In my last post I showed you the famous Vatican Staircase from above shooting downwards towards the floor.
Here is the opposite view, standing at the bottom looking straight up.
I'm not sure if this pov has been shown alot, but if it has i'm sure its far less often than the classic view.
It was so much fun shooting this scene, I spent way too much time here - but thats the whole point right!
Personally, what I love about this photo is how the staircase is so full of yellows - whereas the same staircase shooting DOWNWARDS in my previous post has strong green colors...very strange.
I wish I had a funny story to share, but unfortunately everybody was safe, nobody tripped or fell down the steps...how boring :)
Hope you like this shot. If you don't, there's a horizontal composition in the WS.
thanks for looking.
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HimalAnda (9904) 2014-07-03 23:31
I like this kind of picture. The stairways is perfectly taken in picture, with a great light management.
The composition is dynamic. Well done!
besnard (53786) 2014-07-03 23:32
Une très belle photo bien pensée et bien réalisée.
Bravo et bonne journée.
jemaflor (86104) 2014-07-03 23:45
Good angle and result, congratulations. Well captured these contrast and light, tfs.
jjcordier (77014) 2014-07-03 23:54
Une version très originale de ce célèbre escalier vu d'en bas. J'aime le cadrage vertical (que je préfère à l'horizontal) et les couleurs chaudes. Et bravo pour avoir réussi à éviter tous les touristes!
petarl (1067) 2014-07-04 0:33
Hello good afternoon Craig,
Stunning view that makes me think my own leg will appear and walk on the stairs. Great ambient light. These three yellow stripes in the foreground make it somehow special... Nice spiral stairs and ornaments. But more than anything, excellently chosen angle where yellow stripes guide eyes to the spiral. Nicely spotted. All the best. Regards, Petar.
Royaldevon (30789) 2014-07-04 0:55
This shot has a whole different effect, though it is the same staircase! The first was like a pinwheel in motion; this is utterly serene and elegant. I love how it guides faultlessly from the bottom to the top of the frame.
The sharpness is excellent and the colours, warm and regal. I think you were right to choose this as your post as the staircase naturally follows the vertical format.
Have a lovely day,
Nicou (124243) 2014-07-04 1:05
Superbe image et compo quel escalier en rond quel effet architectural et vue et ces tons tamisés superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
serp2000 (40654) 2014-07-04 1:26
Outstanding interior! I think they have made so attractive design especially for the photographers. ;) 'cause if you don't have a camera... You can't tell about this beauty, right?
Excellent exposure, gorgeous colors! I also like your choice of the point of view, it shows us impressive graphic!
CLODO (30708) 2014-07-04 1:31
the post is more impressive than the WS, because with your wide angle, we can follow the double spiral, and the curves lines of them contrats well with the last 3 steeps. Moreover, you have mainly 2 colors: yellow/orange for the lamps and stairs marks and brown for the rest of the surface.
seres76 (1072) 2014-07-04 2:03
A different perspective on the stairs. been an aesthetic. Tfs...
josepmarin (57831) 2014-07-04 2:52
Hi, my friend Craig,
the difficult conditions of light were a real handicap for this capture, but you've solved it with a great skill.
I like the geometry of this elegant staircase, with a stunning spiral, its graphical effect, its perspective, and of course, the fantastic lighting you've caught.
It's a beautiful shot.
Wanda1 (14982) 2014-07-04 2:54
I really like this version, and the vertical format I find better than the horizontal workshop as it accentuates that feeling of going up and up and up... Wonderful warm tones and details that you have extracted in this low light condition. Well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-04 4:14
superb piece of exquisite symmetry. Your composition and execution here are superb as is your light management. It is a beautiful and irresistible study that works perfectly.
Have a good weekend - B.
Mics (717) 2014-07-04 4:17
I love this shot and the angle,....just like a breath of fresh air compared to the often seen POV of this famous staircase. The combination of gray and yellow is just perfect. Nice work!
Have a nice day,
Giustiniani (3378) 2014-07-04 4:49
une belle composition avec un cadrage adapté. Une mise en valeur originale et très réussie de ce bel ecalier.
Sergiom (62070) 2014-07-04 6:37
Je n'ai pas pensé à la prendre sous cet angle. Il est vrai que je n'avais pas le même outil entre les mains . C'est vraiment spectaculaire et très bien fait. Une chance que personne ne descendait.
rigoletto (34269) 2014-07-04 6:47
definitely not from balat or havana :)
even if we saw it for a million times, plus one would still attract. and indeed, this vertical (and human sterile) version is not seen so often. eye catching, clean photo.
kabel (1791) 2014-07-04 8:14
Hello, great pov with the yellow lines leading in. Perfect image as a vertical shot.
holmertz (42281) 2014-07-04 8:34
I think I like this more than the last photo. It is possibly because of the very intimate yellow light and the yellow lines on the lower steps that create a good atmosphere. I also have a feeling that nine times out of ten this kind of spiral staircase is shown from above, so this feels more original to me. The design of this staircase is really smart and elegant and you captured its beauty superbly.
