Tuscany Dream

Tuscany Dream

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Hello everyone, waiting for the next trip at the end of this month I propose for my week photo another of  my past photos, in this case one of my favorite destinations. In particular we are talking about the Val d’Orcia, a splendid place, a UNESCO world heritage that I always visit with great pleasure

Every time I go to Tuscany and Val d’Orcia a passage in the notorious chapel of Vitaleta is a must. Among the times that I went, this take was surely the one with the better conditions and colorfull sky . I remember that I had gone for a walk around the neighborhood of San Quirico d’Orcia looking for the Vitaleta chapel until I could see with the corner of my eye this little church in the middle of the valley. I found it I told to myself!

So I started to look to follow the road until I was in a barred country path where it was impossible to proceed with the car. Leaving the car there I continued on foot for about 15 minutes of walking. I always love to come here, it’s nice to admire the Tuscany hills in this place and find a place so characteristic to take pictures

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images using luminosity masks, I fixed color cast using auto adjust and decreasing the opacity to create a mix between the warm original color and the blue of the fix. I Increased vibrance in the sky to create more colors. I added contrast applied to luminosity masks to better use it on the foreground and the sky

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details reducing the effect on the sky. With dodge and burn I darkened the foreground and lightened the front part of the trees. I also used orton effect to create a soft look on the sky. As final touch I brighten the view of the chapel and the stones on the foreground adding a soft vignette to the frame

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2018

 


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


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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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta 2

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


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