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Pantheon, Rome

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 August 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

I've recently returned from a trip to Italy and the Pantheon was certainly the most impressive building that I visited in Rome - amazingly it was built about 2,000 years ago and has been in continuous use since then, initially as a temple to the Roman Gods and then for the last 1,400 years or so as a Catholic church.

With a diameter of 142ft (43.3M) the dome is still the largest unreinforced (ie no steel reinforcement) concrete dome in the world. The dome is coffered to keep the weight to a minimum and a special high strength 'pozzolan' cement, invented by the Romans, was used. The additives in pozzolan cement are still being used today for modern structures.

The oculus at the top of the dome is open to the sky creating the strong shaft of sunlight that you can see in this photo that moves around the interior in a 'sundial' type effect.

NIKON D700 1/15 second F/11.0 ISO 720 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

This B&W is great

6 Aug 2012 6:36am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wonderful shot!

6 Aug 2012 6:53am

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Love it with the beam of light!

6 Aug 2012 7:08am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

What a catch ! Great shot ! well done !

6 Aug 2012 7:22am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

super avec cette pointe de lumière

6 Aug 2012 7:45am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

great beam. love this image Ian!

6 Aug 2012 8:01am

VISU...ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnifique avec ce traitement noir et blanc

6 Aug 2012 9:34am

janina from Australia

Yes I'd certainly like to visit. Graphic image, and that beam of sunlight is so intense!

6 Aug 2012 2:35pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Amazing architecture and so is your photography Ian! How could the form, details and lighting be more gloriously portrayed! Masterful!

6 Aug 2012 2:58pm

k@ from Paris, France

I like the 'grain', seems you are the one who made this drawing with a charcoal pencil !

6 Aug 2012 4:13pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Magnificent mono Ian.

6 Aug 2012 9:20pm

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

great shot.the light is best position

6 Aug 2012 9:56pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful capture. excellent detail. fine pov

6 Aug 2012 11:31pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Really beautiful shot, Ian! Love that you captured the detail in the shadows as well as in the shaft of light.

8 Aug 2012 4:19pm

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Great image Ian. The processing is excellent, like Ryan said you have managed to capture the detail in the shadows and highlights.

12 Aug 2012 5:20pm

1/15 second
ISO 720
16 mm (35mm equiv.)