Sunset in Cienfuegos
Even though I found Havana city the most interesting and picturesque place in Cuba (and that’s not surprising I guess), there are a lot more to see there. And before jumping to photos from Havana I would first like to share an image from Cienfuegos – small city around 250 km from Havana.
In the image below you can see Colegio San Lorenzo located in the Jose Marti square. Colorful clouds were exactly behind the building creating some very nice background for it. I hoped for a different car to be in foreground (some American classic would be great) but unfortunately that red Lada didn’t want to move 🙂 And well, it’s a classic vintage car in its own way! Maybe the reason I don’t find it that interesting is that Lada (though different model) was the first car my parents bought when I was a kid so I know it too well 🙂
Taking photo and post-processing
- Camera: Canon 5D MK IV (read my review)
- Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
- Focal length: 16 mm
- Aperture: f/6.3
- Exposure time: 1/60 s
- ISO: 200
- Number of exposures: 1
- E.V. Step: n/a
- Flash used: no
- Tripod: no
- Filters: no
- Technique: n/a
- Software: Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5
As you can see, before image below is heavily underexposed (by around 2 stops). In fact my original plan was to create HDR here but it turned out that with Canon 5D MK IV’s much improved dynamic range I didn’t have to do this. Instead I could expose for the sky and brighten up the shadows. Sweet! There were still a lot of other photos for which I had to use HDR so I’m not going to stop using this technique anytime soon.
So what I did here was to take -2 EV photo from my bracketed sequence and brighten it up by moving exposure to around +1.5 EV, and shadows to around +70. One more change I did was to increase Vibrance a little bit, mainly to improve colors in the sky.
As you can also see in the before image, some of the lines weren’t straight and/or levelled so I also applied Upright tool correction – using Auto option fixed most of the issues.
Final step was to apply ON1 Effects plugin to increase details, contrast and introduce some small vignetting effect.