Have a great weekend.
tyro (20778) 2014-07-04 8:52
Well, actually, I like both this shot and your workshop one too though I think that your main picture has a more interesting and dramatic composition. Yes, the picture is full of yellows but, honestly, I can't help feeling that the yellow strips on the lower three steps are a present-day concession to damn "health and safety" and not an original architectural feature! But, then I guess you could say the same about the electric lights too.
Your composition is bang-on and very impressive and the mixture of warm tungsten light and the natural daylight coming in from above is very appealing. Beautifully presented with gorgous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. I guess that tripods are not allowed in this place so how did you manage this shot at 1/13 second?
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-07-04 9:38
Bravo Craig - This is excellent. The composition is soooo much more creative than the previous one and there is a richness to the colours and contrasts which I really like. Using the yellow markers on the stairs as you have done is a masterstroke. Beautiful!
Have a great weekend.
chrislo (4155) 2014-07-04 10:17
A very effective version here of this famous staircase. The golden glow of the lights illuminating the stairs is wonderful, as are the rich brown tonalities and the numerous details that you have captured on the carvings running up the spiral. You managed the exposure brilliantly, and the contrast of shadow and light all the way up provides a great sense of depth. Nicely composed with great clarity. You really did an excellent work here.
Have a great weekend.
emka (80936) 2014-07-04 10:54
Hi Craig, Hat off! I like this composition very much. The creativity here doesn't lie not that it is up, there are more photos (almost 20) up, but in these beautiful curves and using the three stripes as eye catching element. Nicely position this vase on the postument. All the photo is carefully planned and realized. Fantastic.
WArm regrads MAlgo
worldcitizen (7131) 2014-07-04 11:46
It's me again. :-)
Funny how different this staircase looks depending on the POV. In the previous photo there's a more medieval feeling to it, and it seems darker, but in this photo it's bright and almost has an Art Deco aura. Did you chase all the other people away to get these photos?! I also like the WS photo a lot. If staircases have personalities, then this one must be very proud of all the attention it receives! LOL!! :-)
carlo62 (34538) 2014-07-04 11:52
per me è la più bella foto della scalinata, non ho mai visto niente di simile.
Complimenti per la realizzazione, una fantastica esposizione e un taglio meraviglioso.
resat1972 (7428) 2014-07-04 12:08
a high impact graphics a great photo
very good light and colors
siudzi (34047) 2014-07-04 16:19
I love it! You have been able to get a brand new view of this fantastic landmark! Brilliant idea of composition taken with smartly executed details and lights. Superb image. Congrats!
Best and have a nice weekend!
rychem (24626) 2014-07-04 21:34
My short comment: splendid photo,
jcpix (13708) 2014-07-04 22:08
Wow, picture of the day! What an awesome shot, I can't remember the last time I saw one from this perspective. Genius take on the famed staircase, and a completely different outcome from the previous...and it's the same subject!?? :) Incredible what a composition and position can do for new found results.
How cool would it be if the steps actually fanned out to reach the bottom left corner? As it stands, haha...literally...this is a wicked cool shot! The natural light gently cascading down over the warm tones of the artificial lamps is stunning. The chocolately caramel colors are also quite delicious. Yep, pun intended. :)
And then there's the obvious orange peel spiral effect of the staircase itself with that elegantly designed trim...a thing of beauty on all accounts, man made and Craig made. :) Fantastic use of the negative space as well. One helluva shot! Hope you're feeling much better now. Enjoy the weekend. Take it easy.
Cheers from the States,
Noel_Byrne (25308) 2014-07-05 0:31
this really does look so different from this view and I can fully see why it's so famous.your composition is just perfect loading the eye in and up and around. This grand staircase sure gives the place a very ostentatious feel with its mood lighting. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing and have a great Saturday
Cricri (108087) 2014-07-05 4:50
Une prise parfaite dans les lumières et les teintes chaudes, j'aime beaucoup la version horizontale, un choix difficile, les deux sont très intéressante
saxo042 (37588) 2014-07-05 9:06
This is even better than the previous version! The three straight lines of the steps are very good in the composition. Very well captured and cropped.
chawax (19532) 2014-07-06 2:03
I love this one ! The POV is perfect. The yellow lines bottom of the stairs add depth and drive our look to climb the stairs. The dark atmosphere is great and the sharpness is very good. A top class picture !
