Friday, January 9, 2009

Postcard from the Vatican City

This is one of many of statues in front of the St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, across the Tiber River from Rome. I took over 250 photos that day but most of them came out less than perfect.

I normally don't like the photos I take when I'm on vacation. I think I get too distracted by the interesting sites and sounds around me to focus on photography. Either that or the real image is always more beautiful than what turns out on the camera.

Does this happen to you?

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Yes! All the time.
When I was going through Israel I was so frustrated that my pictures kept failing to capture every aspect of what I was looking at that I ended up drawing everything I saw. It was more effective, but very time-consuming.

Vogon Poet said...

On vacation I usually "see" thing with a photographer eye and, in my case, this adds value to the photos taken and to the sightseeing. Am I out of sync?

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I was there, too... Not a fan of the Pope... But it is an interesting place fer sure... I wanted to go into the catacombs but the lines were too long and it was too claustrophobic!

Lily Hydrangea said...

yes, all the time, especially with nature landscapes. they never look the same. In my case it is because I need to learn new techniques.
Thanks for your lovely photo though.

Hilda said...

Hey, the portal seems to have missed this one — it was showing the graffiti last night then the coliseum this morning.

Love this photo you chose to show off St. Peter's. The details in both the sculpture and the building are incredible. Just look at those columns! Did you find out who this guy is?

barb in texas said...

I love your photo's! What a dream to see! Thanks for sharing! Barb in Houston Texas!

Alexa said...

I agree with Lily—hard to capture those gorgeous landscapes. I've actually taken multiple shots of this St. Peter, and yours is terrific! Hope you're having a wonderful time.

Virginia said...

I agree but I am obsessed with trying to capture every image for fear I will not be able to hold onto the memories. Rememer Ming. Don't try to get the big things. Look for the details that will trigger memories. You can do It!
V

Gecko said...

Yep, you're not the only one Ming!!! =D I always take tonnes of photos imagining sitting down for a whole day and editing each one...I went on holidays and took a heap of photos a couple of months ago, still haven't been through them yet, perhaps because I'm a little disappointed with them.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Ming. I try so hard to capture everything, and wind up with only a few really great shots. I agree you muss a lot when you focus too much on the photos.

Love these pictures from Rome. Really great eye...they look perfect to me.
Doris

L.Shaw said...

I detest those vacation photos where your traveling companion (if any) poses on front of some well known landmark.

Anyway, hope you're having fun in Rome....it snowed here yesterday in NYC.

Jilly said...

I hear just what you say, Ming but I think the photographer in you has overtaken any thoughts of holiday or not. This is a beauty.

I know, because of my two blogs, when I went to Turin (and met the wonderful Fabrizio), I saw Turin in a totally different way than I would have before the CDP experience. Through photography, we learn to SEE.

jen laceda said...

This is a great photo! What lens and camera did you use?