The Touch of Light

The Touch of Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Touch of Light

 

And here’s again talking about Tuscany countryside, this time the photo is at sunset and precisely taken from a phenomenal location that is behind the main square of Montepulciano. A terrace with a magnificent sunset front view where you can admire all the world famous beauty of the Tuscany

To make this photo I captured different exposures to have a good dynamic range between the sun and the countryside, the light was direct and very strong so I needed a good margin between the shots. If you want to read more about how to shoot in the direction of the sun I realized this guide some time ago 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images togheder with the use of luminosity masks, with which I also increased contrast. For the first I corrected color cast, always difficult to make it later, specially with sun direction images. I increased details and sharpen in the whole frame, and corrected light and shadow using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer. I used orton effect to increase glow and contrast in the picture, then with dodge and burn I lightened  the sunrays and darkened some edges of the mountains

I increased glow effect in the picture to lighten the sky that was too dark after my blendings, so with camera raw I made some other adjustments about highlighs, lights, contrast and vibrance. After a little last touch of contrat I also created a small vignette to give more light at the center image

I would recomment do download TTS Fast Panel that will be very usefull to lanch many of the effect I was talking about above. I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear feedback 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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Lost in Tuscany

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Giuseppe Sapori - Lost in Tuscany

 

This year I planned to turn back in Val d’Orcia for Easter period, while I was here I decided to return to the Vitaleta church which is located near the town of San Quirico d’Orcia and it represents one of the most famous spot of the place. While I was on my way to Vitaleta it started to rain, not so much to tell the truth but much enough to  soften the ground that was around the chapel Vitaleta, the result was that I found under my shoes two big pyramids of mud 🙂

I made several shots, some with my nd filter and others without it, the idea was to unite the brightest  shots but with static clouds with those who had long exposure to the clouds

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images with luminosity masks, then I used the resulting frame to blend it with a long exposure taken with nd filter, for the blend I used a gradient tool. With TTS Fast Panel I launched hight details, sharpen, an orton effect. With dodge and burn I lightened some part of the ground and of the church. I made some color corrections in the highlights increasing warm light and fixed contrast with luminosity mask applied to midtones

With levels adjustment layers I made some adjustment to contrast, highlights and darsk. As final touch I created a vignette effect increasing light in the middle of the picture. I hope you can find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from your

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 19mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

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


Light Hunters

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Giuseppe Sapori - Light Hunters

The Tre Cime of Lavaredo in the last light of the day, I made this photo at the end of the day spent in the Tre Cime park, returning from Locatelli refuge.

My intentions was to create a picture of the Tre Cime it was very dark in the twilight setting. I take this from a long exposure with my ND3 filter, this  helped to give me a final image that was with low higlights

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I used a overexposed picture to lighten some parts of the rocks the feet of Tre Cime with luminosity masks, apart from that, this picture was worked only with a single shot. I launched TTS Fast Panel to increse details and sharpen with its filters, always with the panel I launched orton effect to create a smart glow effect.

With dodge and burn I lightened some part of the rocks in the foreground and I created some lights effect near the mountains. With the help of luminosity masks, I increased contrast and I fixed highlighs and darks. As final touch with color efex pro I launched darken lighten center filter to create a vignette effect accentuating the Tre Cime

As usual I hope you will find this usefull. Your feedback is always welcome!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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


Frostbite Touch

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Giuseppe Sapori - Frostbite Touch

I took this picture at the lake Calaita in Trentino a few kilometers from Fiera di Primiero, lake Calaita is a small alpine lake is located in the upper Vanoi valley and is a spectacular balcony on the Pale of San Martino. The day that photograph this lake was not very cold, but the wind is channeled between the mountains was something of incredibly icy, I am not surprised that the lake was frozen, at the end of my shooting session though I was I covered much I had to spend a few minutes in the car to warm myself back  😀

I made several shots at sunset, using  focus stacking technique between the rocks and the mountain, I took with a very wide dynamic range since there was a strong contrast between the foreground and highlights

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the exposures of lake Calaita with focus stacking to focus all the rocks and mountain in the frame, then I blended again the results images with luminosity masks. I correct the color cast then with TTS Fast Panel and I launched details and sharpen to increase them, finally I launched dodge and burn to increase the light around the stones and darken the images around them

