Author Archives: Giuseppe Sapori

Jewel on the Hill

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In my latest post I talked about Civita and why it is also called the dying city. The morphology of this area has been caused by erosion and landslides, that has brought civilization to abandon in the past this place in and which has led to its total abandonment by the inhabitants. Today, only very few people live in Civita, mostly owners of restaurants and small bars that are located inside and offer service to tourists

Civita can only be reached via a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge. The bridge can only be walked on foot but the town of Bagnoregio, meeting the needs of those who live or work in this place, issued a circular stating that, at certain times, residents and authorized persons can cross the bridge on board of cycles and motorcycles

I took this photo in the hill in front of the town, is one of the best views of the ancient city of Civita, compared to the previous photo this is taken before in fact the color of the sky was more typical golden hour, from here you can admire the beautiful progressive setting of the sun over the town

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected a couple of shots (brighter and darker) to blend them using auto blend function inside my panel  TTS PRO

After this I selected luminosity masks to make other changes over the sky and over the darks to fix them better. The main difficult of this picture was to manage the lack of brightness of the shadows, in fact my goal was to clear them but without losing the natural look of the photo

A great hand provided me with my panel with the color masks function, I was able to intervene simply on the yellows going to increase the color on the part in the shade illuminated by sunlight, with a single click I got an effect very soft and natural, I repeated the same operation instead on the contrary on the town that had bright yellow colors

I applied a cold filter applied to luminosity mask to the sky and I launched orton effect to give a soft look to this image, I love the effect that orton effect generate on landscapes.

The final touch was to add a bit of sharpen and handle the contrast between the highlights and shadows

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1;)

ISO: 50 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


Civita

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Here we are with the first post of this 2019, what you see is the now famous Civita di Bagnoregio, a location that is not far from Rome and which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful photo spots in central Italy

It is located downstream of the gullies, originally these valleys around had to be sweeter and more accessible and were crossed by an ancient road that connected the valley of the river Tevere to the lake of Bolsena

The morphology of the territory has been strongly influenced by erosion by atmospheric agents, by streams but also by deforestation, for this reason Civita di Bagnoregio is also famous for being nicknamed the “city that dies”

Now the town is offcially unhabited but during the day many activity of restaurants and local shops opens in it for tourism. Civita can only be reached through a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge built in 1965

Coming to the photo the best position to photograph it is from the hill in front of it where you can see very well the city and the whole valley around, I made a series of shots during sunset, moving between the various areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take 3 exposure brackets over the hill in front of Civita and I used the brighter exposure to lighten some part of the hill and of the town. I increased details using TTS PRO, I decreased the blue colours to the horizon with the mountain at the bottom and darken the light tones.

I launched a soft orton effect and fixed contrast and I applied two color lookup effects with opacity to 15%. As a last steps I launched the sharpen  and used a small vignette to darken the edges always using my panel

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24mm f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1;)

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Heat Company – Best gloves tested in the Field

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Last year I wrote an article about the importance to keep hands warm and dry when we are shoting landscapes in very cold places. You can find the article here, and the combination I had against the cold during my trip

Also today I will talk about gloves and protection from the cold always thanks to The Heat Company® that gives me the chance to do a new test in the field with a different combination of gloves

The Heat Company®  offers a modular and very versatile gloves system to totally protect your hands from cold and atmospheric agents. The modularity of the gloves is divided into layers, combining them toghether you get total protection from the cold, but using them individually you can benefit of their warm + other features of adherence, brethability and capacitivity for touch screens

I tested out the various combinations of these gloves and in today’s post I will talk about the combiation Liner + Shell

The first layer, called “Liner” is in contact with your hands: this layer guarantees adherence and mobility to the hands as if we were without gloves. In this category I choiced for my latest trip the Polartec Liner

Among the Liner line they are the warmer ones, they are incredibly durable, resistant to the wind and breathable. The Polartec Liner are equipped with conductive fabric on the tip of thumb, index and medium for the control of the touch screens. The gloves are completed by two practical openings external back pocket for hand warmers and straps to pull them down easily

I used Polartec Liner very often during my last trip, I appreciated the good heat transmitted and the elasticity of them, they also have the conductive fingers for screens really excelent!

