Nightlight

Nightlight

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I founded an exciting twilight light that day in Amalfi, together with a very strong wind on the cliff where I was to photograph the city. Amalfi coast view is one of the most beautiful in Italy and the city is located in the heart of this location, although it is not easy to move and walk along a very narrow road crammed with vehicles of all kinds (it is the only way to get there) with patience and paying max attention you can walk some paths in the rocks or on the coast that allow you to find beautiful views to admire

The whole area of ​​the Amalfi coast is subject to many sudden changes of the weather, probably due to the fact that the mountains above the coast are very close to the sea, the currents are often strong and sun and clouds and rains are very easily alternated, but it is easy to find very interesting skies like this

About this picture I take some long exposure shots, to try to have the sea softer but at the same time I did not want to lose the sky of that color so dark and mysterious. I shot several long exposures with various time from shorter to longer exposures, although I had taken all kinds of precautions I could not avoid that some photos being moved… anyway I stayed a while and in the end I managed to capture several shots that I could use for what I had in mind

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Since I use the digital blending on my photos I have combined the exposures of the sky with those of the sea, in order to obtain from that images what I needed. I applied contrast to luminosity masks to control midtones, darks and light contrast individually. All my use of luminosity masks here was applied to curves to fix lights and darks around the sky and sea

I applied details using TTS Fast Panel and with the same plugin I launched  dodge and burn to increase luminosity on the darker parts of the rocks. I launched  a slightly orton effect with a low percentile opacity is an effect that I always like to put in my images when I can. I also use sharpening tool in my panel this time because I wanted to notice the edges on the mountain and best details on the houses. As final passages I darkened the image a bit on the sea adding a small vignette to the frame.

I always hope you will find this usefull. I love to ear this from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

2 Long exposure shots

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Eternal Sunset

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For my opinion this is one of the most representative and fascinating sights of Rome, it captures all the essence of its daytime activity in the middle between everyday life and the timeless charm of the eternal city. This is perhaps my favorite spot in Rome, it is very representative of the city, beautiful and colorful at sunset. From this spot it’s possible to capture many elements including the dome of San Pietro and the river Tevere flowing down

I’m talking about the location of Sant’Angelo bridge, a photographic spot that contains at least other  3 spots inside, from here it is possible to shoot towards the dome of St. Peter as you see in this picture, go down on the banks of the Tevere to take the castle from below or with a little patience and many tourists in less do the front view of the castle 🙂

This photo dates back to last week where I decided to go here to do some test shots with some equipment I recently received, to test the products. The fact is that probably that was the windiest and coldest day of the year and on that bridge to photograph I literally froze 🙂

But finally we come to talk about the photo, for the first time I shot this part of Rome with a medium-distance lens my sigma 24-70 for the occasion mounted on my camera between the bars at the bottom of the bridge. Usually I took this picture with a wide angle, this is the first time that the first time I take a closer shot and I must say that I prefer to a wider view. The first floor on this part of the city is very fascinating for me

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start as usually blendind the images using luminosity masks, obtained the base shot I used clon stamp tool to remove some dust spot and some other little unwanted element in the picture. Using TTS Fast Panel  I launched high details effect to increase all the details in the picture, removing the effect on the water flow in the foreground.

Always using my panel and with the use of luminosity masks I applied contrast to the curves on midtones and darks to create a specific contrast per area. With orton effect I created a soft look of glow in the frame. Using a cold filter I increased the blue hour colors in the sky applying at the same time a warm filter to mediate the effect, I also used dodge and burn effect around the Tevere bridges and the lightings of the city, to decrease/increase luminosity selectively, in particular some points like the tree and other dark parts were very difficult to lighten even using darks luminosity masks

I always hope you will find this usefull. I’m happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2,8 (Shot at 70mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2018

 


Hide and Seek

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Hi everyone, this is an old find inside a folder of photos taken years ago in the Regional Park of Gran Sasso. What we see is the Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Apennine range

I love this place, it is natural wild, sometimes inhospitable and above all very quiet, at the sight of the mountain overlooking the whole valley below and is completely different from the rest of the landscape. I recommend everyone to take a trip around here if you do not know Abruzzo is a milestone for photography enthusiasts and is just over an hour’s drive from Rome

I captured this photo with my old nikon 18-105 and I got the image from 3 bracketing shots at sunset while I waited for the sun to start taking some photos to the stars

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I discarted the overexposed picture and I merged the two shots using luminosity masks, I used lights applied to curves to fix lighting, always using the masks I reduced darks and adjusted contrast in the frame. With the use of TTS Fast Panel I increased details and applied a soft orton effect



I corrected colors using auto adjust, then I decreased the effect reducing the opacity. With a soft dodge and burn I recover the exposure in the darker part of the mountain and increased the colors around the Corno Grande. I reduced a bit the noise I increased the lights behind the mountain, after I decreased the light in the whole frame to make a more dark look and create more atmoshphere

As always I hope you will find this info usefull. I’m always happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 18-105mm f/3,5 (Shot at 34mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Venice Moving II

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Always from the famous Piazza San Marco, looking at the Grand Canal I take this long exposure from he gondolas dock located in the square

Compared to the previous shot I changed point of view, this is as I mentioned above in the main dock of San Marco, I love the stark contrast of the movements of the boats opposed to the static of the dock

Also here I used a ND64 filter applied to 5 exposures brackets to this shot, to have a  dark sky from the underexposed frame and I very smooth water from the overexposed one

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I used the most bright image as top layer and applying luminosity masks to have a nice view of long exposure on the sea and on the gondolas,  I lowered the exposure of the sky and part of the water using the darker image

