Busy day at the Vatican

Many photographers post photos of St. Peter’s Basilica with a completely empty St. Peter’s Square. I’m not sure how they do it, whether the secret is getting there super early, taking multiple photos and merging them to remove people from the photo, using the erase tools in their photo editor of choice, or just getting lucky. Regardless, the times I was there, it looks pretty much the opposite of those photos, packed full of people. So, if there are going to be people in the photo, why not just go all out and get a photo when it was about as crowded as possible? This photo was taken shortly after The Pope had finished speaking, so St. Peter’s Square was filled with people, many of them making their way out as I was attempting to capture a photo that I liked.

Black and white photo of St. Peter's Basilica on a busy day