Is it real, or is it memorex? Remember those old commercials? In this case, this is a real shot of the Pantheon in Rome, but it was taken on a nice sunny day with a completely boring sky. On another trip though (to Moab), there was a really cool sky, but a meh landscape. So put the two together, and what you get is my first try at a photo-composite using Luminar. I rather like how it turned out. So is this a photograph or a photo composite? Probably both, but it looks cool, and that’s good enough for this weeks post.
When we were in Rome a couple of years ago, we did something for the first time – we paid for a tour. Usually the thought of shuffling along with other tourists just wasn’t attractive. For the Vatican though, the crowds can be stifling and detract from the experience, so we signed up for a night dinner and tour with a smaller group – and it was worth every penny. This is the ceiling of one of the galleries we walked through. Every inch of the place is covered in art, every space on the floor has a sculpture; the scale of it blew us away, and we plan to go back again and spend a lot more time trying to take in more of it.
This weeks photo is from a visit to Rome and the Colosseum. We had a chance to go down onto the arena floor early in the morning. I shot this as an HDR and processed it to create a surreal effect (the lens flares are real) – you can almost imagine the Roman sun god Helios looking down on the games through the upper archway.