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The Colosseum: an Ancient Killing Floor by Ryan Davison Crisp

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Featured by Red Bubble in the RB Travel Guide – The Wonders of the World blog entry, November 6th, 2013

The incredible Colosseum of Rome. An amazing and must-see experience when visiting The Eternal City. This view is from the top-tier of seating (usually out of bounds for most tours), looking down upon the infamous arena floor and the complex underground that lay beneath. You have to imagine a wooden floor covered in sand here, as seen by the small example at the back of this image. The underground was known as the hypogeum, which consisted of mechanical pulleys, a plethora of cages that could effectively hoist animals up the killing floor, and general storage areas for equipment and such.

Shot on a Panasonic Lumix G1 and later edited on both my iPad with Snapseed and, later, CS5 for some final touches. I tried to offer something aged with this shot, hence the vintage-type processing.

Much better when viewed in large format.

Other images from this series:


St. Peter’s Basilica


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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Great shot. I have trouble capturing places as large as this.

  • To be fair, I was very high up haha

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Excellent, Ryan!

  • thanks buddy

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    We have an area here in the desert that is a crater. It is huge. I can’t find a place high enough to get a pic of the entire place. Unless I go mountain climbing. lol

  • Sounds like there’s only one thing for it… mountain climbing ;)

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    We have actually climbed one. It was only a mile up . It took about 3 hours to climb and come back down, but the views were worth it. Happy shooting!!!!

  • Well done you! Great feeling to be top of the world :)

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 1 year ago

    Lovely work!!

  • thank you Paul

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    wonderful image

  • thank you

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    superb work Ryan!

  • thank you Charmiene

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago

    Wonderful POV and description Ryan !!! Love the post work :))

  • Thanks Thomas, an attempt at something a little different with this one

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannabout 1 year ago

    A powerful presence here. The vintage editing is in keeping with the subject matter although the horrific reality still cuts through.

  • Thanks so much Roger. That’s exactly what I was aiming for with the vintage-type look and feel.

    – Ryan Davison Crisp

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