Roman Radiance || Rome Italy

“Roman Radiance”

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In the photo titled “Roman Radiance,” you can see the extraordinary Basilica di San Pietro framed by Ponte Sant’Angelo, one of the most beautiful bridges in Rome and most certainly one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. I can’t wait to get back there this May!

Technical Mumbo Jumbo || Roman Radiance

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 (Shot at 100mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/11
5 Exposure Brackets

Location: Shot in Rome, Italy – October 2013 and post-processed in Kauai (Lihue) Airport – January 2014

Hardware: 15” 2013 Macbook Pro Retina, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Nik Dfine

Post-processing: All 5 exposures were blended together using a combination of both painted and luminance masks in order to maintain the complete spectrum of dynamic range. In Photoshop, careful contrast adjustments were made to balance the intense light from the sky with the dark elements in the foreground. Sharpening was then applied selectively to the bridge and the Vatican using a high pass filter. Using Nik Dfine, I also applied light noise reduction to the water and sky.

Espresso: With 9 hours until my flight, I set up conveniently outside of the airport Starbucks. As a result, 3 double cappuccinos were consumed in the making of this photo. 🙂