Once this done I applied a warm filter to increase the yellow effect of the sunset decreasing the opacity around 20%. After a use of dodge and burn under the dark areas of the docks I fixed darks and brights using luminosity masks applied to curves

With TTS Fast Panel I fixed details and contrasts, also applying a slight orton effect to the image. I darkened the image and raised the vibrance of the colors excluding the effect from the blue of the gondolas that became too intense

As always I hope you will find this info 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 16mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Venice Moving

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Finally my first post of the year! This 2018 I start with a photo of Venice that I took some time ago, a city that  I literally love and where I’m often the lucky to come back. This photo was taken from the famous Piazza San Marco, looking at the Grand Canal in the direction of the Giudecca Island, which is right in front of it

Here there is a beautiful view on canal and one of the different mooring points of the famous Venetian gondolas, the long exposure from this point is not perhaps the most original thing ever but personally I had never taken it, I can even check on this 🙂

I used a ND64 filter applied to 5 exposures brackets to this shot, to have a  dark sky from the underexposed frame and I very smooth water from the overexposed one. When I shot it was late afternoon, just before sunset, fortunately in Venice despite the thousands of tourists every day this is a picture that you can do without too much difficulty

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take this picture from 5 exposure brackets, I used them to digital blend the images obtaining the starting frame to the edits. The whole area around the poles was full of chromatic aberrations, which I had to manually remove with so much patience

I used dodge and burn to recover dark areas under the gondolas, I used luminosity masks to darken the sky and recover the shadows. Using my panel I launched high details and orton effect to slightly decrease the effect giving at the same time a soft dreamy look

I increased the yellow colors of the sky adding Skylight filter of Color efex pro, I added contrasts removing the dark areas from the selection to avoid too much darks around the gondolas, as final step I addded a vignette removing the effects near the gondolas

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Sunset Glow

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When I take this picture I was on the beaches in Cilento valley, where one evening I stopped  for this at sunset. This area as I said in some posts ago, is characterized by a great variety of natural scenarios, including the sea and the mountains. In this sunset photo I have just portrayed part of this variety including the colors of the beautiful landscapes that this part of Italy can offer

Also here as in the previous post I have taken a natural glow effect that was created with the lights of the sunset, with an intense yellow effect that also came on the rocks. It is a long exposure of 20 seconds made with ND64

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended two long exposures using luminosity masks, starting from the dark picture to brighten the foreground and the most black rocks.

I  used Dodge and burn  to made some adjustments on the rocks and on the water, using my panel I increased details and sharpen.

For the adjustments of colors I applied a warming filter to the lights masks and a cold filter to the darks playing with the opacity to create a mix between the two effects

As the final step I added contrast and fixed lights and darks

I will by proud if you will find this information usefull! I’m always happy to hear this from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure (20 seconds)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Rocky House

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I love Cilento, a mountainous area in southern Italy located in the province of Salerno that also offers beaches, waterfalls, rivers and characteristic villages. When I return to these areas I never miss the opportunity to take from this location, a house built on the rocks. I enjoyed this spot for many years now and every time I return to these places cannot miss the opportunity to take photos in that place

I made this shot at sunset with my 64 nd filter to capture all the water movements on the rocks, since there was still light high I did not use a value too high the shot is in fact of 30 seconds made with f9 in the direction of sunset

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I don’t make a digital blend for this, with the use of luminosity masks I simply fixed the lights and darks to make it more clear and have a image neutral. With  Dodge and burn I made some adjustments on the darker parts of the rocks and the brighter parts of the sky, after this with clone stamp tool I remove some spots and a small boat on the horizon that becomes too blurry. With my panel I launched high details, orton effect to make some glow effect and sharpen

With luminosity masks applied to a cold filter I add some blue colors at the sky. I fixed contrast saving the rocks located below avoiding that become too darks, to make this just remove from a midtone selection the darks selection. As final touch I increased a little more the highlights and created a small vignette to emphatize the sunset

As always I hope you will find this usefull, I’m happy to hear this from you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


By the Sea

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I take this shot on the seafront of Palinuro, this small beach looked out over the sunset and did not miss the opportunity to shot in the  sun direction. Taking shots in  direction of the sun provides a very important point of energy to the whole picture. I used my nd64 filter to capture water movements in bracketing mode to have various lower exposures for blending sunlight and sky

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

With the exposure taken I make a blend using luminosity masks, I save all the water part and I recover the exposure on the sky and the sun. With dodge and burn I recover some overexposed parts of the water and darkened some glows around the mountain. Using TTS Fast Panel I launched details and sharpen and with orton effect I increased the glow effect in the photo

I used a warmer filter to increase the sunset lighting, I also fixed colors using hue saturation and increasing/decreasing the luminance and saturation of them, the color correction component affects very much of this kind of pictures especially on colors and water illumination. As final touch I added a small vignette to the frame to increse the dark look of the picture

I hope you will find this usefull. I always happy to ear it from you!

 

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

 


Golden Blue

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I like Santander, both within the same town and just outside, offering lots of photographic spots and beautiful places to see. This is the case of the Magdalena Peninsula, a city park located on this small natural place

The place occupies a well-kept park with an area dedicated to see local sea fauna, museums and panoramic views. I found this little beach right in this peninsula where I shot some photos. For this shot  to avoid direct sunshine I took 7 bracketing shots with an nd64 filter

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started blending the images, I discarted the too overexposed and underexposed shots to obtain a base shot. I created luminosity masks contrasts and I added some warm look using a filter

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details, sharpen and I use it for launch dodge and burn with I fixed some lights and shadows around the rocks, I also used a little orton effect and I added some more contrast and a light vignette to give more dark look at the image

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Shots

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


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


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