Milky Way Door

Milky Way Door

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I took this photo at the dawn of the moon, the light source that starts from the left is just the light of the moon that began to peek out of the mountains. I made this frame by two shots, I moved to photograph the rock first at the top to take all the milky way and then gradually down to include more foreground

Initially I did some tests shooting here with a subject in the picture and then other tests with a light source inside that little door that is in the ruins, I discarded all these shots because the image as a whole with all these elements was not look good, especially even if the light coming from the door would have made the most striking photo at the same time made it so much artifacts, so I avoided



I followed the same editing line of the previous picture, I started opening the images on camera raw to make the first edits and save the images before apply the Photoshop photomerge in one, once obtained one single frame by this two exposures I applied the free trasform tool to adjust the empty areas and adapt to the frame

So I started edit the image by using camera raw to raise up the milky way than back in photoshop I applied the result only to the sky. Using TTS PRO  I made the main adjustments regarding, color, lights and contrast. I applied the luminosity mask contrast to better control the contrast over the point of lights darks and midtones of the picture

I increased the lights of the foreground applying a curves tool to the darks luminosity masks and I launched dodge and burn with I adjusted with a brush the colors over the milky way and the lights over the darkest areas of the foreground

I also made some adjustment to the colors, I don’t like so much the coolest tone of the night sky coming from this picture, in particular the sky was too much blue saturated, so in this case I stepped up the yellow tones of the light pollution and I decreased the saturation of the blue colors

In TTS PRO in the third page of finishing there are many functions to save and finishing your work, here I applied a small vignette reducing the opacity to 30% and I saved the images by height to simply create a web format image without loosing quality

I hope you will find this usefull. I’m happy to hear that from you!



Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Two Exposures

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Valley of Silan

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Here is another waterfall shot coming from the Veneto region, we are in the area around Bassano del Grappa where is this small waterfall in the valley Valrovina. Watching some pictures from the web, it seemed very interesting and so I decided to go to this small resort to take some photos

This spot is a well-maintained tourist trail that leads to this waterfall, the path continues to high following the course of the creek. There are several stones along the river where I set up with my tripod to shot at the waterfall

I wanted to bring in the frame as much as possible the view of the creek behind, which with the light of the trees was really very beautiful. I took the photo with an nd64 filter, taking some lighter exposures to try to light up some very dark rock areas



This shot coming from a blend of 2 exposure, I blend the best take of the waterfall with another overexposed shot, to bring up all the lights around the rocks

Using Dodge and burn was very useless to recover some underexposed part and increse lighting. After a increase of details I launched orton effect to create a soft dreamy effect, I like so much the glow between the trees on the top of the picture

To complete this work I increased yellow colors. As final I fixed contrast using luminosity mask applied to midtones decreasing the darkest parts to avoid to make too under the darken part of the picture

I hope you will find this usefull. I always love to hear this from you



Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Two exposure blend

ISO: 100 at f/14

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.



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


The Lock

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Giuseppe Sapori - The lock

We in Gae Aulenti square in Milan, the central square of the new district of Porta Nuova, a short walk from the location of my last post. Gae Aulenti Square it’s a business center in Milan where all the newer buildings are overlooking the center of this square where are located a particular fountain and a modern and feature installation “trombe” … megaphones are installed on more levels between the square and the area below, speaking in trumpet a voice level is propagated on the other place, it is an attraction that draws tourists but especially curious and childrens. Right on top of this installation, there is this aperture to the sky watching one of the square skyscrapers, an image that give free space to symmetry and imagination of the architecture of Gae Aulenti square



Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/5,6

Software: Photoshop CC2015

Holy Black

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Giuseppe Sapori - Holy Black

The church of St. Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio, we are in the heart of Rome near the Via del Corso, where there is this beautiful church from the high ceiling and completely painted. The church of St. Ignazio di Loyola is among in the top ten most beautiful churches in Rome. The special feature of the church is that it has a fake dome, definitely well painted, but fake … in fact what the picture is perceived as a fresco black is nothing more than the fake reproduction of the effect of the dome from the inside, to overcome the lack of it that was never built.



Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 400 at f/5,6

7 Exposures ( -1; 0; +1;)

Software: Photoshop CC

Dark Reflections

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Giuseppe Sapori - Dark Reflections

This is the Cathedral of Naples, the city’s main cathedral. It is one of the largest basilicas of the city is also home to the oldest baptistery of the West Europe. It is in this place that takes one of the most incredibleand important cities, the dissolution of the blood of San Gennaro kept in special ampoules. Religious facts aside, I was struck by the biggest of this cathedral as well as the high ceilings and very silent this atmosphere with very low lights, much of the light that filtered in through the windows of the nave in fact came up. I made this HDR with a single click freehand obtained with the technique of HDR 32-bit.


Lens: Sigma Fisheye (10mm f 2,8)

ISO: 100 at f/2,8

1 Shots

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop

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