The Twilight Set

The Twilight Set

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Twilight set

Piazza Grande in Montepulciano, is the main square that is in this city and is reached after a uphill way in the upper part of Montepulciano. This town is rich in art and history, and as well as seeing all the places shown in the twilight saga, you’ll come across plenty of interesting sights in this beautiful, cobblestoned town. Do not miss the Piazza Grande with its town hall and tower, seen in the exciting scene where Bella saves Edward

I used my ND filters to remove all the people who was in the square of Montepulciano, since they were a small center to say the truth were not so many people but it was a lot easier removing them using filters. I made several shots from the sunset lights to the evening, to keep the shots at various times of the day

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected some of the best shots taken and I blended them with luminosity masks. With the result, I choice some other earlier hour shot to remove the stronger light coming from the church simply using a layer mask. I made some color adjust reducing the violet strong color of blue hour and I aligned the square fixing proportions and angles

I launched high details and sharpen with my panel and I created some light in the foreground using dodge and burn. After increasing contrast and light using levels, I made the final touch with darken lighten center effect of color efex  pro filter

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 15mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Touch of Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Touch of Light

 

And here’s again talking about Tuscany countryside, this time the photo is at sunset and precisely taken from a phenomenal location that is behind the main square of Montepulciano. A terrace with a magnificent sunset front view where you can admire all the world famous beauty of the Tuscany

To make this photo I captured different exposures to have a good dynamic range between the sun and the countryside, the light was direct and very strong so I needed a good margin between the shots. If you want to read more about how to shoot in the direction of the sun I realized this guide some time ago 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images togheder with the use of luminosity masks, with which I also increased contrast. For the first I corrected color cast, always difficult to make it later, specially with sun direction images. I increased details and sharpen in the whole frame, and corrected light and shadow using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer. I used orton effect to increase glow and contrast in the picture, then with dodge and burn I lightened  the sunrays and darkened some edges of the mountains

I increased glow effect in the picture to lighten the sky that was too dark after my blendings, so with camera raw I made some other adjustments about highlighs, lights, contrast and vibrance. After a little last touch of contrat I also created a small vignette to give more light at the center image

I would recomment do download TTS Fast Panel that will be very usefull to lanch many of the effect I was talking about above. I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear feedback from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Lost in Tuscany

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Giuseppe Sapori - Lost in Tuscany

 

This year I planned to turn back in Val d’Orcia for Easter period, while I was here I decided to return to the Vitaleta church which is located near the town of San Quirico d’Orcia and it represents one of the most famous spot of the place. While I was on my way to Vitaleta it started to rain, not so much to tell the truth but much enough to  soften the ground that was around the chapel Vitaleta, the result was that I found under my shoes two big pyramids of mud 🙂

I made several shots, some with my nd filter and others without it, the idea was to unite the brightest  shots but with static clouds with those who had long exposure to the clouds

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images with luminosity masks, then I used the resulting frame to blend it with a long exposure taken with nd filter, for the blend I used a gradient tool. With TTS Fast Panel I launched hight details, sharpen, an orton effect. With dodge and burn I lightened some part of the ground and of the church. I made some color corrections in the highlights increasing warm light and fixed contrast with luminosity mask applied to midtones

With levels adjustment layers I made some adjustment to contrast, highlights and darsk. As final touch I created a vignette effect increasing light in the middle of the picture. I hope you can find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear it from your

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 19mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Long Way Home

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Giuseppe Sapori - Long Way home

This is a shot taken outside the walls of San Gimignano, in this area, it is possible to see the view of the typical hills of this part of the Italy is one of the most characteristic places in the area.

I made this shot from San Gimignano lookout on a cloudy day during the morning, it was my last shot on this area before get back into the car and go back home

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The first thing I did was crop the photo, in fact, the image you see is the result of a crop within a larger scene where there were other houses and trees that I have decided to remove from the frame. The central view of the hills was definitely what I wanted to portray, but I could not do it shooting cause I had with me just wide angle 🙂

Then I made a color correction to change color cast of this image, which will be the subject of my next tutorial, so stay tuned! I applied dodge and burn through the trees and the most darken areas, with TTS Fast Panel I launched orton effect to give to the hills and a soft glow effect with a bit of contrast. After adding details in the whole frame I adjusted contrast and this is it!

I hope you will find this information usefull, if you have any tips or comments, write it as well. I love to hear it from you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 200 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Cloudsroof

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Cloudsroof

The Abbey of San Galgano is a cistercian abbey, located to thirty kilometers from Siena, in the city of Chiusdino. The site consists in a hermitage (Montesiepi Rotonda) and from the great abbey, now completely ruined and reduced to only walls.

