Sunset in Cienfuegos

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.┬áColorful 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 ­čÖé 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 ­čÖé

Sunset in Cienfuegos

Taking photo and post-processing

  • Camera: Canon 5D MK IV (read my review)
  • Lens: Canon┬á16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
  • Focal length: 16 mm
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/60┬ás
  • ISO: 200
  • Number of exposures: 1
  • E.V. Step:┬án/a
  • Flash used: no
  • Tripod: no
  • Filters:┬áno
  • Technique:┬án/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┬áthis 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.

2017-01-17T19:42:23+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Posted in: cuba|