Sea guardian

Sea guardian

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I’ve always loved photographing lighthouses. Wherever they are, always are a great photographic spot. When I decided to go to Santander this was one of my selected location in the area and I absolutely did not disappoint my expectations, the Cabo Mayor lighthouse is one of the most beautiful and suggestive I have ever seen. Located at the end of a large city park, the scenery that you can admire from here is the true idea of the power of the sea

To take the shot of Cabo Mayor lighthouse used  my nd64 filter, i also did the tests with nd1000 but the light was too poor to get the best results. Using the nd64 (-6 stops) filter I could keep exposure time under 30 seconds and use bracketing shots to allow easier digital blending of images. Another thing why I avoided too long exposure times given by a nd1000 is the presence of strong wind that made me not at all quiet at an exposure time of over 1 minute

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images using luminosity masks, I increased warm colors in the highlights using a photo filter applied to apply image mask. As a first step with blended image I fixed the landscape perspectives with the transform tool. Stepped up contrasts using curve tool and added details and sharpen using TTS Fast Panel. I also launched with the panel orton effect to give a more dreamy look and with dodge and burn I darkened and lightened some parts around the fields and on the rocks. As final I added a vignetting to darken the edges of the photo

I hope you will find this usefull. I always love to ear that from you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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


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


Thirst for Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - thirst for light

This is Porta Latina, a road that leads to the most famous circus maximus to the ancient roman walls, on the left  the little chapel of St. Giovanni in Oleo, one inside which is painted the torture of St. Giovanni

Near the church there is a park and the whole area is surrounded by a beautiful green. I took this photo in the full sunset, taking advantage of the direction of the sun and a small column beside the chapel that “split in two” the direction of the rays

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For the first thing I remove all the lens flare using other shots I take with my finger in front of the camera of the sun direction. Using a large dynamic range of shots with luminosity masks I managed sunrays close to underexposed shot. I added orton effect and with dodge an burn I made the main adjustments in the dark areas

With TTS Fast Panel I launched details and sharpening, I also increased foreground details using darks masks applied to high pass filters to make it better visible. As the final touch I fixed some contrasts in the midtones and in the brights using curves always applied to luminosity masks

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 14mm)

Five Exposures (-2;-1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Holy Way

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Holy Way

For someone, it may sound strange, but when I photograph my city it means I’ve been short supply of photos to work 😀
I’m actually waiting for the next trip to make some new shots, in the meantime I go to Rome that always offers great locations to be photographed, one of this in my opinion is precisely the “Via Sacra“, located between the Coliseum square and the Imperial Forums was in Antiquity is the most important street of ancient Rome

I take this shot after the closing of the “roman forum” to get fewer tourist on the road, the summer sunset time allows you to reconcile a beautiful location with a less busy street than usual with the sunset in front of you

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take several shots during the sunset, I make a blend using luminosity masks. After this, I photomerged the resulting frame with another shot with more foreground to englarge the view of the viewer

I launched dodge and burn to increse light on the rocks in the foreground and to darken some part of the sky. After applied details and sharpen using my panel, I launched orton effect to increase glows and darks

I used a warm filter in the sky and a LAB Color in the whole frame. As the final touch I increase contrasts applied to luminosity masks and a vignette to emphasize the central light

 

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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Nature Embrace 2

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Giuseppe Sapori - Nature Embrace 2

I found this shot between my shots of my trip near Bolzano and Dolomites and Lake Carezza  was a pleasant surprise that I met along my way. I remember well that in that day my destination was not even lake Carezza but the Sass Pordoi, which is several kilometers further from this lake

Unfortunately that day I found the cable car to go inexplicably closed, with any explaination on the website, so I went back and I stopped here to take some shots. It was almost a fortune to have found the closed cable car, I would not have discovered this magical place

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

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. I stepped up lights and darks in the foreground area then I increased contrast

With TTS Fast Panel I launched high details and sharpen over the picture, I also used the panel to launch LAB Color that give to the mountains a touch of gold. After applied a orton effect to darken a bit and create a glow effect the last touch was to darken a little more the frame

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 15mm)

Five Exposures (-2; 0; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Forum Magnum

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Giuseppe Sapori - Forum Magnum

For my opinion this is one of the top spots in Rome to take photos, the location is easy to find and what you see from here is the typical view of Roman Imperial Forum

