The Look-Out

The Look-Out

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Look-Out

 

The Truglia Tower is the symbol of Sperlonga, a small village in the central Italy with about 3000 habitants. The town of Sperlonga is very pretty and is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy

I went around the tower truglia at the end of the day, unfortunately the sunlight was very much on right and I could not put it in the frame with the tower

To ensure the passage of pedestrians on the walkway I had to put the stand in an absurd position but in any case I managed to do everything 🙂

I make shots unitl the blue hour to see how the lights changed but practically I just worked the first shots, in this case the first lights was better

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all the exposures with luminosity masks and I applied contrasts in the various part of the picture. I increased details and shadow light I also pushed up yellow lights in the highlights using a warming filter

Using dodge and burn I made some lights adjustments and using tonal contrast filter in Color efex pro I added a more detailed look to the closest wall and foreground

As final touch I fixed the warm lights on the tower and a more uniform look to the colors. I hope you will find this informations usefull, if you have any tips or question about it write to me. I’m always happy to hear it on 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/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Plugin: Color Efex Pro

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


When The Sun Goes Sleep

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As I wrote in my previous post I took a lot of photos in the archaeological area of Aphaia. With that beautiful temple all for me I could not portray the temple in different angles and this is one of those romantic photos made. I tried several angles until I founded one where the sunlight filtered through the columns of the Temple of Afaia. I take 5 bracketed shots of which the last holding my finger in front of the camera in the direction of the sun to avoid too many lens flares. The finger at the point of greatest sunlight is a very effective method to prevent that lens flare ruin all the shots. This little trick is to take advantage of the increased exposure to the sun covered by the finger and without lens flare, to erase all those formed in any previous exposures taken.

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started Blending the exposures using Luminosity Masks, to brighten the foreground and the columns of the Temple and I apply the adaptive wide angle Photoshop function to correct the perspective of the Temple. I removed all the lens flare using the overexposed shot lightened slightly the sunlight, after I increased contrasts and yellow colors to the whole picture. I take a little Dodge and Burn over the underexposed areas of the frame and then I increased details of the picture using high frequency separation method. The final touch was adding a final LAB Color to push up all the colors of the picture, I use a black brush to mask out all the excessive red spikes of the sun through the columns.

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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro

 


Sea outpost

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Giuseppe Sapori - Sea outpost

What you see is the Norman tower of Maiori, once of the ancient outpost of the place, a  tower of excellence to scan the sea in an attempt to defend itself from invasion of the Saracens. Today the tower is a luxury restaurant with magnificent views of the Gulf of Campania and the Amalfi coast. I took this picture from the road and a free hand since the road was very narrow, and the stand I could not have a good view of the cliff, since you had to lean a little. In addition the car running faster on my left making everything much more difficult 🙂

However, it is a freehand picture made with 3 exposures, entirely worked with Luminance Masks, my actions and Photoshop Lab Coloring, for all of this you can find more in the tutorial section

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots ( -1; 0; +1)

ISO: 250 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Giants

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This photo was taken on Easter Eve, I was at Amalfi, one of Italy‘s most beautiful cliffs, along the Cinque Terre. Amalfi is a very turistic small town, there is an adjacent port where you can visit all the islands of the Amalfi Coast. The view that can be seen from these places is absolutely stunning, this is why this whole area is one of my favorite destinations in Italy.

I went to Amalfi on the first day, by bus on a road along the cliff  very impressive (I do not recommend at all to travel by car), the streets are narrow and full of cars and during the holidays parking and traffic can be a real nightmare! After doing a quick walk in the city center while waiting for the sunset I took pictures of the beginning of the golden hour at the port of Amalfi, it characterized not only by a picturesque view of the cliff  but from these gigantic artificial reefs. I was very lucky because that afternoon I found a sky that opened after a rainy morning. I tried to compose the shot more foreground to give a more detailed perspective, a series of 5 shots exposure entirely edited with luminance masks that you can easily find the free downloads section.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015

 


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


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


How to enhance sunset colours

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Taking shots during sunset it means to take them during the golden hour. All the best images whether at sunset dawn share the beauty and the advantage of the warm light intense that only the golden hour can offer

Personally I shoot in RAW, which as you know does not shine in the tackle, so every time I come to edit a photo of beautiful sunsets are always looking for something that can make it sharper and more visual impact.
Hence I decided to create this little guide that contains all my main interventions to make a impressive sunset:

 

FIRST METHOD USING CURVES

1- Select Curves and switch to Red Channel

2- move the curve upward to intensify red colours

3- switch to Blue Channel

4- move the curve downward to intensify yellow colours

 

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Now click on “Elliptical Marque Tool” and draw a circle inside the image, this will be the area, this will be the area affected by the intervention of the yellow enhance effect

Invert the selection Ctrl + I (or Cmd+I on Mac)

Deselect Ctrl+D (or Cmd +I on Mac)

and invert again

Now the image should result like this:

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Go to > Filters > Blur >Gaussian Blur and select an high value of blur.

Now the effect will be applied in a diffuse way on the whole image, decrease opacity until the point that you like

This is the final result

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SECOND METHOD USING PHOTO FILTERS

1- Go to Photo Filter and select a warming filter (numer 81 or 85)

2- Pull it until 100

 

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3- Select > Image >Apply image and take care that the settings are as follows:

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Repeat the last passage (3) until you are happy, decrease opacity if if you prefer a more soft effect

This is the final result

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The Heart of Rome

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Giuseppe Sapori - The heart of Rome

I spent very much time in front of the Coliseum to take the time to delete all the tourists that every second passed near the monument.  For this HDR I had to do a lot of work in post production using layer masks to erase all the tourists by using the exposures taken. In spite of everything I am satisfied with the final result but I could go back I would do the same photo during the first day. Indeed surely I will promise to do it  😀

TECHNICAL STUFF

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/2.8

3  Shots (+2; 0; -2)

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop


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