That’s right, the valley of dreams! is not really called in this way but it is a dream place for all nature lovers here! I’m talking about the Valley of the Ferriere that is located in the town of Amalfi, it is reached with about an hour walk with a walking path inside of the town. Inside the valley there are many small waterfalls, rivers of all kinds and above all many lemon trees 🙂
Time ago this area was full of mills as evidenced by the ruins in the valley, It is a very interesting place to immerse yourself in nature and to add to the sea of Amalfi also a part of hiking. During the path inside the Valley of Ferriere I found this small waterfall that although it was not very high had a considerable and very strong water flow
Using a maximum time of 30 seconds shot and with the help of an ND1000 I reached a very smooth water without using a very long exposure time. I made several shots even vertically but in the end I preferred this view that had less foreground but immerses more in the context of the context, do not you think?
I used a single shot for this, I started using the luminosity masks action to reduce lights around the waterfall and to increase darks on the shadows. I used TTS Fast Panel to launch all my luminosity masks and to use high details to push up all the details in this frame. I launched orton effect to create a soft look around the waterfall, reducing the darker effect on the darker area using layer mask
I increased the yellow colors using a warm filter applied to luminosity masks. Using as always dodge and burn to fix some strongly darks areas and to darken some overexposed part of the water. Also used back luminosity masks applied to curves to fix contrasts and lights again
In the final steps I reduce the luminosity of the whole picture and I added a small vignette to create a dark mood look
As always I hope you will find this informations usefull. I’m always happy to ear it from you!
Camera: Nikon D-800
Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 20mm)
Long Exposure for 30′
ISO: 100 at f/10
Software: Photoshop CC2018
Plugin: TTS Fast Panel