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Trevi Fountain - 5h15 AM

Not a single soul in the streets of Rome, not one, except an enthusiastic amateur photographer with his camera.

Because it's almost impossible to photograph this tiny location during day or evening without having 5 000 tourists in the frame and desperate pickpockets to watch for while shooting, I said to myself it would be more strategic to come back for a morning blue hour.

But as I began to unfold the legs of my tripod, two police officers hidden between buildings appear from the dark to let me know that it's impossible to shoot with a tripod next to the fountain. I tried to stay cool, telling them there's nobody around and it would take only 10 minutes.

But I argued in vain, as they didn't want to hear anything; this is the rule. They told me that my tripod could make people trip over or block access to the surrounding steps, even if I reminded them we were the only 3 persons there...

As I continue to make my point, they let me know that it was allowed to install myself at street level!!!... So while taking different long exposure shots as the sky became clearer every minutes, a garbage truck arrived around the place and had to avoid me... Of course, I'm more an obstacle on the street than next to the fountain, but this is the rule...

I just love these kind of brilliant cops with good judgement and personal initiative... Thank God, we're safer under their watchful eyes...

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