Sherry Icardi  

Sunset on Lago Maggiore by Sherry Icardi

July 2021 - Sunset on Lago Maggiore

About the Image(s)

Taken in 2017 in Italy at the end of our photo trek of the Alps. I found sunsets and sunrises very difficult in such mountainous terrain... but this particular night the sky was incredible. It is looking back towards the town of Stresa. The Lake sits at the south end of the Alps straddling Lombardy and Piedmonte as well as Swiss canton of Ticino.

My trees are not well defined since I was specifically trying to get the "harbo" and the details right on the lake. So any thoughts would be appreciated.

Taken with D750
24-120 mm Nikkor 750 0n a tripod
ISO 200
1/15 sec

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9 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A strong image Sherry. Composition and viewpoint are great resulting in great depth. Time of day and colours in the sky are the finishing touch. However, I do have a question and you did ask for thoughts. In the bottom third of the image, particularly first rounded wall, plus the brick wall and steps in bottom left, I'm seeing many iridescent white dots, that don't look right. Are these a sign of over-sharpening? This is my only concern with this image.   Posted: 07/08/2021 04:45:46
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Your comments were puzzling so I went back to the original and those same dots are on the unedited raw image. I suspect they are debris from the lake when the water rises....but I will say the sharpening certainly made them stand out more....but they are some artifact from the environment is my guess.   Posted: 07/08/2021 18:24:39
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
I thought they could have been a remnant of some sort of growth on the wall, such as barnacles or something similar and that the light at the time may have highlighted them more. In relation to Dave's comment, I didn't even see the car. I was enjoying the whole image too much.   Posted: 07/12/2021 03:04:44

Carol Krom   Carol Krom
Beautiful colors. I enjoy the pinkish sky and see the coloration reflected inthe landscape and the stone wall. I, too, see the white dots on the wall. They mostly appear on the mossy growth on the wal which makes me wonder whether they might be some sort of reflection off water on the moss. I am wondering why you used an aperture of 5.6. Wouldn't a smaller aperture given you more sharpness in the trees and such? Nonetheless a lovely image.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:14:56
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I took this image at 5.4 because my original focus was originally on the harbor and home and the beautiful street lights, then I realized how beautiful the rest of the image was with the sky .......this was taken at about 9PM and it was very dark and some of the first images I had attempted at that time of night. So somewhat inexperienced at that point probably accounts for the F stop!   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:33:32

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
The sky makes the image. I find my eye going straight to lights in the walkway and then to the car at the base of the center lights. I think I would have cloned out the car with the headlights.
The stone wall is veery cool and gives a person a sense that this has been here for a long time.

After studying thee image some I believe that those dots are flowers from some vegetation that is growing in the cracks of the stone wall.

Nice image and am sure you have a great time over there.   Posted: 07/11/2021 12:18:51

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Nice picture, nice, colorful sky. Seeing some reflection on the water and the mountains behind, I wonder why did you not turn a bit more to the right to have more water? The lamps are ornamental elements, but I might have tried to start with the lamps on the left side and have more lake.   Posted: 07/18/2021 23:40:49

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful sunset colors. The lamps in the middle of the pictures are also beautiful and interesting. I agree with Janos that I would like to see more the of the lake   Posted: 07/25/2021 02:34:00

Debbie Bates   Debbie Bates
Its a beautiful shot. We all have our different views. What would it have been like if you had taken more of the water and made a pano. I love what you have but I want to see more.   Posted: 07/28/2021 06:56:41