The End is Near

Thunder | Camogli | 2013

No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not referring to the end of the world, just to the end of a summer day at the beach of Camogli on the Italian Riviera.

As a series of thunderstorms passed overhead Nuremberg today, I thought I post this one from the archives.

Camogli is an Italian beach paradise in Liguria, just a few miles east of Genoa, and just over the hill from Portofino, which was subject to yesterday’s post.

The photo was shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. The RAW was shot at 1/320 sec f/9 and ISO200 at the wide end of the focal range. I converted the RAW (that actually looked quite dull) to B&W in Lightroom. I opened up the shadows, increased clarity, played with graduation curves and increased the reds and oranges in the image, bringing out the detail in the buildings. To finish of I sharpened the image, introduced a bit of grain and added a vignette.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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  1. I think the title fits the photo well. 🙂 Lightroom is on my list to add and learn over the summer. I think it will add an entirely new dimension to my learning to convey my photographic vision. I hope that you are having a wonderful week. -Amy

    1. Thanks, Amy, much appreciated. Lightroom will bring a complete new dimension to your photography! This is the same fun when taking the picture all over again. I had a great week in Cairo and Budapest, are back home safely and look forward to a four day weekend. I’m having a great week 😉 ! I hope you too! Marcus

  2. very nice photo: captures the mood and both the b&w as well as the architecture give back the feeling of a ‘end of the world’ situation. Curious as why you added grain….: I do it myself sometimes but want to know why you do it!

    1. Thanks, Ruggero, really appreciate your comment! As to adding grain…typically I don’t do it. Sometimes I do it out of a sentiment. I did a lot of analogue photography when I was young so I’m totally used to having grain in photos, depending on the films used. Sometimes I feel a photo needs/deserves some grain. A reminiscent of the old days. Purely emotional. Buon finesettmana! Marcus

      1. I am asking about the grain because I changed my mind through the years: started aiming at very polished look, low iso and de-noise filters then moved to more ‘noisy’ style which , to me, give a better feeling of street photography. Keep up the good job Marcus and have fun!

  3. Looking at this picture, I feel colors would have added to this picture. Just my personal thoughts, Marcus 🙂

    1. Highly appreciated, Arv! The great thing about photography is that we are free to express what we see 🙂 ! I have so many beautiful color pictures of Camogli (will do a full post about the town), in this case the colors were so subdued that I didn’t like them at all. I thought the gloomy clouds were impressive, and I saw the photo in black and white when I took it! Marcus

      1. Marcus we all have our own preferences which is OK… I’m sure you are better judge for this picture 😃

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