Just had a completely awesome shoot at Piazza Navona before sunrise. Seriously nighttime is the ONLY time to see Piazzas and ruins – they really look like blah during daylight hours.All the sites and historical centre are so well lit at night and the colours and textures of the stones are spectacular. Of course there’s no people which I just love (yes, the eternal city does sleep). I had Piazza Navona all to myself for the first hour. Joy!
The Fountain of Four Rivers was inspiring. The sculpture pays homage to the four great rivers – Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata. It includes example of the flora and fauna including a palm tree, snake, horse, crocodile etc. The murky laneways were atmospheric in a way that wasn’t sinister. I felt completely safe. Bonus is all the pickpockets are asleep at that time of night! I recommend night shoots all the way in Rome. Can’t wait to do the ruins and a view of St Peters across the Tiber.
I seem to be getting better at photography. I only have to take 1or 2 series of shots to be confident I got what I wanted. Two years ago I would take maybe 200 shots and have 1 or 2 keepers if I was lucky. There’s a lot of practise involved in becoming proficient at photography. That’s where digital photography has made it so much easier, quicker and cheaper to learn. I’ve definitely improved since Paris. Not taking anywhere near as many shots and hence don’t go through flash cards as quickly.