My recent trip to Rome was our 25th wedding anniversary trip; therefore, it wasn't photography centric. But my wife is a wonderful lady and put up with my far too often diversions. This was a good example of her patience with me. I really wanted to get this photo of the National French Academy reflected in a bowl fountain. Unfortunately, there were two people standing at the front door and wouldn't move. I stood there for several minutes lining up the shot but they still wouldn't move on. Of course during this time, my wife was waiting for me to take my photo so we could move on to our next destination. Finally, the people moved on and I was able to take the photo. After I finished I apologized to my wife for taking so long, and all she said was, "did you get a good shot"?
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How many of you use programs like The Photographer's Ephemeris or VeraClock? These programs along with the compass in my iPhone are critical in planning photos in advance for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset photos. I spent a good bit of time before traveling to Italy going through where we were going to visit and using these programs to find out where and when I wanted to be for a good sunrise/sunset shot. I used it for the Coliseum, St Peter's Basilica (didn't get one there), Duomo (we were only in Florence for one morning so I picked Ponte Vecchio instead) and of course here Ponte Vecchio. Of course I used it throughout while we were in Rome and Florence as we walked around and I saw potential locations. If you're going to be traveling, take a look at these programs (or others) and use them to plan your best shots.
This is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. I made a point of getting up early to catch this sunrise. Unfortunately, it was a cloudless day so the sun is VERY str ...
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