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This is one shot of the central square in Kyparissia.


Kyparissia info from Wikipedia:
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Kyparissia or Kiparissia, rarely Cyparissia (Greek: Κυπαρισσία) is a town of around 5.708 in western Messenia. The population has been steady. The town centre is situated on a road (GR-9 connected almost centrally between Pyrgos and Methone. Its distance is around 65 km south of Pyrgos, 67 km west of Kalamata via GR-9A and approximately 16 km south of the Neda River. The latitude location is about 37.2 N, and almost 25.5 E longitude. The elevation is sea level in the west, approximately 20 m downtown, and 50 m or higher in the east. There are approximately a 1,500 dwellings in the municipality. It is also the seat of the Province of Tryfilia. The town is built amphitheatrically. In the Middle Ages, it was known as Arkadia (), with the second Greek alpha accented not sounding like Arcadia.

More info about Kyparissia you will find here.
Info in Greek here.


About the shot:
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Night entered. The lady in black was dressed in blue with that moon as a cherry on top.
In fact that cherry gave that blue colour.
I tried several POVs to capture this scene. This one was the most promising.
I know I know. Many distortions I should correct before posting, right?
- Wrong! I wanted this scene to look like this, it adds a dramatic feeling, escaping a bit from a pure description ;)
Manual settings used, f/6.3 ISO 400 and 1 second speed, to avoid overexposure and to capture this specific fountain shape because it was changing and stopping after a while each time.


RAW+HDR+PP Notes:
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Highly post processed no doubt, but I needed to look like this since the original JPEG hasn't the same feeling.
However this could be real if I was there earlier, so you didn't missed much, trust me :)

- RAW Squeeze till this one screamed (Fill light, saturation, custom luminance values over colors)
- Noise Removed to smoothen that grainy noise from the dark areas.
- HDR Tonemapping with custom belly curve (described in my previous posts and answers)
- Clone stamp to remove whatever I didn't want to be visible
- Some dodge / burn over the grass and some other areas
- Luko USM sharpening over layer
- Resized for TE, with custom sharpening profile over layer opacity 70%
- Frame/Title
- JPEG optimization for TE usage.

For the ones who are interested in PP check my original JPEG shot and my Squeezed RAW to see the levels of post processing more closely.

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