• Kurt McManus

Look up in Italy

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

In my recent trip to Europe, I had a very clear idea about what I wanted to capture in the different countries I was in. In Iceland it was landscapes, no brainer. But in Italy, I had one major goal, to try and shoot the ceilings of the cathedrals or buildings in a way that isn't normally captured, and create patterns which you wouldn't normally see. I knew I had a lens in my camera bag which would allow me to do this, the brilliant Samyang 12mm fisheye lens.

My shooting plan in each of these incredible places was a stark contrast to every other tourist. Most of their phones or cameras were attached to their faces as they snapped each and every piece of the walls, floors and ceilings. My plan was to look at the ceiling for a central point of interest and snap one shot straight up trying to capture as much of the roof as possible. It also meant I needed to watch where I positioned the shot so that there was symmetry in the image and that the lens distortion worked with the image.

Here's a few of the final shots with their locations, hope you like them...

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption - Siena

St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica - Rome

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City

The Vatican Museum

The Pantheon - Rome

These buildings really are a marvel that you have to see for yourselves if you haven't already.


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