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


Lights and Bounds

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Photo taken in the port area of Skopelos, from here it is a small rocky beach behind a walkway from the port. I made this photo at sunset from a series of bracketed shot, where I applied focus stacking between the rocks that are in the foreground and the hill which is seen in the background. I take 5 bracketed shots per series but I decided to use only 3 for it

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I opened my bracketed shots series in Photoshop and I align them for blending (for more information about focus stacking blending please read this article). At the end of this process, I create a series of three shots aligned and ready for edits. I applied luminosity masks to use darks to lighten the foreground, then increased contrast with midtones 3 applied to curves

Using my panel I launched dodge and burn to make some adjustments on the rocks and on the sea, then I launched orton effect to increase glow and darken the image. Next, I create some color correction using lab color and hue/saturation to adjust blues and yellows, then increased contrast again to have more highlighs and more darkenss on the foreground. As always In applied details and sharpness to the entire frame, without including the sea. As a final touch  using camera raw I lowered the exposure and raised slightly up the shadows

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) x2

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Chasing the Sun

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In Agios Ioannis I probably take all my pictures of Skopelos, on my arrival I found a very cloudy day with threatening skies but also with the beautiful rays of light that filtered through the clouds. This is just one of the many shots that I did in Agios Ioannis Kastri, on this picture, I was on the shore of the beach before taking the walkway toward the top of the monastery

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Starting from 5 exposures shots, I blend them using Luminosity Masks and TTS Fast Panel, I used all my exposures exept for the more brightest. After applied details and Orton Effect, I used Dodge and Burn tool to give some enhancements to the rocks and to the mountain. I adjusted the colors to the neutral values using hue/saturation filter, then I applied the LAB Color  to intensify the colors and emphasize the greens

However blues colors remained, very strong especially in the sky as well, with the “click and drag”  function present in hue/saturation filter I have reduced blues in the affected areas. I raised the central photo brightness and increased the contrast using midtones masks applied to the curves (select a midtones mask> curves> change the blending method in soft light). The final touch was to create a slight vignetting for intensifying the dark near the rocks and give more light the center of the frame by adding yet another contrast, this time to the entire image

 

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


A Light in the Dark

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From Skiathos  to Skopelos, another Greek island of great natural value. This island is a spectacle of nature and mountains and has some fantastic location. One of these is  Agios Ioannis, a location on northeast of the island where there is a small monastery on a top of a cliff of the mountains, the whole area of Agios Ioannis, sea, beach, boundary mountains are an incredible sight that it is rarely seen in seascapes.

When  I went to Agios Ioannis I photographed  every part of the place, benefited from the cloudy sky in the morning there was a beautiful diffused light over the entire area, including this opening to the sky, on the road leading to the monastery I stopped on this open to the sea which offered this composition of rocks below

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Although I made a bracketed series of the scene, I realized the whole image with the use of luminosity masks applied to the regular exposure. The reason for this is that the contrasts between the sky and the foreground remained still high despite the bracketing series, where the benefit of using multiple exposures will employ more time.

For this reason I applied the luminosity masks to the affected areas of the sky using lights masks, the sea and rocks using darks masks, working them almost exclusively with the curves tool. Always applying the luminosity masks, I used dodge and burn on rock and water, applying them to hue / saturation tool I reduced the saturation of water colors with contrasts had intensified excessively.

Other uses of  luminosity masks are on the sky to increase the color tones and midtones to increase the contrast. At the last I increased the details in the whole frame, all the changes were made using my panel that you can download free in the download section

 

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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Beyond the Hills

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For my last post on the island of Ischia, I propose again a shot made in Sant’angelo district, certainly one of the most beautiful of the island. I stood on top of a large rock which is just a continuation of the beach that you can see on the right to take this picture. Is exactly the opposite point of my first posts about Sant’Angelo that you can find here. The whole area has a beautiful sunset hiding beyond the hills but at the same time, sunset lights disappears soon because covered.

