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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-02
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5DII, 24-70 / 2.8 L
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-30 8:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am looking at some of my older photos and applying new software to them. What I am looking for is realistic or almost super realistic colors and details. I don't usually use effects that change reality.

This shot of the Amalfi coast in Italy was taken two years ago. The scenery was incredible but on a hazy day the colors were muted and somewhat dull.

The shot was processed in NIK's Vivesa and HDR software. Since it is a single image almost no HDR work was done but rather the contrast and colors were brought out in the tone mapping, specifically the Structure Control which brought out details in the background hills as well as the foreground. I think most but not all the effects here could be done in CS5 and in some cases I prefer CS5 for editing.

I like the textures especially in the buildings...

These programs are just tools..the more we are comfortable with the easier it is to process any kind of shot...another reality though is that the really good photographers spend more time on set up and lighting and don't need as much post processing as those of us still learning.

The unprocessed shot is posted in the workshop.

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Hi Roger,
I prefer Photoshop over tone mapping in an HDR program as well. Although it is probably more work, the control over areas is much better. But than I am not a fan of HDR or similar techniques.
I do like the result of on this photo. I still looks believable in most places. The tones are nicely natural. I guess the natural contrast is slight affected by it.
There is one thing that I really like and was actually expecting to see from a longer lens. It is the compression of perspective.

Hello Roger

What a great POV on this area of Italy. Very clear and sharp. Keep them coming.


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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2011-01-30 9:23]
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The Amalfi coast was one of my favorite locations when I visited Italy years ago. This is a beautiful example of why. You have used the Nik software (don't you just love those control points!) to bring out the details that make your good shot extra good. So picturesque and handled with expertise. Thanks for the virtual visit to a spectacular place:)

This is simply beautiful, Roger!
Great view to the mountains over this historical city.
The sharpness and POV are excellent and what I like the most are the color tones of the facade of these buildings in the FG.

Well done!


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  • tnahari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
  • [2011-01-30 10:00]
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Hi Roger
wonderful scenery.
good pov for including the hazy hillside at the distance. perfect clarity and sharpness of the building at the front. nice capture of the silvery ripples. splendid image, well composed.

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  • andrei Gold Star Critiquer [C: 254 W: 1 N: 226] (1664)
  • [2011-01-30 10:27]
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Lovely buildings. I like the way the coastline draw your eyes into the picture and the up with the buildings towards the top left corner. Well done. As you said, start with a good photo end slightly enhance with edit software - you cannot make a bad photo good.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-30 10:38]
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Hi Roger,
An awesome landscape shot in this sqaure format with the FG in perfect sharpness and lighting and the BG in such softness, thus creating a 3D effect!
Great details in the architecture adorned with glorious lighting.
I really like this masterpiece and surely goes into my favorites!
Well done for this neat work.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Apart from the technical excellence of this shot it is also very artful.I think a blue sky and sun would have made it less impressive.Great job.Regards Otto.

Oufffff!!! Great scene and compo Roger......
I heard to speak about this area...and that's confirm what i know...! Absolutly wonderful......

Roger this is a beautiful shot. Wonderful composition and dof.
The sharp brighter buildings against the muted bg makes for a wonderful presentation of an incredible place. Nice job, Lori

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-01-31 7:18]

I love how your work with the Nik HDR gives an almost hyper-realistic, 3-D rendering of the buildings, with very sharp details compared to thre original image.

Of course the basic compostion of the origianl image is great and the square formatting (which I am becoming an increasing big fan of) works extremely well with this image.

I am also trying more of the Nik HDR processing on some of my existing images with some great results.



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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 843 W: 26 N: 808] (9414)
  • [2011-01-31 11:42]
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Good work Roger,
the PP work has given it real depth, almost 3 dimensional

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2011-01-31 13:45]
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Boa noite Roger
It is a very beautiful place and your perspective and textures show it really well / as you tell in your note) with a great visibility...in the original it looks there is something that donīt allow us to see ...you had put " glasses" for us to see everything better,
The architecture shines with details, etc,
My regards

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2011-01-31 23:17]
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oh wow.. isn't this an amazing place???
I remember being right there... on the beach! I really loved that place....

I think you did a wonderful job working with the filters.
It's absolutely stunning and in fact it hardly shows.
If you would not have shared this info with us, one would never know! I love that subtle PP-work.
After all: photography should be about photography and not about PP-work.
An excelennt job Roger!

I think you have a beautiful shot here. Great angle and light and amazing details all over.

Greetzzz, Anneke

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2011-02-02 6:42]

beautiful place very well captured. I have no words to describe my admiration. Great job and perfect quality.
best regards!!!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-02-03 6:22]
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Hello Roger :)

Every for the view, is to be just in such magnificently the place.
They look the house magnificently, situated on this slope.
Beautiful, natural colours and perfect light...the pretty composition.
Splendid realization and beautiful effect, I like him very much...congratulations!

Best wishes.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-02-08 2:43]

wow, this is from a fairy tale; isn't it ?!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-02-15 10:20]

Hi Roger!
Very beautiful view, captured with excellent sharpness and great perspective...very good the blurred mountains as BG.
Well composed.
Ciao! vanda

Hi Roger,

The buildings are sending my eyes tpoward the hill which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the buildings. The post processing has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Excellent photo, colours and composition and very poetic use of HDR.

Hi Roger,
wonderfull landscape surprised on this image. I see you have one excelent light for that great resultate. Cheers,

** Dear Roger ,

Thanks for sharing this excellent work,

very nice captured ,

Regards , Omid

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