Night from Day

Night from Day

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Giuseppe Sapori - Night from day

Probably soon, I will return to this beautiful place, while I look at the old shots made the last time I went to Campo Imperatore to photograph the milky way I found this untreated photo

That afternoon I made some shots at the beautiful rocky lake and then moved to the point where the milky way was better visible at night, this is just one of the shots I did at the time of the first darks of night, at the time discarded but today revalued

The reflections of clouds and stars on the water of the lake create a magical atmosphere throughout the picture. At that time I probably had discarded it because the sky was too cloudy and the milky street was almost on the opposite side but having found a shot with this particular light was almost a surprise :)

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I had only a shot, indeed two! The second is another picture with more foreground and less sky, I blended the two images to have a more complete frame with sky and foreground

I worked this picture only using luminosity masks applied to curves and other effect launched from my panel, high details, sharpen and dodge and burn as well. I also edited the colors warming the sky and pushing up some highlighs, I increased contrast and darkness to give a dark mood to the picture

As the final touch I reduce noise, at some points in the photo there was visible. I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Touch of Light

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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

 


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 Stage

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Stage

Here we are in  Gae Aulenti square in Milan as part of Porta Nuova neighborhood few minutes walking distance from “Garibaldi Station”. This brand new and equally beautiful neighborhood has become one of the main points of meeting in Milan, then in addition to being a new, modern architecturally  is also full of people at all hours of the day. For those who come to Milan I recommend everyone a visit to Gae Aulenti area of the city you will love it!

But what about the shoot?, I took this picture from  composition of two shots. I took first the part at the top with a view of the Unicredit tower, then a lower shooting where there are (at least partially) the “trumpets” a modern sculture inside there

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected two shots of the square that I merged using “photomerge” funcion inside Photoshop to create a unique image. As first thing I align the image using ruler tool, and it was not so easy in this image :) Using luminosity masks I made some adjustments to lights and darks, I also increase yellows by the door outside.

Used dodge and burn around the darker part of the frame and i lightened the border of the hole. With TTS Fast Panel I increased details and sharpness. After a contrast fix using luminosity masks, i fixed some light adjustment using levels and that’s it!

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)

Photomerge

ISO: 200 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Crystal Mirror

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Lake Landro with its typical reflections of the mount cristallo, this location is truly exceptional. I didn’t know this lake before, I saw this place passing by car and I stopped and go out to take some shots of this place, it’s a beautiful place perfect for photography. The lake was slightly dry but I tried to position myself in front of the main reflection, I take 3 exposures trying to emphasize the foreground and its reflections. Unfortunately in this trip I did not have my Nikon D800 cause the broke of diaphragms level, I shoot this picture and the the other of the following post with a Nikon D90 with fortunately has been quite good :)

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The picture had a so natural and beautiful light that it no need many edits, I only make Photoshop edits to brighten highlighs and enhance the contrast. I started merging the exposures with luminosity masks, made some color corrections and add contrast using midtones. With the help of lights masks I increased highlighs and with darks lightened the main part of the mountains.

I added some adjustments with dodge and burn, added orton effect and details using TTS Fast Panel. As final intervention I added more contrast and a small vigneting to emphatize the central part of the frame and darken the borders.

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

Five Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


A Light in the Dark

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From Skiathos  to Skopelos, another Greek island of great natural value. This island is a spectacle of nature and mountains and has some fantastic location. One of these is  Agios Ioannis, a location on northeast of the island where there is a small monastery on a top of a cliff of the mountains, the whole area of Agios Ioannis, sea, beach, boundary mountains are an incredible sight that it is rarely seen in seascapes.

When  I went to Agios Ioannis I photographed  every part of the place, benefited from the cloudy sky in the morning there was a beautiful diffused light over the entire area, including this opening to the sky, on the road leading to the monastery I stopped on this open to the sea which offered this composition of rocks below

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Although I made a bracketed series of the scene, I realized the whole image with the use of luminosity masks applied to the regular exposure. The reason for this is that the contrasts between the sky and the foreground remained still high despite the bracketing series, where the benefit of using multiple exposures will employ more time.

For this reason I applied the luminosity masks to the affected areas of the sky using lights masks, the sea and rocks using darks masks, working them almost exclusively with the curves tool. Always applying the luminosity masks, I used dodge and burn on rock and water, applying them to hue / saturation tool I reduced the saturation of water colors with contrasts had intensified excessively.

Other uses of  luminosity masks are on the sky to increase the color tones and midtones to increase the contrast. At the last I increased the details in the whole frame, all the changes were made using my panel that you can download free in the download section

 

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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Lycabettus

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The one on the far right is the Mount Lycabettus, a hill where you can admire a beautiful view of Athens as well as having a nice restaurant at its top. It is easily reached by a funicular from Kolonaki, another beautiful area of Athens. Mount Lycabettus is one of the Greek capital attractions, and there are also of course I was in, but just as I did to the Acropolis also in this case I decided to portray the mountain from the outside, overlooking the city. We’re at in the same area where I took Acropolis that you find in my previous post, I made the image from 3 exposures.

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started as usual using the luminance masks to combine different exposures together, I then stepped up hightlights for the sky and contrast for the city always using luminosity masks. With the help of Color Efex Pro I applied Skylight filter for intensifying the shade of yellow reducing the opacity around 60%. Then, it was the turn of  details pushed up selectively and of a soft dodge and burn effect using white and black brush with 2% opacity, by the trees (to create more light through the leaves) and darken areas of the rocks in the foreground. As a final touch, I created a small vignette to give greater prominence to the central part of the frame.

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures ( -1; 0; +1)

ISO: 400 at f/4

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


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

 


Coastal Sunset II

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Giuseppe Sapori - Coastal Sunset 2

If you liked my previous post, surely you appreciate this too, because this is the same location but taken from a closer position… and with less light course :)

After taking all the pictures on the cliff for the view from the top (I was precisely halfway between Amalfi and Atrani) I started to descend the cliff to direct me back to Amalfi to catch the last but to go home. A notice: My stay was in Maiori, a town not far from there, because Amalfi city is really very expensive

Anyway this is the view that welcomes the entrance of the city. I stopped on this place to take some shoots here, it was starting to get dark, the lights of the village were on and I did not want to miss a lighted shooting Amalfi in a late blue hour with citylights

 

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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Sky Terrace

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Giuseppe Sapori - The sky terrace

The terrace of Metropol Parasol in Seville where you can admire a beautiful view of the city. The wooden structure extends for tens of meters across the square, the sight is very impressive and special. The structure is perforated to allow air to circulate in summer days (since it is very hot in Seville). The Metropol Parasol is also a huge “umbrella” that protects passers by direct sunlight so the structure is beautiful, but also functional and practical.

I realized 5 exposures in this photo, just like the previous one, the difference is that this image has been realized a few minutes later, so the sun was lower and lower was the light … which is why I discard the most underexposed because too dark, taking advantage of the other 4 exposures for the necessary corrective action of light, shadow, contrast and detail with Photoshop CC

 

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


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