21 April, 2011

Urban Color

multiple choice.

Most of the shots I find are a result of countless hours of walking. Setting out on foot really gives you an edge with exploration, especially urban exploration. If I would have driven down this street for example, I probably wouldn’t have ever thought of shooting it.

On this day, as I ventured further and further into the back streets of Lisbon, Portugal, I found this cool little district where all the buildings lined streets, sagging between two hills. It was almost like the whole area existed inside of a bowl. Street after street would dip down to the bottom of the bowl only to climb back up on the other side. It was pretty cool. Some of them had stairs leading down and some of the less declined paths had cobblestone roads like this. I spent a bit of time traversing each street to find interesting little compositions. Occasionally, I’d get the inquisitive eye from the locals when I’d lay down in the street to get a low angle shot.

So, if I would have driven instead instead of walking, I would have, (A): I probably died from all the crazy Portuguese drivers, and (B): Never taken the time to properly explore the area.

Also, If you’re feet hurt after a long day of waking you could, (A): Quit whining like a little school girl, or (B): Pick up a bottle of the local port wine (girlish whining optional).

Check out more HDR Photos of Lisbon.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo:

– Nikon D700 – Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8@ 14mm f/8 Iso: 100
– 7 (Handheld) Exposure Brackets (-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3)
HDR Photography Processing & Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro
– Post Processing & Color Correction in Photoshop
– Enhanced detail with Nik Software Sharpener Pro
– Sharpened Edges with Topaz InFocus
– Selective Saturation and Contrast
– Don’t be silly, of course I tweaked the building colors

Daily Banana – Urban Color

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About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated a highly engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • Terrific series of images, it really inspired me tog et back into HDR. I dabbled a bit was was not very good at it.

    I really enjoy reading about your trips, how you choose to take the shots and why. The street scene is my favourite of the post. Now to try to get my HDR up to scratch..