The second category in this system is composed by “Shell” that represent the layer that protect your hands from the cold to put over the Liner layer. In this category I use this kind of Shell

Incredibly warm, soft and comfortable, the Shell are the ideal protection from the cold to the hands. They are made with insulatic fabric and goat skin on the palm to give more grip to your hands, they are ideal for handling thanks to thumb and flask folded down. The “Shell” are very hot and hydro repellents also here we have an extra pocket to insert the hand warmer inside. Very well thought out the elastic wrist strap useful when you need to take off your gloves quickly without the risk of leaving them lying around

In addition, the Shell can be used in combination with the Polar Hood, which you will find more details in my latest article

The main characteristic of Shell, besides obviously the protection from the cold and the atmospheric agents in general, is what can be opened. Opening a zip located on the palm will allow us to extract the hand (covered by the Liner of course) to have always the hands covered by the cold and at the same time to extract the fingers for greater convenience. The part of the Shell that opens is equipped with a magnet to attach it to the back of the glove in a stable way, a small trick that increases its practicality

During my latest trip on the Alps I found many variations of temperatures from afternoon to evening while I’m shooting. I very often used the Polartec Liner for their practicality and versatility, until a certain time of day to mount my equipment on the snow was the ideal for moving easily and handling my goals.

With the gradual setting of the sun the temperatures were lowering more and more, in those moments it was of great help the use of the Shell that worn over the Polartec Liner gave immediate heat and an efficient protection from the cold

During the shooting phase whenever I needed to have free fingers I proceeded to open the zipper on the palm in order to use the Polartec Liner, this allows to have free fingers to easily interact on the controls of my camera. Without the finger cover the absence of the thermal shield on the fingers offered by the Shell it feels, but it is all gained in terms of practicality, in addition to the fact that more than half of the hand remains covered by Shield

In conclusion The Heat Company® with this combination of gloves, really impressed me with a  really efficient system. The combination Polar Hood + Shell is the warmest and at the same time comfortable solution you can find for take landscape photography on the snow

I appreciated the good quality materials and the manufacture makes it a beautiful products designed in every detail

The modular system between gloves to is ingenious and adapts to any situation in the case of the cold becoming too intense and it certainly represents the strength of this company

The Heat Company®also this time pleasantly impressed me and is my ally number 1 against the cold

 

 

 


My 2018

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Here we are my final post of the year, my annual photo composition. This is a photo manipulation obtained with all top elements of this year. In this photo composition every thing, object and person you see has its own meaning, its importance, its memory for me, a moment that I want to remember and keep with special affection in this 2018

This is a personal representation of my 2018, here we have places visited, travels, personal goals and all that was dear to me.  This photo composition has meaning for myself but I like to think that this image is beautiful even for you who look at it

I really hope you will appreciate the work, I always love to ear it from you! I  take the opportunity to thank you all for the support on my page and socials during this year, I want to wish you all a happy 2019!

 


Cave In

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Back from Japan, on my lastest trip I visited Friuli region in Italy, during the course of my itinerary I have marked many photographic spots and this is precisely one of those. This famous waterfall in this area is named Fontanon di Goriuda that faces to a mountain recess inside a wood. It’s amazing to be near and feel the loud noise of water coming from it, in the area that is exactly behind there is a flow of air that brings a lot of water so the wash is assured 🙂

During my days in those areas I found a really bad weather, the rain was strong beating most of the day, many roads were closed for collapsed trees and even the day I went to visit the Fontanon di Goriuda it was raining heavily, fortunately the recess in the rock allowed me to take pictures in complete calm sheltered from the rain

Finding the exact position to make this shot was not easy considering the too much water  coming under the waterfall and on the other side the ground was sloping with mud … at the end with a little patience and getting muddy 🙂 I could find this point of view, my intention was to portray an overview of what I was facing: the beautiful Friulian landscape with the Fontanon di Goriuda on the left

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I captured 5 exposure brackets to make this but I don’t used all the shots for blending because the tree on the right moved too much from one pictures to another, so I just used one darker and one brighter exposure to fix the main darkness inside the cave and to decrease the lights in the sky

I launched  luminosity masks to made the main adjustments using contrasts and curves to lights and darkness, with the use of TTS PRO  I increased details and I launched orton effect to smooth the effect and to create a soft dreamy look around the waterfall. After this I used a white brush applied to a layer with soft light to intensify th glow effect selectively, you can see more of it here.

I little intensified the yellow look of the frame by applying a warm filter to the luminosity masks and then I stepped up the full color scale through the LAB Coloring

I also used dodge and burn around some areas that I wanted to lighten, as a final touch I lowered the brightness a little while preserving the light on the waterfall

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Wayside

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We are in Osaka and this is the view from one of the hightest point of the city. I’m talking about another very tall building, the Umeda Sky Building located in the Kita-ku district, in Shin Umeda, an area that developed northwest of the Umeda commercial district

It is a building where there are mainly offices, together with an observation platform where you can admire a beautiful view of the city

The Umeda Sky Building has a bridge structure consists of two twin towers of forty floors connected to each other on the two highest floors; these last two floors house the structure called Floating Garden Observatory, one of the main attractions of the city

