The Sant’Angelo Bridge links the Sant’Angelo Castle (former Mausoleum of Hadrian) to the left side of the Tevere river. It was built in the year 137 by the roman emperor Hadrian, in front of his mausoleum. In the background you can see the Basilica of St. Peter with its huge dome, designed by Michelangelo, and completed in just two years in 1587.
Rome is well over 2700 years old, and it’s built in an area continuously inhabited by humans for 14000 years. That’s why, in a single image, you can see so many styles mixed together in a sort of well ordered chaos, making this city unique. A lifetime isn’t enough to shoot Rome, go figure just a couple of days in the weekend, but I brought back some nice images I’ll be sharing with you in the next few days.
I go to Rome three to four times every year for various reasons, and last weekend it was just for leisure. Needless to say I brought with me my trusty camera, and made some shots of the city. As usual, I prepare a photo shot list before leaving, and this image was in my mind well before taking it.
This is a manual blend of 5 exposures. I manually blended it trying to to avoid a HDR-ish look, even though I’ll play with a HDR version later. Stay tuned.
Besides the blending, I just did some tone balancing and colour correction. I made a good use of luminosity maps, a quite advanced technique in Photoshop, which uses channels as selections to build fairly complex layer masks.
I’m fine tuning the print right now, and I’ll offer it as a limited edition in the next few days. If you want to grab the first copies, don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list, because I’ll offer the limited edition there first.