Date: January, 2021
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Description: This image was one of extreme contrast between the sun at the top of the image and the deep shadows at the bottom of the monument. I exposed the image knowing there would be considerable post processing required to get the look I was after. I deliberately underexposed the image to keep detail in the sun which I placed directly behind the figure at the top of the monument knowing I could pull out the detail in the figures at the bottom (they were quite dark) and worry about image noise during post processing. I really cranked on the highlights and shadows sliders and with other local adjustments, this is the final result. The figures at the base of the monument were gold and I love how the metallic sheen came through in the final image.