San Gimignano, Topaz Clarity finished with Topaz Lens Effects, Vignette
I captured this image of San Gimignano, Italy at sunset in late October in 2012 while teaching a workshop. The sky that evening had some clouds but not where I needed them and so we waited. The clients had taken some nice images of San Gimignano with the vineyards in the foreground and a clear blue sky. We had starting the days shooting before sunrise and everyone was getting a little antsy and were ready for dinner. A few had already pack up and were waiting by the van to head home for the night.
I knew that the best chance for everyone to get a great image we needed to wait for the light. I had been on location once when the sky was uninteresting and decided to pack up and leave only to see a spectacular sunset in my rear view mirror. There is never any guaranties on what type of light we will have when we are out shooting but I can guarantee that we will be at great locations capturing the changing light and waiting for the the magic to happen.
San Gimignano, unprocessed image
This unprocessed image was captured as the clouds rolled in after sunset with an aperture of F/11 at .5sec. After the sun set I was able to eliminate clipping in both the highlight and shadow areas.
Topaz Clarity Color and Contrast Boost II
I decided to process this image using Topazes new clarity software. Often I will stack an image in layers and this worked well for this image. The 1st layer I applied Color and Contrast Boost II and liked the effect but like Oliver Twist I always want a little more. The next layer I applied CityScape II and which I liked even more but kept looking at other affects and liked Macro II. All these effects were processed in progressive layers with Topaz’s Clarity software. But always wanting a little more I decided to vignette this image using the Lenses Effects software by Topaz and was excited with the finished image.
Topaz Clarity CityScape II
Topaz Clarity, Macro II