While visiting Italy I had very little time to explore Venice, spending only two half-days there. I was staying in Trieste and had to ride the trains to travel to Venice, and as a result, I did not have a chance to photograph the city during sunsets or sunrises. Plus, the weather was not great for travel photography. It was hot and hazy, and there was not even one cloud in the sky for two full days.
From the very beginning, I knew I would have to experiment with HDR processing to achieve something decent. I took all my photos in Venice as bracketed shots, making sure I had the option to process them as HDR if I wanted. Also, all my photos were taken without a tripod – hand-held; it was almost impossible to use a tripod in such busy and crowded city.
I am definitely planning to go back to Venice, this time staying in the city making sure I can capture its beauty during the golden hours and at night.
One featured photo is Venice’s version of a delivery track.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 images to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, straightening, contrast.
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in following elements: boat, buildings.
– Topaz DeNoise I applied RAW – Moderate preset, it was enough to reduce noise.