The Sky Terrace

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


How to remove people/object from an image

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It happens to everyone to shoot in areas frequented by many people, for example the main attractions of a city.  This is the case when tourists ruins our photo idea or simply when you don’t notice that element that you would avoid in the final image. I live in Rome and tourists are really a nightmare for this kind of things, so over the years I learned to juggle well in these situations.

While for people and moving objects  the removal  from he photo can be relatively simple, by taking multiple exposures and deleting them manually or automatically, the static element instead creates a huge problem for its elimination. So  Let’s see how to remove people or object from a a single shot, focusing more attention on the harder single shot removal.

 

MULTIPLE EXPOSURES

In presence of multiple exposures the fastest way to remove unwanted items is to use the “Median”  function in Photoshop.

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– You should to go to File > Scripts > Statistics.

– Select “Median” for the stack mode and check “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images.”

– Select your set of images and click ok.

Photoshop will process the images to preserve the static background removing everything that changes between the shots (moving people, cars, birds etc). If the final result is not perfectly clean you can continue to refine the scene using clone stamp tool.

 

SINGLE EXPOSURE

In the presence of static elements instead as I said the work is more difficult. In this case the undesiderable element will always be in its place without the change to erase them using another exposure.

This is the case of my photo in Oia Santorini where hundreds of people present to photograph the sunset did not allow me to be able to move easily and choose a better point of shot. I wanted to avoid the shot using 35mm because would have lost too much in terms of scenery, so I made the shot in 24mm while knowing the hard work that expect to me, especially for the antenna on huge right. 🙂

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To start remove elements from a single exposure:

–  Select what you want to delete, for example using magnetic lasso, magic wand or quick selection tool.

– Then select Edit>Fill and make the choice like this, then click ok

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The selection you made will be absorbed by the content of the picture, using the elements of background and nearby the selection you made. Obviously small selections you make greater is the change to be more accurate. So you should do it portion for portion on wich you want to delete to create a more realistic effect of disappearance, like this.

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At the end of the erasing may be still something to delete, in this case you can use the clone stamp tool. The clone stamp for correct and clean use must be used with inverse selection (as shown in the picture of this wall with the people above that I should not touch).

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Select the part you want to “save” that you do not want to affect from the clone Stamp tool

Right mouse button and click on Select Inverse

Then you can clone whatever you want without the risk of damaging the wall

 

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This technique will help you a lot to take pictures with a little more freedom even in the presence of so many people, but try to make your life easier shooting when you have more free field 🙂

This is the finished work, I  chose to delete only people and things  than most impacted in the picture but with  patience it is possible to remove all.

 


Road to Val d’Orcia

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to Val d'Orcia

As I said in the first post photos taken in Vitaleta, the chapel in the heart of Val d’Orcia –  Tuscany, to reach the appointed place I had to do quite a long walk in the middle of the campaign, because a gate prevented the passage of the vehicles. This is part of the road that I have walked to reach the place, this also in the countryside and in the colors of the sunset, on the right in the distance you can see the chapel of Vitaleta that I photographed up close in my two previous posts. The image is nothing more than a long exposure taken at the end of my stage of shooting while I was returning to the car, it consists of a exposure taken for the”land” and a shot for the most overexposed sky, put together and edited entirely in Photoshop CC.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Two Exposures (sky: LONG  land: REGULAR)

Software: Photoshop CC


HDR 32 bit

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What is HDR 32 bit? It’s a different method of processing and merge the brackets exposures. You know that you can reach a good results with Photomatix that use the tonemap method. Tonemapping usually use 16 bit mode, this really boils down to is the volume of information that is stored within a file. Tonemapping can create a cool HDR effect but when using this method

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