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Explosion Over Vesuvius

Explosion Over Vesuvius
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Fisher (Derona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-11
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D700, NIKKOR 24-70 f/2.8G ED AF-S, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/20 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Italy, Sunrise - Sunset, Favorites, Marylou's Favorites 2, HDR Experiments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-21 3:25
Viewed: 4886
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Luckily it was only the setting sun causing an explosion of colour above Mount Vesuvius.
Vesuvius stands at 4200 feet high but seems dwarfed by this cloud.
Unfortunately I was not able to get a shot of the setting sun as this was blocked by the bay but as the sun was going down I was able to take this shot from our hotel balcony.

Created a HDR shot in Photomatix from three images taken by adjusting one RAW image.

Using Paint Shop Pro X2
Straightened the horizon.
Cropped the image.
Adjusted levels.
Resized for TL.
Added a border.

Vivianne, horias, Urfaust, jean11-3, shelbeesmom, lilimih33, neusser0204, tyro, moli, mvdisco, parasbhalla, Marylou, jvachon, brunorsantana, Athila, delsinario has marked this note useful
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Hi Derek,
A really dramatic coloured image.Balcony gave you the right height and your setting created great depth.Well done a nicely captured.

Hi Derek
wow... beautiful shot with amazing colors
and the reflection is fantastic good composition
well done

Hi Derek,
Very nice shot, beautiful sky and great PP-work.
It's al lovely view from your hotel! I hope you enjoyed your stay there?

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-10-21 3:49]

wow, what a colors in this incredible capture !!!


Hi, Derek -
This is quite incredible - the sense of immense space, the fantastic color of the clouds reflecting on the sharply shown surface of the water, the wonderful shape and grand size of the cloud formation. Fantastic image with great PP work - well done.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-10-21 4:15]

Hi Derek,
This is the winner of the day!
Great cloud adorned with a golden-reddish cast of sunset over the Vesuvius.
Fantastic colors and a great reflection on the water!
Very sharp capture and neatly presented!
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Bonjour Derek.
La saturation poussée et le contraste sombre donnent une immensité à cette image.
Le post-traitement est parfaitement réussi pour en donner une photo spectaculaire.
Bonne journée.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-21 5:17]

hi Derek,
great work.Beautiful harmony of the colours.Perfect light.TFS.Necla.

Wonderfull colours,nice immage and verry good photo.Regards.Alin.

Mr Fisher you are starting fill upmy favorites section this shot is imho one of your best the colours are fantastic and the pov brilliant thought youd caught Vesuvius erupting for a minute the glow of light on the water is excellent photography i rate this one up there with the two starlings you posted a while back
tfs regards bryan

Boa tarde derek
Fantastic colours you reach in this photo.
The capture is really good. Very impressive.
My regards

What a lovely capture!
Wonderful colors and very sharp details.

Ciao Derek..
this looks exactly the pov from wich Pliny the Elder decided to start (and to die) by his boat when he looked the eruption of Vesuvio on 24 of august of 79 AD.
Your capture is simply fabolous.. not only for composition.. but also.. for the evocative taste and atmosfere.. so incredible..
a great expolosion.. yes.. but an explosion of colours and life.. intense and really vivid.. where present and past are melted togheter..
final visual result is really effective and romantic..
excellent indeed!
many thanks
ciao Marco

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-10-21 7:58]

Hi Derek
Spectacular results, the HDR gave off fantastic and explosive colors while the mountain silhouetted looks menacing with its white clouds hovering above it looking like smoke.
One of your best.

Hello Derek, so dramatic! The colours are amazing.What a palette.
Great DoF and PoV.
I like the smooth texture of the clouds and the rippled texture of the sea.
Tfs, regards Jean.

wow! explosive colors and cloud! breathtaking view Derek!


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-10-21 11:20]

Hi Derek,
all I'm going to say,is, that I hope you have this one framed & hanging in your home,dynamic , explosive colors.

This shot is just amazing! What color! And the sharpness too, with that wind from the thunderhead rolling over the water! I love it! Excellent job processing this Derek! It's got lots of drama!

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 843 W: 26 N: 808] (9424)
  • [2009-10-21 12:37]

Hi Derek,
spectacular shot, the PP work is excellent and the shot has great sharpness

Hello Derek!
Amazing atmosphere, fantastic colours, great reflection!
Very very special mood and beautiful PP work!
Best regards!

Hello Darek.
This is really a very nice picture. The light is very beautiful and has indeed a superb touch. The clouds look fantastisch .Well done !Best regards Siegfried

Hello Derek,

What an amazing shot!
It's full of drama, colour and dreadful speculation!
Your composition is excellent, containing the mirror image of clouds and reflection.

