Most of the spectacular doors I saw and shot in Rome were square, but this round door in a narrow street near the center appealed to me…
Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Fuji xpro2, 20mm, f/4, 1/350s ISO 200
I have only had my 10-24mm lens (15-36mm FF) for a few months, and it’s so wide that sometimes I don’t quite know what to do with it. In Rome though I shot a lot of street with it and loved the versatility that such a wide angle offers in narrow, crowded streets. It also allows shooting « unsuspecting » targets like this policeman (who may or may not actually be a Carabinieri, but I like the name too much not to use it…)
Out the Door
Fuji xpro2, 25mm, f/4, 1/140s, ISO 200
I have this fascination for old doors, and so walking around Rome and enthused by the wonderful light, I was on the lookout for nice doors and door related scenes. I was standing in front of this door just as it opened and this lady came out. Magical moment.
Plants vs. Concrete
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
As I have already said, one of my favourite things in Hong Kong is how nature keeps fighting for its rights. Within 10 minutes of the densest parts of the city, there’s jungle and you would not know the city is nearby. Even in the most urban areas, there are massive trees and the plants survive. My bet is, if the city was abandoned, within months the plants would take back what’s rightfully theirs…