Forum Magnum

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


The Way of Angels

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Way of Angels

 

So here I am again to photograph my city and definitely one of my favorite spots, Castel Sant’Angelo and its magnificent bridge, this is a wonderful location wherever you decide to photograph it from the banks of the river or the main bridge like in this case. The only small detail is that Ponte Sant’Angelo is full of tourists from all around the world, that cross up and down for photograph the castle in in each pose, 365 days in the year! Take a picture here without people is very difficult, but it could be much easier during sunrises or as in my case with a very gloomy day and a good nd filter :)

The day I decide to go to shoot Castel Sant’Angelo from the bridge it was near sunset in the evening on a day where it threatened rain all day (an element not to be underestimated because there is less people around tourist attractions) I used a nd1000 (I needed the most imaginable stop) to erase the dozens of people who continually passing in front of my camera… on 10/15 shots I made about only 2 photos came without too many people, and together with, in addition that a good deal of the clone stamp I have so been able to use to compose my final image :)

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected 5 pictures of all my shots between some with less people in the bridge and others with cool sky colours, lights ecc, I blended the image togheder using luminosity masks and gradiend tool. I remove some remaining people ghost using clone stamp tool, then I launched dodge and burn to fix some lights and shadows in the bridge. I correct the color cast in the frame and removed the orange effect of it increasing yellows

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details and launched orton effect. I also increased contrast in the picture reducing a bit the exposure. The last step was to fix contrast and highlights using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer and by creating a small vignetting to the image

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Different Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Path of Glory

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St. Angelo bridge shot taken from the banks of the Tevere river, this is a picture I took several times and is one spot that I like very much, in fact, this area is easy to find, a good point without the thousands of tourists who are in any other spot of Rome. This time I chose a time of golden hour on enough enlightened, I also benefited from good reflexes on the river and a shoal inside, rarely seen in the winter months. I would lower this to keep me with the shot but there were too many weeds at the base of the river, in fact some of them you can see the bottom :)

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the shots togheder, discarding the most overexposed exposure. With luminosity masks, I make some adjustments to the frame adding more contrast with darks and midtones masks. Using Fast Panel I increased details, applied orton effect decreasing opacity around 8% and applying dodge and burn to lighten some parts of the bridge and darken the castle. With hue/saturation I adjust the yellows and make some color adjustments.

I also used camera raw to increase selectively clarity around bridge, reflection and shoal. As final I applied a small vignette selectively removing darks in the highlights as to increase darkness and contrasts only in the foreground, because otherwise, the sky would take a dark blue variant that would be surreal. I hope you find this information useful, are always welcome your opinions on how you’d worked this photo

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Rome Urbs

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Giuseppe Sapori - Rome Urbe

View of St. Peter Basilica by Sant’Angelo bridge. For me this is one of the top spots location in Rome to photograph. All of Castel Sant’Angelo area in general is one of my favorites of my city, the reflections which at sunset are located along the Tiber River, the last lights of the sky before sunset and the first lights of the city. I take 5 bracketed shots with tripod on the large handrail of the bridge during the blue hour

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the exposures with luminosity masks, I used midtones mask to create some contrasts after the blend. I applied dodge and burn tool over the bridge to give more light on it and to darken more the sky. With the help of hue/saturation tool I decreased the yellows over the lights and make some color corrections in the image (increased blues).

