From Fazana to Brijuni Island (Croatia)

I took this photo during a driving trip from Italy to the beautiful Croatian Brijuni National Park. This is the view of the town of Fazana from the ferry leaving for Brijuni Island.

Before visiting Croatia I spent 10 days in Italy driving around the northern part of the country, staying in Venice and Trieste.

I have to say that Italy is one of the most photogenic countries in the world, and probably the most rewarding place for any travel photographer. At the same time, I have to admit that even at the end of September it was too crowded with tourists, making it more challenging to photograph.

What I realized on my driving trip to Croatia is that it is as beautiful and rewarding as Italy, but at the same time it feels that it lives at much slower pace, almost like in slow motion compared to Italy. This is great for the soul and great for photography.

Croatia. Fazana
Loc: 44.92691, 13.80074

Camera: Canon 60D
 Lens: Sigma 17–70mm
 Focal Length: 23mm
 ISO: 100
 Aperture: F8
 Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1)
 Tripod: hand-held

Processing: HDR Processed

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
 Photomatix: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) were used to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow)
 Lightroom: straightening, cropping, color correction, split toning (cross processing effect), export as PSD image
 Photoshop: cleaning, sharpening
 Photoshop Plugins:
— Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (buildings structure)
 — Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise in the middle of the image (water, sky).

Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales. Do not forget that my FREE Lightroom Preset Collection is always free for all subscribers to my newsletter.

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