Midnight Memories

Midnight Memories

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Giuseppe Sapori - Midnight Memories

Rocca calascio is an excellent solution for photographing stars and milky way, the ruins were illuminated by the lights coming from the castle that until 1 AM were still on, nevertheless the visibility of the milky way was still great!

I have been here collecting so many shots of a beautiful starry sky, beginning today with this first photo promising to post the others on the return of my next trip to Northern Spain. This is actually my last post before my trip, when I  will come back with so many new content. Stay connected!

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is a single shot, I edited it before in camera raw decreasing exposures and increasing contrast, shadows and blacks

One opened in Photoshop I made some adjustments to lights and shadows using luminosity masks, than I made a big work of dodge and burn with I fixed lights around the milky way

With hue/saturation I fixed colors around the stars and I decreased the yellows around the ruins. I applied sharpen and orton effect with TTS Fast Panel. As final touch I reduced noise and I applied a small vignette to the frame

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Night from Day

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Giuseppe Sapori - Night from day

Probably soon, I will return to this beautiful place, while I look at the old shots made the last time I went to Campo Imperatore to photograph the milky way I found this untreated photo

That afternoon I made some shots at the beautiful rocky lake and then moved to the point where the milky way was better visible at night, this is just one of the shots I did at the time of the first darks of night, at the time discarded but today revalued

The reflections of clouds and stars on the water of the lake create a magical atmosphere throughout the picture. At that time I probably had discarded it because the sky was too cloudy and the milky street was almost on the opposite side but having found a shot with this particular light was almost a surprise :)

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I had only a shot, indeed two! The second is another picture with more foreground and less sky, I blended the two images to have a more complete frame with sky and foreground

I worked this picture only using luminosity masks applied to curves and other effect launched from my panel, high details, sharpen and dodge and burn as well. I also edited the colors warming the sky and pushing up some highlighs, I increased contrast and darkness to give a dark mood to the picture

As the final touch I reduce noise, at some points in the photo there was visible. I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Road to the Stars II

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to the Stars 2

 

Although I still have several shots made in the plain of Campo Imperatore with some other landscapes and stars. But this will probably be the last of this series of Gran Sasso, to afford my personal goal to publish always my best pictures, and also not to bore you :) This road is the other side of the road of my previous post, as you can see is going down and this side is the one that gets out and goes to the highway.

In this side of the road there’s not milky ( but it was behind me as the previous post), I really enjoyed the glow lights of the city reflected on the horn of the mountain to the left looking at the stars in the sky. The light pollution (if distant) are impressive favorably with those yellows contrasting with the colors of the blue of the night. In this photo I had fun playing on the flashes and colors of the lights in the distance to create a greater yellow effect.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8 – 30 sec

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Road to the stars

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to the stars

We’re back on the Gran Sasso, this is the road that leads to the summit of the mountain to the valley of Campo Imperatore. I had stopped for some time with the car in this area and after shooting my main shot I started exploring different angles to find some other interesting spot.

I made this picture by a single shot taken at ISO 3200 f2.8 and 30 sec, I developed two different processing to the sky and to the foreground. At first I opened Camera Raw trying to set the correct values ​​to view all parts of the picture and saved the result. Than I opened the same image in Camera Raw setting values ​​of high contrast and  everything that could bring out the most of the beauty of the milky way. Open the two images as layers I then auto align them, with the help of layer masks I  replaced the first sky to the second. Other major initiatives were a dodge and burn to the colors of the Milky Way, sharpening, detail, contrast, noise reduction and LAB Coloring.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8 – 30 sec

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Starburst

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Giuseppe Sapori - Starburst

Still at Gran Sasso, in the plain of Campo Imperatore at the first stars lights. I took this picture directing my camera towards the Milky Way, in this location as you can see, milky way, was partially covered by clouds and the mountains this is why then later we decided to move to the location of my last post. What you see at the bottom instead is one of my friends who were there with me that night :)

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8 – 30 sec

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Moonwalk

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Giuseppe Sapori - Moonwalk

Night shot taken in the valley of Campo Imperatore under the peaks of the Grand Sasso mountain. I realized this image in the following hours to that of my previous post. Unfortunately where I was previously, the mountains close me a full view of the milky way and clouds dirtied a little too much the landscape, I had to leave the beautiful location where I was standing near the lake and the Corno Grande, to follow the milky way to make it fully visible in a lower part of the mountain.

When I arrived at this place,  the moon was still high, so I waited for the sunset of the moon to see the most of all the milky way show. I create this image by two main shots, a exposure taken to the sky and a second for the foreground. I combined the two shots with the “Photomerge” funcion in Photoshop. For the sky shot I used an exposure time of 30 seconds and high ISO value. For the foreground, instead I used 4 minute long exposure time and less ISO  to bring brightness and visibility to the underlying stones.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

2 Exposures:

ISO: 2000 at f/2,8 for the sky

ISO 1600 at f/4 for the sky (280 sec.)

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Explorer

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Explorer

Until this moment I have posted only pictures of my last trip in Greece and Meteora. I make a short stop before continuing with the pictures of my last trip, posting this photo quite recently made last month at my girlfriend’s house. The photo is one single shot made not too distant from private houses, although there was a fairly light pollution with some clouds the stars were visible, nevertheless I had to do a lot of work in Photoshop to bring out the “best” from this image.

What I Do

I made this picture by just one shot, I wanted to see if I could bring out the stars and a subject at the same time, I was not much to think about exposure and the composition because in reality the main photo was another (i will post it). This inattention has cost me a lot…I counted  around 18 levels of Photoshop between before and after. Having made just one shot was a mistake, I had the problem of “dose” exposure between the portions of the pictures was too dark and the too light ones.  This time even luminance masks was not very usefull,  the whole image was treated practically only with the filters and Camera Raw.  Oh well obviously in the picture is me :)

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 800 at f/2,8

Single Shot (20 sec)

Software: Photoshop CC


Defenceless

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Giuseppe Sapori - Defenceless

I was on the streets of Kalambaka when I saw this dark road leading for the Meteors. The road was very dark, only a few lights in the distance created a bit ‘of light pollution, my personal goal was to portray some few stars. I take for this picture 5 shots (without BKT), one of which is much higher intentionally to bring it back with the exposing to the right and pull out the stars. Suddently a car, probably a resident, has started to switch back and forth a few times. Now, in addition to the curious fact itself, I do not hide that for a moment I thought he was observing me, the fact is that he ruined some shots which I then had to repeat it before. However, the passage of the car allowed me to create an additional element to my photo,  by inserting it in one of my shots to create such an effect full of sky and foreground.

As I said, I made this picture by taking several pictures, I used three of them in Photoshop: 

-The first for the correct exposure of the lawn, road, meteors

-The second ETTR  for the sky, that I worked in Camera Raw to allow the stars of “exit “outside

-The last one with the passage of the car on the road.  I knew his movements :)

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 2000 at f/5,6

Three Shots

Software: Photoshop CC

 


Night Gate

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Giuseppe Sapori - Night gate

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


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