Much of the Via Appia Antica can be followed on foot and, closed to through traffic, makes a scenic country setting for wedding couples such as this. The Appian Way was the first of many roads that started in Rome and ran to the borders of the Empire, giving rise to the saying "All roads lead to Rome".
Rome – Photo Tip

What’s luck got to do, got to do with it?

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Rome – Photo Tip What’s luck got to do, got to do with it?

After 15 years of travel photography, the concept of luck has taken on a whole new meaning. Is waking up early and climbing a mountain to reach the summit – only to find an overcast sky that obscures the sunrise – bad luck?

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

One thing is for sure: sleeping in is the surest way to miss a sunrise. Being out there, on your feet, is a prerequisite for forcing luck your way. So is letting time work for you. It is like taking luck out of the equation all together. Climbing the mountain for a second or third time will bring you that sunrise.

In Rome, I returned many times to the Colosseum because the story needed one or two amazing photos of this Roman landmark. And how about driving to a beautiful strech of the Via Appia at the end of the day, with just the warm afternoon light on my side? It was deserted. Then I saw a few cyclists but, to avoid the bumpy ancient stones, they all took a detour away from the very place I wanted to photograph them at.

I waited. And waited. The sun was setting. But waiting is an amazing recipe. It always works. Sure enough, a wedding couple turned up and walked right up to me, to spend ten minutes shooting photos at exactly that spot I had selected. Lucky me.

Take me to Rome!

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Built in the mid-4th century BCE, one remaining 62-km-long stretch of the Appian Way is still the longest straight road in Europe. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

NIKON D3S

Aperture
ƒ/140/10
Exposure
10/8000
ISO
1000
Focal
1050/10 mm

Built in the mid-4th century BCE, one remaining 62-km-long stretch of the Appian Way is still the longest straight road in Europe.

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