Lights and Bounds

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


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

 


Summer Tour 2016 – Greece

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My summer trip is approaching, also This year I chose Greece, last year I found a very beautiful country to discover, Greece has so many locations to visit that I decided to return this year to photograph some places that last year I could not include in my trip

I have attached a map with all the stages I visit, I describe the journey 😀

– I will arrive with the flight to Athens where I will stay for three days, I am very attracted obviously by visiting the Acropolis but above the acropolis from city rooftops to get a nice overview of the archeological site. Same thing for top view on the Mount Lycabettus that I put as my favorite spots in Athens

– From Athens I take a ship from the port of Piraeus to reach the island of Aegina, this is a short distance from Athens and is an island that offers beautiful beaches as well as also several archaeological sites to photograph. The top spots are the Temple of Aphalia, the Venetian Castle Ruins and the famouses churches of Agios Nektarios and Agios Dionysios.

– From Aegina I will turn back to Athens to take a flight to Skiathos island, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, location of the famous movie “Mamma mia!” . On this island I’m going enjoy sea pictures, my best spot in this place will be Lalaria beach at sunset, and the Kastro fortess on the sea

– Last place but no less beautiful is Skopelos, here there are some beautiful sea locations and the avenue of monasteries where I’d like to get to the top to take pictures of the view of the high.

Lastly I do not exclude the possibility of handing me to some other place in those areas that I mentioned. I take this opportunity to greet you and to wish happy holidays to all, from my facebook page and my instagram profile you can follow me day by day in this my summer tour with updates, status, photos and comments. I will gladly share with you this trip.


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