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Spiralling Down

By TrevBatWCC    
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

Tags: Rome Architecture Spiral staircase Vatican museum

Voters: pawelpiwosz, canonfan, debu and 58 more


canonfan 9 7 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 11:18AM
Superb capture and lovely processing

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debu 10 India
1 Nov 2012 11:23AM
Nicely captured.
sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 11:35AM
Stunning image love the composition and as always well processed and presented - Elizabeth xx
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
1 Nov 2012 11:55AM
A cracking pov, Trev, making for a fascinating image. Carol
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 12:01PM
The 10mm. lens takes in so much of the staircase, Trev: exceptionally fine shot under difficult conditions I'd think.
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 12:02PM
Very good pov and well presented.

cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
1 Nov 2012 12:10PM
so well composed...the people are a real bonus here Smile
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
1 Nov 2012 12:23PM
Stunning !! A great capture of an amazing piece of architectural genius Smile
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 12:48PM
Very striking! Good image...
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
1 Nov 2012 12:53PM
An amazing staircase, very well captured. Gives me a dizzy feeling looking at it. ......Sandy
tony64 15 204 9 England
1 Nov 2012 1:28PM
I need to add this to my collection of staircases one day!Sad
DeSilver Plus
12 14 12 England
1 Nov 2012 2:20PM
Talk about circles of you mind, this ia a wonderful capture. Smile

achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
1 Nov 2012 2:32PM
Seen this shot many times Trev and this is as good as any.


LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 2:32PM
Wow, this is lovely!
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 2:46PM
An impressive looking staircase Trev,
but do they have a lift as I would rather go down in that !!
Super shot.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2117 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 3:36PM
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...
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 3:47PM
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!
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 4:17PM
only too haooy to take this to 30 ...R.C on me
I do like shots, not easy to pull off but you have done just that excellent dof great POV and very presented. like it.

AnnJ 8 5 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 5:44PM
Great shot. Very original. Ann.
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 6:03PM
Top marks here Trev great capture .Smile
Fantastic image Trevor looks like you had a great time in Rome. Many thanks for your comments, hope you are well.

Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
1 Nov 2012 6:51PM
Superb perspective, Trev. The wide-angle comes into its own here.

1 Nov 2012 7:36PM
Missed this one trev.....Brilliant.......John
Sue_R 13 11 6 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 9:16PM
Really impressive! Works well!

Sue Smile
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 9:35PM
Really ...really brilliant Trev
stunning shot
RockArea 13 18 3 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 4:53PM
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.

Sezz 15 619 15 England
2 Nov 2012 7:43PM
Love the patterns this stairway creates Trev, love all the people on it too - a wonderful take & congrats's for your awards Smile

Sarah *
3 Nov 2012 1:34PM
Very nice photo! SmileSmileSmile
Trev_B 13 151 68 England
3 Nov 2012 5:04PM
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.

Mavis 17 143 2 England
3 Nov 2012 5:16PM
A glorious curve Trev. Think I would have had to sail down the banister SmileSmileWinkWinkWink xx
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
3 Nov 2012 7:58PM
Wow, that is one impressive staircase - a beauty of a spiral, with wonderful pov and depth.

Richsr 12 91 223 England
4 Nov 2012 4:34PM
All been said but love the curve here
Regards Richard
4 Nov 2012 9:37PM
A superb shot Trev.
Look at all those well-deserved UAs, well done.

phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 2:38PM
Just brilliant Trev ....Phil
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 11:01PM
Well deserved awards, Trev, this image is absolutely smashing.
ColleenA Plus
7 442 6 Australia
9 Jul 2014 3:54PM
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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