Suspensions

Suspensions

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Giuseppe Sapori - Suspensions

Last of the pictures, I think ūüôā of ¬†the series¬†of shots taken along the walls of Dubrovnik, in this angle the walls were quite low so I tried to give the final image a vacuum down perspective. Picture taken entirely by free hand I was technically unable to put my tripod on the walls, I made 5 exposure brackets that I merged using Luminosity Masks, but I used it only 4 because being in favor of the last light was too overexposed.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

Five Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Piazza Garibaldi

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Giuseppe Sapori - Piazza Garibaldi

Even this square is located in Loreto, the name Piazza Garibaldi is like the statue of our italian hero that is represented. This square is small and compact but contains within it an incredible charm of symmetry and proportions that struck me positively. To accomplish this photo I captured 5 exposures, the idea was to start from exposure darker and go off to lighten the photo with other exposures during editing using the luminance masks. This fact was the one that I made but we have to add that the day was beautiful that day, the sky was still dark though cloudless, so I took the liberty of adding a sky more dramatic and more dynamic that would give more movement to the photo, what do you think? : D

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/4 (Shot at 15mm)

ISO: 320 at f/3,2

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

Software: Photoshop CC


Star Tree

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Giuseppe Sapori - Star Tree

The Circus Maximus needs no introduction, is an ancient Roman circus used for horse racing and other shows. Today is a giant lawn with the stands.Passing several times over there I realized that the area is quite dark, especially in the middle of the Circus Maxiumus of the lawn there is a very low brightness, so I decided to make an attempt to photograph the stars, trying to believe it is managed well. What you see the beyond the tree you can see the lights of the city and the ancient Roman ruins.

 

But as I took this photo?

Like all the shots I had to help myselfwith a double exposure and especially with a click using the technique Exposing to the right where it was however necessary a big job of brightness and colors.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/4 (Shot at 15mm)

ISO: 640 at f/5,6

2Exposures balanced + ETTR at ISO 1600

Software: Photoshop CC


Stars of Rome

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Giuseppe Sapori - Stars of Rome

Fori Imperiali¬†in Rome offers one of the most beautiful views of the Eternal City, especially if surrounded by a stars in the sky. Taking this photo was challenging more for the cold that did that day ūüėĬ†I made this picture¬†from the terrace of the Campidoglio, taken¬†7¬†exposures for shooting Fori Imperiali in¬†the lower scene. With the 7 exposures¬†was necessary to capture the¬†best dynamic range present in the landscape and also for the lights and colors.

What about stars?

For the stars I made a single more shot at 30′ and ¬†ISO 6400 that ¬†then I combined with the other 7. The rest was a job editing with layer masks the starry sky¬†out with the rest of the shot. Particularly challenging was the color management, there was much in the dark blue in the photo, some of which I deleted the channel mixer to camera raw¬†desaturating part of the blue to even the horizon line with that of the starry sky

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/9

7¬†Exposures ( -3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3) + 1 Exposure for the sky at 30′

Software: Photoshop CC


HDR Before/After – Vitaleta

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I love the isolated places like this… the choice of the scene¬†in peace to wait for the right moment to shoot. In those moments you think only at the spend¬†of time without worrying about other things as often happens in cities with traffic cars and especially tourists ūüėÄ

I made this HDR¬†with ¬†five exposures with a gap of 1 (-2, -1, 0 + 1, +2). Then I merged the images with Photoshop CC with the function “Merge to HDR Pro”.¬†I have to say that I was in doubt whether to use this function or flatten individual as I usually only using layer masks, but for this picture the HDR Pro function was¬†very satisfactory so i kept this version.¬†The rest of the interventions were all made using Camera Raw and masking the effect in the desired areas. I work particularly ¬†in ¬†lights and colors effects, some detail has been added on the buildings and on the turf, as a final touch, I created a small vignette to give more depth to the image.

 

 


St. Sabina

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This is the inside of the¬†Basilica of Santa Sabina¬†on the¬†Aventino¬†hill. It is considered one of the most beautiful¬†churches of Rome, located on the top of¬†Aventino¬†hill of Rome certainly more fascinating of all.¬† Read more...It ‘a very old church and not particularly worked, but to appreciate the perfection and precision of its forms.¬†Taking this photo was not at all easy, first because I had absolutely exploit sunlight that seeped from the large windows to avoid the whole church too dark then, as always, I had to wait for the long lines of tourists all day and all hours are in this church. After a few minutes and a few tips I could work…
For the realization of the final image I use HDR 32-bit technique so then I merged it with part of the exposures made to take advantage of all the available dynamic range.

