Isola Delle Femmine Harbour

Isola Delle Femmine Harbour at twilight.

Isola Delle Femmine Harbour

This photo of Isola Delle Femmine harbour was taken during the blue hour just after sunset. I like to shoot at this time of the day when the warm colour from the street and building lights contrasts nicely with the still blue sky. Isola Delle Femmine is a small town in the province of Palermo in north western Sicily. The town gets its name from the small island, a short distance from this harbour, where the only building is the deserted ruin of a womans prison. Isola Delle Femmine harbour is protected by a wall constructed from concrete blocks with a road and path leading around to the boat moorings, which makes it easy to get to this viewpoint.

The photo was taken with a Canon 5D mk3 and 16-35mm f/2.8L lens and settings were 35mm, ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/8. As some of the lights were very bright and were blown out , I captured a shorter exposure of 1 second and blended it in post processing using a layer mask in Photoshop. I then used On1 Effects 10 to get the final look that I wanted for the image.

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Glasgow At Night

Glasgow at night

Glasgow at Night

Sally and I joined a group of photographer friends in Glasgow for a weekend of socializing, talking about photography and taking some photos. I captured this shot of Glasgow at night from the Clyde Arc, otherwise known as the squinty bridge, shortly before we all gathered in a nearby restaurant for dinner. There are a few well known Glasgow landmarks alongside the River Clyde in this shot. From the left are Crowne Plaza, Clyde Auditorium or The Armadillo, Finnieston Crane and the Hydro.

Designed by architect Norman Foster and completed in 1997, Clyde Auditorium was nicknamed the Armadillo because of its shape. It is one of the most distinctive and recognisable buildings in Glasgow and is the venue where the singer Susan Boyle was discovered during auditions for Britain’s Got Talent.

The photo was taken on a Canon 5D MkIII with a 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens set at 35mm. Exposure was 8 seconds at f/8 and ISO 200. Processing was done in Lightroom and Photoshop, using ON1 Effects 10 and Topaz Denoise plugins.

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

odeon of herodes atticus at the acropolis in athens

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone amphitheatre built into the south western slopes of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Herodes Atticus was a Roman philosopher, teacher and politician who constructed it in 161 AD, in memory of his wife who had died the year before. It originally had a wooden roof which was destroyed when the theatre was ruined in 267 AD. In the 1950s, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was restored and has since been used as a musical venue and the main stage for the Athens Festival, with seating for an audience of 6000. An impressive line-up of stars have performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus  over the years, including Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Elton John, Sting and many others.

This image was captured during a visit to Athens in May last year and was processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and ON1 Photo 10.

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Sunrise in the Maldives | Daybreak

sunrise in the maldives

Sunrise in the Maldives

There are a few reasons that I love to shoot at sunrise in the Maldives. For a start, you are almost guaranteed to see a beautiful sunrise every day. Another thing I love about it is that I get a lie in, compared to the time I have to get up back home, and still get up in time to see it! On Komandoo, you have the island almost to yourself at this time of day. It’s very peaceful all the time here, but particularly so at sunrise. On this day, the sunrise created quite a spectacular light show when it burst through the clouds sending light rays shooting across the sky.

The image was created from a couple of exposures, developed in Lightroom and then blended in Photoshop and processed with the On1 Photo 10 plugin.

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Yosemite Valley

yosemite valley

Yosemite Valley

With more than 3.5 million visitors a year, this view of Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel Overlook must have been photographed countless times. Yosemite Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. We spent just a couple of nights in the area on our trip to California last year, so really had only a small taste of it. Yosemite National Park is certainly somewhere I’d like to return to though.

The Tunnel View Overlook, at the western entrance to Yosemite Valley, was opened in 1933 and provides a stunning first view to visitors entering via Wawona Tunnel. A few of Yosemite National Parks most famous landmarks are visible from here, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Glacier Point and Bridal Veil Falls. Unfortunately for us, the falls had dried up when we visited in late summer. Spring is the best time for the waterfalls which are fed by melting snow.

The clouds were perfect for long exposure photography on the day we visited Yosemite Valley, so I decided to use the 16 stop Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND filter which gave me a four minute exposure time. Having admired so many black and white images of Yosemite by the master landscape photographer Ansel Adams, my first choice for processing was always going to be monochrome. I do have a number of software tools for black and white processing and often try an image out in a few of them to see if I get an effect that I like. In this case, I found that the Ansel in the Valley filter in ON1 Effects 10 really suited this image. With a name like that, I guess it had to! After making a few adjustments to the ON1 preset to match my taste, I did some dodging and burning in Photoshop and this is the result.

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