One of my very favorite destinations of 2012 was Atrani, a small town on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. We spent 10 days exploring and photographing La Costiera Amalfitana while using the beautiful town of Atrani as our home base. It really is a little slice of paradise.

Early one morning, while I was walking to the town of Amalfi to catch the first bus to Positano, I glanced over my shoulder and witnessed this lovely scene unfolding. It was one of the most beautiful mornings of the trip and thankfully, I had just enough time to grab the shot without missing the bus. It also helps that Iโ€™ve become quite accustomed to sprinting with my camera gear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 15 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-24 / BH-40 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/8
5 Exposure Brackets ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

Hardware: 15โ€ 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK HDR Efex Pro

Technique and Details: Digital Blending combined with NIK HDR Efex Pro

First, using NIK HDR Efex Pro, I combined the 5 exposure brackets into an HDR image. Then using Photoshop and hand painted masks, I blended in parts of the original exposures to soften the HDR effect and bring back some of the natural tones.

Espresso: Lavazza Oro (aka: Rocket Fuel)