Vatican Staircase - Nat Geo Travel 365
October 01, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Try Different Perspectives
The Vatican Museum (Musei Vaticani) is renowned for its fantastic collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures, including the famous Sistine Chapel with ceiling paintings by Michelango.
Towards the end of the tour, visitors descend huge double spiral staircases, designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932.
Most images of the massive double spiral staircases inside the Vatican Museum were taken from the top looking down like the following.
Vatican Staircase - Looking Down (Fujifilm X-E1, 8mm, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 2500). This image was featured in National Geographic Your Shot: Italy.
I tried different perspectives with a fisheye lens.
I took the following image from the bottom of the stairs looking up, shortly before the museum closed and after most visitors had left. I’m pleased that the image was featured on National Geographic Travel 365 on 24-Feb-2014. It was also featured on National Geographic's tumblr post.
Vatican Staircase - Looking Up (Fujifilm X-E1, 8mm, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 500)
Here's another in "portrait" orientation. It is my most viewed photograph on the 500px site.
Vatican Staircase (Fujifilm X-E1, 8mm, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 1000)
These images were some of my early experiences with using a fisheye lens. The fisheye lens is of course, just a tool and to be used appropriately. I think it is well suited to capture circular, spiral architectural features like these monumental staircases inside the Vatican Museum. Further experiences and tips using the fisheye lens will be described in an upcoming blog.
Keep experimenting with different view perspectives.
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