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Challenge: Free Study 2013-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Vatican Museum
Date: May 13, 2013
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2013

Thank you everyone for all the great votes and comments.

I knew this shot has been down many times before, (try googling images for "Vatican Museam Staircase and you'll thousands of images that look exactly like mine) but I enjoyed this vacation so much that I really wanted to enter something from this trip and not my usual landscape-ish type shot.

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I did have many versions of this shot to choose from. I had shots with only 1 person at the bottom of the stairs, shots with a long line of people descending the stairs, and even shots with absolutely no one on the stairs. Annie's comment is exactly the reason I chose the shot with the couple going slowly downward. I really thought it gave scale to this incredible structure, and I also felt it might help some voters to make a personal connection with the shot - possibly leading to a bit higher vote.

Thanks again everyone.

Place: 8 out of 190
Avg (all users): 6.7500
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5616
Avg (non-participants): 7.1429
Views since voting: 836
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 108
Comments: 11
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/10/2013 10:56:41 AM
Absolutely beautiful...
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06/09/2013 01:38:42 PM
nice going with this shot, Mark! I'm sure you had a great time in Rome - one of my favorite cities. show us some other images from there!
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06/08/2013 10:55:31 AM
Amazing!!! I'm with you about the scale that the people in this gives it is what makes it so wonderful!! Even tho there may be lots of photos of this, I've never seen one so to me it has that first time seeing it WOW-factor! Breathtaking!
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06/08/2013 07:33:42 AM
Very nice Mark!
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06/08/2013 05:58:14 AM
Still making the TT in a fs, cool!
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06/08/2013 12:31:23 AM
Originally posted by bohemka:

Iconic spot and this meets the challenge. Beautifully done.

By "challenge" I meant meeting the lofty expectations of this oft-shot setting, and you nailed it with this beautiful processing. Well-deserved top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2013 11:15:53 PM
Iconic spot and this meets the challenge. Beautifully done.
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06/07/2013 11:31:08 AM
Extra points from me for the people, they add a sense of scale that makes this even more awesome.
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06/05/2013 02:08:19 AM
what a staircase, brilliant POV, love it~
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06/01/2013 08:14:57 PM
Great color tone and composition. Love that spiral.
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06/01/2013 12:35:50 AM
A classic photo
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