I did this photo at the first sunset lights with 5 bracketed shots, the light coming from the bottom of the forum was very high and dimmed the foreground. For this kind of takes I also use a high d-lighting on my camera,  why it provides a valid in-shot contribution and allows to have a clearer picture on the shadow areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all selected exposures with luminosity masks, starting from the darken to the brightest image. I added contrast using darks2 curves and details plus sharpening in the whole frame. I used dodge and burn to lighten some darker part of the foreground and lighten some other too brights long the sunrays

After some correction of color cast, I increased sunset colors using a warm filter. I remove some noise visible on the foreground, and fixed light and darks as the final touch using luminosity mask  applied to curves

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 17mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Stairing the Middle

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Giuseppe Sapori - Stairing the middle

This is the famous spiral staircase inside the Vatican Museums, is a staircase built in the 30s as a result of a series of architectural works included in the Vatican City in the aftermath of the signing of the Lateran Pacts. The spiral staircase of the vatican museums is a double spiral staircase by a striking perspective effect. As roman I visited the Vatican museums as a child many years ago with the school and I have always seen this scale in the picture, I recently had the chance to return again to visit this beautiful museum (which I recommend to everyone) and photograph this staircase

Speaking about how I take this picture: I visited the vatican museums on Saturday where there really was a sea of people 🙂 that stopped to the stairs to take pictures, my goal was to take a series of exposures with the intent to auto align them and to remove people from the stairs

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected a bracketed series with the less people as possible behind the shots I take. I blend the images with luminosity masks, lighten some darks with darks4 around the stair. I take another exposure with no people on the bottom of the stairs and some other exposure with no people on the first part of it to auto align the images and easy mask out people from the main frame

With the clean frame available I started launching with TTS fast panel: high details, orton effect and dodge and burn with whom I darkened a few points on the scale that had too much brights

With the color lookup tool I launched “filmstock” filter and reduced the opacity to 10% to give effect made of different light to the staircase. I launched a photo filter giving a slight yellow tint, such as by applying soft light fusion method and reducing the opacity to 20%

Finally I adjusted the contrast and image lights adding a slight vignetting

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 250 at f/4,5

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Turn on the Lights

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Giuseppe Sapori - Turn on the Lights

View of Porta Nuova in Milan, I made this photo from a series of shots taken during the last hours of light until sundown. Porta Nuova is a great place for cityscapes and to take light trails, during my shot. To realize this frame  I blended a series of exposures, starting from the golden hour to better exploit the best light up to the evening dark where I added the light trails taken later

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the base shot (for the sky) from 3 exposures as obtaining a final frame, than I added 3 more shots with light trails that I blended with the previous blend.  To add light trails on the other exposure just change the blending mode to lighten.

I launched dodge and burn to fix lights and shadows around the lights areas and buildings, I fixed color cast and I make some tone adjustmets using color lookup filters adding a 16% of “futuristic bleak”I increased details and launched luminosity masks with TTS Fast Panel to make some adjustments to the shadows and into the higlights, always with midtones of luminosity masks I incresed contrast in the frame.

After the apply of a small vignette, I made the ultimate adjustments to the picture using levels. Hope you will find this usefull. For anything 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) + Light trails blend

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Arch of Peace

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Arch of Peace

 

I was in Milan and one of the places I wanted to photograph was the Arch of Peace, this is a triumphal arch located at the beginning of Corso Sempione. Dedicated to peace between European nations reached in 1815 with the Congress of Vienna. The Arch of Peace is one of the greatest neoclassical monuments in Milan

It is located in a large square, that although I was in the middle of the afternoon, no people was in the place, this has facilitated me a lot for the shot 😀 I applied a focus stacking between the foreground and the arch in the background to avoid issues of focus between the two subjects

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected 3 bracketed exposures shots for the foreground and 3 for the Arch of Peace, I blended  them using fous stacking and with the final 3 shots I applied luminosity masks to have a final image with all the blending correction. With dodge and burn tool I lightened some building, the arch and some bricks in the foreground, I applied high details with TTS Fast Panel to increase details without giving a crappy look at the picture

With luminosity masks again I fix highlighs and shadows, then I fix contrasts using midtones masks applied to curves layer. I fix the color cast and I applied a violet filter to the frame using this method

As final touch I launched curves to set the latest lights, contrast in the image. 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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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