5 May, 2011

Belem Tower At Sunrise

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magical, miserable mornings.

There’s not doubt that sunrise is a beautiful time to shoot HDR Photography but why does it have to be so damn early? I mean, come on universe. Really!?

*Sigh, I know, I’m always ranting about getting up too early to take pictures and I constantly ask myself, if I hate it so (VERY) much, then why do it?

Well, the simplest answer is to show you the HDR image below. It’s shot during one of those magical (horrible), beautiful (miserable), awesome (dreadful), early (too early) mornings. I had to get up at 4:00am to get here in time but despite how much I complain, It was totally worth it.

So, forgoing anymore random complaining, I present: Belem Tower at Sunrise (Torre de Belém).

The tower was commissioned by King John II to be both part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal. Belem Tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. — Don’t be silly, of course I copied that from Wikipedia. 😉

View some more HDR Before and After Photos of Lisbon, Portugal.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo:

– Nikon D700 – Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8@ 16mm f/8 Iso: 100
– 9 Exposure Brackets (-4,-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3,4)
HDR Photography Processing & Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro
– Post Processing & Color Correction in Photoshop
– Sharpened Edges with Topaz InFocus (Global Setting of 0.25)
– Enhanced detail with Nik Software Sharpener Pro (Default Setting + 10 to Structure)
– Used the Photoshop High Pass Filter (Foreground Only)
– Selective Noise Removal
– Selective Contrast areas to enhance lighting effects
– Got up early and played in the mud for this one

Daily Banana – Belem Tower At Sunrise

(move the slider to compare HDR before and after)
[beforeafter] HDR Photo - Belem Tower Sunrise - Lisbon Portugal
About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • Reckless

    Great photo!

    Thanks for letting us know the software/process you used to get this image.
    I’ve been keen to try it for ages, but didn’t know where to begin

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! The most important first step is to enjoy the process.

      Happy Shooting!

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