In Rome Day 1. Some Buildings

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Some Buildings In Rome

The Deep Blue Sky ©Rajiv Chopra

I went to Rome in August 2008. Yeah, a very long time ago. Since then, I’ve changed my outlook on photography, and have been through my own meandering journey. At some point in the last several years, I decided that, because I do some travel photography, I can shoot interiors. Similarly, since I do street photography, I decided I can do portrait photography. Over time, a few hard lessons came home to me, and they should have been obvious from the start: stick to your strengths. Or, if you put it another way, stick to your knitting. Not that I knit, but you get the idea.


Rome is hot in the summer months, and it was scorching in August. Many people shake their heads in confusion when I tell them that I have a rather low tolerance to heat.

“Oh, but you are Indian”, they say. “You must be able to tolerate heat”. It’s almost as though there is a law in the land that states that all Indians – we brown-faced folk – must be able to tolerate heat. Well, I love the cold. Yes. I love the cold, and I want everyone to remember that.


Back to Rome. Yeah, I was there for 5 days in August 2008, and I just wandered around the old town, periodically collapsing in the shade. The old buildings did strike me, and I realized that the old Asterix comics were not totally off the mark. How old are they? I really don’t know. Maybe, they go back to the time of Nero and Caesar. Who knows?

The colors are warm and reflect the afternoon sun well. Do you see the birds in the image above? I added them in, using Luminar AI.

Talking About the Buildings

I liked the warm red of this building. Sadly, I didn’t enter any of the buildings. Don’t ask me why: maybe, I thought it would be rude to do so. Anyway, as a tourist, it is sometimes worth standing outside the building, and asking yourself if there are any ghosts inside, or what stories lay buried inside the walls.

This is not idle speculation. It’s always good form to stand there, in front of a structure, and allow yourself a moment of thought. What are the stories? It’s a little like a history lesson that you don’t appreciate until you are much older. When I looked at the windows, the one thought that struck me, was they the homes didn’t seem to allow for much cross ventilation. These days, when global warming is the rage of the day, and heat stress is increasing, it should give you food for thought.

Enough Babble

Late afternoon. ©Rajiv Chopra

It was late afternoon when I took this image. The shadows had lengthened and cast a melancholy light on the buildings. For me, it was a reminder that I needed some chai, but the Romans don’t drink chai.

However, it’s worth looking at images 2 and 3. You may notice that there are some subtle changes in the hue and saturation. Please bear in mind that I applied exactly the same editing parameters to both images. If there is a change in color, it is due to the time of day. Light plays a significant role in our images. Always follow the light.


Disclosure: I edited these images using Luminar AI, which is superb for consumers and travel photographers. Skylum is launching Luminar Neo this winter. Check it out.

You may ask me if I have gone away from Photoshop? No. I use it all the time.


Published by Rajiv

I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death. View more posts

3 thoughts on “In Rome Day 1. Some Buildings

  1. Mick Canning – UK – Creative writer, blogger, and painter, now with one novel and one collection of poems and short stories. If you want to know more about me, well, my personal mantra is 'Be Kind'.
    Mick Canning says:

    Great photos (of course!) Rajiv. Oddly, they remind me very much of some blocks in Kolkata.

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      In Calcutta, eh? I may go there in Jan… I will look closely at the buildings!

      1. Mick Canning – UK – Creative writer, blogger, and painter, now with one novel and one collection of poems and short stories. If you want to know more about me, well, my personal mantra is 'Be Kind'.
        Mick Canning says:

        I tried to upload one in the comments here as an example, but unfortunately don’t seem able to do it.

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