When I was in Venice the weather was not very favorable from travel photography standpoint. It was very hot and humid with hazy skies and not even one cloud for 2 days. If I was home I would not even unpack my camera I would wait for better days. But this is not how it works with travel photography. You have to make best of your time allocated to any particular location.
I had to use some trickery and even black magic to turn blunt cityscapes into more interesting photographs.
First of all, I wanted to minimize the impact of the skies in my compositions and concentrate on water instead. I used HDR processing even I did not have to since the dynamic range of the scene was not extreme. I use HDR techniques with 2 purposes: to emphasize textures of ancient buildings and to smooth water at the same time.
Also, I shifted color balance toward warmer spectrum to convey the feeling of the afternoon heat.
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.
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.