It’s no wonder why The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is such a famous tourist destination. It’s simply breathtaking and it’s one of those rare places in the world that deserves every bit of praise and admiration it receives. From the high mountain village of Ravello to the pebbled beaches of Positano, each portion of the coast is an entire experience in itself.

Pictured here is the town of Amalfi which shares it’s name with the entire coastline. As I watched the sunrise on this particular morning, the mountains became engulfed in strong golden light. As the tide rapidly came in, it brought with it beautiful streaks of white water. Save for a few noisy seagulls, I seemed to be all alone here, enjoying the beauty of this special moment in time.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 16 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-24 / BH-40 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/8 / 50 at f/22
4 Exposure Brackets at f/8 (-2, -1, 0,+1) / 1 Manual (0.6 second) exposure at f/22

Location: Shot in Amalfi, Italy – August 2012, and post-processed in Chiang Mai, Thailand – November 2012.

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Color Efex Pro 4

Technique and Details: Manual Exposure Blending and Luminance Masking

In Adobe Photoshop, I manually blended the 4 exposure brackets together using a combination of hand painted masks and luminance masks. The water is made up of a single .6 second exposure shot at f/22. Since the scene was naturally vibrant, very little color correction was applied.

Espresso: Pellini (which I’m not too fond of but wanted to give another chance)