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Where Am I? Hiroshima, Japan
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

(move the slider to compare before and after)

HDR Photo Pic - Lisbon, Portugal - Urban Color

About the Author

Armed with his camera, tripod, and no doubt a giant cup of coffee, photographer and writer, Elia Locardi traverses the globe full-time looking for interesting photographic opportunities and the stories that go along with capturing them. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision with others so they can experience these places the way he does, full of color and emotion, depth and texture. He hopes to inspire people to travel for themselves, visit these beautiful locations, and to fall in love with the beauty of the world.
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  • Andrew Keane

    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..