Work the scene.
One of the things that separate a good photo from a great photo is often planning, patience and how we work the scene.
In July 2012 I was in Italy on vacation, driving around Tuscany in an RV and we went to Florence for a couple of days. I had read beforehand about a place to camp with a RV close to Piazzale Michelangelo that have a splendid view out over the old city center.
We spent the first day down in the city and after a good dinner we went back to the RV and as soon as we got there I trapped my tripod and camera and went to shoot the city from above…
I was not happy with this image, it was to late and the sky had gone dark, so it was clear that I had to get there earlier to get a better picture, this was shot 11.30 PM.
So the next evening I came back a lot earlier…
This image is shot 08.53 PM in the evening. I like this image, but it was not the image I came for.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 45mm f/1.8 ISO 200, f/11, 1/50s
So I waited and tried the lenses I had with me.
Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. 13s shutter time to allow car lights to make lines below…
2 image panorama shot wide (12mm), I have printed this image here at home in 36x16inch and it looks very nice. This was shot 09.45 PM and was one of the last images I shot before the sky went dark.
I made a total of 50 images during this hour and ended up with the below image as my favorite:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-60 f/3.5-6.3 f/16, 20mm 20s ISO 200.
All images shot in raw and processed in Lightroom 4 + Nik Color efex pro with tonal contrast preset.
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