The Way of Angels

The Way of Angels

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Way of Angels

 

So here I am again to photograph my city and definitely one of my favorite spots, Castel Sant’Angelo and its magnificent bridge, this is a wonderful location wherever you decide to photograph it from the banks of the river or the main bridge like in this case. The only small detail is that Ponte Sant’Angelo is full of tourists from all around the world, that cross up and down for photograph the castle in in each pose, 365 days in the year! Take a picture here without people is very difficult, but it could be much easier during sunrises or as in my case with a very gloomy day and a good nd filter 🙂

The day I decide to go to shoot Castel Sant’Angelo from the bridge it was near sunset in the evening on a day where it threatened rain all day (an element not to be underestimated because there is less people around tourist attractions) I used a nd1000 (I needed the most imaginable stop) to erase the dozens of people who continually passing in front of my camera… on 10/15 shots I made about only 2 photos came without too many people, and together with, in addition that a good deal of the clone stamp I have so been able to use to compose my final image 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected 5 pictures of all my shots between some with less people in the bridge and others with cool sky colours, lights ecc, I blended the image togheder using luminosity masks and gradiend tool. I remove some remaining people ghost using clone stamp tool, then I launched dodge and burn to fix some lights and shadows in the bridge. I correct the color cast in the frame and removed the orange effect of it increasing yellows

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details and launched orton effect. I also increased contrast in the picture reducing a bit the exposure. The last step was to fix contrast and highlights using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer and by creating a small vignetting to the image

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Different Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Rome Urbs

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Giuseppe Sapori - Rome Urbe

View of St. Peter Basilica by Sant’Angelo bridge. For me this is one of the top spots location in Rome to photograph. All of Castel Sant’Angelo area in general is one of my favorites of my city, the reflections which at sunset are located along the Tiber River, the last lights of the sky before sunset and the first lights of the city. I take 5 bracketed shots with tripod on the large handrail of the bridge during the blue hour

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the exposures with luminosity masks, I used midtones mask to create some contrasts after the blend. I applied dodge and burn tool over the bridge to give more light on it and to darken more the sky. With the help of hue/saturation tool I decreased the yellows over the lights and make some color corrections in the image (increased blues).

I increased some details and sharpness in the whole frame using TTS Fast Panel, also applied a little Orton Effect. As final I adjust the highlighs and contrast again using luminosity masks applied to curves. It was a fast and easy edit in this photo, I hope that you find this useful, and you and what would you have done? Write it, I always love to hear from it 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/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Rock

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Rocks

During my stay in Ischia I could not visit the characteristic Castello Aragonese. , Is a rising fort on a small island of volcanic origin slightly detached from Ischia and connected  through the bridge you see on the right. The whole island of Castello Aragonese can be visited and is also very interesting, if you want to get to the top, there’s also a lift that allows you to save you skip 60 meters high.

I went to the castle a few minutes before sunset , I did not have much of a hurry because my intention was to photograph it during the blue hour… so it was, I came across this little corner of the beach that run along the bridge leading to the castle, I take on the place some shots between the different moments of the sunset.

I started working with luminosity masks to blend the exposures, sky was manually blended from another series of exposures I take before. After the blend of the images with luminance masks I started increasing colors (more yellows) to create a cool mix between golden hour and blue hour. I put a little Orton Effect to the image to create a gleam effect to the lights behind Castello Aragonese, some detail increase and contrast adjustments using my action pack and that’s it.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015

 


Stairway to the Sky

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Giuseppe Sapori - Steps on the Clouds

The Metropol Parasol in Seville, as I write some time ago on my facebook page this gigantic wooden structure was one of the key points of my visit in the beautiful Spanish city of Seville. The Metropol Parasol stands at the center of a large square near the city center where it’s possible to go upstairs with an elevator and then walk on the wooden frame to admire the beautiful panorama of the city.

