It’s hard to say which was my favourite town of the Cinque Terre. Occupying seemingly impossible spots on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they each took a place in my heart for years to come. This shot of Manarola was taken from a viewpoint in the preceding town, Corniglia. I thought that some of the vineyards in the Lavaux region alongside Lake Geneva were steep, but I think the vines on these cliffs could easily give them a run for their money!
I did some heavy post-processing on this shot and I’m fairly pleased with the outcome. I really wanted to convey the grand scale of the landscape. The best way of doing that was to highlight the size of the town of Manarola against the backdrop of the coastline. Unfortunately this shot was taken at a pretty high zoom on my old point and shoot camera, and the colours were very drab and lifeless. So I decided to go for B&W to neutralise that problem.
The shot was also lacking contrast, and Manarola was blending in with the rest of the landscape. I wanted to make it stand out a bit more. I used the Radial Filter in Lightroom for the first time, adjusting the exposure on the area around the town to make it a bit brighter. I then took the Adjustment Brush to darken the exposure on the rest of the image to amplify the effect. For comparison here are the before and after shots. Which do you prefer?
Have you visited the Cinque Terre? Which was your favourite of the five towns? Have you used the Radial Filter or Adjustment Brush in Lightroom much? I’d love to hear from you!
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