Lit up reflection in Porto

When the weather does not play along, the blue hour always makes for nice photo. Even if you have zero clouds during the day, and it’s crazy hot, you just have to wait until the eveing when the lights come on. Then, you can get a nice photo. If you have a tripod that is. I would not try evening and night photos from hand.

This is a photo taken in Porto Portugal one summer evening. Not really sure how it was edited, as I did that a while ago, but I think I used Oloneo Photoengine here, and finished it in Photoshop.

Lit up reflection in Porto

Panoramic software

I did not notice, but what’s happening with panoramic software? Kolor and PTgui websites are not accessible at all. Kolor, the makers of AutoPano announced they ending few months ago, with the PTgui not even having an announcement at all. Not that many people do panoramas anymore? Or just use build in features in Lightroom and similar? Who knows. But still it’s bad, as choice is always great. Curious to see what happends to the software they all developed.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge

Ok, enough of the Black Friday stuff (But don’t forget, most deals are valid until the Cyber Monday :)). Let’s get back to photos.

Today’s photo is a panorama taken from a viewing area above the Dom Luis I Bridge that spans in Porto. This bridge just looks great, and you can walk across it on the bottom and also the top level. Though, some are a bit scared to pass the top one.

This is a three shot panorama, each shot from three exposures. I used PTgui to create the panorama and then Photoshop to blend them. I actually used Raya Pro panel here. Will write more about it when I use it more.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

And here are few details:

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

Night tram in Porto

Each time when I see a tram or buses passing in front of over something interesting, I try to catch a nice long exposure where I blur them. And of course I tried the same also in Porto in Portugal. Took me few tries to catch this night tram, but I got one :)

This is a blend of two exposures, one main with tram, and one darker for the lights. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Night tram in Porto, Portugal

Night clouds over Porto

The week I spend in Portugal this year, was just crazy hot (45 degrees Celsius). And with that weather, the sky was usually mostly just completely clear. So my luck for a nice sunset was just not there. But the last evening there, at least some clouds showed up in the evening, so there are some in this night shot.

This is a 2 shot vertorama, each shot from 5 exposure. First combined with PTgui, then Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

New category

I’m always happy when I can add a new category to the blog. Because that means that I visited a new city or even country. Few days ago I added Portugal, and today I’m also adding Porto. I do hope there will be more again soon :)

As always, you can see all the categories, in a dropdown on the bottom of every page on this blog.

Evening panorama of Porto

As I mentioned yesterday, I had another panorama for you. This one is a blue hour shot of Porto in Portugal. I took this shot from the walkway leading to the cable car station. From what I seen, this is probably the best place to get a nice shot of the center of the city. Of course I got lock in there, as the closed the gates, while I was still there. Luckily, they are only waist high, and it was not that hard to climb over them. Strangely, nobody cared, that I, and few other people, were still there.

For this photo, I took 4 bracketed series, each one consisting of 5 exposures. I used PTgui to merge them into blend planes, and then blended them in Photoshop. Still, this photo is only 46Mpix, as I did quite a big overlap.

Evening panorama of Porto, Portugal
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