With luminosity masks I decreased highlighs and I fixed light around the mountain, always with my panel I launched orton effect to increase the glow in the picture. With the help of hue/saturation I decreased some blue too much up, as the final touch I launched levels adjustment layer to fix the exposure in the frame. I hope you will find this information usefull, if you have any tips, write it as well. I always love to hear you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Hollow

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Hollow

The plain of Campo Imperatore on a quiet Sunday in December. I took this picture a few minutes before sunset in a small lake near the main road. That day I was going to make some shots to the largest and Lake Pietranzoni but I found all the roads closed due to snow and so I had to come back and take some shots here. I shot using  focus stacking between the foreground bush and the tip of Corno Grande of Gran Sasso basically doing three bracketed exposure shots by series

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I stack the images in three different pictures than I blended the different exposures togheder using luminosity masks. I increased contrast using curves applied to midtones and I raised up contrast again using midtones minus darks to avoid too much darken parts around the foreground. With the help of my panel, I launched details and sharpen, then I used dodge and burn to refine lights and darks around the bush

I make some color correction using camera raw and I decreased the blue on the top of the frame with hue/saturation. As final touch I added a vignette to the image increasing a little bit more contrast.  I hope you find this informations useful, if you have any suggestions write to me, I love always hear you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1) x2

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Long Way Home

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Giuseppe Sapori - Long Way home

This is a shot taken outside the walls of San Gimignano, in this area, it is possible to see the view of the typical hills of this part of the Italy is one of the most characteristic places in the area.

I made this shot from San Gimignano lookout on a cloudy day during the morning, it was my last shot on this area before get back into the car and go back home

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The first thing I did was crop the photo, in fact, the image you see is the result of a crop within a larger scene where there were other houses and trees that I have decided to remove from the frame. The central view of the hills was definitely what I wanted to portray, but I could not do it shooting cause I had with me just wide angle 🙂

Then I made a color correction to change color cast of this image, which will be the subject of my next tutorial, so stay tuned! I applied dodge and burn through the trees and the most darken areas, with TTS Fast Panel I launched orton effect to give to the hills and a soft glow effect with a bit of contrast. After adding details in the whole frame I adjusted contrast and this is it!

I hope you will find this information usefull, if you have any tips or comments, write it as well. I love to hear it from you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 200 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Cloudsroof

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Cloudsroof

The Abbey of San Galgano is a cistercian abbey, located to thirty kilometers from Siena, in the city of Chiusdino. The site consists in a hermitage (Montesiepi Rotonda) and from the great abbey, now completely ruined and reduced to only walls.

Nevertheless the abbey of St. Galgano is not left in total decay, this abbey is the destination  of tourist flow and the place is maintained by the confraternity who is dealing. To make this shot I made 7 brackets exposures using a ND64 filter to remove people moving in the church

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I make a digital blending between the images discarding only a couple of too light frames, using luminosity masks, I adjusted the highlights and darks, some points of the abbey were very dark so with my panel I launched dodge and burn to lighten or darken the image at the points that I wanted

After adding a little ‘to contrast with the midtones masks, I stepped details and sharpen in the frame. As the last adjustments I set the color cast lowering some blue saturation in the clouds.  I hope you find this information useful, if you have any suggestions write to me, I love always hear you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Flying over the Roofs

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Giuseppe Sapori - Flying over roofs

Views of Siena from the roofs, I took this shot during a visit on t the so-called facciatone, very large archway present to the left of the cathedral in Siena. The view of the city from here  is very interesting and certainly one of the best things to do in Siena. The only limit, is that the rooftop of facciatone is within a guided tour so you can not stay on top for more than 15 minutes. I took this picture with 3 handheld bracketed exposures  since was not allowed to use tripod

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The first thing was to align the three exposures that I blended together using luminosity masks. Always using luminosity masks, I set the shadows areas and lights one, with hue / saturation I desaturated the blue intensity of the sky. I launched dodge and burn to better adjust the exposure along the cathedral and the sky and with Fast Panel I launched high details and sharpen effect to have a great detail exalt in the frame. As the final touch i adjust the contrast in the image. 

It ‘was a quick and easy editing, I did not want to touch the colors that were was very natural. I hope you find this information useful, if you have any tips or comments, write it as well. I love to hear it from 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/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


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