Chasing the Sun

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


The Pool

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Second image from Skiathos, this location is not far from that of my last post, always along the harbor. The view facing the sunset was without any doubt the best so I decided to place me in front of this small cove. The continuous passage of the boats that were directed towards the port of Skiathos has facilitated much what I wanted to do, that is to take as much as possible water movement. Not having a ND filter with me on that occasion I tried to stretch the exposure as much as possible using exposure compensation.

At the passage of a ferry I risked to water all my equipment because it came a crazy wave and I was able to bring out the tripod just a moments before 🙂 I captured 5 bracketed shots for the base shot and then I started doing several shots to capture the waves until I found the longer and softer

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The shot with long exposure had absorbed much of the foreground I used it as a starting base exposure, I blended the sky using Luminosity Masks applied to the darker exposure. Always using the darker exposures I darken he rocks just to the bottom of the image using manual blend. With Camera Raw I adjusted the contrast and highlights, this time also increasing the value of Clarity usually do not use, but this case the foreground need it. I used the function Dodge and Burn, High Details and Lab Color that you find in my TTS Fast Panel. As final touch I increased sunset color and a little vignetting effect using Color Efex Pro

 

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

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


Sunset at the Harbor

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From Aegina to Skiathos, this is a beautiful and famous island which is located in the archipelago of the Cyclades. Much of Skiathos island fame is the fact that it was the main location of the famous musical “Mamma Mia”, where exactly here were filmed most scenes of the movie. This is the port of the city island taken over by a small hill in front of

I take several shots on this hill since they had a favorable position towards the sunset and the city harbor. I made a small stack of photographs to take as many as possible in the frame rocks and make the image more depth

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start as usual using Luminosity Masks to blend all the bracketed exposures taken in the port of Skiathos.  When I got a final image I combined this with the image I had taken further down with rocks to merge them together to get such a small vertorama. With the resulting “basic” image of  I started to change the lights, shadows, highlights the Curves tool inside Camera Raw

Using  LAB Color I pushed up vibrance and yellows color, then I applied Dodge and Burn tool on the rocks to make them brighter. I increased details in the whole frame, then, with a small gaussian blur, I removed a small noise in the water. For this I applied gaussian blur with a black layer mask (hidden), with a white brush I painted all the water to smooth it. Finally I increased the contrast using curves tool  and created a slight vignetting to give more prominence to the central area

TECHNICAL 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

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


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.


Arsié Mirror

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During my weekend in northern Italy, I often do some little excursion outside the city to go to take some photos in beautiful places offering the region of Veneto. The last time I decided to make this short trip to the Lake of Corlo (commonly called Lake Arsié). It is an artificial lake that is located near Belluno city. After a little tour scoutingI started taking photos near this small quay, where the stairs seemed to go down into the clouds so strong was the reflection of water.

I took this picture a few hours before sunset, because in my opinion the best light was right at that moment, in fact, though the high reflections of the clouds and the mountains to the side in the lake Arsié was absolutely spectacular. I took several photos in this location and went back on this quayside when the sunset started and I did not find the same light, because the sun will hide on the sides of the hills. Speaking about photoshop in this picture of Lake Arsié I try to maintain the natural look of the place, I have only exalted more contrasts and highlights, I also stepped details and given a dreamy effect using any of my actions for Orton Effect

 

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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Blackout

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Series of exposures taken in the island of Ios, I can not tell exactly what place I retracting in this landscape, but what you see on the other side of the mountain is a sunset, harbour direction. I started taking these shots in the late sunset and continued in the following time. For this image I created a series of 7 shots in various moments of the evening, manually merged to get the final result, for longer exposures I used a 2 minutes time around. Benefited from the low-light town, in the highest exposures I managed to capture some passing star 🙂

I worked very much on colours, contrasts, and details, using longer exposures to the sky and to lighten the foreground which at times was too dark.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/6,3 – iso 1600 at/f2,8

Seven Shots

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Oia Sunset

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The famous as beautiful sunset in Oia, Santorini. Personally, the most beautiful sunset and exciting I’ve ever photographed, not surprisingly, the place in August was very full of people everywhere over each other trying to capture a sunset. To take this shot I come on my place around 3 hours before, around the sun goes down I was surrounded by hundred people 🙂

To figure out how many people were in the village of Oia just look carefully along the streets of the village, you will notice a human chain along the entire route of the roads. Once at home I made a very big job of editing on this picture. I wanted a wide photo but with a little more defined to the village and in the center, so I decided to make a partial crop to focus more towards the center and remove part of the walls of the houses that were within the frame. But the main difficulty was to eliminate and reduce the visual impact of the hundreds of people who had in the frame, in addition to the elimination of antenna that I was in front and I could not erase in any way except with Photoshop. From thecomparison you can better understand what I mean

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Single Shot

Software: Photoshop CC

 


Thira Glory

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One shot from the beautiful Thira, the capital of the incredible island of Santorini, taken during the sunset. Included among the goals of my trip to Greece, this island was probably one of my favorite destinations in recent years. Santorini is famous for its magnificent sunsets and this is just one of many that I could take pictures during my stay. During this shot I was on top of the town of Thira, the sun plunged into the sea every day and there was nothing more of spectacular for me.

For this picture I took this picture with three exposures facing the sun, holding my camera handheld, at home I arranged the image with Photoshop using the luminance masks, I improved the contrasts, highlights, and create a more striking effect of the colors of the sunset.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC

 


The Interlude

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The monastery of Varlaam from one very close shot, I think closer than that position as it was virtually impossible. This image is in the same location as the previous picture The middle, in fact the place was so favorable as views that was enough to turn myself to portray what was behind me. The monastery of Varlaam is hit by the sunrays of sunshine that golden hour. I realized this image with just one shot, even with Photoshop I did not so many changes, so I can say that this is one of the only picture where I did not changes using Photoshop 🙂

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 200 at f/9

Single Shot

Software: Photoshop CC

 

 


Summer Tour – Greece

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Finally has arrived the moment of my summer vacation, in the 99.99% of cases this coincides with a good time where I can take a lot of photos. This year I chose Greece, is a long time I wanted to go there and finally I was able to arrange for this year.

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

– I will arrive with the flight to Thessaloniki where from there I will move immediately by bus in the central area you see, where I will visit Trikala, Kalambaka and Meteora. I will finally be able to visit the Meteora, a beautiful place, a world heritage site where very special shrines stand on top of the mountains. It will be very difficult to visit them all, but definitely not miss the breathtaking views

– After the visit to the central area, also in the bus, I will return to Thessaloniki, where he will visit the city for 3 days. Particularly it attracts me the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius and the Basilica of St. Sofia

– From Thessaloniki I take a domestic flight to go to Santorini. The island needs no introduction, is one of the most fascinating islands of Greece, I have already pointed Oia and its beautiful sunsets …

– Last place but no less beautiful is Ios, I’m going to enjoy sea during these days and take time to look for some interesting glimpse of the sea.

Lastly I do not exclude the possibility of handing me to some other place in those areas that I mentioned, I hope I have time for handing me toward some day trip, especially during the period that I will be in Thessaloniki and Ios.

I take this opportunity to greet you and to wish happy holidays to all, status updates will be available on the Facebook page you find Here


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