Time Slices: Colosseum

All photos courtesy of Richard Silver

In his "Time Slices" series, photographer Richard Silver captures the surreal ambience of the "blue hour" — the magical time between daylight and darkness — in a single image.

As an avid traveler, Silver has traveled to cities around the world to capture these time slices (as well as some mind-boggling vertical panoramas of cathedrals)!

To capture these images, Silver first chooses the location he wants to photograph and then does a preliminary "reconnaissance mission" to test out the best shooting vantage points so save time later. He then returns to the scene about 30 minutes before sunset and sets up his tripod and camera to shoot at regular intervals until the sun finally sets and twilight descends into inky darkness.

"I shoot with a Nikon D810 [...] and I use a wireless remote control to take the shots," Silver explains. "The wireless remote gives me the freedom to sit down or at least not be standing the whole time."

After he's captured the shots he needs, he splices 36 of the photos together into one final breathtaking image, like the one above of the Colosseum in Rome.

Continue below to see more of the iconic landmarks represented in the project. Silver hopes to one publish a book on this series, but in the meantime, check out more of his work on his website.

Time Slices: Milan

Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy

Time Slices: Birds Nest

Bird's Nest, Beijing

Time Slices: India Gate

India Gate, New Delhi, India

Time Slices: Culture & Science building of Poland

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland

Time Slices: Hagia SOphia

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Time Slices: Tongariki at Sunset

Tongariki, Easter Island

Time Slices: Marina Bay Sands Time

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Time Slices: Trieste

Trieste, Italy

Time Slices: Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Time Slices: Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Time Slices: Shanghai

Shanghai

Time Slices: London

London

Time Slices: Venice

Venice

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