The morning I was shooting the Colosseum in Rome, the sunrise was not as spectacular as on the other days – when I was at the Forum Romanum. But the light conditions were very harmonic which is reflected after post-processing in the final picture. Around sunrise is the best time to shoot as there are no people around and I had time and space to setup my stuff.
This photo spot is located at a public street and can be accessed 24/7.

Photo Spot:

  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • GPS Position: 41°53’26.4″N 12°29’26.5″E
  • Time: Sunrise
  • Access: Public place / 24h

For this shot I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens with five brackets. In post-processing I used three brackets from different times, one for the foreground, one for the light on the Colosseum and one for the sky.  There was a lot of smaller rubbish on the street, which I removed in post-processing.

Used equipment:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera
  • Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens
  • Manfrotto befree tripod

Camera Setting:

  • Focal length: 16 mm
  • Aperture: f/16.0
  • Time: 1/5 s
  • ISO: 100

Recommendations:

  • be ready at start shooting while blue hour to get the best light on the building
  • use a stable tripod for the best results
  • the sunrise in autumn is fantastic

Map:

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