Lycabettus

Lycabettus

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The one on the far right is the Mount Lycabettus, a hill where you can admire a beautiful view of Athens as well as having a nice restaurant at its top. It is easily reached by a funicular from Kolonaki, another beautiful area of Athens. Mount Lycabettus is one of the Greek capital attractions, and there are also of course I was in, but just as I did to the Acropolis also in this case I decided to portray the mountain from the outside, overlooking the city. We’re at in the same area where I took Acropolis that you find in my previous post, I made the image from 3 exposures.

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started as usual using the luminance masks to combine different exposures together, I then stepped up hightlights for the sky and contrast for the city always using luminosity masks. With the help of Color Efex Pro I applied Skylight filter for intensifying the shade of yellow reducing the opacity around 60%. Then, it was the turn of  details pushed up selectively and of a soft dodge and burn effect using white and black brush with 2% opacity, by the trees (to create more light through the leaves) and darken areas of the rocks in the foreground. As a final touch, I created a small vignette to give greater prominence to the central part of the frame.

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures ( -1; 0; +1)

ISO: 400 at f/4

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


Acropolis

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During my days in Athens of course I visited the Acropolis and all its beauties. Historical place of immense artistic value, is a visit you can not miss in the Greek capital. Over the artistic values of the place, for me the best spot to photograph Acropolis is on the outward. So I did, after studying a bit ‘of places with views of the Acropolis in the end I opted for a large rock where you can safely go up with the stairs and offers a panoramic view of the Acropolis. This time I decide for a sunrise, so I arrived around them one hour before to avoid to find someone to occupy the best spots … you never know. 🙂 I made some shots in the various moments of the time I stay there until a full colofull light

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The whole series of shots taken has allowed me to work on a series of exposures in the various moments of the time. In this way I was able to take the Acropolis lights in times of darkness to the most interesting sky light peeking from the Acropolis. Even if I took all my photos in bracketing mode, I selected only the best shots of the series that I take to put them as layers in Photoshop.  Having a quite balanced exposure between them have not done much use of luminance masks, I used them only in part of the area of the sky to control exposure. I opened Camera Raw to fix, highlight contrast, exposure, and shadows.

I had to erase between the trees 3 big silos that were seen at the base of the Acropolis, I deleted them using this technique…  They was very big and ugly to look.  I applied a slight blur on the street lamps light to avoid over-exposed effect and increased details to the entire photo using high frequency separation method.

 

TECHNICAL 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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

 


Summer Tour 2016 – Greece

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My summer trip is approaching, also This year I chose Greece, last year I found a very beautiful country to discover, Greece has so many locations to visit that I decided to return this year to photograph some places that last year I could not include in my trip

I have attached a map with all the stages I visit, I describe the journey 😀

– I will arrive with the flight to Athens where I will stay for three days, I am very attracted obviously by visiting the Acropolis but above the acropolis from city rooftops to get a nice overview of the archeological site. Same thing for top view on the Mount Lycabettus that I put as my favorite spots in Athens

– From Athens I take a ship from the port of Piraeus to reach the island of Aegina, this is a short distance from Athens and is an island that offers beautiful beaches as well as also several archaeological sites to photograph. The top spots are the Temple of Aphalia, the Venetian Castle Ruins and the famouses churches of Agios Nektarios and Agios Dionysios.

– From Aegina I will turn back to Athens to take a flight to Skiathos island, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, location of the famous movie “Mamma mia!” . On this island I’m going enjoy sea pictures, my best spot in this place will be Lalaria beach at sunset, and the Kastro fortess on the sea

– Last place but no less beautiful is Skopelos, here there are some beautiful sea locations and the avenue of monasteries where I’d like to get to the top to take pictures of the view of the high.

Lastly I do not exclude the possibility of handing me to some other place in those areas that I mentioned. I take this opportunity to greet you and to wish happy holidays to all, from my facebook page and my instagram profile you can follow me day by day in this my summer tour with updates, status, photos and comments. I will gladly share with you this trip.


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