Domus Severiana

There is not much left of this roman palace built in the 2nd century CE except the lofty arches. Built during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus, this artists impression shows what palaces on Palatine Hill would have looked like.

Below is a photograph of one of the sides of the Domus Severiana. Bracketed HDR of three shots at -2, 0 and +2 eV, and then processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom Classic. Click on the photo for a large version on Flickr.

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The temple of Saturn

Not much remains of the temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum, except these 8 pillars and the pediment which reads:

Senatus Populusque Romaus, incendio consumptum restituit

Or translated as “The senate and people of Rome, restored (this temple that was) destroyed by fire”.

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Bridge over the Tiber

View of the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II over the Tiber river in Rome at sunset. The bridge was designed by Ennio di Rossi in the late 19th century but construction was not completed till early 20th century. The bridge is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of an united Italy since the 6th century. Shot from Castel Sant’Angelo.

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Shot on a Nikon D750 camera with an 28-300mm Nikon lens. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.

The Colosseum in Rome

Probably the best known edifice in Rome, instantly recognizable and photographed thousands of times every hour by the millions who visit this every year. Construction of this amphitheater was begun in 72AD under the reign of Emperor Vespasian and finished in 80AD under Emperor Titus.

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Audley End House, Saffron Walden

Audley End house is a magnificent example of a 17th century stately home near Saffron Walden in Essex. The property was also once a royal palace in the time of Charles II (1668) who purchased the property for £5 in order to be able to attend races at Newmarket. Audley End is now managed by English Heritage but all paintings and period decorations are from the original time and form part of a private collection. 

Audley End House. Essex
Audley End House. Essex

HDR composed of three bracketed shots at -2, 0 and +2 exposures and processed in Photomatix Pro. Please click on the photo for a larger version.

The Alamo!

The battle of the Alamo (1836) has attained a mythical status in american culture and history. The story of this battle has been told many times in print and on film, so much so that it is now difficult to separate truth from hype and fiction. Either way, the remains of the Alamo mission is a historical legacy of the wars between american forces of the Texas colonist and Mexico leading to the establishment of the Republic of Texas. The story of a few embattled soldiers fighting against an overwhelming force resounds throughout human history and the Alamo is one such example of exemplary bravery in the face of all odds.

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The Alamo mission. Ruins from the Battle of the Alamo (1836). Click on the photo for a larger version.

 

Photographed at ISO100, f/14 20 second exposure. Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 lens perched on a bottle cap!