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AdA – the world’s first electron–positron storage ring

The story of the world’s first electron–positron storage ring, the Anello di Accumulazione (AdA), starts in the hills above Rome. In a small city named Frascati. It is famous for many things, but first above by its beautiful view on Rome.

frascati-01727AdA was built in Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), under the leadership of Bruno Touschek, it stored its first beams in February 1961. A year later it was transported to France, to a small city in the neighborhood of Paris named Orsay.

Article in CERN-courier (eng).

AdA first electron-positron storage ring.
AdA first electron-positron storage ring.

ADA first electron-positron storage ring (outcome).

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AdA first electron-positron storage ring (vacuum).
ADA first electron-positron storage ring (vacuum).

ADA in twilight.

Ada-electron-positron-ring-frascati_04And for the end surrealistic night look of ADA.

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Soaring cupola, St.Pietro, Rome, Italy

The story of Soaring Cupola photograph begins in 2009. That year I was spending my vacation in a beautiful Italian capital – Rome. Late at night as we were walking from  Saint Angelo castle (Castel Sant’Angelo) in the darkness I was stunned by the beautiful view of the bridge and azur cupola of St. Peter’s basilica floating above the Tiber river. I could not  resist and took a picture. The Rome nights in March chilly and I managed to take just a couple of shots before the wind pierced me. (You can notice the wind even on a long exposure photographs below.)

From bridge to the Sant Angel Castel
Saint Pietro, Vyacheslav Isaev, 2009

Since then I was planning to retake this shot in a more appropriate time to eliminate dark areas and high contrast.

5 years later in 2014 I finally found time to retake it. I came to the place to find that this composition doesn’t really work for me, doesn’t communicate my filling of the place.  The sense of the depth was lost  and there were some distracting elements.  I found a new position which I liked more and started to wait for the perfect light, but that day light show was happening above my head – not above the selected subject. So I had to wait longer.  When the lights were switched on clouds start organizing to an interesting structure.  I was hopping that one of the clouds will emphasize structure of the cupola and this did happen. I like how background clouds are separated behind the cupola on the final shot.

St.Pietro, Sunset (Rome, Italy) by Vyacheslav Isaev, 2014
Soaring cupola of Saint Pietro (Rome, Italy) by Vyacheslav Isaev, 2014

I spent around 1.5 hour in my ambush on the bridge, talking with tourists and Pakistani guys selling souvenirs. I had a nice time patiently waiting for the shot.

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Harsh light. Baroque in photography.

Many times I’ve been asked – What to photograph in the middle of the day or how to use the harsh day light.

I think many of us were trapped by the harsh light in the middle of the day during a travel. Same happened to me in Rome, when I was enjoying a walk to an evening location, which I have selected couple days before. The sun was still above my head and light was quite harsh. Passing  Fountana di Trevi I noticed how beautifully the light was falling on one of a figures.

Fountana di Trevi is a famous touristic attraction in the center of Rome. Literal translation is a fountain in the Trevi district of Rome (location on Google map). It is surely one of my favorite places to spend an evening, but I am rarely passing by in the middle of the day.

The scene reminded me of baroque paintings tecnique with  the main characters advancing from a dark background. Actually the figures of the fountain were created in the baroque period and the fountain is the largest baroque fountain in the city.

So, I had a baroque figure and a baroque light, I only had to find a composition which would work.

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

There are following elements which make the picture work for me:

  • Rhythm in shadows and highlights
  • Diagonal rising composition

I believe this is a good example on how even the harsh light can assist in bringing out a special character of a picture.

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Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Canon nFD 80-200 L