Glowing Zakopane | Poland

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains at Night from Gubalowka Hill. HDR Photo from Poland

The lanterns in Zakopane were still shining bright as we walked up to Gubałówka hill in total darkness. We arrived just in time on a plateau from which you had a good view over the town without having to climb up the whole mountain. The sun was still under the horizon, but you started to notice the first light. Together with the illumination of Zakopane that was an unforgettable sight.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 22mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 5.6
Exposure time (middle): 15s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Size: 15 MPx
Date: Taken in November 2013

Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Workflow: I guess I don’t have to repeat to say that it is important to get up early for such a photo. What else was really important was the planning. Where will the sun rise, from where do you have a good view and how do you get there? So we did the research on the day before, climbed up there and scouted the position from which we waited for the sun the next morning.

During the post-processing I didn’t like the result that Photomatix delivered and instead I added a lot of manual work. The lights in Zakopane looked very unnatural straight out of Photomatix. Therefore I practiced my manual blending skills a bit.

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