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Friday, October 29, 2010

Morning Light at the Basilica

I consider this one of my best images. Taken at St. Peter's Balicia in Rome, July 1995 about 9 AM. I used a Minolta Autocord TLR camera with a fixed Rokkur 75 mm lens and Fuji Reala film. I decided to use an incidental light reading with a Gossen Luna pro meter to get the fastest shutter speed at f 5.6, which was 1/15 sec. Perching the camera on a charity box ( cum tripod) I started shooting my 12 exposures on the roll. This was the last image, the capture of a young couple in love in front of this beautiful light. You don't need a complicated DLSR to take a great photo. You just need to be in a good place , know your equipment on hand and understand light and how to expose for it.


  1. I definitely remember this awesome image. Hard to believe that it was that long ago. (Linda B)

  2. I really like the three columns of light and the openness of the early morning, uncrowded Basilica which lets the light columns do their thing.

  3. Great Blog for new and expert photographers.
    Keep up the great work.

    Ken Deitcher M.D.

  4. Jeff, This is one amazing image, every time I see it my jaw drops, well done.


  5. Mazel Tov! I agree - this image really stands out.