Turn on the Lights

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 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


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


The Embrace

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Embrace

 

Hello guys, during my weekend in Milan I had also time for the classic site of the city,  the Duomo. This is a gigantic Cathedral which is located in the main square of the city. The Duomo of Milan is the main tourist attraction of the city, much visited, very big and beautiful. Inside this cathedral, photography it is quite difficult cause this is a cathedral of Gothic style with high ceilings and dark walls as well as tacky tourists at all hours of the day, tripods within cannot be used and thus inevitably make the final result very difficult.
In return the Milan Cathedral has one of the most beautiful terraces of the city, until a few years ago, before the construction of the Porta Nuova and its skyscrapers, where we talked about in previous posts neighborhood, was the highest point of the city. I took several photos in this location including this evocative detail of one of the arches making up the tip of the Duomo. I relized this image from a Photoshop collage, using “vertorama”, I took three exposures for the part of the canopy that makes up the foreground and 3 other exposures to high, then part I combined the images with the Photoshop function, then I realized the main interventions with Camera Raw, various application for my actions, LAB coloring and Dodge & Burn will soon be my new tutorial 🙂

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1) for the foreground

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1) for the highlights

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

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

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

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


Faster ride

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Giuseppe Sapori - Faster ride

For truth, I wanted to wait to publish this picture, because as you know I always try to respect a chronological order in my publications, but soon there will be important news and for these I needed this image 🙂
What you see is the new district of Porta Nuova in Milan, near the train station is this brand new neighborhood with lots of skyscrapers and finance towers. As I said on my facebook page a while ago, Porta Nuova represented my top spots in Milan of my trip. I found this point  with google maps that offered a beautiful view over the Unicredit Tower and that would give some depth to the cityscape. Unfortunately, once in place I found a giant construction site, that I fortunaly hide to the camera view.
To realize this picture of Porta Nuova I made several shots at different times of the day, starting at the beginning of the sunset and one hour and half after, in fact I tried to capture the different moments of the evening and then put them together in a single final image the light from the beginning of golden hour to the light trails at the end of  blue hour. I am planning to make a video workflows on this picture, so I recommend yourselves to stay glued to my newsletter and my facebook page 🙂

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) in various moments

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Octagonal Passage

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This photo is from the  Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery in Milan, a shopping mall that connects Duomo square with Piazza della Scala with two short arms perpendicular to the main axis.

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Beyond the flare

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This weekend I was in Milan, a very nice and fun city that I hope to visit again. 🙂
As the first photos of Milan I show you  a beautiful church in the district of Brera.

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