I know I just got done talking about Riomaggiore in my last post, but I wanted to keep this Italy Theme going on. So here is my next image from the small village of Manarola. This village is settled right on the water and has its own little bay with a short little break extending out into the Mediterranean Sea. My wife and I were staying at our Airbnb apartment in Riomaggiore. From there, Manarola is only a 5 min train ride north or a 45 min walk along the sea on trail 531. This part of the Italian coastline is amazing for the fact that it feels like it has been lost in time and the world grew up around it. I felt like my camera was working non-stop cause every where I looked, it was something I wanted to capture.
On our 2nd and last night in Cinque terre, we decided to have our dinner in the little village of Manarola and catch the sunset that overlooks the bay from one of the many restaurants. My wife and I had dinner at Nessun Dorma which is in a perfect spot to enjoy the view of this amazing little village. We had some Tomato Bruschetta and the house wine while listening to the live music they had that night. Needless to say the environment along with the sound of the water on the rocks and the sunset was just amazing. It made me feel like I was in one of the Hollywood movies, but this time I was really here enjoying it! WHY CANT I LIVE IN ITALY!?!?!? After our lovely bottle of wine and antipasto, we headed down to the walking path that ran along the side of the bay. Here is where I was greeted by not just a few photographers, but 20-30 photographers all trying to get the same shot. I knew that this place is popular with photographers but I have never seen this many tripods with lonely ladies waiting for their significant other to finish taking the photos.
After walking around the bay front trying to find the best spot, I found an area that gave me what I was looking for in terms of a landscape shot. I wanted to have some rocks in the foreground which leads the eye up to the middle where the buildings are, then have the sky and the hill in the background. Here you can see the before and after.
This image of Manarola is taken of 4 different images which I shot from different times in the sunset. The first 3 images I shot was for the basic HDR image. One for the buildings, one for the sky, and the last for the rocks. I could push the Sony A7r files to get close with just one image but I wanted to keep this as a very clean file, that is why I took 3 different shots. The last of the 4 image I took was with a 10 stop ND filter to get the silky smooth water which I imaged in this final image. Once I got the water image, I did my basic post processing to bring this image to life. It was hard to decide which image to I wanted to blog about so am adding them both in. Do I go with the sunset shot or the blue hour shot? I really like the colors of the sunset image but I like the lights and the feel of the blue hour image as well. Anyways, I am glad I stayed and captured both of them.
The hard part of the sunset image was editing in post. I had to do a little bit of editing in light-room before the blending in Photoshop to make the masking from the sky to the building look as natural as possible. The water and the rocks were easy to blend in cause the range in exposure was not that great. Once that was done it was just a few trips into Nik ColorEfex to finish it off.
No. of Exposures: 4 images(1 for the water)
EV Range: -2/0/+2 Plus 2 Min exposure for water
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon 17-40 F/4
Camera: Sony A7R
Software: LR5/PS/Nik ColorEfex
Well I really hope you guys are enjoying my last few post about Italy. Cinque Terre is one of the most amazing place I have ever been to and I cant wait to travel back there. I think my next post will be about top 5 travel apps or we might head up to Switzerland to see the alps. If you have any questions about my work or any suggestions, please leave them down below.