The Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse in Palau Sardinia

The Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse in Palau Sardinia

A few details about this photo of the lighthouse in Palau

While Tracking Garden was off-site in Sardinia, I naturally also used the time to photograph the Mediterranean island.

During an evening excursion with my colleague Andi Petzoldt, we discovered this great lighthouse between the rocks on the beach of Palau. The turquoise water, the yellow sand beach with its rocks, the dramatic sky and this beautiful old lighthouse made for the perfect photo opportunity for me. A walk on the beach of Palau is definitely worth it. There are some really nice photo spots there. Also impressive are the many rocks in the water and directly on the beach, which have been polished by the sea. You should definitely visit the port of the small town there.

Palau is a municipality in the north of the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The small port city of Palau has about 4250 inhabitants. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The lighthouse and the cliff it stands on are called Faro di Capo d'Orso.

I will write about a trip to the Batteria Militare Talmone and its wild coast in one of the next articles.

I took this picture with the Samyang Lens Global16/2.0 lens. The Haida filter filter holder series 100 with CPL, the Heida NanoPro MC GND Medium 1.2 and the Heida NanoPro MC ND 1.8 filter ensured a long exposure time.

To get the water nice and smooth and to draw the clouds a little softer, I chose an exposure time of 10 seconds.

For me, this company trip to Sardinia was definitely the highlight of the year. I took many beautiful memories and pictures from this great island.

The Palau Lighthouse in Sardinia, Italy, is an impressive landmark that fascinates both visitors and locals alike. With its prominent presence on the port of Palau, the lighthouse is not only a symbol of safety and navigation, but also a popular tourist destination.

The maritime history of the lighthouse in Palau

The Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse, also known as the Cape of Bear lighthouse, is a prominent landmark in Palau, a picturesque town in the Sassari province of Sardinia, Italy. The lighthouse is perched on a rocky promontory and towers majestically over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The history of the lighthouse dates back to the 19th century. Built in 1884, it played an important role in securing shipping in this region. Originally, the lighthouse was powered by a kerosene lamp, but later switched to electric operation. Its striking architecture, consisting of a round tower on top of a rectangular building, gives it a charming and characteristic charm.

Over the years, the lighthouse has seen numerous changes. It has been modernized and equipped with more advanced navigation and lighting systems to provide ships with better orientation. Despite these modernizations, the lighthouse has retained its historic charm and is now a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

The Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse as a popular excursion destination and vantage point on the Sardinian coast

The Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse is not only an important part of Palau's maritime history, but also a popular vantage point. From its elevated position it offers stunning views of the sea, the surrounding coastline and the surrounding countryside. Visitors can climb the lighthouse's observation deck and take in the beauty of the area.

In addition, the Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse is also a symbol of the maritime identity of the city of Palau. It not only attracts tourists but is also a place of cultural importance and serves as an inspiration for artists and photographers.

Today, the Faro di Capo d'Orso lighthouse is a popular destination for visitors wishing to explore the beauty of the Sardinian coast. With its rich history, picturesque location and spectacular views, it offers a unique experience for nature lovers, history buffs and photographers.

A brief digression on ND gradient filters in landscape photography

ND graduated filters, also known as neutral density filters, are popular equipment in photography, especially landscape photography. These special filters are used to even out the contrast in a scene, especially when the sky is lighter than the foreground.

An ND graduated filter consists of a semi-transparent glass plate that has one side with a dark neutral density layer and the other side transparent. This layer allows the photographer to reduce the amount of light at the top of the image while leaving the bottom of the image untouched. This results in a balanced exposure range where both the sky and the foreground are rendered well.

The use of graduated ND filters gives the photographer more control over the light in a scene. Reducing the brightness of the sky can help avoid overexposed areas while keeping the foreground adequately lit. This allows the photographer to capture detail and textures in both the sky and foreground, and achieve balanced exposure.

Graduated ND filters are available in different strengths, which determine the intensity of the light reduction. They can be chosen depending on the lighting conditions and the desired effects. A light ND gradient filter is suitable for low-contrast scenes, while a heavier filter is recommended for high-contrast scenes.

When using graduated ND filters, it is important to align the filter correctly. The darker part of the filter should cover the lightest part of the sky to get an even exposure. This requires precise placement and possibly the use of a filter holder system to hold the filter in place.

Graduated ND filters can also be simulated in post-production using exposure bracketing techniques and merging the different exposures in post-processing. Nevertheless, real ND graduated filters offer the advantage of precise control of the light directly when shooting and can improve the quality and dynamic range of the recordings.

In landscape photography, ND graduated filters allow the photographer to create stunning images with balanced exposure and vivid detail. They are a valuable tool for capturing the beauty of nature and enhancing the visual impact of photos. With practice and experimentation, photographers can take full advantage of graduated ND filters and create captivating landscape shots with impressive contrast and depth.

Publisher: septem sensu

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