I can’t begin to explain to you how surreal it is to walk into a building that was built during the time that Christ walked the earth. Here in the U.S. we get excited when we visit buildings and structures that have been around for 100 or even 200 years. The Pantheon has been there for around 2,000! And that’s the case with many of the structures in Rome, Italy and all of Europe. The original Pantheon was built in 27 B.C. and was then rebuilt (due to a fire) around 118 A.D.The inscription on the front “M. AGRIPPA.L.F.COSTERTIUM.FECIT”
translates as “Marcus Agrippa son of Lucius, having been consul three times made it.” And while Marcus Agrippa built the original Pantheon, the one standing today was actually built by the emperor Hadrian.
What’s even crazier is that to this day, the dome structure inside the Pantheon is the largest unreinforced solid concrete dome in the world.
For processing, this one was fairly simple. I applied a preset in Lightroom that I made just for my Rome images, called (quite appropriately) “Rome.” It’s available in the Travel collection in my JamesB Lightroom Presets (http://goo.gl/CzRDN). I then took it into Photoshop for a quick application of RAW Presharpener. And that’s it!
Note that I only applied the sharpening to the structure itself, not the sky!