Nevertheless the abbey of St. Galgano is not left in total decay, this abbey is the destination  of tourist flow and the place is maintained by the confraternity who is dealing. To make this shot I made 7 brackets exposures using a ND64 filter to remove people moving in the church

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I make a digital blending between the images discarding only a couple of too light frames, using luminosity masks, I adjusted the highlights and darks, some points of the abbey were very dark so with my panel I launched dodge and burn to lighten or darken the image at the points that I wanted

After adding a little ‘to contrast with the midtones masks, I stepped details and sharpen in the frame. As the last adjustments I set the color cast lowering some blue saturation in the clouds.  I hope you find this information useful, if you have any suggestions write to me, I love always hear you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Exposures (3;-2;-1; 0; +1;+2;+3)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Flying over the Roofs

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Giuseppe Sapori - Flying over roofs

Views of Siena from the roofs, I took this shot during a visit on t the so-called facciatone, very large archway present to the left of the cathedral in Siena. The view of the city from here  is very interesting and certainly one of the best things to do in Siena. The only limit, is that the rooftop of facciatone is within a guided tour so you can not stay on top for more than 15 minutes. I took this picture with 3 handheld bracketed exposures  since was not allowed to use tripod

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The first thing was to align the three exposures that I blended together using luminosity masks. Always using luminosity masks, I set the shadows areas and lights one, with hue / saturation I desaturated the blue intensity of the sky. I launched dodge and burn to better adjust the exposure along the cathedral and the sky and with Fast Panel I launched high details and sharpen effect to have a great detail exalt in the frame. As the final touch i adjust the contrast in the image. 

It ‘was a quick and easy editing, I did not want to touch the colors that were was very natural. I hope you find this information useful, if you have any tips or comments, write it as well. I love to hear it from you:)

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Siena

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The heart of Siena in a photo, the beautiful cathedral in middle of the square town e in a late December afternoon. I made this photo from a series of shots, from a minimum of 5 seconds to a maximum of 30 using a filter nd64 -6 stop. Try to imagine how many people, tourists and some vehicles was in the square at five of afternoon, i tried to “clean all” using a long exposure with the filter, specifically I use Haida filter and holder on my Nikon 14-24, I use Haida filters  for about 2 months and so far have always behaved very well 🙂

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the exposures taken together using luminosity masks, I had the shots taken at different times of the evening, I blended  2 shots  between best sky and less people/more light trails available in one final frame. With TTS Fast Panel I used dodge and burn to lighten some dark parts of the foreground and darken some too light part of the cathedral

With the transform command I repositioned the perspective of the photo correcting some falling lines, especially among the buildings around the basilica. I used luminosity masks to correct lights and highlights behind the cathedral and to lighten the foreground that was very dark, with my panel I launched details and sharpen. At the end I increased contrast using curves exalting the middle light

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Road to Val d’Orcia

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to Val d'Orcia

As I said in the first post photos taken in Vitaleta, the chapel in the heart of Val d’Orcia –  Tuscany, to reach the appointed place I had to do quite a long walk in the middle of the campaign, because a gate prevented the passage of the vehicles. This is part of the road that I have walked to reach the place, this also in the countryside and in the colors of the sunset, on the right in the distance you can see the chapel of Vitaleta that I photographed up close in my two previous posts. The image is nothing more than a long exposure taken at the end of my stage of shooting while I was returning to the car, it consists of a exposure taken for the”land” and a shot for the most overexposed sky, put together and edited entirely in Photoshop CC.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Two Exposures (sky: LONG  land: REGULAR)

Software: Photoshop CC


Vitaleta

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Second shot that I took to the chapel of Vitaleta in Val d’Orcia. Basically as you can see it is the same picture of the previous post but on the other side of the angle 😀
In the middle of such beautiful green fields I could not show you the other side of that view.

I advice  to all  to go visit the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, I personally fall in love for this places

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

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

Software: Photoshop CC


Vitaleta

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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta

Before going to Val d’Orcia – Tuscany, Italy – I read about the main places to visit in the area. I really was impressed by a picture that portrayed a little chapel in the green beautiful valley of Val d’Orcia. So after a brief search, I came to find out that this is the Chapel is of the Madonna of Vitaleta near San Quirico. Going  in this place for me was obviously a must,  the chapel was not simply to reach because the road leading to the path of the church was closed by a gate, but after a good walk through the desert fields I reached my destination. What you see in this picture is the chapel of Vitaleta nestled in a splendor of sunset in the heart of the Tuscany Val d’Orcia, surely one of the most evocative images of those I have portrayed in those days. Now you just have to imagine to be here…

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

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

Software: Photoshop CC


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