Author Archives: Giuseppe Sapori

Hide and Seek

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Hi everyone, this is an old find inside a folder of photos taken years ago in the Regional Park of Gran Sasso. What we see is the Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Apennine range

I love this place, it is natural wild, sometimes inhospitable and above all very quiet, at the sight of the mountain overlooking the whole valley below and is completely different from the rest of the landscape. I recommend everyone to take a trip around here if you do not know Abruzzo is a milestone for photography enthusiasts and is just over an hour’s drive from Rome

I captured this photo with my old nikon 18-105 and I got the image from 3 bracketing shots at sunset while I waited for the sun to start taking some photos to the stars

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I discarted the overexposed picture and I merged the two shots using luminosity masks, I used lights applied to curves to fix lighting, always using the masks I reduced darks and adjusted contrast in the frame. With the use of TTS Fast Panel I increased details and applied a soft orton effect



I corrected colors using auto adjust, then I decreased the effect reducing the opacity. With a soft dodge and burn I recover the exposure in the darker part of the mountain and increased the colors around the Corno Grande. I reduced a bit the noise I increased the lights behind the mountain, after I decreased the light in the whole frame to make a more dark look and create more atmoshphere

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 18-105mm f/3,5 (Shot at 34mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Venice Moving III

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The view from the Rialto bridge in Venice. Rialto Bridge is one of the most busiest and visited in the lagoon city, between gondolas and boats passing under it, even the bridge itself is always full of people practically at all hours of the day, but with a little patience a space to take pictures is always free 🙂

Compared with the other photos called  “Venice Moving” I changed the type of movement moving from a movement of gondolas due to the wave motion to a movement of passage in the canal under Rialto

I took this picture with a series of long exposures and a nd 3 stop ND filter. Among the various results I particularly liked this with movements clearly visible unlike other light trails

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is a single exposure work, I make the first changes with the luminosity of the store lights, decreasing the effect. With a brush and using a new layer I replied the original color above the light trail of the boats to makethem more visible, then I changed the layer mode soft light to give a lighter effect

I fixed contrast using luminosity masks applied to lights, darks and midtones, using my panel I launched details and  dodge and burn to lighten the darker part of the image and softy lighten the buildings

I fixed the color cast and I add some warm/pink filter to give a different look at the image. As final step I applied a small vignette to the frame

As always I hope you will find this info 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 14mm)

Single exposure

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Wall

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View of the lake of Stua inside the park of dolomites near Belluno, this artificial lake is located next to a small dam that serves the path in Val Canazoi. The view on the lake is very interesting also because it is facilitated by a terrace that overlooks this view

It would have been interesting to come down on the frozen surface and take some pictures with interesting shots from below but the ice surface did not allow it, so i decided to took the the framing close up the mountain because I love that light that touches the trees under it

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take some exposure bracketing but I decided to work on a single image, I fixed lights and contrasts using luminosity masks between the trees and the sky. With TTS Fast Panel I launched details and orton effect to increase details and give after a softener effect through the forest

With the use of dodge and burn I lightened some darker areas between the trees and on the snow peaks of the mountain. After a contrast fix I put a filter mix between warm and cool fixing fixing the effect decreasing the opacity between two

To use this filter I applied the warmer filter and the cooler filter to lights luminosity masks. Last touch was to fix some contrast and fix the highlights. I hope you will find all this usefull. I love to ear this from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2,8 (Shot at 46mm)

Single shot

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 

 


The Balcony View

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I still do not have a drone, but at first glance it may seem like an aerial photo, but it is not 🙂  This is the view of the balcony of Italy, an amazing place between Italy and Switzerland. In particular this incredible view is on the mountain of Sighignola for the occasion often called the balcony of Italy for the view overlooking the lake of Lugano

The place is reached by a small  road that crosses the mountains, the place once reached is a large terrace overlooking this view that you see. Since I took this picture in December here at 1300 meters the wind was very cold and very strong. I did all very wide bracketing to capture the whole dynamic range between the strong light of the horizon and the shadows near the lake

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I stacked all the shots into layers and I blended them using luminosity masks, I started from the darker shots to end with the brightest to reach the right luminosity balance

Using my panel, I launched details and dodge and burn to increase lights around the darker parts of the mountain. After a soft orton effect  I fixed lights and darks using luminosity masks applied to curves layer to increase the luminosity of the sky and the darker parts of the image

I fixed color cast and I increase the yellows using a warming filter, with the clone stamp tool I removed some spots and some other littl unwanted element in the frame

