Thomas J. Avery, PHOTOGRAPHY
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Helical Staircase
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Location: Vatican City About this photo:

This famous staircase is in the museums of the Vatican. My wife and I exited the museums using these stairs.

The geometric shape is quite interesting. The stairs form a helix. Actually, there are two sets that "interlace", and form a double helix (just like DNA!).

Anway, this is just another feature from our Rome & Florence trip that has been photographed thousands of times before. But, this one is mine and it was taken by me! I guess that makes it special. I only wish I had a wider lens at the time.

Notice the guy in the blue coat at the very bottom? He was taking a picture looking up. I wonder what he got? Perhaps there's a photo in some album at this person's house of the staircase looking up, and at the very top is some other guy taking a photo looking down - ME.

Date: April 2004
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Filter: Canon UV Haze
Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec.
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Equiv.: 400
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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