The Colosseum by Night

Colosseum by Night

I was instructed, nay ordered, to visit the Colosseum at Night to capture this photograph.

Recently pedestrianised, capturing this HDR photograph was not as easy as I hoped due to the road still being opened to taxis and emergency vehicles.

Without wanting to state the obvious, the Colosseum is also a very large ancient building, and therefore even wide open my 17mm lens only just managed to capture this image. I had to post-process to remove some distortion – a weakness of this particular lens at that focal length.


The Colosseum is an entirely free-standing structure, 189 m (615 ft) long, 156 m (510 ft) wide and with a base area of 6 acres (24,000 m2).

Much of the degradation in the condition of the Colosseum was caused by its use as a source of ‘refuse’ marble in the middle ages


Due to a wish to capture the 98% full moon, and difference in contrast this was a nine-exposure HDR on my beloved Canon 6D, using a TriggerTrap rather than native bracketing.

Post-processing in Photomatix and with some corrections to remove the perspective and other lens distortion in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Location: 41° 53.4489′ 0″ N 12° 29.6327′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 8.8s
  • Title: The Colosseum by Night
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