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Manarola Waves

One of my most favourite tools in my camera bag is my 10-stop ND filter and on my second day in Manarola it was overcast, the sea was churning and the waves crashing against the rocks. This was the perfect time to shoot some long exposures.

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy, sea, village, coloured houses, long exposure, travel photography

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70 responses

  1. Oh Edith, I just love this photo! It has a little bit of everything – colour, texture, drama. It’s wonderful!

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    September 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

  2. Ouah beautiful! I like very much your pictures! 🙂

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    September 24, 2014 at 7:44 am

  3. Marvellous! Love the colours, the waves and the brooding sky!

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    September 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

  4. This is exceptional Edith. Love the colors of the houses against the clouds and the drama of the waves below. Nice work!

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    September 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

  5. Beautiful scenery.

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    September 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

  6. sounds great…

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    September 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Well done!

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    September 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

  8. Wow! What a fantastic shot! Love the rich colors and the water movement in the rock. Well done!

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    September 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

  9. All the colors are tantalizing!

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    September 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

  10. WOW!!! 🙂

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    September 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

  11. Wonderfull place!

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    September 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

  12. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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    September 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

  13. Love this shot of Manarola – so dramatic and impressive, the colours are stunning.

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    September 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

  14. Love it.

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    September 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  15. Absolute beauty..!

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    September 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  16. dustyharms

    Incredible!! Love all the colors that came through!

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    September 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  17. Just got a 10-stop ND, and you are right: they are so much fun 🙂
    Great shot here. The colors are terrific!

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    September 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  18. This is gorgeous, Edith!

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    September 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  19. I could have sworn I left a comment here. Sorry, Edith. This image I just fall into. I love the way the water lights up on the rocks so you have taken this with slow shutter speeds. Oh to be there in person as you were. *sigh* Maybe next life? I just caught the comment about the ND filter. I just bought an ND400 with Niagara Falls in mind. Now I must rethink things, find some water and try this baby out! Thank you for posting this!!! It brought memories of when I stood on a dirt road in Italy, looking out over the water at a village that was built right into the cliff. I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like that until I saw your image. Too bad I was not into photography then as I am now. What I would give to go back! LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

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    September 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    • Thanks Amy. I love my 10-stop ND filter. I actually took quite a few shots to get the water just right. The waves were crashing in and I wanted to get the water receding back so had to be very careful with my timing.

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      September 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

      • I believe the ND400 is 9-10 stop filter and I know what you mean about timing. This is what I do with waterfalls. I concentrate my full attention to one area which I have focused on, kind of get a feel for the rhythm and as I see what I have been expecting, click, I depress that shutter immediately. It’s all in the timing. And a good eye. You have both!!! Incredible image!!! Thank you again!!! xx Amy

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        September 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  20. More beauty in Cinque Terra…

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    September 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  21. Spectacular!

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    September 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm

  22. Breath taking!

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    September 25, 2014 at 2:51 am

  23. Hi Edith, this is awesome. I love the sky and waves!!!

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    September 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

  24. how dramatic!!!

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    September 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

  25. It’s not just the waves, my Dear Edith, those little water falls, (result of the waves?), those cliff like rocks, tho green and lovely slope and the beautiful and colourful buildings, all worth time and effort. Thanks for capturing and presenting these to us. 🙂

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    September 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. The “little water falls” are the result of the water receding during the long exposure.

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      September 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  26. Really really powerful image here, Edith, I truly love it! Great juxtaposition of the raw fury of the waves against the beautiful character of the architecture of the area!!

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    September 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

  27. LB

    not knowing much (anything) about filters, what does this one do (besides the look of the water). The colors of the houses stand out so well against that sky.

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    September 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    • Laurie, I used a 10 stop neural density filter. This filter blocks out the amount of light that enters the camera by 10 stops. It allows you to do long exposures during the day. The filter itself is very dark so you won’t be able to see out of your viewfinder once you have the filter on. I set up my shot first, figure out the exposure I need and then put the filter on and take the shot.

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      September 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm

  28. Extraordinary – those houses look like they are part of that rocky headland – fused with it. I love the foaming sea too. This a wonderful image, Edith

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    September 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  29. An epic image Edith! Incredible shot. Have a great weekend, Boyd!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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    September 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  30. Oh my Edith, this is spectacular!

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    September 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

  31. faszinating ambiance!

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    September 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

  32. Great shot. What brand do you use? I’ve heard that some brands are not entirely colour neutral.

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    September 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

  33. O-M-G!!!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!! Well done. 🙂 Some day I wanna be you when I grow up lol.

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    September 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • Thank you so much and you’re so funny. You’re stuff is gorgeous…someday I want to be you 🙂

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      September 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      • Awwwee…that’s sweet. Thank you. 😀

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        September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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  35. WOW. Incredible. Looks even better when clicked on to see higher res. It’s really breathtaking!

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    October 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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    October 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  37. One of my favorite places. You have done it a great justice in not over processing it. The place does not need photoshop or fake lighting effects. A beautiful capture. Love the waves!

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    October 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

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