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When you get to the end of the suggested route around the Vatican Museums, you arrive at this amazing spiral staircase which leads you to the exit. One of the most photographed staircases in the world, it was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, and the broad steps are somewhere between a ramp and a staircase. The stairs are actually two separate helixes, one leading up and the other leading down, that twist together in a double helix formation.
The staircase was actually one of my very earliest uploads after joining EPZ (also called Spiralling Down), way back in August 2008, but only having the 18-55mm lens at the time, couldn't get as much of it in as I would have liked, so tried again 4 years later with the 10-20mm set at its widest angle! Wink

Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Photomatix Pro and Photoshop Elements 11

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.

Trev Smile

Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2012 - 3:20 PM
Focal Length:10mm
Aperture:f/8
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Metering Mode:Matrix
White Balance:Auto
Title:Spiralling Down
Username:TrevBatWCC TrevBatWCC
Uploaded:1 Nov 2012 - 11:13 AM
Tags:Architecture, Rome, Spiral staircase, Vatican museum
Votes:61

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 - 11:18 AM

Superb capture and lovely processing
Jim

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debu
debu  4 India
1 Nov 2012 - 11:23 AM

Nicely captured.
debu

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 11:35 AM

Stunning image love the composition and as always well processed and presented - Elizabeth xx

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 11:55 AM

A cracking pov, Trev, making for a fascinating image. Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 12:01 PM

The 10mm. lens takes in so much of the staircase, Trev: exceptionally fine shot under difficult conditions I'd think.
Ronnie.

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CaroleS
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:02 PM

Very good pov and well presented.

Carole

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 12:10 PM

so well composed...the people are a real bonus here Smile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
1 Nov 2012 - 12:23 PM

Stunning !! A great capture of an amazing piece of architectural genius Smile

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Chinga
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1 Nov 2012 - 12:48 PM

Very striking! Good image...
IB

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 12:53 PM

An amazing staircase, very well captured. Gives me a dizzy feeling looking at it. ......Sandy

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 1:28 PM

Brilliant!
I need to add this to my collection of staircases one day!Sad
Tony

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 2:20 PM

Talk about circles of you mind, this ia a wonderful capture. Smile


David.

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achieverswales

Seen this shot many times Trev and this is as good as any.

Regards

Trev.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 2:32 PM

Wow, this is lovely!

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 2:46 PM

An impressive looking staircase Trev,
but do they have a lift as I would rather go down in that !!
Super shot.
Mick.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom988 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 3:36 PM

This reminded me immediately of Tony's work!
This really is the helter-skelter effect, complete with motion blur. Humans moving in ever-decreasing circles...
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 3:47 PM

I hadn't realised that the Vatican's staircase was quite so modern!
The super-wide lens really does emphasise the shape and design and makes the descent appear much more precipitous. I admire your head for heights even more now!
Regards
Bill

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barbarahirst
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1 Nov 2012 - 4:17 PM

only too haooy to take this to 30 ...R.C on me

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JohnChambersPhotography

I do like shots, not easy to pull off but you have done just that excellent dof great POV and very presented. like it.

JOHN

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
1 Nov 2012 - 5:44 PM

Great shot. Very original. Ann.

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bobsblues
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1 Nov 2012 - 6:03 PM

Top marks here Trev great capture .Smile
Rob

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
1 Nov 2012 - 6:25 PM

Fantastic image Trevor looks like you had a great time in Rome. Many thanks for your comments, hope you are well.

Ruth

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 6:51 PM

Superb perspective, Trev. The wide-angle comes into its own here.

Dave

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TONKSPHOTO
1 Nov 2012 - 7:36 PM

Missed this one trev.....Brilliant.......John

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 9:16 PM

Really impressive! Works well!

Sue Smile

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Lillian
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1 Nov 2012 - 9:35 PM

Really ...really brilliant Trev
stunning shot
Lillian

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RockArea
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2 Nov 2012 - 4:53 PM

Ah yes, hooray for the 10-20! What a very interesting staircase in its own right but the inclusion of the people on it and the amazing amount of detail you always manage to capture makes this a superb shot.

David

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 7:43 PM

Love the patterns this stairway creates Trev, love all the people on it too - a wonderful take & congrats's for your awards Smile

Sarah *

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Monnika
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3 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM

Very nice photo! SmileSmileSmile

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 5:04 PM

I have not been around the site for a while ... but it really makes it worth while when I get to see shots like this.... a cracker Trev... well done mate.

Trev

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 5:16 PM

A glorious curve Trev. Think I would have had to sail down the banister SmileSmileWinkWinkWink xx

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 7:58 PM

Wow, that is one impressive staircase - a beauty of a spiral, with wonderful pov and depth.

Anne

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 4:34 PM

All been said but love the curve here
Regards Richard

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twelvemegs
4 Nov 2012 - 9:37 PM

A superb shot Trev.
Look at all those well-deserved UAs, well done.

David

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phil99
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7 Nov 2012 - 2:38 PM

Just brilliant Trev ....Phil

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 11:01 PM

Well deserved awards, Trev, this image is absolutely smashing.
Johanna

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ColleenA
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9 Jul 2014 - 3:54 PM

Had to come and look at your wide angle shot of the staircase Trev even though I am two years late....a great shot

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