Vesuvius Sunrise – Naples, Italy

Vesuvius Sunrise

The story of this photo

This is an older shot that I took last year on a cruise through the Mediterranean sea. We were arriving in Naples around 6:00 in the morning which was the perfect time to see he sun rise over mount Vesuvius. The atmosphere was amazing. There were about 300 people standing at the railing watching and taking pictures but not a single word was spoken. It was absolutely silent and we were quietly floating into the harbor seeing this beautiful sight. I think, I will never forget this gorgeous moment.

As I said, this is an older photo from a time when I had not yet discovered the advantages of RAW shooting. So this picture was created from a single JPEG which made post-processing quite difficult. The quality may not be quite were it should be but I tried my best.

How it was shot

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
  • Topaz Denoise in different intensity for the water and the sky [details]
  • Selective Color and Saturation adjustment layers on the sky to intensify the blue tones
  • Saturation adjustment layer on the clouds and the sunrise to intensify the red and yellow tones
  • Photo Filter adjustment layer (Cooling Filter (82)) on the water to get back the blue and cyan tones
  • Darkening of the shore line and the mountains to simplify the image
  • Sharpening on the sky using the high-pass filter [details]
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2 replies
  1. Rosane Helena Santos dos Santos
    Rosane Helena Santos dos Santos says:

    Bha amigo cota maravilha nesta foto tem tantas coisas lindas que DEUS faz, que só mesmo os artistas em fotos e desenhistas precisam desta natureza para passar as imagens aos olho das pessoas que nem imaginam o lugar onde foi tirada as fotos, muito lindo adorei..Eu não sou fotografa por falta de verba, por isso fico curtindo as maravilhas do mundo atraves de voces, que fotografar mas tenho um simples camera que os adolecentes de hoje dão risadas alguns deles nem manusear sabem ficam procurando onde esta a imagem kkk abraço parabéns…

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Rosane,

      sorry, my Spanish is non-existent. But I do understand that you like the image. Thank you!

      Even if you have only a simple camera, you could still take great pictures – even in HDR. Just go ahead and try it.



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