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51. The Old and the New in One Night Shot

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

By - Giulio D'Ercole

Rome by night.... and you will be struck by the charm of mystery and history, amazed by the beauty of the eternal city, fascinated by its monuments that tell a million stories.

At night it is fun to play around with the never stopping flowing of time, freezing in one shot the old and the new, the ancient and the modern. It takes only some little technique, a good steady tripod, patience, and of course.... time. Time for yourself, time of exposure, and time to understand how much fun good photography can be.

So place your camera on a Roman bridge and compose your shot so as to give true depth to the picture. Keep a beautiful subject in the foreground and the splendid fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo in the background. Now give it a 25 seconds exposure and set a very high (closed) F-stop, so that everything will be in focus. Shoot when the traffic light on the other side of the bridge will be green and let cars and buses passing in front of you.... on your sensor, those twenty-five seconds will capture the stream of lights of the 21st century, the sculptures perfectly carved one century ago, and the magnitude of a building constructed in 123 a.c. It's a different night in Rome... your night.

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