11 July, 2011

Manarola Moonrise

Sunset + Moonrise = Visual Orgasm.

To answer the most obvious answer about this shot, yes, that’s the real moon. I didn’t photoshop that bad boy in. — No, seriously, I didn’t. — I also had no idea the moon would rise right there. That was 100% pure & simple luck. (Thank you universe)

This cool little Italian town in part of the 5 villages that make up the region called Cinque Terre. As you can see, Manarola is one of the most photogenic ones with easy access to many vistas and vantage points.

I spent an entire week shooting in Cinque Terre, concentrating specifically on sunsets and blue hour. It was a perfect project for me because I didn’t have to wake up early at all; not even once. Sunsets happen at a much MUCH more reasonable time than Sunrises.

Curious how this photo was created? Read the Technical Mumbo Jumbo.

Daily Banana – Manarola Moonrise

Sunset and Moonrise over Manarola, Italy

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.

  • I LOVED Cinque Terre. It was the perfect antidote to a week of Rome and Florence crowds and traffic. You really captured the colors of this amazing place beautifully.

    • I agree, Cinque Terre was an amazing place. Thanks so much for the compliment!

  • Mitali

    beautiful photo! Wanted to know how far this location was from the Manarola train station. Will be heading to Cinque Terre for only a day so I really want to get a good shot of Manarola before I leave!
    Thanks in advance 🙂