The Duomo of San Giorgio | Ragusa Ibla

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The Duomo of San Giorgio is the pinnacle in Ragusa Ibla. It stands at the top of a hill, and majestically towers the rest of the city.

The Duomo of San Giorgio in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily
The Duomo di San Giorgio | Ragusa Ibla | Sicily

I captured this photograph back in 2009 when I lived in Sicily. It was a decent snapshot and was safely stored in my archives. Today, I decided to work on it, using the technology I now have at my fingertips, to reimagine the scene that I might hope to photograph if I were to visit again today.

The Process

Here is where I started:

Before and after Lightroom adjustment
Left – RAW, Right – with Lightroom Adjustments

I began by making a handful of adjustments in Lightroom.

  • Adjust White Balance
  • Auto Tone
  • Lens Corrections
  • Auto Transform

I then zoomed in and noticed that the image wasn’t perfectly in focus. Luckily, the technology in Topaz Sharpen AI was up to the task and was able to greatly improve the overall sharpness.

Before (left) and After (right) Topaz Sharpen AI

Next, I loaded the photograph into Luminar 4 to replace the sky and convert it to black and white. If you’d like to see that part of the process I invite you to join the Skylum Photography Facebook Group (I’m one of the primary admins of the group) and watch my video tutorial, which was recorded live.

This was the result:

The Duomo of San Giorgio in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily
The Duomo di San Giorgio | Ragusa Ibla | Sicily

I really love how the photograph turned out…and now it has a place in both my archives AND my portfolio. If you’re interested in ordering a print, click here.

Get to know the tools

If you’d like to get to know the tools that I used to edit this image, be sure to check out:

  • Lightroom Classic – my home base for image organization and basic edits
  • Topaz Sharpen AI – an almost magical tool that can rescue images that are just a bit out of focus (enter ANGANDRIEUX at checkout to save 15%)
  • Luminar 4 – my go-to toolbox for creative editing including AI Sky Replacement (enter ANGANDRIEUX at checkout to save $10)

Questions?

If you have questions about this photograph or my editing process, please let me know in the comments below or send me a message directly. I’d love to hear from you!

Angela Andrieux

? Photographer Prone to Wanderlust | Blogger | Photography Coach | ? Foodie | ? Cat Lover | ⚓️ Navy Wife

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