I am back with a new post on my last trip in Greece. If you have followed me on my Facebook Page these days I brought my travel diary and I’m going to start posting pictures from the early stages to get gradually towards the last. In this location we are in Athens, my first stop … it was a nice surprise, I found a beautifut city full of history and tradition with a good nightlife and lots of things to do and see, in short, in Athens there are no time to get bored 🙂
I visited a lot in Athens, but I start with one of the locations that I most appreciated in the Greek capital, which is the famous temple of Zeus. I went to the temple about 30 minutes before sunset, the archaeological area closes at sundown and I did not have so much time to take the sunset light filteringn between the columns. Fortunately the place is not very crowded, especially towards the end of the visits so it was simple to find place in front of the sun glare next to the Temple of Zeus.
I edited all the exposures of the Temple of Zeus with my Luminosity Masks to blend in a final frame all the shots. With the final image obtained I worked on resizing the image to straighten the prospect of the temple and columns; it was indeed no easy because columns with sunset and the temple were in two opposite directions. I fix lighs, highlighs, contrast, shadows with Camera Raw filter and then I push up sunset colors using LAB Coloring technique. I love LAB Coloring, it will boost your colors without making them seem like artifacts, you can also be adjusted to give differents colors tone to your picture.
After a use of Dodge and burn to darken and lighten the areas too lights/darks on temple, I used my TTS Action Pack to apply more details and a small Orton Effect to the image. As a final touch I adjusted the contrast using the Levels feature in Photoshop.
Camera: Nikon D-800
Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)
Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)
ISO: 100 at f/6,3
Software: Photoshop CC2015.5
Plugin: Color Efex Pro