The Basilica di San Pietro
There’s much to see in the Basilica di San Pietro, and for a photographer – even an amateur like me – it’s a fascinating location.
The great height of the domes allows light to flood through the many windows – shafts cut through, drawing the eye upwards. Capturing those beams is almost too easy – the difficulty is in choosing which ones to photograph.
With all the beautiful painting and sculpture on display, why – you might wonder – did I focus on the light? I suspect that I was a victim of the domes’ architect (Michelangelo). Crepuscular rays – or God rays – are atmospheric optics that occur naturally as rays stream through gaps in clouds. Michelangelo had created the conditions to allow them to appear inside. Nothing here was built by chance – it’s all part of a great architectural plan.