Cloud covered sunset

While testing the Topaz Adjust AI, I tried a very similar photo as one of my tests. And since I liked the result, I decided to finish it. I took this photo last year in Manarola, Cinque Terre in Italy. We were waiting for the blue hour, as the sunset was right behind us. But it looked so great, I had to take few shots anyway, even without the tow.

This is a blend of three exposures, combined with the Topaz Adjust AI HDR style result.

Cloud covered sunset, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Afternoon clouds over Manarola

Let’s go back to Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy with today’s photo. This is the most typical view of Manarola that everyone takes. And no surprise there. I was in the town only for one sunset, so I also just managed this spot. To back I did not have more time to try few more. Maybe next time.

Actually if you ever want to capture a sunset from this spot, go there early. I got there around 1 hour before sunset, and I almost did not find a spot. It was so full with photographers. And even more came after me. But you know, if you are nice, there will always be a spot for another tripod :)

This is a two shot panorama, each shot from three exposures, blended in Photoshop.

Afternoon clouds over Manarola

And here are few details:

Afternoon clouds over Manarola

Covered brands

I got asked why all the brands on my camera and my lenses are covered up with duck-tape. And the reason for that is really simple. To be exact, there are these reasons :)

  1. I don’t want to advertises what camera I have in case of thief’s
  2. I don’t need to promote any brand or show off what camera I have
  3. The white label on front of the camera and on lenses can disturb a subject you are taking photos of (not really applicable for landscape photography).

Thinking about it, I don’t even like brands on anything else, like clothes and similar. The only brand I use is my own :)

Blue sky over Manarola

I really like this view of Manarola, and of course it’s popular with many other photographers. Just to have a bit different photo than everybody else, I vent with a vertorama here. Like this I got much more sky and the sea, to make this very nice and blue. And the little ship

This is a two shot vertorama taken with the tilt-shift lens. Combined in Lighroom, finished in Photoshop. You can see how to create panoramas/vertoramas in Lightroom here.

Blue sky over Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Adding hashtags on Instagram

What are you using to add hashtags when posting to Instagram? Recently I have been using the app Leetags It’s an app on Android (there is also an iOS version) that can create the hastags for you in seconds.

You just put in few words that describe your photo, and Leetags will find for you the most popular hashtags on Instagram that relate to the ones you provided. Just don’t forget there is a limit of 30 per photo :)

Of course there are other apps that do the same, but this one works quite well for me.

Sunset in Manarola

While taking photos in Manarola in Cinque Terre in Italy, I wanted a nice sunset behind the city. But I was there not during the right time of the year, so the sun was behind me. Still, it can sometimes work out, because when the sky lights up with colors, it does not matter which way you look. But not this time. Still, the sunset was quite nice, so I took few shot into the sun. even without the city it looked great :). You can see the view towards the city here.

This is a two shot panorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sunset in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Golden hour in Manarola

Let’s continue with another photo from Cinque Terre area in Italy. This one is for a change from a second town there, the town of Manarola. If you seen a photo from there, you probably seen a view like this before. It’s quite popular spot with photographers, and even the evening I was there, there were at least 10 other ones there.

To get a bit different shot, for this one I decided to go wide and with a vertorama. The clouds were great, even with the sunset behind me. Actually that day I had the best sunset there, and of course it was the day I was not shooting into it. What can you do :).

This photo I took during the golden hour, when the sunlight hit the town and make it look nice and golden. This is a two shot vertorama taken using the 17m TSE lens, combined in Lightroom, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Golden hour in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
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