Follow the Leaf

Follow the Leaf

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This is from Revine Lago, a place not far from Treviso, is a small norther italy town overlooking this lake. The whole area around the lake is not very easy to walk and it was not easy to find a place to shoot, the entire lake tour was in fact filled with bumps or crowded boats that did not make life easy

Fortunately I found this little glimpse but I needed a subject for my composition, so I take this big leaf near the water and I put it in front of me. The wind that was present that day, among other things, moved the leaf away from me so I was all time adjusting it with a branch to not to let it go 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take several exposures but when I start editing I decided to use only one, the wind it was moving the leaf and the tree so it has been really difficult to blend the exposures. I decided to use luminosity masks applied to one single exposure to reduce lights in the sky and add contrast in the foreground

With TTS Fast Panel I launched high details, sharpen and dodge and burn with I pushed up light in the leaf and fixed luminosity in the mountain. I applied a yellow photo filter to enchance yellows and better mix the blue hour, I made some color adjustment to reduce a too strong blue  in the sky using luminosity masks applied to hue/saturation

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 17mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 50 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Frostbite Touch 3

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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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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


Evening Alps

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View of Dolomites from the main way long Tre Cime,  one on the left the Rifugio Auronzo, it is the first refuge you meet after leaving your car for the Tre Cime park. I took this photo on the way back from the other refuge more far away, the Refuge Locatelli. The sun was almost down completely down and I was about to exit, but I took the opportunity to take one last photo of the magnificent scenery of the area

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Given the poor light, I took single exposures without bracketing, I edited in Photoshop this single long exposure with adobe camera raw first and later using luminosity masks, to bring back some exposure in the sky and lighten the rocks in the foreground. With TTS Fast Panel I launched, high details, sharpen and dodge and burn with I lightened the rocks in the foreground and darkened the edges of the mountais

With orton effect I create a soft dreamy glow effect, then using a warm photo filter I increased yellows in the sky. I fixed contrast and light again using luminosity masks at as final touch I added a darken lighten center effect from color efex pro filter. As always I hope you can find this usefull, I always happy to ear it from your

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Frostbite Touch 2

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This picture is always from the lake Calaita in Trentino som minutes before the picture of my previous post. This lake is an amazing place, and I hope to come back here soon during sping, in order to photograph it with other colors and to admire the transparency of its waters

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The workflow of this shot is very close from my previous post, except for the focus stacking, that I not applied it having taken this picture from a different height I was not close to the rocks and the fire was the same between the two low points and high image. 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 frame, I used 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 fast panelI launched orton effect to create a soft glow effect. With the help of hue/saturation I decreased blue on the top of the picture applied to a gradient to remove the effect in the lower part of the picture, as the final touch I increasesed vibrance using LAB color technique. I hope you will find this information usefull, if you have any tips, 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


Counterparts

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Sunset at Tre Cime of Lavaredo, I took this photo on the way back from the refuge Locatelli, in a lucky day of October where there was a beautiful and warm weather. This side view is just one of hundreds of pictures I took during sunset and is the result of a vertical stitch between the foreground and the Tre Cime peaks. Since my D-800 was broken and I was with a d90, and thankfully :), I tried to expand the visual field and give more depth to the image, I take 3 bracketed shots for the Tre Cime and 3 for the foreground

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This time instead of stitching the images before the digital blending I did it as first thing of the mountains and then of the foreground, only later did I sticth, this is because by doing the stitching before the images alignment was bad. The digital blending of the images was done with luminosity masks launched from my panel that i suggest to download it even if you didn’t

Starting frome the blended image, I applied and worked dodge and burn the mountains and foreground. I intensified the sunset colors using the brush method that you can find in this guide, and launched orton effect to add a glow effect to the photo.

