I’m very sorry for not writing anything for the last couple of weeks (almost a month! How did that happen?!) but I was very busy again. Besides, I had one of those difficult times when I was doubting in my photography and my photography skills. A lot.
Today I would like to share with you a photo of famous Manarola town in Cinque Terre I took during golden hour earlier this year. The light was spectacular, almost golden and it contrasted very nicely with a cool tone of the sea.
Taking photo and post-processing
As I wanted water to be smooth I decided to use long exposure of 30 seconds. Unfortunately, at the site, I realised my Formatt Hitech filters were very dirty and I had no means of cleaning them. So I switched back to my backup – screw-in ND400 by Hoya. Not the ideal solution but I used it for many photos and usually they were looking very good. Note to myself: make sure that not only lenses need cleaning before heading to a photo shoot, but the filters need that too.
As for the editing, I mainly used Lightroom CC and Photoshop this time.
I started by making white balance a little less yellow as I found the image too warm even for the sunset picture. After that, I restored some highlights and especially the shadows. I also increased Clarity. Final adjustment I did in Lightroom was increasing saturation of Blues.
In Photoshop I used luminosity masks to improve the colours and contrast even more and then sharpened the image.