That day I was particularly lucky because during the dusk the sky becomes cloudy, the right conditions to take my shots, between clouds and filtered light of sunset.
I take this picture from 5 exposures, I had wait a bit ‘on the steps to wait for the passage of people/tourist on the bridge of Metropol Parasol… despite the time was still a lot, however I realized my series of exposures without much trouble 🙂 I worked the images almost completely with the use of Luminance Masks and Camera Raw.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 200 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Misty Trails

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Giuseppe Sapori - Misty trails

As you easily guess we are in Venice 🙂 There are many years that I was missing from this amazing and beautiful city, that always leaves me literally speechless. I went back to Venice with this picture in mind, a light trail of the passage of boats under the Accademia Bridge. The Accademia Bridge although it isn’t a historic bridge (is newly built entirely of wood) is a necessary step to connect across the south of Venice, Sestriere Dorsoduro, with the district of San Marco. From the Accademia Bridge you can admire one of the best views of Venice, the “Canal Grande” with all its wonderful sights and in the horizon the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. That day there was a lot of fog in the city and although the dome at the bottom is a bit hidden by a foggy effect, in my opinion, this gives an interesting landscape of Venice out of the ordinary.

To realize this image, I started taking photos just before the blue hour to finish to make the last shots in the dark late, I made 12 shots (some discarted) with various exposures that helped me to take various boat light trails. Then I started from a clean light and color shot and then, gradually, I added the other exposures as layers in Photoshop to add trails on the water.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF (for base shot)

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

12 Exposures

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Under the bridge

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Giuseppe Sapori - Under the bridge

I am back from my long weekend spent in Veneto in the north of Italy. Saturday I spent the afternoon in the beautiful town of Bassano del Grappa, a place that I already knew and that last year I photographed under the stars over Christmas. The little city of Bassano del Grappa is one of my favorites in Veneto and this year, before taking a tour of the beautiful Christmas markets, I made osome shots to the famous Alpine Bridge (Ponte degli Alpini).

When I come to the bridge I found some work in progress from the non-visible part of this picture so I decided to give it an alternative shot on the river banks. It was enough delve a little bit at the bottom and climb over the fence to get somewhere in this picturesque small rocks bank that looks at the bridge, everything else did the sky and the city of Bassano 🙂

I applied the Focus Stacking  in the whole picture, putting at first to fire the rocks in the foreground, then the more distant and finally the horizon of the bell tower. If you want more information on the focus stacking I recommend you go there to read this article  on 500px ISO written by Max Foster. I applied some variation to thist utorials for every focused image I did 3 expoures Bracketing, in various moments of the evening, In this way I had the availability of more overexposed and underexposed picture for contrast, exposure and details editing.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1;) focus stacked

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Path of Angels

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Picture from the slums of the Tevere at  Sant’Angelo bridge, with its castle. The bridge of Sant’Angelo does not need any introduction, every time I shoot in my city is one of my favorite photo destinations. 😀  The final result is a series of bracketing expoures obtained from seven long ones, I wanted to capture as much as possible from the sky that threatened rain and I did 🙂

Exposures were processed with Photoshop CC through the layer stacking (not all used) and the use of luminance masks, starting from the image darker and going slowly to lighten the rest of the photos with other exposures.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

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

Software: Photoshop CC


Evening Love

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Giuseppe Sapori - Evening Love

In this post I want to first tell you that my absence was caused by a lot of work lately has given me a lot to do 🙂  This post has been twinned with the previous one, in fact, just a few meters from the Sant’Angelo bridge there is this beautiful view of Rome in the evening with the dome of St. Peter in the background. I took this HDR on the same day, posizionandomi in this case on the stairs leading down to the river in this case I made 3 shots and made entirely with the luminance masks using Photoshop.

 TECHNICAL STUFF

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/10

3 Shots (-2; 0; +2)

Software: Photoshop


The way of angels

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Return to photograph my city, this is my favorite bridge of Rome, it is one of the is the most characteristic and charming with Castel Sant’Angelo at the end of the pass. On the bridge all those statues you see are angels

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The city you don't know

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The city of Rome has a historical and artistic heritage unique in the world. In the past, the need to modernize the city’s infrastructure, however,

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