Didi (57494) 2014-07-06 9:33
Very good lights control and very good frame quality of your composition
You had a good artistic inspiration
Silvio1953 (124687) 2014-07-06 13:11
Ciao Craig, an other great view of this fantastic stair, lovely composition with fascinating geometry, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (56815) 2014-07-06 13:19
Hello my dear friend
is this a scenery from amovie film?
it looks nice as original idea with
the symmetrical staircase
I liked your choice of point of view
with an excelent exposure and the
decorative items adding beauty
have a nice new week
sevy (15365) 2014-07-07 2:18
It is a very famous staircase, I also would like to see it with my own eye.
Good composition you succeeded to get.
ikeharel (58929) 2014-07-07 7:37
A fabulous walk inside a shell, Craig, and well collected the indoor's scene.
Lucky enough not to have a crown to interupt, the railing is outstanding element on photo.
Have a nice new week,
abmdsudi (44324) 2014-07-07 8:31
Wonderful tighter crop which enhances the image, in my eyes, as the staircase is filling the frame better and it works really to capture anything with the lack of light in area, I love in particular the warm light on the steps really pull you in. Magnificent detail all round whilst the processing simply enhances the charm tenfold....
Brill shot, Congrats.
nikkitta (14992) 2014-07-07 14:22
The fun history is that you waited to take the shot without horrible tourist with colorful clothes, instead a clean original capture from a quite different POF of the golden stairs
While the first shot is a classic one, this is a creative one
Prefer from this at the one of the WS, good work
claudeD (33642) 2014-07-08 0:39
very fine picture from Vatican City showing this well known staircase.Excellent choice of pov and perfect light managment.Remembers me my last visit to Rome and Vatican City.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adramad (38876) 2014-07-08 7:48
Wonderful composition, the spiral staircase is a work of art, as we've captured, I also like the diagonal effect of the steps. lucky enough to capture it can be no one in the same.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a good day.
mjw364 (7512) 2014-07-09 9:56
A shot I would be very proud to have taken myself. Perfect in every way - different colours? Colour temperature perhaps?
Not much to say about this - just perfect.
clic (15308) 2014-07-09 12:07
"Many are called but few are chosen"!
I can't sweep away from my mind this sentence of the Bible, in front of this abandoned stairway to Heaven!
The tonal depiction is so close to reality, so I have the impression I could get a chance to reach the endless beatitude!
Many compliments to your 8mm wide lens!
delpeoples (53419) 2014-07-11 17:57
I absolutely love this and totally prefer it to the reverse POV. Not sure why, maybe because of the originality, but also because of the warm light. I just love the dominance of those golden tones. Beautiful symmetry and a very subtle play of light and shade. Top shot. I hope you aren't offended by this, but your Italian photos have seen your photography reach a new level. Maybe because I connect more with anything Italian (hehe) but the quality and flair are more evident too.
mcmtanyel (14245) 2014-07-12 22:00
I like them both (horizontal and vertical). You took good advantage of a great find, well done!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-07-13 3:13
now this one is a cracker! The way you took the picture of these famous stairs is more original from others thanks to different POV. I like the way the steps create a perfect spiral which leads and eye up. The vase in the middle definitely adds to the whole composition and makes it more interesting. High quality of the colors, sharpness and lovely light management.
Thanks for sharing
annjackman (20135) 2014-07-14 11:05
Hi gain Craig,
I haven't seen this famous staircase from this angle which is surprising since it makes a very interesting pattern with gorgeous light. The orange lines usefully fill the darker bottom of the staircase with some colour and makes a beautifully balanced composition.
Kind Regards, Ann
cornejo (32752) 2014-07-14 11:34
Hi Craig, I like this excellent photograph of this super interesting, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light double spiral staircase. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
All the best from southern Spain.
swapankumarroy (2839) 2014-07-20 9:46
It is really unbelievable to me. You captured a perfect image, choose exact position to captured it. Light and shade, colour management, composition, colour of the last three stairs are almost perfect.
with best wishes
adores (38224) 2014-07-22 15:53
This is a beautiful staircase and light and composition are really good. I prefer this vertical one because of the orange stripes in foreground. Beautiful details, you managed light really well!
NorthernLight (2313) 2014-11-06 1:24
fantastic shapes and colors. A great composition.
Greetings from Sweden
ManuMay (35515) 2015-01-22 1:23
Looking at your italian series I found this...
Superb!! Brilliant!! I hink one of best captures from this place...Great Craig!!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57468)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/13 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-03 23:27
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