I know that I’ve released quite a few different photos of Manarola over the years but I just can’t help myself. This enchanting little village seems to speak to my soul each and every time I think of it. Le Cinque Terre is pure magic and whenever I edit a photo I feel like I’ve been transported back to the exact moment I was standing there. I can almost feel the warm breeze, smell the salty sea air, and of course taste the local wine.

This beautiful day was part of our 2013 Italy Photo Tour and it was an absolute pleasure to enjoy the sunset with everyone who attended.

I’m really looking forward to announcing our next Italy tour dates for 2014. 🙂

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 24mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/11
Exposure: Single RAW 1/15th Sec

Location: Shot in Manarola, Italy – October 2013 and post-processed in Siem Reap, Cambodia – December 2013

Hardware: 15” 2013 Macbook Pro Retina, Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid

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

Technique: On import into Photoshop, I used Adobe Camera Raw to bring lighten up the shadows while bringing down the top level of highlights. NIK Color Efex Pro 4 was used for light color correction and detail enhancement, followed by sharpening using the High Pass Filter. After some additional color tuning, overall noise reduction was applied using Nik Dfine 2.0.

Espresso: Lavazza Oro that I bought on sale in Australia. Lots of it!

Serenity || Manarola Italy