Trevi

Trevi

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Giuseppe Sapori - Trevi

 

The famous Trevi fountain with a vertical shot, I took this photo on a Saturday afternoon while I was around the city. The Trevi fountain is one of the most visited places in the city of Rome, even during the day just approaching this fountain is very difficult, the entire fountain is surrounded by thousands of tourists every day that make photos and selfie at all.

It is a beautiful fountain, which catches you when you are in front of it, I recommend it to everyone to see it but to enjoy the full visit it is better to go here early in the morning or at night

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Image obtained by a bracketed shot taken handheld, I blended the images using luminosity masks and I applied details and orton effect using TTS Fast Panel

I increased contrast using midtones and darks, I decreased the yellow color cast on the fountain using hue/saturation, With dodge and burn I made some adjustments on the fountain and on the water, as final touch I applied a little vignette to emphatize the central point

I hope you will find this informations usefull, if you have any tips or question about it write to me. I’m always happy to hear it on 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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Look-Out

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Look-Out

 

The Truglia Tower is the symbol of Sperlonga, a small village in the central Italy with about 3000 habitants. The town of Sperlonga is very pretty and is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy

I went around the tower truglia at the end of the day, unfortunately the sunlight was very much on right and I could not put it in the frame with the tower

To ensure the passage of pedestrians on the walkway I had to put the stand in an absurd position but in any case I managed to do everything :)

I make shots unitl the blue hour to see how the lights changed but practically I just worked the first shots, in this case the first lights was better

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all the exposures with luminosity masks and I applied contrasts in the various part of the picture. I increased details and shadow light I also pushed up yellow lights in the highlights using a warming filter

Using dodge and burn I made some lights adjustments and using tonal contrast filter in Color efex pro I added a more detailed look to the closest wall and foreground

As final touch I fixed the warm lights on the tower and a more uniform look to the colors. I hope you will find this informations usefull, if you have any tips or question about it write to me. I’m always happy to hear it on 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/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Plugin: Color Efex Pro

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


Counterparts

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Sunset at Tre Cime of Lavaredo, I took this photo on the way back from the refuge Locatelli, in a lucky day of October where there was a beautiful and warm weather. This side view is just one of hundreds of pictures I took during sunset and is the result of a vertical stitch between the foreground and the Tre Cime peaks. Since my D-800 was broken and I was with a d90, and thankfully :), I tried to expand the visual field and give more depth to the image, I take 3 bracketed shots for the Tre Cime and 3 for the foreground

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This time instead of stitching the images before the digital blending I did it as first thing of the mountains and then of the foreground, only later did I sticth, this is because by doing the stitching before the images alignment was bad. The digital blending of the images was done with luminosity masks launched from my panel that i suggest to download it even if you didn’t

Starting frome the blended image, I applied and worked dodge and burn the mountains and foreground. I intensified the sunset colors using the brush method that you can find in this guide, and launched orton effect to add a glow effect to the photo.

With the help of luminosity masks i added some contrast applying curves to darks 3 masks and changing the blending mode to soft light. Final interventions was adding more details, with high details filter into TTS Fast Panel, a small vignette effect and a bit more contrast using levels

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

Four Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Nature Embrace

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Lake Carezza near Bolzano was a pleasant surprise that I met along my way. It is a small alpine lake located in the Val d’Ega, about 25 km from Bolzano. It is nestled between thick forests of trees and is located under the massive of Latemar, which is reflected in its crystal clear water. Lake Carezza is known for its beautiful colors and why people who lives in this place call it the “rainbow lake”

The entire circumference of the lake is surrounded by a fence, and the lake is located a few meters below this. It ‘a beautiful lake to admire but very difficult to photograph, in fact any shot does not do it justice. During my shots I have sought to emphasize the reflections that were in the water and the massive Latemar which stood in the background, but it took me long to find an interesting spot from where shoot :)

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As I said in my previous post, I was with a D90, so I could not take more than 3 bracketed shots, so I chose to take a series (-1, 0 + 1) and (-2, 0, +2) separate. With Photoshop  I have used the set (-1, 0 + 1) and +2  exposure from the other set, cause the photo was very dark view of the shortage of light.

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. With midtones masks I set contrasts on the frame and with Fast Panel I increased details over the picture, also applied orton effect to darken a bit and create a glow effect. As final I set contrast, shadows, and highlights again to balance the image

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


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

 


Mooring before the evening

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Giuseppe Sapori - Mooring before the night

Still Malcesine… still the lake, still Garda. As you can imagine in the day in this town, I really made a lot of picutres, also helped by overcast skies, with cloudy and foggy. No, it is not the weather forecast… but the weather changed so suddenly with the sky and all the colors that surround the lake. This is one of the many marinas that find space in the Venetian resort, next to these piers a tiny quay to moor fishing boats. This is a single shot, I wanted to take the seagull flying at the top to give a more complete photographic composition. Edited entirely with camera raw I finally stepped colors using the Lab Coloring technique.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

Single Shot

Software: Photoshop CC

 


How to improve colors – Lab Coloring Tutorial

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LAB Coloring it ‘a management technique of colors. It is different from RGB that is additive method based on the three colors red, green and blue, from which its name RGB.

In LAB color instead is a color space-opponent with the size L for brightness, and a and b for color ranges. The Lab color space includes all perceivable colors, which means RGB and CMYK color range.

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Brenta Reflections

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Giuseppe Sapori - Brenta Reflections

 

This is in Padova, Veneto near the train station. What you see below is the river Brenta, the same that passes for Bassano del Grappa in my previous post. On the left, the glass building is the monument to the fallen of September 11. Transiting through these streets I loved the colors that offered the sunlight filtering through the windows of the building and the beautiful clear sky that created those beautiful reflections in the water. For this pic i take three exposures edited with layer masks, used mainly to lighten water.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

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

ISO: 200 at f/8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC


Sagrada Familia

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A few weeks ago I was in Barcelona and I could not take pictures and post the Sagrada Familia. What to tell you guys… as Roman, I’ve seen hundreds of beautiful basilicas and churches but I realized that Sagrada Familia is definitely  Read more...in the top 5 of the most beautiful churches of all times. It ‘an immense work, shining and colorful, an explosion of details, colors and unimaginable magnitude. Trust me that any picture will not portray in all its beauty.

About the realization of the image of Sagrada Familia I am totally committed to the luminance masks, I cleared the bottom using the overexposed image and darkened instead the upper using the underexposed one.

With this post to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and thank you all for the support you have provided me during this year.  :)

TECHNICAL STUFF

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

ISO: 200 at f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)


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