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.

Vatican StaircaseVatican StaircaseI used a manual fisheye lens to capture 180 degrees view of the monumental double spiral staircases inside the Vatican Museum. These large and richly decorated staircases were designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932.

 

 

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)

Vatican StaircasesVatican StaircasesLooking up at the double spiral staircase at Vatican Museum.

This image was featured as Nat Geo Traveler 365 - Photo of the Day on Feb 24, 2014 and was featured in National Geographic "What's in a Frame?" assignment.

 

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)

Spiral StaircaseSpiral StaircaseLooking up at the double spiral staircase at Vatican Museum

 

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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