First of all let me say this, its not allowed to PHOTOGRAPH inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. You are allowed to take you camera in, but security guards are everywhere and the moment you start shooting they will approach you and ask you nicely to delete whatever inside your Camera. But that doesn’t mean it stopped me from at least trying to get a shot of one of the most famous PAINTING in existence. I ended up getting two
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named, and was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services.
Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equaled only by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.
I have set the camera to the lowest Aperture and highest ISO possible to give me a shutter speed of atleast 1/200. This way I knew I more or less guaranteed free shaky image, especially holding the camera at my waist and pointing the lens upwards the ceiling. And I was right and I was happy with the results.
PS/ for those who are not aware, Sistine Chapel, is where the ritual of choosing the POPE takes place