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October 2nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
Greetings, these are some of my pictures from Rome, the next stop after Venice. Rome was of course beautiful and full of treasures but frustrating in some ways.











October 2nd, 2006, 01:26 PM










October 2nd, 2006, 01:55 PM
The Italian tourist commission should get these pictures, they are absolutely incredible. Makes me want to hop the next plane to Rome.

October 2nd, 2006, 02:10 PM
I think Fabrizio will be dissappointed by the lack of tights.

October 2nd, 2006, 03:08 PM
Midtown, how do you manage to take such consistently beautiful pictures?

October 2nd, 2006, 05:49 PM
Che bella ...

Frustrating? Always, but it gives more meaning to the beauty ...

Did you get a chance to see the new Ara Pacis building by Meier?

Curious what your reaction might be ...

October 2nd, 2006, 06:57 PM
thanks for appreciating my pics! I took so darn many, some were bound to turn out good, I guess. In total, 30 days and more than 3000 pics. The Greece photos are being sorted now.

lofter, sadly I reveal that I didn't get to see the new Meier building. I would have loved to provide you some photos of it. With only 3 days in Rome as a first-timer, I quickly learned my original over-ambitious itinerary would have to be pared down.

I'd love to go back to Rome to see more of it... I hope the value of the dollar doesn't get any worse. I have to admit the exchange rate to euros was killin' me over there. It really adds up.

October 3rd, 2006, 08:25 AM
Midtown, how do you manage to take such consistently beautiful pictures?
Well for starters, we're dealing here with a guy who has a really good eye and great technical skills. It also helps that he seeks out and recognizes places and subjects to photograph that are themselves at the pinnacle of beauty. His sense of composition is unerring --due no doubt to his profession as a designer. Finally he must have a superior camera.

What's your camera, MidtownGuy? Make and model plus relevant specifications please.

October 3rd, 2006, 08:55 AM
But you did see the Pantheon -- which is to me the most amazing space.

When I was living in Rome I would often find the time in my day to go there -- it always seemed to give me a great sense of peace.

October 3rd, 2006, 12:02 PM
thanks ablarc for your compliments on my sense of composition but I must admit that my technical skills frustrate me. I'm still a beginner in that regard, and basically learning through trial and error. I've just recently begun exploring photography (maybe 2 years ago I bought my first camera).
Is it a superior camera?..:o well I'm hoping to possess such an instrument soon, but the the one I'm using for these photos is just OK. It's a Kodak CX7530, very inexpensive digital with 5 megapixel res and only 3x optical zoom.

I love taking pictures. I've started fantasizing about getting serious and work toward putting a book together, after a lot more practice and when I've managed to get equipment with great zoom, focus and ability to shoot wide angles. For now I'll keep doing my design work, and that'll finance my experimentation. You all will be my test audience as I grow :)

I have to say, thanks for all of the encouragement!!

October 3rd, 2006, 12:15 PM
All the more impressive considering you're using such a "beginner" camera, if I can call it that. I recently bought a Samsung 7-megapixel, and haven't even come close to getting the kind of clarity and contrast of some of your pics.

By the way, I think the staircase pic is my favorite.

October 3rd, 2006, 01:01 PM
Wow Lofter! the Pantheon was actually the building I was most curious to see before arriving in Rome. I even found a great, inexpensive apartment for short term stays literally 2 blocks away from it. I knew it would be a great place to base myself and give me the chance to see my favorite building in Rome more than once. It was great hanging out in the piazza in front of the Pantheon, like it was my "nabe". On one of the days, peals of thunder and clouds threatened rain, and there I stood waiting below the oculus for the spectacle of rain falling straight down onto the marble floor. No such luck, the clouds passed over and people resumed their strolling with cones of gelato.
I just have to say, speaking only as an artist and poet, I wish they would rededicate this building to all the gods, give it back it's original purpose. Put back all those glorious pagan statues that used to be in the nooks. (I know, in Catholic Rome that would take a cold day in hell).;)

Here are 3 more of my Pantheon pictures:




October 3rd, 2006, 02:47 PM
The eye to heaven ^^^

October 4th, 2006, 07:40 PM
^ When it rains the droplets turn to a fine mist right after they come through the hole.

Might have something to do with air pressure. Can anybody explain?

Btw, in downpours water undoubtedly accumulates; there's a drain in the floor right under the midpoint of the hole (i.e. at the tangent point of the sphere that sits inside this building partly defined (the dome) and partly implied.

October 5th, 2006, 12:59 PM
Bernoulli's Principle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli%27s_principle)
Although the Pantheon predates Mr Bernoulli by about 1600 years.

Air flowing over the dome accelerates, causing negative pressure, which draws air out through the Oculus, cooling the interior.

The defining structure of Roman engineering prowess. An unreinforced concrete dome of these dimensions would collapse from its own weight. One of the great buildings in all the world.

October 5th, 2006, 01:59 PM
Amazed to see that the Pantheon doesn't have its own thread ...

Some cool stuff:



Built: 120-126 AD under Emperor Hadrian
Foundation: 24' thick at base and steps to 21' at ground level
Rotunda: concrete, 20' thick; 142' diameter
Oculus: concrete: 7.5' thick; 27' diameter
Interior Columns: 3' diameter, 29' tall topped with a corinthian capital
of 4' totalling 32' 9" tall, 25 tons each
Portico: 16 granite columns 39' tall, 5' diameter, 60 tons each

The PANTHEON -- Roman Concrete

The PANTHEON Inside (http://www.architectureweek.com/2005/0831/culture_1-1.html)

Plan Drawing:


2005 Artifice, Inc.

Description of the PANTHEON's Structure (http://www.karmancenter.unibe.ch/pantheon/building/structure)

An 18th-century print of the Pantheon by Piranesi,
showing Bernini's 17th-century bell towers (towers destroyed 1893):


The Pantheon today:


Very cool "Section Manager" tool HERE (http://www.karmancenter.unibe.ch/pantheon/data/sections/index_html)

The structure of the Pantheon according to the information acquired from the Pantheon Project (http://www.karmancenter.unibe.ch/pantheon/data/structural-access) :


The structural schema of the Pantheon:


Vertical section of the rotunda with an indication of materials used:


Schematic plan of the voids inside the rotunda's wall:


The Pantheon and its environment in Giovanni Maggi's map from 1625:


Engines of our Ingenuity: The PANTHEON (http://Engines of our Ingenuity:The PANTHEON)


1988-1998 by John H. Lienhard

October 5th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Here's a shot of the drainage hole.


October 6th, 2006, 12:13 AM
Sewers ... another thing that the Romans excelled at.