golden colours. Always hoards of visitors there it seems, but it is one of the most visited buildings in the world no doubt. TFS. Murray
mauro61 (52855) 2011-08-24 23:55
luce quasi mistica ad attraversare la scena di questo interno chiesa ben rappresentato.
snunney (96721) 2011-08-25 2:01
A very successful image for one taken on a phone. I like the busy atmosphere here, but, more especially, the lovely lighting. Really, quite a special moment.
To answer your question, I was only in the UK on a short visit in May. I took quite a lot of pictures despite the rather awful weather and have not longed finished going through them. I will be reverting to my pictures of France shortly. Thanks for asking, best regards.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-08-25 2:52
You are right, it is not still necessary to possess the best photographic equipment to realize very beautiful images, you demonstrate it here. The atmosphere is very divine, with the light and the colors. The architecture and the decoration are always so surprising, but also this permanent large crowd. A good and interesting photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
corjan3 (2109) 2011-08-25 3:06
Very beautiful with wonderful atmosphere. Interesting also your comparison of cameras. I just want to sit back and enjoy this lovely image. Thank you and best wishes.
delpeoples (57264) 2011-08-25 3:40
Hi dear Bulent
I love this light, it's just heavenly. You shot it superbly. The blur of the people also adds a nice sense of dynamism. Excellent shot, and I love your stitched photo on FB.
Have a wonderful day
jhm (150674) 2011-08-25 4:24
The earthquake has you not stopped for a photo to post.
A very nice interior shot out of Italy with these splendid shafts of light diagonal through the church.
The WS of one of members gives a little bit better and sharpness image.
Splendid taken with a lot nice details in these structure.
Also colors and presentation are excellent done.
Nice made and excellent composition. TFS.
npecanhuk (74384) 2011-08-25 5:32
Although I miss more sharpness, what I really enjoyed here were the chosen pov, vertical format and, mainly, management of light!
TFS - congrats,
zoomer (6) 2011-08-25 16:25
Hi,I am not a fan of IPhones as cameras,they do a great job of recording the occasional police brutality however.One does get an idea of the beauty of this place as if painted in aquarelle.Warm regards,Wolf.
Atousa (7131) 2011-08-26 0:37
Good choice of vertical framing to show this magnificent architecture; its really beautiful n detailed.. like a lot the shafts of light which have added to the beauty of this photo.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
bukitgolfb301 (40684) 2011-08-26 1:03
Hi my dear Bulent
Sorry for my late action and reply.
Another so wonderful and gorgeous image!
Great light catch and presentation!
Golden color touch and tone is so fresh and marvelous!!!!!
Your high sense and skill should be highly appreaciated. Thanks for your sharing with nice work and have a good day.
Takero from Tokyo, heavy rainy day
gunbud (34066) 2011-08-26 7:32
You did a fine job of handling the difficult light in this lovely catherdral scene.
The many communicants add a nice human touch to this lovely display of Vanitian architecture.
Warm Regards, Tom
DjoleEric (0) 2011-08-26 12:29
I am new to you and I hope it will be nice to hang out.
Excellent photos and a good display of colors and sharpness.
emka (94298) 2011-08-27 6:56
These rays of light are very attractive feature of this composition. The POV is also very well selected, nice colours, but it seems to me that with a camera the photo would be better. I never use my phone to make photos. I do not need - my camera is always ready hanging on my neck. It is such a long time since I was in Rome. It would be nice to come again.
I hope that everything is OK after the earthquake. I read there were some minor destruction in the National Cathedral. Take care in the hurricane.
danyy (0) 2011-08-28 23:27
dommage pour les fantômes au premier plan, j'aime beaucoup ces jeux de lumières divines. Une photo surexposée dans les zones de hautes lumières.
Longroute (19396) 2011-08-29 2:10
In our collective "Christian" imagination the shafts of light descending from the sky are connected with the presence of divinity. Such is the strength of all the paintings, icons etc. that we have absorbed in our childhood... (:-)
So actually this shaft here is most appropriate! (:-)
The photo is well composed, selecting an appealing and meaningful portion of this too famous basilica, so we can forgive you the slight blurred image... ((:-)
My best regards,
revebaclama (16) 2011-08-29 2:14
les voix du Seigneur....et quelques fantomes pour les entendre!
c'est tres bien vu et bien realisé...
