10 August, 2011

A Riomaggiore Sunset || Cinque Terre, Italy

Since I grabbed this particular position early, you don’t see the dozens and dozens of people scattered around behind me. You also can’t hear the drunk American guy screaming at the top of his lungs, “Mother Nature, F@#K Yea!”

Really American dude? Really?! We’re all here, different people from all over the world, sitting here in polite silence as we witness this amazing sunset from this amazing place, and your best contribution is, “WOOOHOOO, F@#K Yea Mother Nature!”

Here I was thinking that George W. Bush was the only bad thing for our worldly image. Shit, I guess I’ll need to buy a Canadian flag jacket after all…

If you want to see stellar sunsets like this one, Riomaggiore, Italy is the place for you. In fact, all of Cinque Terre is staggeringly beautiful and easy to get to. Do me a favor though, if you run into F@#k Yea Mother Nature Guy, punch him in the face and give him my best.

A Riomaggiore Sunset || Cinque Terre, Italy

Elia Locardi - Riomaggiore Sunset

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.

  • Will do sir! 😀

  • LOL i would if could, you are SO great:)
    Gorgeous picture.
    Greetings from Finland

  • Great shot, very nice processing!
    I wonder if you could show us some more detailed processing work flow in Photoshop, and if possible with print screens?
    When I see the before and after pictures I really want to know more about your Photoshop processing.

    Also I wonder if you could tell me what kind of script you are using to show the before and after picture with the slider?
    It’s very awesome and I would like to use it on my own website.

    Greetz Jos

    • Hey Jos, Some new training materials are coming soon. 🙂 As far as the before and after thing goes, my wife tweaked it into it’s current state. I’ve heard that there are a few wordpress plugins that do the same thing though.

  • Great shots of Cinque Terre…and excellent website as well.

    I was there around the same time in 2010 and I still think about it almost daily. My only regret is I was only there for only one day…as a tourist and not a photographer, no tripod, middle of the day, etc. Your work really does the place justice.

    • Thanks for the compliment Jason. My wife and I were lucky enough to stay about a week in Levanto, after which it was painful to leave. I’m already looking for an excuse to get back there. 🙂

  • Azrul

    please make video tutorial for this.. i will pay if u make one ;D btw love yr art…

  • Sam

    How can I get a raw file of this photo? I would love to have a print of it

  • Tim

    Hi there
    Love this photo!
    Recently proposed to my now fiancee here!
    Is there anyway I can have a high resolution jpeg of this so that I can print it large as a souvenir??

    • S

      Hi Tim, I am planning to propose to my girlfriend there next week during the sunset. How was it? Also, did you hire a photographer? Any suggestions?

  • Beautiful shot, Elia! I’m going there with my family for only one day in November, and aware of the slim chances of seeing it, I’d love to take a photo of Cinque Terre’s sunset. Would you be able to tell me exactly where was this vantage point? I reckon the ‘postcard’ angle of Cinque Terre (Manarola) positions itself against the sunset and google maps it’s not very precise in that region so I could plan myself better. I don’t have almost any photography skills, so every little helps! Thank you