Morning Seagull over Vesuvius

This was the morning that made me never question getting out of bed before sunrise again. It's always a painful thing to do, but once you get out there, it's usually worth it. Even if you don't get the perfect shot, you still have a nice early start to the day.


I shot this in Naples, Italy, where the bay looks across to the cratered Vesuvius. This shot was an HDR taken from a single RAW, as you can tell from the seagull which was caught in flight. Moving subjects usually require the use of a single RAW file for the creation of the HDR. Otherwise, there would be a staccato ghosting of the bird across the sunrise.


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  • Bradley McNeill 9y

    Great work.
  • Atilla Soylu 9y

    this kind of HDR work makes me love it.
    and your effort and good eye brought this picture into the real world.
    so nice...
  • si3illa 9y

    Nothing to say about the shot, wonderful as usual. About the technique, I find incredible that you could obtain this result from a single picture.
  • tomii boy 9y

    congratz trey!
    you did a spectacullar shot!
    it's really bright and clear!
    i love it!
  • Luca Picciau 9y

    INCREDIBLE!!!! The capture of my dreams....

    An instant one of my faves, of course!
  • danydrs 9y

    Wonderful shot!
  • Mark Liebenberg 9y

    quite a lot of building going on there it seems as well!
  • Dee 9y

    wow, what a view...wonderful.
  • GreyGooseMartini 9y

    And the Oscar for best picture of the Bay of Naples goes to...
    Stuck in Customs!!!! (Play music. Applause, Applause..)
  • Trey Ratcliff 8y

    Here is what this one looks like on the wall:

    Vesuvius on the Wall
  • GreyGooseMartini 8y

    I wanted to come back and revisit this's as BEAUTIFUL as I remember it!! It looks great on your wall !!
  • Jason 8y

    This is wonderful.
  • B G 8y

    Congratulations! Your photo is a

    Seen in a discussion of *Challenge You*. (?)
  • Aaron Weber 8y

    Overuse of Photoshop color/contrast adjustments-- look at the sides of the boats, they're heavily stippled.
  • mirrormarek 7y

    Excellent gulls in flight!
    See my Gull Pictures
  • kristel østergaard 7y

    Dope shit!
  • fdiorico 7y

    wow! you have a nice location for a house..... =)) nice shot!!
  • Victoria Custer 7y

    wow. powerfulll. :O
  • Neka Rae Nguyen 6y

    Wow magnificent...and it looks even better on the wall!
  • Asgeir Kolberg 4y

    This is one of the best images ever!
    You deserve an award from...

    Best Images Ever
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