Whenever I travel, I always hope and pray for an amazing sunset while am out taking photos. While I was staying Riomaggiore Cinque terre, that wish came true. We just got to Riomaggiore from Florence and we fell in love with the quiet little villages of the Cinque Terre region. Fun little fact, Cinque Terre means “five lands”. The area consists of five small villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each of them has its own unique feature. I will be talking about Riomaggiore and how I had one of the most, if not the most amazing sunset I have ever seen in person.
We arrived in Riomaggiore around 3pm and were greeted by our airbnb host Paolo. He showed us the apartment where we stayed for the next 2 nights and gave us some very helpful insight on places to have dinner at. (Side note, if you want to save some extra cash and have a real home to stay at, check out Airbnb for great locations around world). So after we got settled in, we walked up the street and looked at all the shops that occupy the first floor of the buildings. As we ended our walk down to the bay front, the sun was starting to set over the Mediterranean sea. I wanted to get a photo of this place that represents Riomaggiore at its heart. I felt that an image with the boats in the bay along with the setting sun would do the trick. So I went to my room, grabbed my camera gear, went out to the bay front and set up to get the shot I was looking for. I only had my 17-40 which was not wide enough to capture the entire scene that you see in this photo. So I did a 3 image HDR bracket in 2 different views. One to cover the sunset and the boat, and the other to cover the bay and the buildings.
The hard part of taking this image was finding the right spot which would work with the lens I had. I wish I would have had something wider like a 14mm Samyang lens but I was traveling light and wanted to keep my gear simple. While traveling, you need to have gear that covers most of everything you will be doing. Carrying a specialty lens is great for the one time that you need it but for the other 99% of the time, it’s just extra weight.
No. of Exposures: 2 images(for a pano)
EV Range: -1
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon 17-40 F/4
Camera: Sony A7R
This is the Pano image of the Village Riomaggiore in Cinque terre. I hope you found this info and the Video were helpful. If you have any questions about the area and how I captured this image, Please feel free to ask in the comments below.