My husband and I wanted to climb this volcano when we were there but sadly on the only days that we would have been able to go, Vesuvius wore a cloud! C'est la vie!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2009-10-22 11:07]

Hello, Derek.

I'm not quite sure just to what extent you have processed this image in the way of colour saturation or colour changes but it is still a very impressive photograph and well deserving of all the praise it has so far received.

Also, I'm not overly impressed with HDR manipulation in general as I find most of the images seem to be a bit "overcooked" and also lacking in sharpness: I think if HDR processing is to be done successfully, then it has to be done gently and subtely otherwise the result is garish and unconvincing. But, even allowing for the wonderful range of strong colours here, this image is sharp as a razor with great detail and a perfectly managed exposure.

Excuse the use of a rather hackneyed expression, but this is Absolutely Fabulous!

Best Wishes,


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-10-22 13:33]

Hello Derek.
Stunning effect on the sky! Looks fantastic and captured at great moment of the day.
Wonderful reflection on the water.
Janek Kloss

Hi Derek,
Amazing sunset and reflection on water,
great presentation and light,
Excellent sharpness and composition,
wanderfull warm colors sky,
Excellent point of view..and details.
very well done..
all my compliments

Certainly does look like an eruption. This is a omnce in a life time shot. Amazing colours, well done.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-10-23 11:38]

Hi Derek,
Fantastic shot, great PoV to get the reflection in the sea and great PP work with the HDR, the detail in the cloud is stunning. TFS

hi derek
amazing display of nature beautiful image fantastic colours and cloud formation.

Hi Derek,

No doubt, you got a great sky with wonderful cloud formation, but to document this event so perfectly, is not everybody's piece of cake! You did a great job!
The colors are perfectly shown, with cloud formation looks like a volcanic eruption. The sharpness and POV are perfect.

Great composition!

best regards,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-24 6:31]


Fantastiqeu ciel, quel effet, ce nuage, cet effet, avec les refllet, les couleurs, la formes du nuage, un vraiment grandiose ensemble, une merveille.

Bravo et maiitié


I've been meaning to comment on this for a couple of days!!!! What a bl00dy cracker - awesome light and colour and very well done and seamless HDR..

Top work


Hello Derek :)

Incredible composition ! You managed very well to create a 'warm' mood. Perfect and neat job, all my compliments.
I put it n my fav :)
Have a nice Sunday


hello Derek,
This is some magical shot! The colours and reflection on the sea are sublime. A wonderful addition to your gallery.
I have been away for months. Have you been travelling?
Very good pp work.
All the best, Joni

Hi Derek,
Stunning colours here in this image, particular the reflecting is awesome. The dark colours appears to be almost "unnatural" but for sure they are. The composition while using the rule of thirds creates a well balanced composition.
Great posting Derek!

Very dramatic and beautifull image.
Good handling of the HDR process. Great and well balance composition. I realy enjoy looking at those deep tones of orange, reflection those great yellow cloods...fine details...a real WOW image.

Good exposure, tones and contrast. Rich deep saturated color and image. I just love it.

Wow, I missed this one Derek
Its certainly mind blowing tis image, and maybe your best to date. The HDR is subtle and the colours are superb, although the greenish tinge in the image reminds me of a Aurora you would only see in Iceland so did you see these colours with your own eyes?
A brilliant shot none the less

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-11-22 13:17]

Hi Derek!
Wonderful impressive image.
Lovely lighting and very good mixage of colours.
Excellent work. Congratulations.
Ciao! vanda

Hello Derek,

this is just awesome! amazing colours and dramatic mood - great work!

- Jan

Simply amazing, Derek! It's my fav!!
Excellent colors of this dramatic and lovely sky.
Very well composed picture. Congratulations and TFS!

Warm regards and Happy 2010,

Derek, you got it nailed there. I like the way you made the colors pop out. Nice sharpening on the waters

Very beautiful picture!

Hi Derek,
This is one of the best photos I`ve ever seen on this website. Fantastic work from you, just a pleasure to look at.
Thank you very much,

magnifique couleur avec une profondeur exceptionnelle


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2010-02-18 10:09]

Bonjour Derek,

Beautifull picture. Colors are so unusual, I love it. Pin sharp details with large DOF. balanced composition. And very graphic. Excellent work and TFS.


you captured an excellent cloud formation..
w/ HDR process...TFS



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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2011-12-13 11:13]

Hi Derek! Superb capture, well done. Regards Csabi

Just added to favorites. It's superb and the HDR has had a great influence. TFS.

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