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Old March 19th, 2015, 08:56 PM   #1
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I just got back from a work trip to Alfa and Maserati. Was able to take a few extra days, so I went from Modena down to Rome, and swung through Florence on the way back.

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Here's a few I took while over there.















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Old March 20th, 2015, 04:50 AM   #3
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Your first group of pics don't show. Awesome pics! It makes a person wonder how they were able to do that incredible work.
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Old March 20th, 2015, 05:47 AM   #4
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Your first group of pics don't show. Awesome pics! It makes a person wonder how they were able to do that incredible work.
This is always my first thought, without modern tools it is quite amazing!
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Went to Rome for my honeymoon. It was awesome.
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Old March 20th, 2015, 07:28 AM   #6
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Your first group of pics don't show. Awesome pics! It makes a person wonder how they were able to do that incredible work.
I had an issue when I Was uploading them, I'll see if I can fix it...
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reuploaded, should be working now..
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Nice pictures!

Rome looks incredible, if only we could go back in time and visit!
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Looks awesome! Wish i could go there.
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All 3 lenses got used quite a bit. The 17-50 was the standard lens, and you really need the wide aperatures for shooting in some of those buildings. The pictures don't relate at all how dark things were inside. Typically shot ISO1600 inside @ F2.8 handheld. Its generally not allowed to get out a tripod inside most buildings there, and the crowds would make it impossible anyway. I had to use some tricks to get my shots clear of people. Makes me wish I had an FX sensor body for better low light.

The 10-20mm is really a must have when trying to get interior shots. For many people, the long telephoto is not worth the weight of carrying it around, but I like detail shots, and shooting longer focal distances helps with depth of field/subject isolation. Could live without it, though, on a trip like this.

Rome is full of pickpockets and scammers. I used a LowePro Flipside 200 backpack, which is pretty much impossible to get into while I'm wearing it, felt relatively safe from stray hands, and it was allowed in everywhere. Places like the Colluseum and Vatican/Sistine Chapel have bag size restrictions.

Glad I went, and would go back again. I barely scratched the surface in the 2 days I was there. Florence was nice, but I saw most of what I wanted to see in 1 day, don't feel the need to go back.
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For the most part, the pics are pretty close to as-shot. For example, the colosseum at night, thats the actual colors and saturation. It was a mini tripod, with a 15 second exposure. The one moody black and white statue is heavy on the post-pro, that was a bright white daytime shot, used Topaz adjust on it to get the moonlit look, I really like that one how it came out. A couple of the interiors at saint peters, I pushed a bit towards the HDR/overtoned look as well.

All of them have suffered in the upload process with a lot of jpeg artifacts. Everything was shot on RAW.
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All 3 lenses got used quite a bit. The 17-50 was the standard lens, and you really need the wide aperatures for shooting in some of those buildings. The pictures don't relate at all how dark things were inside. Typically shot ISO1600 inside @ F2.8 handheld. Its generally not allowed to get out a tripod inside most buildings there, and the crowds would make it impossible anyway. I had to use some tricks to get my shots clear of people. Makes me wish I had an FX sensor body for better low light.

The 10-20mm is really a must have when trying to get interior shots. For many people, the long telephoto is not worth the weight of carrying it around, but I like detail shots, and shooting longer focal distances helps with depth of field/subject isolation. Could live without it, though, on a trip like this.

Rome is full of pickpockets and scammers. I used a LowePro Flipside 200 backpack, which is pretty much impossible to get into while I'm wearing it, felt relatively safe from stray hands, and it was allowed in everywhere. Places like the Colluseum and Vatican/Sistine Chapel have bag size restrictions.

Glad I went, and would go back again. I barely scratched the surface in the 2 days I was there. Florence was nice, but I saw most of what I wanted to see in 1 day, don't feel the need to go back.
Nice pictures @Haggar!

I have been looking at getting one of those Lowepro flipside bags for my trip to Europe this summer? Looking at the 200 or 300. What are the typical bag size restrictions where you visited?

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The frustrating thing there is their size requirements were very ambiguous. I have the 200 backpack, its pretty small, which is what i wanted. I have my camera with lens attached, plus two other lenses, my ultrapod 2, a small pack of nd filters, and my battery charger and spare batt, a battery pack plus cord to charge my phone, and my asthma medicine in the main compartment, that was pretty full. Theres a small side zip compartment with a spare neck strap and spare sd cards. There a mesh pocket to hold a bottle of water on the other side. And there is some velcro on the back to hold a tripod, which i used to hold my rolled up rain jacket.

So it was quite full, but i don't know that there was anything else i really wanted with me. Thats a pretty good amount of kit for a vacation. I could have squeezed in my remotes if i wanted to do any remote triggering. I rarely bring my speedlites on trips, so didnt worry about fitting those.

Its about 16" tall but only about 8" wide, with padding on all walls.
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Very nice pictures....I needed some motivation to blow the dust off my camera
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FYI, all this gear is up for sale, as i'm moving to a Nikon D750, which most of these are dx lenses. All perfect shape and excellent performer?, i will keep it as a spare body, or maybe for underwater, if i dont get any interest.
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What's the f stop on the 55-300? I take it's progressive?
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What's the f stop on the 55-300? I take it's progressive?
I believe its a 4.5 : 5.6 progressive.

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I typically shoot F8 or F11 with the 55-300, as I'm shooting it outdoors typically.
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Pics are great. Very impressive. The detail is amazing.
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Wife would like to know what lens you used for the spiral staircase?
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