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)
[beforeafter] HDR Photo Pic - Lisbon, Portugal - Urban Color
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.


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  • 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..