With the help of luminosity masks i added some contrast applying curves to darks 3 masks and changing the blending mode to soft light. Final interventions was adding more details, with high details filter into TTS Fast Panel, a small vignette effect and a bit more contrast using levels

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

Four Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Nature Embrace

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Lake Carezza near Bolzano was a pleasant surprise that I met along my way. It is a small alpine lake located in the Val d’Ega, about 25 km from Bolzano. It is nestled between thick forests of trees and is located under the massive of Latemar, which is reflected in its crystal clear water. Lake Carezza is known for its beautiful colors and why people who lives in this place call it the “rainbow lake”

The entire circumference of the lake is surrounded by a fence, and the lake is located a few meters below this. It ‘a beautiful lake to admire but very difficult to photograph, in fact any shot does not do it justice. During my shots I have sought to emphasize the reflections that were in the water and the massive Latemar which stood in the background, but it took me long to find an interesting spot from where shoot 🙂

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As I said in my previous post, I was with a D90, so I could not take more than 3 bracketed shots, so I chose to take a series (-1, 0 + 1) and (-2, 0, +2) separate. With Photoshop  I have used the set (-1, 0 + 1) and +2  exposure from the other set, cause the photo was very dark view of the shortage of light.

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. With midtones masks I set contrasts on the frame and with Fast Panel I increased details over the picture, also applied orton effect to darken a bit and create a glow effect. As final I set contrast, shadows, and highlights again to balance the image

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

Four Exposures (-1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/11

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


Sunset at the Harbor

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From Aegina to Skiathos, this is a beautiful and famous island which is located in the archipelago of the Cyclades. Much of Skiathos island fame is the fact that it was the main location of the famous musical “Mamma Mia”, where exactly here were filmed most scenes of the movie. This is the port of the city island taken over by a small hill in front of

I take several shots on this hill since they had a favorable position towards the sunset and the city harbor. I made a small stack of photographs to take as many as possible in the frame rocks and make the image more depth

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start as usual using Luminosity Masks to blend all the bracketed exposures taken in the port of Skiathos.  When I got a final image I combined this with the image I had taken further down with rocks to merge them together to get such a small vertorama. With the resulting “basic” image of  I started to change the lights, shadows, highlights the Curves tool inside Camera Raw

Using  LAB Color I pushed up vibrance and yellows color, then I applied Dodge and Burn tool on the rocks to make them brighter. I increased details in the whole frame, then, with a small gaussian blur, I removed a small noise in the water. For this I applied gaussian blur with a black layer mask (hidden), with a white brush I painted all the water to smooth it. Finally I increased the contrast using curves tool  and created a slight vignetting to give more prominence to the central area

TECHNICAL 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

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


A Secret Place

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After days spent in Athens I moved on a island that is located in front of Athens… the island of Aegina. Is a peaceful island away from mass tourism, where there are mainly locals and Athenians who come to spend their holidays on an island easily accessible. When I took this picture I was in the island’s capital “Egina” which of course is the reference center of the whole area. I found this micro beach on the road leading out of the center of Aegina on which there was this small dock on the sea.

I take some shots using bracketing over the area to have good exposure for the sky and clouds and I shot a exposure to get a strong focus on the foregroud. With the passing of time that carried on the increasingly light toward the blue hour, I started doing more and more tests with exposure compensation up to that have not come into a state of low light. I set a value of -5 exposure compensation on my D800 with a 20-second exposure time, I managed to get good results (I know I have to decide to buy photo filters) 🙂

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start my edit with the sky, using the Luminosity Masks it was very easy to bring down the exposure of the sky without affecting the entire image. Then was the turn of a Dodge and Burn intervention to clean water from reflections and to brighten other part of the frame too darks. With the help of Color Lookup adjustment layer I added two effect to the frame, I am talking about Foggy Night and Drop Blues using a lower opacity 15-20% to give a small surreal effect to the frame. Using this technique I give more impact to the sunset light on the edge. As a final step I increased the details on the entire imag and contrasts, again making use of Luminosity Masks combined with the curves tool. For the last touch I use Color Efex pro filter to add a small vignette using Darken Lighten Center filter.

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) + Long exposures shots

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


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