Vatican (for Charles Rushton)

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© James Wiley
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

From my 'Chiaroscuro' collection.

In my 'Architecture and Scenic' collection.

As with my previous submission, Guggenheim, I take on another architectural wonder...The Vatican Columns. Again, one of the most photographed structures in the world and again, my challenge was to photograph it in a way it has not been photographed before. Did I succeed?

Nikon F3, 24mm f2.8 lens....Tri-X at 1600, processed in Edwal Ultra Black developer, Agfa grade 5 paper.

In the Architecture, Chiaroscuro Style photo essay.

Also in the story Chiaroscuro.

42 responses

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (14 Jan 2012):

    The lighting and shapes are top notch. Great capture. Can't wait to see more from the series.

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   gave props (14 Jan 2012):

    What a cool shot. Your B&W is stunning.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (14 Jan 2012):

    The colonnade of St. Peter by Bernini (1656-67) is made of travertine stone and is the natural completion of the square outside the basilica. Imagination of the architect, the two arms of the colonnade would look like two giant arms of the mother church that welcomes all the faithful. The effect is magnificent and spectacular and is considered the most extraordinary ever built.
    The photo does not do justice to the idea of Bernini, however, appreciated the great masses of columns arranged in an arc, the figure that the background you can see through it is the yardstick, and the strong contrast makes us ideally into ancient Rome. Thumbs up.

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (14 Jan 2012):

    Super !!!!!!!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (14 Jan 2012):

    Excellent extreme contrast...unique capture!

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   gave props (15 Jan 2012):


  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (15 Jan 2012):

    Great shot

  • Costantino Tuccori

    Costantino Tuccori gave props (15 Jan 2012):

    Dark and beautiful! Wonderful ..

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 Jan 2012):

    Exceptional for sure!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (18 Jan 2012):

    Fantastic Comp! love the contrast too

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2012):

    Great image

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    A very worthy tribute. Classic.

  • David Jeffries

    David Jeffries gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Simple, complex, dark, and imaginative, beautiful timeless capture

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban   gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    Love the high contrast effect + the lone priest

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (24 Jan 2012):

    You succeeded James. Its fantastic!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    great photo

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Jan 2012):

    I love the contrast!! So moody and compelling. Awesome capture.

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (29 Jan 2012):

    Fabulous art!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (30 Jan 2012):

    Yes, I love how you approach it differently from the others! Wonderful!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    A most excellent tribute.

  • Ratko Nedovic

    Ratko Nedovic gave props (1 Feb 2012):


  • Brandon Melendez

    Brandon Melendez gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    great shot James, excellent b&w

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Great shot, great tribute!!!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    great contrast, excellent!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (15 Feb 2012):

    love the pov, and the b/w great shot.....


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    You have succeeded, without a doubt James.

  • R L

    R L gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    The intensity of this image is powerful.

  • Brendan Kelly

    Brendan Kelly (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2012):

    I dig the light and flow of the columns. Awesome!

  • Liliana Gal

    Liliana Gal gave props (6 Mar 2012):


  • Kristina Krause

    Kristina Krause   gave props (6 Mar 2012):

    Dramatic contrasts.....beautiful!

  • Thomas Wiederhold

    Thomas Wiederhold said (12 Mar 2012):

    Awesome, I love this

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    Am really enjoying your shots, I love the contrast and atmosphere you capture in your B/W.... I can never achieve this!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Magical, I love the shot & the title, & the B&W

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Mar 2012):

    A very powerful image and entry! Contrast is wonderful too.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    I agree with everyone!! This is amazing.

  • miguel ramos

    miguel ramos gave props (2 May 2012):

    Very interesting

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka said (10 May 2012):


  • Lewis Venecia

    Lewis Venecia said (8 Jul 2012):

    Very nice capture I think you succeeded

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (3 Aug 2012):

    A real stunner!

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    Beautiful b&w.

  • Dzmitry Parul

    Dzmitry Parul gave props (23 Sep 2012):

    perfect shot for this place! It tells a story.

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (8 Oct 2012):

    Love the contrasts and darkness of it all.

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