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-08-30 1:18
what a beautiful one from you. Great composition. Love the shafts of lights coming through the windows of this church. Excellenly exposed with superb colour and the depth is nice. The motion blur due the the low shatter speed is nice to see in such atmosphere. Great framing. Tfs.
tober (8797) 2011-08-31 1:47
Merhaba Bülent Bey, fotoğraf çekmesini bilen bir ustanın cep telefonuyla bile normal makineyi aratmayan fotoğraflar çekebileceğini gösteren bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık, saygılar. Tolga
josepmarin (58343) 2011-09-03 5:34
yesterday you had to celebrate your fifth anniversary on TE. Though with a day of delay, CONGRATULATIONS!
In this photo you have used skillfully the sunlight rays that enter through the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, in order to obtain a magical and almost mystical effect, considering the atmosphere of this holy place.
Your IPhone works very well, but it does not reach the quality level of your D200 in manual settings, undoubtedly.
Nevertheless, the photo is very attractive.
A beautiful work, my friend.
patdeph (35748) 2011-09-04 12:44
I think that the quality would have been better with your nikon,but anyway,the light here is fantastic,it's the dream of each photographer to have such a light.The church is superb too,and the picture is vert beautiful to look at.
Silvio1953 (139727) 2011-09-05 12:05
Ciao Bulent, fantastic light in a fascinating churc, great view of wonderful interior, splendid clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
jadesgran (5423) 2011-09-06 22:21
This looks like a very palatial building, and I think you have captured it very well.
the pillars are especially very ornate,and the inclusion of the people add to the scale of the buiding.Best Wishes
Urs (14082) 2011-09-08 20:22
You are right we have 12 hours time difference as I'm still in Alor Star Malaysia. You will go to bed soon while I will be cooking respectively steam a fish head, accompanied by a double boiled herb soup, broccoli stir fried with shrimps and squid. Wanna join us?
Excellent shot without flash. It does not matter, that the persons in the FG are not sharp, it adds drama to the shot. You have beautifully captured the light rays, amazing. Well done.
eldancer1 (36343) 2011-09-17 9:49
Very nice capture of the light shaft coming down from the ceiling of this beautiful church. Looks like a miracle coming. Great pov and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2011-09-18 16:15
Excellent rays of light!!! The create a lovely effect!!
photoray (13967) 2011-09-20 16:43
Eye catching for the golden lighting and sun rays radiating the inside of St. Peters
The resolution could be argued pro or con. At least I do not have a Iphone, and am regressing to a 17" laptop and email (no texting).
I am envious,
limielski (0) 2011-09-21 12:18
I like the rays of the ligh. An unusual place and unusual shot. The blurred man on the foreground doesn't disturb - he is an interesting part of the composition. Well done - I like this shot.
PS. Thanx for your note on "live links" in your last comment. (Sokolica 50 years later)
I have improved it :-)
Have a nice evening/day!
paura (47186) 2011-09-24 14:19
O trato na iluminação - e captação dela - impôs uma aura divina à fotografia. Grande trabalho, amigo.
claudeD (37772) 2011-09-30 12:23
Very fine picture with this sunrays. I like the scenery very much. I was there this week and was really impressed by this world famous church. i will publish my shots of St.Peter in the next days.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mkamionka (35554) 2011-10-27 1:53
this is such an impressive place. I remember well my walk there in the past. It was in the pre-digital times so I don't have anything posted here. Rome is in my opinion the most beautiful city in the world. And the St Peter's Basilica is one of the highlights.
I see you have tried to capture the beam of light which indeed is very attractive. A bit pity that the photo is not sharp. I remember I was allowed to use flash there but not the tripod, but then I was immobilizing my camera wherever it was only possible.
People in the foreground are a bit disturbing but I can see your excitement about this place.
Oh now I see you took it with the phone: in that case the quality is not that bad.
Bournazel (0) 2011-11-09 0:37
Something divine in your Shot Bulent
funny to see a picture taken witn an Iphone but it's a good idea to always take it with...
cavli (1876) 2012-02-15 7:03
Merhaba Sevgili Bülent Bey,
harika bir ışık süzmesi yakalamışsınız. bir cep telefonu ile çok güzel bir sonuç elde etmişsiniz.
soğuk ve kar yağışlı istanbuldan selamlar & saygılar..
Noel_Byrne (30059) 2014-05-05 8:02
No better place in the world than this to see these heavenly beams of light striking through the air like this. One of the mot beautiful places I have ever been, and this light gives such a great feeling to the shot. A very beautiful moment captured with perfect timing. Thanks as always for sharing.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-14
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: iPhone V
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Heavenly Light, DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-24 9:20