I increased some details and sharpness in the whole frame using TTS Fast Panel, also applied a little Orton Effect. As final I adjust the highlighs and contrast again using luminosity masks applied to curves. It was a fast and easy edit in this photo, I hope that you find this useful, and you and what would you have done? Write it, I always love to hear from it 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/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Night Gate

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I write with terrible delay and I apologize for that. There was a time that I was not physically at home for travel and other unexpected this has prevented my updated at least weekly … But let’s talk about this picture, what you see is represented the entry of Roman imperial Forum, a short walk from the Colosseum, inserted into an archaeological site of immense historical value as wonderful. I took this picture at two different moments, one at the end of the golden hour and one during the blue hour. When I edited the picture I start with the golden hour image to take the foreground  and the blue hour one to the sky to make it more impressive, in that image it is visible a few small star 😉
The rest of the editing is all luminance masks and Photoshop cc layers work

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/11

5 Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

Software: Photoshop CC


Star Tree

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Giuseppe Sapori - Star Tree

The Circus Maximus needs no introduction, is an ancient Roman circus used for horse racing and other shows. Today is a giant lawn with the stands.Passing several times over there I realized that the area is quite dark, especially in the middle of the Circus Maxiumus of the lawn there is a very low brightness, so I decided to make an attempt to photograph the stars, trying to believe it is managed well. What you see the beyond the tree you can see the lights of the city and the ancient Roman ruins.

 

But as I took this photo?

Like all the shots I had to help myselfwith a double exposure and especially with a click using the technique Exposing to the right where it was however necessary a big job of brightness and colors.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/4 (Shot at 15mm)

ISO: 640 at f/5,6

2Exposures balanced + ETTR at ISO 1600

Software: Photoshop CC


Holy Black

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Giuseppe Sapori - Holy Black

The church of St. Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio, we are in the heart of Rome near the Via del Corso, where there is this beautiful church from the high ceiling and completely painted. The church of St. Ignazio di Loyola is among in the top ten most beautiful churches in Rome. The special feature of the church is that it has a fake dome, definitely well painted, but fake … in fact what the picture is perceived as a fresco black is nothing more than the fake reproduction of the effect of the dome from the inside, to overcome the lack of it that was never built.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 400 at f/5,6

7 Exposures ( -1; 0; +1;)

Software: Photoshop CC


Stars of Rome

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Giuseppe Sapori - Stars of Rome

Fori Imperiali in Rome offers one of the most beautiful views of the Eternal City, especially if surrounded by a stars in the sky. Taking this photo was challenging more for the cold that did that day 😀 I made this picture from the terrace of the Campidoglio, taken 7 exposures for shooting Fori Imperiali in the lower scene. With the 7 exposures was necessary to capture the best dynamic range present in the landscape and also for the lights and colors.

What about stars?

For the stars I made a single more shot at 30′ and  ISO 6400 that  then I combined with the other 7. The rest was a job editing with layer masks the starry sky out with the rest of the shot. Particularly challenging was the color management, there was much in the dark blue in the photo, some of which I deleted the channel mixer to camera raw desaturating part of the blue to even the horizon line with that of the starry sky

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/9

7 Exposures ( -3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3) + 1 Exposure for the sky at 30′

Software: Photoshop CC


St. Sabina

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This is the inside of the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventino hill. It is considered one of the most beautiful churches of Rome, located on the top of Aventino hill of Rome certainly more fascinating of all.  Read more...It ‘a very old church and not particularly worked, but to appreciate the perfection and precision of its forms. Taking this photo was not at all easy, first because I had absolutely exploit sunlight that seeped from the large windows to avoid the whole church too dark then, as always, I had to wait for the long lines of tourists all day and all hours are in this church. After a few minutes and a few tips I could work…
For the realization of the final image I use HDR 32-bit technique so then I merged it with part of the exposures made to take advantage of all the available dynamic range.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC


Roman nightfall

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So I find myself back in my hometown to take pictures waiting my next trip, this is the left side that you see along the  Sant’Angelo bridge, in my opinion the best bridge over the Tevere river. This is a pedestrian bridge  Read more...that is crossed every day at all hours of the day by thousands of tourists because of it you can see straight to the Castel Sant’Angelo and upleft citizen with a glimpse of the dome of St. Peter. I made this image by five exposures, for processing I used the single exposures without merge with each other but taking the best from each display part to achieve the final result.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

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

Software: Photoshop CC

 

 


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