Roman Ruins

On a quick layover in Rome, while scurrying through the streets trying to take in as much as we possibly could we came upon these ruins. I managed to get off a...
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On a quick layover in Rome, while scurrying through the streets trying to take in as much as we possibly could we came upon these ruins. I managed to get off a quick shot of this glorious place.
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Vince542 February 24, 2015
Bellissima!!!! awesome shot!!!
Jillybean56 July 20, 2015
This is an amazing shot, congrats.
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leckie45 September 25, 2016
Hi Elaine, A BIG Congratulations on being the Winner of the "Life in Ruins" Photo Challenge ... this is a Very worthy winning shot ... Well done. Cheers Trish.
ElaineZD September 28, 2016
THANK YOU so much Trish! Your very kind! :)
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eelcovanroden September 25, 2016
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
ElaineZD September 27, 2016
Thanks so much for your comment and support! Have a great day and happy shooting! :)
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Teri_Reames September 26, 2016
Congratulations girl . . . beautiful shot!!!!! Big hugs . . . !!!!
ElaineZD September 27, 2016
Thanks so much Teri, glad you like it! Hugs to you as well! xo :)
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo while walking through the magnificent streets of Rome while on a quick layover on our way back to Canada.
I took this photo just after it got dark in the month of July.
As I said it was night and when we stumbled on these ruins. It was not all that easy to get a decent shot without a tripod, or a good flash, or with so little time to set up the shot. But it was magical to see these ruins standing before us by nightfall.
To take this photo I used my Canon EOS REBEL T2i.
Simply put Rome is the inspiration! Being in Rome was like being apart of canvas, it is absolutely breathtaking! You can't help but be in awe of your surroundings as you walk through the streets of Rome. The sculptures, the frescos, the architecture, the food, the history are all magnificent and inspirational. I just wish I had more time to really take some good pictures and explore all of Rome and its treasures!
I do have to say I did do quite a bit of post processing to salvage this photo. The original photo because the poor light was rather grainy. When I took this photo I was really just starting to get into photography and even processing pictures was pretty new to me. So I used Picasa to edit this picture. I really can't go into detail what I did to this photo because I took it a few years ago and to be honest I don't recall what I did to it. All I did know is I needed to do something to preserve this photo and my memory of my whirlwind visit to Rome.
In my camera bag
Today, I typically carry 3 cameras in my bag. A Canon EOS REBEL T3i, Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my Waterproof Canon Powershot D20 cameras. I also have 3 lens I carry, an 18 mm, a 55 mm, and 250 mm lens. I also have my Canon Speedlite 430EX II. I always carry a minimum of 4 fully charged batteries for either the cameras or for the flash and I also have a battery charger with me just in case. I carry a polarizing filter, a little water spray bottle, lens cleaners and a remote for the cameras. It would be nice to travel a little lighter, but I do want to try and be prepared, just in case that photo opportunity does present itself. Mind you, I do realize I need to start bringing my tripod out with me more. But back when this photo was taken all I had was my Canon T2i, and extra batteries.
My advice is to always have a camera on hand, you just never know when a Kodak moment will present itself. Always try to be observant and respectful of your surroundings and nature. Soak in all the natural and manmade beauty that surrounds us. If you just stop and really take a look, you will see that there is beauty all around us. If I find something I am inspired to shoot, I try playing with the settings and angles of the shot. I can take several shots of a single scene, with an adjustment here and there, or shoot from another perspective. As an amateur photographer I am constantly trying to develop my eye and skills. Most of all I just recommend that you just have fun with your camera and your surroundings!

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