Thomas J. Avery, PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sistine Chapel
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Location: Vatican City About this photo:

This is inside the Sistine Chapel. When my wife and I finally entered the chapel (after a very long wait in the rain and then a long walk through the museums), we were in complete awe.

I took notice of the "No Photograpy" signs, and slung my camera on my shoulder. As I stood in the chapel and took in the views, I noticed that every now and then, someone would raise a camera up to take a photo. The guards would promptly call them out and tell them "no photography, please".

I decided to shoot at random with the camera at waist level. It was so crowded that holding the camera low (and not up to my face) didn't give me away.

I set a high ISO, and held the camera in my hands which were together at my waist. I simply walked around and snapped away. I waited until there were little clearnings in the crowd and pointed my camera in that direction.

Well, this was just an easy way of getting some shots just to document that I was there. None of the ones I took were of any good quality, and besides, if I wanted a good photo of the Sistine Chapel, I would just buy one. It's been photographed thousands of times before!

Date: April 2004
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Filter: Canon UV Haze
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec.
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Equiv.: 800
Flash: none
Regarding all photos in this portfolio:

In mid-April of 2004, my wife and I took a long vacation to Italy and Switzerland.
We stayed in Rome and Florence for a total of 6 days, and had a wonderful time.

This trip was my first serious outing with the Canon Digital Rebel. I used the kit
lens (18-55mm) about 90% of the time and it did well! I used mostly f/8 for DOF
and sharpness, and I kept it at ISO at 100 for smaller file sizes (shooting JPGs)
and minimum noise.

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