The small St. Johann Church

Continuing with the photos from the Dolomites, today’s one is of the St. Johann Church (Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui) in Santa Magdalena. This is a bit more typical view of this church. The area, while beautiful, is a bit limited on spots you can take photos from. That is if you want to follow the rules and only stay in the open areas. The whole field is surrounded by a fence, with one spot with a platform, from which you get this exact view.

This is a blend of three exposures. The sky was a bit bland and overcast at that moment, which did not help wit the photo. Because of that I pulled the detail out a bit more this time. Blended and finished in Photoshop.

The small St. Johann Church, Santa Magdalena, Dolomites, Italy

Sunlit reflection

How about one more photo from Lago di Braies. This one was taken a little bit after the one I posted yesterday, in a different part of the lake. There are just so many beautiful views there. It was right about lunch, so the sun was very high in the sky, creating one very sunlit reflection. In my editing, I tried to keep the feel I had. A very bright view, full of sunlight.

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from three exposures. I used a tilt-shift lens to create the vertorama here. Blended and finished in Photoshop.

Sunlit reflection, Lago di Braies, Dolomites, Italy

Boats at the Lago di Braies

I’m back. We decided to end the trip to Italy a bit earlier than planned. The reason was partially bad weather, but mostly the huge amount of snow still in the mountains. We planned to hike, but that was not possible with the paths still closed or under a big pile of snow.

But I still got a few nice photos from this week, so let’s get to one. This one was taken yesterday at Lago di Braies in the Dolomites. I had a bit of luck here. People were going up to this pontoons to take photos but right as I got there with my camera, it was empty for at least 5 minutes. So I really quickly could take a few photos of the view. I really like how the boats made for a perfect foreground element for a photo.

This is a two shot panorama, taken with the help of a tilt-shift lens. Each shot blended from 4 exposures, blended and merged in Photoshop.

Boats at the Lago di Braies

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

Top Photography Spots – Cinque Terre

I remembered that I promised a top photography spots list for cinque terre a while ago, and I never posted one. So I had a look, and the list was partially done, but not finished. The list is online now, and you can find it here, with all the other lists, or here is the direct link. I’m still missing one photo and have to update all the menus, but that will be done soon :)

Evening overlooking Vernazza

Evening overlooking VernazzaAt first I was not even sure if I edit this one. As you can see to the side here, this photo just looked too dark to work with. Even the brightest exposure I got seemed to dark. But in the end, with a bit of work it came out quite ok :)

Here I started with a 5 exposure HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine. Then I edited the darkest exposure, to darken the lights even more. I also edited one of the darker exposure to get no movement in the docked boats. I took this all into Photoshop and blended it together.

If you want to know the location for this photos, check out the Top photography spots – Cintuque Terre list I posted today, as this is taken from one of the spots there.

Evening overlooking Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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