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I made several shots in bracketing mode: a few different times with the strongest light, others with weaker light after the sun was covered but in the end I focused on a middle ground that represents  moment where the sun was near to hide behind the hill. Neverthless I made several shots, this image is from a single RAW, the reason for this choice is that I was satisfied of the picture and did not find it necessary to use the other exposures… For a once I made life easier 🙂

So I processed the image mainly with Camera Raw, making corrections on the white balance, contrast, lights and shadows. A cool colorfull light was added with Color Efex Pro, I raised the highlights to increase the glow effect behind the hill and a small Orton Effect to the frame. I increased the details and reduced the same part on the water.

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Raw

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro

 


The Rock

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During my stay in Ischia I could not visit the characteristic Castello Aragonese. , Is a rising fort on a small island of volcanic origin slightly detached from Ischia and connected  through the bridge you see on the right. The whole island of Castello Aragonese can be visited and is also very interesting, if you want to get to the top, there’s also a lift that allows you to save you skip 60 meters high.

I went to the castle a few minutes before sunset , I did not have much of a hurry because my intention was to photograph it during the blue hour… so it was, I came across this little corner of the beach that run along the bridge leading to the castle, I take on the place some shots between the different moments of the sunset.

I started working with luminosity masks to blend the exposures, sky was manually blended from another series of exposures I take before. After the blend of the images with luminance masks I started increasing colors (more yellows) to create a cool mix between golden hour and blue hour. I put a little Orton Effect to the image to create a gleam effect to the lights behind Castello Aragonese, some detail increase and contrast adjustments using my action pack and that’s it.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015

 


Sant’Angelo

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I spent a wonderful weekend in Ischia in the early June of this year, this island is located in the south of Italy just close to the city of Naples. I did not go on this island for many years and it was nice to come back to relive those places, those people that sea. First photographic exit on the island of Ischia I went to Sant’Angelo district, one of the most beautiful island, here a ground strap meets a small island by creating a shortcut very particular. I took several photos throughout the area including this one which is taken from the road that leads to Sant’Angelo. Photo made from 5 exposures and combined with luminance masks, I did not madevery large interventions save as saturation to bring out the colors of the sunset.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 200 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Suspensions

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Last of the pictures, I think 🙂 of  the series of shots taken along the walls of Dubrovnik, in this angle the walls were quite low so I tried to give the final image a vacuum down perspective. Picture taken entirely by free hand I was technically unable to put my tripod on the walls, I made 5 exposure brackets that I merged using Luminosity Masks, but I used it only 4 because being in favor of the last light was too overexposed.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

Five Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Flight

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This is one of many beautiful views that can be seen from the city walls of Dubrovnik, what you see in the distance is Fort Lovrijenac, a stronghold of the sea famous for its plays and importance in resisting Venetian rule, it overshadows the two entrances to the city, from the sea and by land.  Fort Lovrijenac was als a important location of the TV Series Games of Thrones On the right you can see parts of the walls almost completely refurbished and in very good condition, the full tour allows you to do a lot of good pictures between sea and city views.

I climbed the walls around 5.30 pm in order to have time to do the full tour and at the same time benefit from a favorable sunset light for photos, in this case the misfortune to have had the bad weather in the days of Dubrovnik proved providential having the opportunity to photograph beautiful cloudy sky. I took this picture freehand leaning from the walls to catch as much as possible the sea and the Fort Lovrijenac, I made 5 shots but I used only 4, the last was too overexposed.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 18mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Last Light

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The beach of Maiori during sunset, I took this picture in the few moments of light available before the sundown, it was beginning to be dark when I found a small pier looking out to sea, there was only a fisherman just ahead. I placed a few meters before him shooting towards the Gulf of Amalfi, the sea was very much moved and several times I had to clean the lens from a few sketches that even at a distance came on my lens.

However not being the owner of an ND filter I took this photo only using a slower shutter speed and a good exposure compensation, I have to say that I am very satisfied of the final results but all the credits go to the sunset cause I was helped by the little lights remainings which allowed me the fog effect in the water. With Photoshop I tried to step up the contrasts, the details on the rocks and further blur to the water, specially in the central part of the image

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) with around -2,5 sec. exposure compensation

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2015


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