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Cinque Terre

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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Into the Drink

Here’s something a little different from me. I’ve never done any composites in Photoshop but I thought I would try my hand at it. This image was taken in Monterosso just before the rain started. I loved the scene and the composition but the light was flat and grey when I brought it into Lightroom.

I started tweaking it a little bit and then thought this would look good if the clouds were darker and the feel was more ominous. I then brought the image into OnOne Perfect Effects and started working on getting that ominous look. I was happy with the way it was shaping up but it was still missing something. I then jumped over to PS and added my final touch. Can you guess what it is?

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Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy, boats, beach, pirate, fine art photography, travel photography


Monterosso

Monterosso or Monterosso al Mare is the last of the 5 villages in Cinque Terre that I had the pleasure to visit.

Unfortunately minutes after we arrived the skies opened up and a downpour ensued. Monterosso is the only village that has a sand beach in Cinque Terre and despite the weather there were plenty of beach goers.  Now I don’t usually wimp out because of the weather but it was late in the afternoon and the rain just wouldn’t let up so we decided to cut our visit short and head back to Manarola and have dinner. I did mange to get a few shots though 🙂

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Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy, beach, coast, sea, travel photography

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy, path, mountains, travel photography, fine art photography


Vernazza

The 4th village we visited in Cinque Terre is Vernazza which is sandwiched on the coast between Corniglia and Monterosso.

While it is possible to get around certain parts of the other 4 villages by car, Vernazza truly is the only village that is car free and remains one of the trues fishing villages.

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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, 5 Villages, Italy, travel photography, fishing village, coloured houses


Corniglia – Cinque Terre

Last week we visited Manarola and Riomaggiore on this blog. Today I’d like to take you to the next village that I visited in Cinque Terre… Corniglia.

Unlike the other 4 villages that make up Cinque Terre, Coniglia is not directly on the sea. It sits on a promontory 100 meters high. When you arrive by train you can either order a car to take you to the village or climb the Ladarina, a long brick flight of stairs which is equal to 33 flights or almost 400 stairs.  Can you guess how we got to the top? The Ladarina of course 🙂

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Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy, village, narrow street, ice cream parlour, travel photography

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy, village, narrow street, staircase, flowers, travel photography

Manarola, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy, village, cliff, sea, landscape, travel photography

 


Riomaggiore

Last week I posted the first in a series of images from Cinque Terre starting with a blue hour image of Manarola. You can see that post here. Today we head to Riomaggiore.

Riomaggiore is the first village one encounters when travelling west from La Spezia. Riomaggiore is easily accessible by train as are the other villages but it’s linked to its neighbour, Manarola by the Via Dell’Amore, or the Way of Love, which is a path overlooking the sea that runs for about 1 kilometre. This was our intended way to get to Riomaggiore but unfortunately it was closed for repairs when we were there.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy, village, seaside, coloured houses, boats, travel photography