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Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-06
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Nocturnal
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/4, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: La Bella Roma
Theme(s): My photos >= 30 and < 40 points, Dingo's night / evening photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-05 15:11
Viewed: 6198
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Roma, Piazza Navona: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by night.
After having enjoyed a lovely dinner to celebrate our last night in La Bella Roma, we walked to our hotel and I took the chance to take some night shots. As I hadn't taken my heavy tripod along, I used the small table tripod and put it on whatever surface that was stable enough: dust bins, benches, marble pedestals... You name it, I tried it ;o).

This fountain was built by Gianlorenzo Bernini. It is one of the three fountains in that square, of which he built two; for the third one he provided the central figure.

Central top part is a huge obelisk, here I show only its base... the lower part consist of several figures and four large statues of people that stand for the four largest rivers of the world, known at that time: Nile, Ganges, Donou and Rio de la Plata. In the back on the right, with covered face (as the source was not yet discovered) you can see a glimpse of the Nile. On the right, holding an oar, is the Ganges. On the left, with the arms stretched out, is the Donau.

Tech talk

I usually use exposure bracketing for night photography. As I didn't really have enough time, I only used one exposure here... as I shoot in RAW as well as jpg, I feel I have enough postprocess possibilities.

For this shot I started PP from the jpg.

Cropped slightly, getting rid of some unwanted people on the sides.

Downsized for TL: 72 » 1200 dpi, 2856 » 800 pixels, USM 80 %, 0.3, 0, 1200 » 96 dpi.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To technogran: Yes I did clean my sensor, Joan...Dingo 1 09-12 15:23
To lucbus: Un peu d'action...Dingo 1 09-12 15:14
To BenF: That motion blur...Dingo 1 09-08 16:49
To wishnugaruda: Those phantoms...Dingo 1 09-08 15:57
To Biance-: Beauty...Dingo 1 09-08 15:51
To cstathoulis: Huge...Dingo 1 09-08 15:41
To Fisher: Thanks Mike...Dingo 2 09-06 12:49
To harpya: Thanks Sérgio...Dingo 1 09-06 10:23
To magda_indigo: I love nocturnal shots from Rome, Magda...Dingo 1 09-06 10:21
To Xalkida: Efcharisto Babi...Dingo 1 09-06 10:16
To cherry: Thank you, Lisa...Dingo 1 09-06 10:13
To SylFondacci: A beautiful city, don't you think, Sylvie ?Dingo 1 09-06 10:11
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Hey Frank,
Roma, Roma, Roma, ...
Great night shot in the Roma eterna !!!
Funny how the people of the fountain are huge compared to the people sitting around the fountain ... ;)

wonderful pic!
i always wanted to go to roma!
tfs lisa

Hi Frank

Excellent shot, very nice catch of the people's movement. Nice atmosphere. Good work.

Hi Frank,

Warm, beautiful lighting, excellent shot and well done on the composition. Beautiful view.


love the 'warm' glow, nice one, looks majestic, hope all is well? Thanx, M, (*_*)

Hello Frank,

Beautiful look of this fontana
I like brightness, in the ways
of the sculptures and of the atmosphere.
amazed with such beauty!


Hi Frank,

Amazing night photo! Those statues look huge compared to the people standing there. The ghost effect produced by the slow shutter really compliments the photo very well.
Is this a -1EV or 0EV exposure value?

Well done
ps. I may need a favour...after spending time in the Sahara I may need your help in cleaning... (*_-)

Ah how classically beautiful, and yet the lighting on the image gives it a unique flare. It's almost sepia, but not exactly... I just love how the black sky brings out evey curve and edge on those stunning statues... so very, very beautiful. It's odd really, how the people who live there 'must' find it beautiful, and yet (like me) I see the mountains and the forests everyday and I know they're beautiful, but now I hardly notice it... tsk, tsk people, how spoiled. :P

Wonderful shot, really nicely done. The people and the lighting add a contemporary flare. Good stuff.


Hi Frank,
it's a beautiful night-shot - with all the ghosts there - I love longtime-exposures.
So warm light, a phantastic shot, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2006-09-08 16:31]
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An absolutely great night shot.
I like the motion blur.
Well done,

Salut Frank,
Tu nous présente Rome du façon remarquable avec ces chaudes couleurs nocturnes. J'aime bien aussi l'effet de mouvement des gens qui donne de l'action à cette photo. Très bien réussi.

Ah, this is another place we visited on our European trip in May. Piazza Navone with all the beautiful statues and fountains, and entertaining street people. I have some shots of a man juggling with blazing torches in this square. This one is very nice - the night lighting adds a special touch. I think my shots that I took there this year were all in the daylight.
Cheers Joan
Thanks for your visit to my photo, and for your comments, especially about my 'dust bunnies'. I shall have to use pp work to clone them out if I spot them before posting. I am too scared to clean the sensor myself...have you cleaned the sensor on your camera Frank?

Wonderful night image, I love the motion artifact present, it makes the image come alive. Well done, Frank!


Hi Frank,

Nice shot, you have captured the atmosphere very well. TFS


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  • lika Silver Star Critiquer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 0] (329)
  • [2008-03-28 11:08]

Great night shot!
Amazing light and color!
Good job!
Thank you for sharing!

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