Author Archives: Giuseppe Sapori

Upper Barrakka

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Giuseppe Sapori - Upper Barrakka

 

Taken at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, that together with Lower Barrakka Gardens, is one of the panoramic views of the city of La Valletta. This is the terrace area where on the left you admire the waterfront of the city on the left

The gardens were originally used to offer recreation to the knights of the Italian langue of the Order of Saint John, but were opened to the public following the end of the French Occupation of Malta

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blend the images using luminosity masks and I added contrast and details using TTS Fast Panel

I made some colors adjustments increasing yellows in the highlights and with dodge and burn I fixed some darks area under the arches. I added a small orton effect to the frame and I added a vignette to increase the dark atmoshpere of the picture

I hope you will find this few lines usefull, feel free to write to me your feedback is always welcome!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/7,1 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/1,6

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Golden Bay

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Golden Bay

This is a beach located on the north of Malta, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is a sandy beach with a blue sea but has two cliffs on its sides

It is on one of these cliffs that I went to take this photo, I made several shots since the sun was high when it dropped under the cliff, I caught all the moments using my nd filter, the idea was to merge the multiple exposures between solar reflections and sea

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I divided the exposures between the series sun on top and sun behind the cliff, I merged the two series separately using luminosity masks. Then I blended this two layers using a gradient between sky and sea

I made some lights adjustments using curves applied to luminosity masks, then I launched high details and sharpen using my panel. The step later was to correct some color cast and increasing yellows

Using dodge and burn I fix some luminosity around the rocks and the sea, after some other light and contrast correction I increased color vividness using LAB Color

As usual I hope you will find this usefull. Your feedback is my pleasure!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1 +2)

ISO: 100 at f/22

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Nature Embrace 2

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Giuseppe Sapori - Nature Embrace 2

I found this shot between my shots of my trip near Bolzano and Dolomites and Lake Carezza  was a pleasant surprise that I met along my way. I remember well that in that day my destination was not even lake Carezza but the Sass Pordoi, which is several kilometers further from this lake

Unfortunately that day I found the cable car to go inexplicably closed, with any explaination on the website, so I went back and I stopped here to take some shots. It was almost a fortune to have found the closed cable car, I would not have discovered this magical place

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all exposures with the luminosity masks, then I made some color correction on the green and the yellow. I used dodge and burn to lighten the darker parts of the trees and increase highlights on the mountain. I stepped up lights and darks in the foreground area then I increased contrast

With TTS Fast Panel I launched high details and sharpen over the picture, I also used the panel to launch LAB Color that give to the mountains a touch of gold. After applied a orton effect to darken a bit and create a glow effect the last touch was to darken a little more the frame

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 15mm)

Five Exposures (-2; 0; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Forum Magnum

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Giuseppe Sapori - Forum Magnum

For my opinion this is one of the top spots in Rome to take photos, the location is easy to find and what you see from here is the typical view of Roman Imperial Forum

I did this photo at the first sunset lights with 5 bracketed shots, the light coming from the bottom of the forum was very high and dimmed the foreground. For this kind of takes I also use a high d-lighting on my camera,  why it provides a valid in-shot contribution and allows to have a clearer picture on the shadow areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all selected exposures with luminosity masks, starting from the darken to the brightest image. I added contrast using darks2 curves and details plus sharpening in the whole frame. I used dodge and burn to lighten some darker part of the foreground and lighten some other too brights long the sunrays

After some correction of color cast, I increased sunset colors using a warm filter. I remove some noise visible on the foreground, and fixed light and darks as the final touch using luminosity mask  applied to curves

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 17mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Follow the Leaf

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Giusppe Sapori - Follow the leaf

This is from Revine Lago, a place not far from Treviso, is a small norther italy town overlooking this lake. The whole area around the lake is not very easy to walk and it was not easy to find a place to shoot, the entire lake tour was in fact filled with bumps or crowded boats that did not make life easy

Fortunately I found this little glimpse but I needed a subject for my composition, so I take this big leaf near the water and I put it in front of me. The wind that was present that day, among other things, moved the leaf away from me so I was all time adjusting it with a branch to not to let it go :)

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take several exposures but when I start editing I decided to use only one, the wind it was moving the leaf and the tree so it has been really difficult to blend the exposures. I decided to use luminosity masks applied to one single exposure to reduce lights in the sky and add contrast in the foreground

With TTS Fast Panel I launched high details, sharpen and dodge and burn with I pushed up light in the leaf and fixed luminosity in the mountain. I applied a yellow photo filter to enchance yellows and better mix the blue hour, I made some color adjustment to reduce a too strong blue  in the sky using luminosity masks applied to hue/saturation

As usual I hope you will find this usefull. Your feedback is always welcome!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 17mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 50 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Twilight Set

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Twilight set

Piazza Grande in Montepulciano, is the main square that is in this city and is reached after a uphill way in the upper part of Montepulciano. This town is rich in art and history, and as well as seeing all the places shown in the twilight saga, you’ll come across plenty of interesting sights in this beautiful, cobblestoned town. Do not miss the Piazza Grande with its town hall and tower, seen in the exciting scene where Bella saves Edward

