Before & After – Riomaggiore Sunset

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Banana Breakdown – A Riomaggiore Sunset

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This shot was technically complicated because of all the moving elements. There was so much movement in the water that no amount of de-ghosting in Photomatix would do the trick. I had to combine most of the exposures manually to create an HDR like image. I’ve actually been doing this a lot lately because I’m finding that combining pieces of exposures rather then blending them with HDR software can produce some snazzy results.

Basically, the rundown is like this: I shot 9 exposure brackets from (-4) to (+4). The sky was blended using Photomatix. The houses and rocks are made up of 1 exposure and water is a blend of 2 exposures. After that, I applied some aggressive sharpening and color correction. 3 double espressos and a tuna sandwich were also sacrificed in the process.

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