As always I hope you will find all this usefull. I’m happy to ear this from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Exposures (-3; -2; -1; 0 +1; +2; +3)

ISO: 200 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 


Resia

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I always wanted to go to visit this place, so I took advantage of my last trip to Trentino to reach it. The lake Resia is one of the most fascinating places in the Alp, the bell tower is all that remains of the ancient city of Curon Venosta that was submerged by water after the construction of a dam

Although in summer it is nice to see the bell tower emerging from the water  but in winter it is nice to be able to reach this ancient bell tower on foot

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For this image I used a single shot so I did not use the luminosity masks to make a digital blending but to fix the light shadows and contrasts in the image. I fixed the color cast giving a slight imprint of yellow to light

After incrased details using  TTS Fast Panel I added contrast in the fram using luminosity masks applied to midtones curves. As final step I fixed the last lights using levels adjustment layer

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2,8 (Shot at 38mm)

Single Shot

ISO: 125 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Mostly White

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I took this photo during my last trip to Trentino, I returned to some of the places that I enjoyed better last time, Lake Carezza is one of these. As I headed towards the lake, I thought I would find it frozen, but not to find so much snow over the ice that I could not even recognize where the land ended where the water started 🙂

The place was surrounded by a magical atmosphere of silence, and sinking with snow up to almost the knee in the end I managed to take all the shots I need, since the moment of the shots I realized that they were photos in a natural black and white

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is probably the fastest workflow of latest years, the picture was naturally in black and white with no colors, the only things to do was fix the white balance and the exposure. I take the better exposed shot and I used  dodge and burn under brightest areas, I decreased luminosity under the foreground snow

I added contrast in the frame and I fixed lighting using luminosity masks applied to curves tool. With TTS Fast Panel I added details, the final touch was to increase the vibrant colors that add a more blue light to the image

As always I hope you will find this informations usefull. I always love to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Postcard from Venice

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The famous Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice gives this name because tradition has it that, at the time of the Serenissima, the prisoners, crossing it, sighed in front of the prospect of seeing for the last time the outside world

The bridge is one of the most popular destinations in the lagoon city and that small space that faces the bridge is photographed by thousands of tourists every day, making its way through the crowd is not easy practically at all hours of the day

I made this frame from some bracketing shots handheld, I then used the brightest shots to lighten the areas of shadows inside the canal

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As I mentioned above, I used the brightest shots to lighten the shadow areas of the channel, obviously helping me with the luminosity masks applied to the darks. Once this sets done, I corrected the color cast and I applied a warmer filter mixing it with a colder filter

I applied details, dodge and burn and orton effect using my panel. I fixed lights and darks using luminosity masks applied to curves layer, creating the right contrast between sky and buildings

As final step I launched a vignette slightly increasing the light in the central part of the frame

I hope you will find all this informations usefull. I love to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures ( -1; 0 +1)

ISO: 100 at f/5

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 

 


Venice Moving II

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Always from the famous Piazza San Marco, looking at the Grand Canal I take this long exposure from he gondolas dock located in the square

Compared to the previous shot I changed point of view, this is as I mentioned above in the main dock of San Marco, I love the stark contrast of the movements of the boats opposed to the static of the dock

Also here I used a ND64 filter applied to 5 exposures brackets to this shot, to have a  dark sky from the underexposed frame and I very smooth water from the overexposed one

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I used the most bright image as top layer and applying luminosity masks to have a nice view of long exposure on the sea and on the gondolas,  I lowered the exposure of the sky and part of the water using the darker image

Once this done I applied a warm filter to increase the yellow effect of the sunset decreasing the opacity around 20%. After a use of dodge and burn under the dark areas of the docks I fixed darks and brights using luminosity masks applied to curves

With TTS Fast Panel I fixed details and contrasts, also applying a slight orton effect to the image. I darkened the image and raised the vibrance of the colors excluding the effect from the blue of the gondolas that became too intense

As always I hope you will find this info 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 16mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Heat Company – The Perfect Gloves for Photography

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As a landscape photographer  it often  happens to find myself out in the cold and wet occasions. For this reason I need clothing that will keep my warm and dry and surely comfortable to shoot, with hands warm and ready for camera control.