I used my ND filters to remove all the people who was in the square of Montepulciano, since they were a small center to say the truth were not so many people but it was a lot easier removing them using filters. I made several shots from the sunset lights to the evening, to keep the shots at various times of the day

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected some of the best shots taken and I blended them with luminosity masks. With the result, I choice some other earlier hour shot to remove the stronger light coming from the church simply using a layer mask. I made some color adjust reducing the violet strong color of blue hour and I aligned the square fixing proportions and angles

I launched high details and sharpen with my panel and I created some light in the foreground using dodge and burn. After increasing contrast and light using levels, I made the final touch with darken lighten center effect of color efex  pro filter

I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 15mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Touch of Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Touch of Light

 

And here’s again talking about Tuscany countryside, this time the photo is at sunset and precisely taken from a phenomenal location that is behind the main square of Montepulciano. A terrace with a magnificent sunset front view where you can admire all the world famous beauty of the Tuscany

To make this photo I captured different exposures to have a good dynamic range between the sun and the countryside, the light was direct and very strong so I needed a good margin between the shots. If you want to read more about how to shoot in the direction of the sun I realized this guide some time ago :)

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images togheder with the use of luminosity masks, with which I also increased contrast. For the first I corrected color cast, always difficult to make it later, specially with sun direction images. I increased details and sharpen in the whole frame, and corrected light and shadow using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer. I used orton effect to increase glow and contrast in the picture, then with dodge and burn I lightened  the sunrays and darkened some edges of the mountains

I increased glow effect in the picture to lighten the sky that was too dark after my blendings, so with camera raw I made some other adjustments about highlighs, lights, contrast and vibrance. After a little last touch of contrat I also created a small vignette to give more light at the center image

I would recomment do download TTS Fast Panel that will be very usefull to lanch many of the effect I was talking about above. I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear feedback from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 24mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Lost in Tuscany

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Giuseppe Sapori - Lost in Tuscany

 

This year I planned to turn back in Val d’Orcia for Easter period, while I was here I decided to return to the Vitaleta church which is located near the town of San Quirico d’Orcia and it represents one of the most famous spot of the place. While I was on my way to Vitaleta it started to rain, not so much to tell the truth but much enough to  soften the ground that was around the chapel Vitaleta, the result was that I found under my shoes two big pyramids of mud :)

I made several shots, some with my nd filter and others without it, the idea was to unite the brightest  shots but with static clouds with those who had long exposure to the clouds

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images with luminosity masks, then I used the resulting frame to blend it with a long exposure taken with nd filter, for the blend I used a gradient tool. With TTS Fast Panel I launched hight details, sharpen, an orton effect. With dodge and burn I lightened some part of the ground and of the church. I made some color corrections in the highlights increasing warm light and fixed contrast with luminosity mask applied to midtones

With levels adjustment layers I made some adjustment to contrast, highlights and darsk. As final touch I created a vignette effect increasing light in the middle of the picture. I hope you can find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from your

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 19mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Frostbite Touch 3

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Giuseppe Sapori - Frostbite Touch 3

This is a old find from my pictures from the lake Calaita in Trentino, I  left behind this photo, which deserved to be processed. I really appreciated the beauty of this lake during winter with its frosts, definitely come back next winter in this beautiful place to take new pictures here

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The workflow of this shot is similar of the previous posts. I blended the shots with luminosity masks. I correct the color cast and then with my panel  I launched high details and sharpen to increase details in the picture, I used dodge and burn to increase the light around the main rocks, the nearest fields and the trees.

With luminosity masks I decreased highlighs and increased darks to make uniform light in the frame. After this I used orton effect to create a glow contrasted effect, I also increased contrast using darks 2 applied to curves adjustment layer.

With the help of hue/saturation I decreased blue on the top of the picture.  I increasesed vibrance using LAB color technique and darkened border of the frame using a vignette tool. I hope you will find this information usefull, for every tips or question write to me. I always love to hear you :)

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Seven Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Light Hunters

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Giuseppe Sapori - Light Hunters

The Tre Cime of Lavaredo in the last light of the day, I made this photo at the end of the day spent in the Tre Cime park, returning from Locatelli refuge.

My intentions was to create a picture of the Tre Cime it was very dark in the twilight setting. I take this from a long exposure with my ND3 filter, this  helped to give me a final image that was with low higlights

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I used a overexposed picture to lighten some parts of the rocks the feet of Tre Cime with luminosity masks, apart from that, this picture was worked only with a single shot. I launched TTS Fast Panel to increse details and sharpen with its filters, always with the panel I launched orton effect to create a smart glow effect.

With dodge and burn I lightened some part of the rocks in the foreground and I created some lights effect near the mountains. With the help of luminosity masks, I increased contrast and I fixed highlighs and darks. As final touch with color efex pro I launched darken lighten center filter to create a vignette effect accentuating the Tre Cime

As usual I hope you will find this usefull. Your feedback is always welcome!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Single Exposure

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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