The great photograph rediscovery of 2014 continues apace. It really has been an incredible opportunity to revisit many of the places that I have traveled to over the years and remember people I know, have known and have lost touch with.
The other journey has been through the digital cameras I have owned over the last 15 years or so. Some of the pics have been taken on a mobile phone, others on pocket-sized cameras and as I grew more experienced and my salary finally matched my dreams, digital SLRs. One thing that stands out is the improving quality of the images over the years. A second thing that stands out is my (hopefully) improving skills at editing over the years too.
Today’s pictures highlight one challenge for most photographers putting pictures up on a blog such as this. If we take one example, the panoramic picture of the Roman skyline. This started life as a RAW file of 13.1MB but by the time it is converted to JPEG, cropped a little, edited and then saved in a size suitable for publishing here it is down to 632KB. With the best will in the world and the best editing suite, that is a huge difference in the level of detail that remains in the picture.
Striking the balance of suitability for online viewing and the clarity that you are looking for in the picture is part of the fun of preparing pictures for publication. There are probably more pictures which, after a certain amount of tinkering, are rejected – for any number of reasons they just aren’t working to achieve the image you have in your head.
These eight picture of Rome are the ones that made it through today. Each of them is an image of a dome or domes in the city taken over a number of trips that I have made there. I think that Rome has to be one of my favourite travel destinations in the world. Despite more than 10 trips there it still feels that only a small percentage of the city has been explored. Each trip has allowed me to see and experience something which I had not seen before and I am looking forward to many more trips of discovery.
Click on the pictures below to enjoy just a tiny sample of the domes of Rome. Enjoy!