Return to Rome

No, I haven’t been back to Rome. Yet!
Thanks to the invite from Baz and Mrs Baz we will be returning in August. The flights are booked and the countdown has started.
Whilst making the flight booking the memories of last year came flooding back. I thought with it being Winter here, and as I look out of the window it is getting dark, but I can still make out the dull grey sky and the rain falling from it, what a good time to take a look through my photos from Rome and write a post to share them with you, to brighten your day also.

In Thought
In Thought

Looking at shots of these pretty women in dresses with bare arms gives that feeling of warmth from the sun that we are so deprived of in the Winter, and make us yearn for the summer.

Beauty with a Phone
Beauty with a Phone

I am really looking forward to returning to Rome. The atmosphere is terrific. There are so many great opportunities for Street Photographers, well all photographers really but you know where my interest is. Added to that is the great company of Baz & Mrs Baz who really topped off our trip as they are such good hosts, excellent company and very like minded people to us. The icing on the cake of course is the glorious weather and clear blue skies.

The Tongue in the Shadow
The Tongue in the Shadow (or is it bubblegum?)

We covered a good area whilst we were there and on the first day spent time on the Piazza del Popolo where I got these two shots.

Smiling Couple
Smiling Couple

I think these shots prove that people don’t mind you taking shots of them. Saying that you don’t stand out with a camera in your hand in Rome, except when you’re pointing it at someone.

Smiling Couple Too
Smiling Couple Too

As I said we covered a good area, but when I got home and looked at the map, we only covered about 10 – 15% of the City. Next time there will be so many new areas for me to discover.

Looking Out
Looking Out

Maybe even joining these people on a bus to cover even more areas.

Behind the Graffiti
Behind the Graffiti

Then again it’s good to get shots of them from outside as they pass.

Curious on the Bus
Curious on the Bus

As you know, everybody has a camera now with their mobile phone, and wherever you go they are taking selfies. I enjoyed getting these shots of this pretty girl, who was taking her time to get the right composition on the Piazza Novano.

The Front View
The Front View

Now you can see what she was trying to get in the background, the Obelisco Agonale.

Choosing Her Background
Choosing Her Background

We also spent a good time around one of the icons of Rome, The Colosseum. If you are a regular to the blog you will know that from previous posts. There are so many people around, and with so many forms of recording devices, from the mobile phone, tablets & iPads, through the whole range of cameras to the GoPro’s. Sometimes it is so funny to watch the extremes people will go to, to get their shot. Whilst staying cool as this girl was doing.

Tha Canon Juggler
Tha Canon Juggler

There were so many opportunities for shooting, you had to be ready at all times, and not just at the tourist sites.

Don't Bite Your Nails
Don’t Bite Your Nails

Walking through the streets was a way to get in the shade, and every turn gave more opportunity.

Took the Shades Off to See Me
Took the Shades Off to See Me

Walking along Via del Corso, one of the main streets gave me some of my best shots. In parts it is quite narrow with cars passing, but in others it is wider with less cars and so gives great DOF.

Elegance
Elegance

I saw the beautiful woman in the street and as I was about to get a shot she disappeared into a shop, but as we passed I was pleased to get this shot.

Inside the Glass Shop
Inside the Glass Shop

There are many churches in Rome as you would expect, and so beautiful. Added to that they become a haven from the sun.

Inside the Church
Inside the Church

You could pay a fortune for a guide around Rome. Luckily I had Baz as my guide. He knows the places to go, and good routes to get there. It was a real pleasure shooting in Rome with him. As I said earlier he is a like minded person, and we would wander away from each other shooting what we wanted, but also work in tandem, and being aware of the other so not getting in each others way. I looked out for him when venturing down dark alleys too.

In the Dark Alley
In the Dark Alley

At the end of each day we were bushed, but at least we went back to Baz’s to sleep, and not just where we were, as this guy did.

UOMO
UOMO

If you get the opportunity to visit the Sweet Factory that is Rome, jump at it. We didn’t get to The Vatican, but will this year. I have such happy memories and really looking forward to adding to them later this year, and enjoying the company of such a lovely couple to boot!

3 thoughts on “Return to Rome

  1. Thank you, Justard, for another sunny travel under the sun, as it’s raining cats and dogs nowadays… The canon juggler is one of my favorites..

  2. I’m glad you liked the reminder of what it is like when the sun shines in the summer Esther.

  3. These pictures make me anxiously await the warmth of summer to chase away the bitter cold of winter.

    Your pictures make me excited for my own trip to Italy. I haven’t booked it yet because I’m still keeping my eye on hotel prices, but I’m excited about it all the same. I don’t know if the part of Milan I’ll be visiting will be as busy as the areas of Rome that you photographed, but I’m sure I’ll find many interesting things to photograph. I think when we go somewhere on vacation we are a little more daring with our photography than we would be if it was somewhere we lived. People always seem friendlier somewhere else. Of course, a smile from us goes a long way in relaxing others.

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