TECHNICAL STUFF

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

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC


Queen of Rocks

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Giuseppe Sapori - Queen of Rocks

One of the most beautiful islands in the world, certainly is Capri, just the queen of the rocks. I had never been to Capri before this year and I was pleasantly impressed by the magnificent views that can be admired from the island,¬†although it must be said that it is a very small island and also very exclusive. I certainly don’t have met a wonderful day during my excursion to Capri, but surely the clouds and the overcats sky helped me create great shots even in hours not really close at sunset.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

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

ISO: 100 at f/6,3

Three Exposures ( -1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC


The Hideout

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Hideout

This amazing place is in Gaeta a charming seaside town near Rome, where in addition to making excellent cuisine, there are also beautiful landscapes to admire, including the striking Turkish Cave. This cave is just the crack in the rock¬†that you see in this post, according to the legend, the rift was created in the time of Christ’s death, when he tore the veil of the temple of Jerusalem. Along the steps leading into the bowels of the mountain you can see on the right wall with a Latin couplet alongside the so-called “Hand of the Turkish”, in the shape of a hand that would have formed when an “unbeliever” turkish sailor, who did not believe the story that had been told about the cause of the crack in the rock, was leaning against the rock that became incredibly soft under his pressure forming the imprint of the hand. The Turkish Cave is an amazing place to see with the naked eye to understand the greatness of so much natural beauty. The whole cave does not have to take a lot of light so I took this HDR 9 exposures well that I only edited with Photoshop and with the use of Luminance Masks.

TECHNICAL STUFF

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

ISO: 100 at f/9

9 Shots (-4; -3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3; +4)

Software: Photoshop


The way through the sunset

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On my first day in Bled I was so excited to be in this place and to admire the beauty of this lake. So the first day here, I travelled far and wide around the perimeter of the lake with camera and tripod on my shoulder looking for some nice landscape to take.

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HDR Tutorial Part 3 – Photomatix Settings

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PREPARING THE IMAGES

First thing to do is to import the RAW exposures into Lightroom or Photoshop to convert them into Jpeg cause the conversion and the merge of RAW files is not the best with Photomatix.

CORRECT THE EXPOSURES

Now you need to make some corrections and then sync the images, these changes concern Chromatic Aberrations and White Balance. Start with syncronize the images, you will see this menu:

 Then correct Chromatic Aberration and White Balance with menu on the Right.

EXPORT BRACKETS

Now is possible to export the images as 100% quality into Photomatix, to do that go to Lightroom menu File>Export and select jpeg sRGB 100% quality

LOAD FILES INTO PHOTOMATIX

Open Photomatix, load the exported images and click ok.¬†A screen will appear¬†regarding the processing¬†options.¬†Align Source images concerns¬†the alignment of¬†the¬†screen¬†shows, I recommend to use matching features when you shoot handheld. I usually shot with tripod ¬†so I use by correcting horizontal and vertical shift, since this option tends to produce the best results. The second part regards a function that allow to¬†remove ghosts¬†operating on selected sections and choose¬†the right exposure for each ghosted¬†region.¬†The last two sections¬†should always be selected¬†if you don’t know how Reduce¬†noise¬†and Chromatic aberration,¬†but there are many instruments to remove them, I usually prefer remove them manually into Photoshop.

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PHOTOMATIX SETTINGS

On the next screen we are going to change the values of our pictures on the left menu. There are no written rules about how the values should be set, as they are depending on the avaiable light in the picture. Then set your values in order to get the maximum detail from the image being always careful not to increase too much noise in your photos.

However I recommend to take the following main values as follows:

Strength: Higher but not maximum values, a strength too high could make the image darken. I usually set this slider around 70 -85 max;

Color Saturation: Is a slider to increase the amount of color saturation in the image. If you need to increase your colors set it more than 50 but personally I don’t move it more than 50;

Luminosity:  Enhance details in the shadows, much of the setting of this slider varies from picture to picture, interesting values are between +30 and +50;

Detail contrast: Is the main values to increase the details in the picture, set this slider in a range +40, +60 it depends on the image. Try to to keep it balanced with the Luminosity values;

Lightinig Adjustments: I never use Lighting effect mode, set the slider and move it on the left to have a surreal look, on the right values are near the real effect of your picture. Do not overboard on the left, you risk to cartoonage the image.

Smooth Highlights: This slider reduces contrast in the highlights, move the slider to the right to bright the image.

White Point: White Point set the overall brightness in the HDR. The use of this slider depends on your image, I usually set white point around 0,4

Black Point: They are very similar to White Point, move them to increase the point of black of your images, I’m very low with this slider, set them less than White Points and less 1

Gamma: Increase the overall brightness of the image, you can use it to brigh or to darken more your image.

Temperature: is the slider to warmer or to coolder the image. I usually leave this slider to default cause I prefer correcting temperature into Photoshop.

Micro Smoothing: Is to intervene on the best part of details and to clean the image. Put it not more than 20 if you don’t wanto to loose too much details.

Saturation Highlights: Increase the colors in the highlights. I usually set this lighter high if I have a nice sky to show otherwise I don’t use this option.

Saturation Shadows: Increase the colors in the shadows. I never use this slider

Shadow Smoothess: This slider is usefull to darken the foreground and to give a more realistic look to the image.

Shadow Clipping: Increase the shadow range clipping. I never use this slider.

BELOW THE SCREENSHOT WITH SAMPLE IMAGE SETTINGS

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