Where better to head off to with a new camera than photogenic Rome?  Turns out that having an unmissable photo opportunity every other step is not the best way to get to grips with anything more complicated than pointing and shooting.  Still my new camera and I managed to have some fine Roman photo adventures.

At home I had read the instructions and thought that I had a pretty good grasp of what all the symbols and letters meant.  When I got the camera out with intent and stared at the hieroglyphs, they meant nothing.  The one function, other than automatic, that I could fathom was panorama.  There are lots (hundreds) of good snaps on the chip but these are the ones that I feel I wouldn’t have taken without my new toy.  We started our exploration at the Colosseum.  I’ve visited the colosseums at El Dejm and Orange and so thought that I knew what I was in for.  Mistake: the Roman Colosseum is truly colossal.

Colesseum Rome

Next on our list was the Forum.  If I thought that the Colosseum was huge, then the Forum left me without a suitable word to describe its vastness.  Everywhere you looked was another ruin that bore the name of deeply familiar names.  Julius Ceasar, Augustus, Livia, Caligula, Hadrian, Constantine, the Vestal Virgins and many, many more were here.  What I needed here was a function that allowed me photograph a full circle, does such a thing exist?

Rome Forum

After the ancient Romans, it was time for the Roman Catholic church or more particularly St Peter’s Square.  We didn’t actually get to go inside the basilica as the queues were over four hours long.  You can’t pre-book and shuffling slowly forward for several hours is not my idea of fun.  Next time I will get up really, really early and beat the queue.  By this time the teens had heard the loud whirring of the panorama function and had an improvement to suggest.  One teen could stand at the left end of the sweep, Mr CW in the middle and teen two on the right hand side.  What teen one didn’t tell me was that he was going to scoot round the back and appear twice.

Roman photo adventures

As we left St Peter’s Square, I took this photo looking up at the stunning Bernini colonnades.  With more time and a better understanding of the camera I think that there are some even more stunning images to be taken of the outside of St Peter’s.

Bernini Colonnade St Peters

One final picture that I was pleased with was this view of Castel Sant’Angelo taken from across the Tiber.  I was lucky with the weather and the perfect stillness of the river for the reflection but I also like the framing of the bare branches of the plane trees.

Castel Sant Angelo Rome reflection

We are back home now and I have no excuses for not getting to grips with the full potential of the camera.  Does anybody know what C means?

If you’d like to read more about our Roman Adventures, we stayed at the foot of the Spanish Steps in the Landmark Trust Keats – Shelley House and Mr CW devised the perfect itinerary for first time visitors to Rome.



  1. Susanna Bavin
    January 6, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    What fabulous photos, Catherine. You might not be an expert (yet) with your new camera, but it doesn’t show. The pictures are glorious, especially the one of the Castel Sant Angelo.

    • Catherine
      January 6, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you Sue, lots to learn!

  2. January 7, 2018 / 1:08 am

    Ah, Rome. We haven’t been back there for years – pre-kids! – but we’d love to go back. The Forum in particular is amazing.

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 1:10 am

      We walked for miles but the teens are now of an age when I suspect they could keep going for longer than me!

  3. January 7, 2018 / 1:13 am

    What a wonderful place to try out your camera, I’ve not visited since my Inter-railing teenage years!

  4. January 7, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Well you certainly seem to have discovered how to take wide-angle shots! You’ve visited a lot of places I haven’t, although I have only been to Rome the once. No idea what C means but best of luck finding out.

  5. January 7, 2018 / 7:53 am

    Hi Catherine, it sounds like you (and Teen One) are having fun learning to use your new camera. A panaoramic setting would be so handy to have on my camera as I sometimes have to stitch photos together to get the wide angle of views sometimes. I explored Rome on foot many years ago and it was an amazing city to explore.


  6. January 7, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to visit Italy again and spruce up my Italian. And I’ve yet to see the Vatican.

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Impressed that you have Italian to spruce! We joined the hoards in the Vatican but that’s another post!

  7. January 7, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Oh, Rome! I really want to go back. Your photos are gorgeous, I really love the last one. No idea what C means, sorry.

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:21 am

      I think that I might have found a get to know your camera person, hopefully C will become a gateway rather than a baffling code soon!

  8. January 7, 2018 / 9:25 am

    Wow, those pictures are amazing – even although you are just getting to grips with the camera, the shots are great. I really should invest. I am still to write my wish list of things I want to save for in 2018, a good camera may just be the ticket!

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Thank you, it always helps to have photogenic scenes to pint your camera at!

  9. January 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Happy New Year

    What an incredible place to explore. I’d love to go and visit one day

    Thank you for linking up

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Rome was lovely and even better with my new toy, thank you to Mt Sunday Photo for spurring me on

  10. January 7, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Lovely photos…The one of the forum is particularly interesting. You must have had quite a climb to get such a good shot.

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:50 am

      It was taken from the Capitoline Hill and was quite a climb!

  11. January 7, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought you were just getting to grips with a new camera based off of these pictures – simply stunning! #MySundayPhoto

  12. January 7, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Fabulous shots. Rome is one of those places where you could take 55,000 and still not feel like you’ve taken enough! 😀 #sundayphoto

  13. January 7, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I’d love to visit Rome. Exciting having a new camera. I love panoramas, but I do wish cameras would let you do landscape panoramas to get the height as well

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      It was my first time, a vertical panorama is a brilliant idea!

  14. January 7, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Grand photos of an amazing place

  15. January 7, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous opportunity to explore such an amazing looking place!

  16. January 7, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Brilliant photos. I can’t believe I haven’t been to Rome yet! Great place to experiment with the new kit.

  17. January 11, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    I have never been to Rome but seeing your photos makes me want to visit. I love the panorama ones, particularly the one of the Colosseum and love how one of your teens was in the photo twice. What a beautiful city to capture.

    • Catherine
      January 11, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      It is a beautiful city trying to work out when we can return!

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