There are many factors to consider when choosing photography gloves, wind-proofing, water-resistance,  cold-resistance, good grip features, tactile control of camera dials and buttons, and  the tactile function for mobile phones – I found this feature very usefull when you need to answer to phone or sending a message while you are shooting without take off your gloves

Finding a pair of gloves that have all this features in one is impossible and in this article I will talk to you about a brand that I had the pleasure to collaborate and test in the field, that has succeeded with a combined system of gloves to enclose all these features for your needs

I’m talking about The Heat Company® an austrian company that from 1994 produces very high quality thermal products

With a simple and ingenious combination of gloves, what The Heat Company® gloves offers is everything you need to shoot outdoors in every type of conditions. The gloves are divided into 3 categories, each of which has different characteristics and properties, combining them together you get total protection from the cold and wind but using them individually you can benefit from the features I said above, to shoot easily or for the common use in the city

I tested out the various combinations of these gloves in the Liner, Softshell and Hood models that also correspond to the different levels of heat transmitted

The first layer, called the “Liner” is in contact with your hands: the key feature of this layer has to be close fit, for enabling you to have mobility equal to that without gloves

For the Liner category I choice for my needs the Merino Liner:

Beautiful and elegants they are the gloves you can use for every day, perfectly adherent have a tactile detection on screens for phones well congenital on 3 fingers and works in an excellent way. They are equipped in the external part of an opening to be able to insert the hand warmers in order to produce more heat when necessary. The Merino Liner are treated in detail and are equipped with a strap to pull them down that I found very comfortable 

Talking about the second category they are the gloves that protect you from the cold

In this category I have the Heat 2 Softshell:

It is an outdoor activity glove, absolutely necessary for those like me who often photograph in the cold. They are incredibly versatile and represent a valuable ally of mine during my photographic trips. It is possible to use them as whole gloves or as a half-glove with the possibility to also draw the thumb, this ensures excellent functionality of interaction with the camera buttons ensuring at the same time heat, grip and resistance from the cold

These gloves can be combined with the Merino Liner, placing them on top of each other in order to have excellent protection from the cold and to have from both gloves the best of the characteristics

I found this feature very usefull and I continue to use this configuration very often when I’m out. Furthermore the Heat 2 Softshell are very easy to remove without removing both gloves thanks to the special supports located through the fingers

The last layer is the Hood, in this case I’m talking about the outermost layer that is worn above the previous two or just above the Shell

The Hood system is represented by the Polar Hood gloves:

Born for extreme cold and extreme bad weather situations. The Polar Hood gloves are wind and waterproof, thin and lightweight practical and simple to use, developed for the hardest weather conditions. The possibility of using them in combination with the Liner and the Shell make this configuration for me an authentic total shield against the cold and wind, for all kinds of extreme conditions

In conclusion The Heat Company® has revealed a sure ally in the field, now thanks to the combination system Liner, SoftShell and Hood I have a glove for every need!

The materials are of good quality, the products are undoubtedly of good workmanship, beautiful to look at and resistant

The excellent thermal protection is proven in every situation, and in the case of the cold becoming too intense, the possibility of using heating inserts deftly resolves the problem. The practicality and the modularity of the same are certainly the strenght of this products

The Heat Company®  gloves has, without doubt, exceeded the field test, and has earned a place in my backpack!


Venice Moving

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Finally my first post of the year! This 2018 I start with a photo of Venice that I took some time ago, a city that  I literally love and where I’m often the lucky to come back. This photo was taken from the famous Piazza San Marco, looking at the Grand Canal in the direction of the Giudecca Island, which is right in front of it

Here there is a beautiful view on canal and one of the different mooring points of the famous Venetian gondolas, the long exposure from this point is not perhaps the most original thing ever but personally I had never taken it, I can even check on this 🙂

I used a ND64 filter applied to 5 exposures brackets to this shot, to have a  dark sky from the underexposed frame and I very smooth water from the overexposed one. When I shot it was late afternoon, just before sunset, fortunately in Venice despite the thousands of tourists every day this is a picture that you can do without too much difficulty

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take this picture from 5 exposure brackets, I used them to digital blend the images obtaining the starting frame to the edits. The whole area around the poles was full of chromatic aberrations, which I had to manually remove with so much patience

I used dodge and burn to recover dark areas under the gondolas, I used luminosity masks to darken the sky and recover the shadows. Using my panel I launched high details and orton effect to slightly decrease the effect giving at the same time a soft dreamy look

I increased the yellow colors of the sky adding Skylight filter of Color efex pro, I added contrasts removing the dark areas from the selection to avoid too much darks around the gondolas, as final step I addded a vignette removing the effects near the gondolas

 

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/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


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