Also here like in Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree I took the picture through a window so I had to be careful not to bring the lights inside the structure reflected on the glass

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Since I go upstairs the Umeda Sky Building with the sunlight, I took advantage of the twilight moment to capture the view of the city with the soft light. I blended my exposures into one image using TTS PRO , I fixed lights and contrasts using luminosity masks

I used dodge and burn and clone stamp to fix some lights relfections that escaped my sight, after this I increased details. I fixed the colors of the frame giving  a blue tone in the foreground but at the same time more warm to lights and skylight

I increased the glow effect using a soft orton effect  and glow painting over the buildings, with the same technique I created a manual vignette around the image

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 200 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


Nishiki Market

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During my stay in Kyoto my wake up in the morning was always very early. I took advantage of one of this mornings (the day i planned to visit kyomizu-dera and my latest post) to go after to visit Nishiki Market

This is another recommended place on all the Japan Guides and therefore also here late in the morning is filled with too many tourists and people, the experience and especially the photos a real ordeal. In the early morning of course there are fewer people and it would be a shame not to fully enjoy this place…

Nishiki Market in Kyoto is a picturesque and historic market where you can find a huge variety of foods, which in the eyes of foreigners (but somethimes even the Japanese themselves) may be “strange” and is definitely worth a visit here if only for take some souvenir photos

Some small shops have been open for generations and in this market there is an air of other times. Below you can find some shots that I made inside the market, shortly after the opening of the desks

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kyoto Dusk

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Since I woke up almost always before dawn during my trip to Japan, I took the opportunity to take some shots even in the streets bordering the main points of interest of Kyoto. This street that in the evening is full of life and locals, in the early morning is a very quiet street and in my opinion enjoys one of the most beautiful views of Kyoto

I stayed here doing some shots waiting for the opening of the Kiyomizu-dera temple that is nearby, I made several shots in the hope that someone would pass in typical clothes in the early morning, but I was not so lucky 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended my exposures into one image, first thing was to fix the lights on th lamps using luminosity masks.  After this I increased details and I applied dodge and burn over the darker areas of the image

I increased the blue tones of the image using my panel with the use of the cold highlights and cold shadows filters that apply selectively a cold filter to highlights and shadows. After a soft dark orton effect, after a slightly increased the shadows and I added more glow to the lamps over the lights

The last passage was to increase the dark mood with a small vignette.

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

Various Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Secret Path

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A series of shots collected under the torii of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. This one is one of the most important spots in the province of Kyoto, its guided path to the top of the temple in the midst of a characteristic Japanese forest makes the whole journey lovely and charming. The route towards the main temple includes several other minor temples during the way

The route this Fushimi inari Shrine is famous for the countless torii gates that are found along the way, so they are one of the biggest photographic spots in Japan

As I explained in my previous post, I went there early in the morning and I managed to find the time to take alternative pictures:

The first pictures was a snap taken during the passage of a guy, the white color of his shirt in the middle of all that red caught my attention

In the second picture I captured the ghosts of the people that were passing under the torii gates

The third image is a  is a manual shot of the detail of one of the torii

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Even all the images have a similar treatment, they are all single shots so here I did not do any digital blending between different exposures. For every images I increased the details using the High Details filter included in my panels TTS Fast Panel and TTS PRO than I applied a soft orton effect to generate some glow and soft effect to the frame, a small vignette to the end was applied to all

In the first photo (the guy) I used a dodge and burn along the torii gates to reduce the brighs on the highlights, I lightened the shadows and worked on the colors, in particular I intensified the warm tones, subsequently reducing the saturation level of the reds

In the second image (the ghosts) I merged other ghost images from other exposures I take to have a more ghost coverage in the final frame, I fixed the brights and darks using curves adjustment layers and luminosity masks. 

In the third image (focus) I worked above all on details and lighting, even here I slightly lowered the red level of the torii

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

Various Exposures

N.1: ISO: 640 at f/4,5

N.2: ISO: 100 at f/16 for 5 seconds

N.3: ISO: 200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Secret Path

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This is one of my favourite photo spot in Japan, the path that leads to the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one the most important spot in the province of Kyoto. Throughout the journey you will pass under these torii in a long uphill path to the sanctuary located at the base of a mountain also called Inari, which is 233 meters above sea level and which includes several paths to other minor

It’s a beautiful place as well as full of meaning, on the early morning there was a cool gentle breeze accompanied by a soft rain with a tranquil silence. The Fushimi Inari shrine is also one of the most photographed spots in Japan like bamboo grove and therefore if you want to find these torii free from tourists of all kinds, even here it is necessary to get up early in the morning 🙂

I took many shots here at this spot, I also had time to make some creative and slightly different shots that I will publish with a second post about Fushimi Inari Temple 

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take 5 bracketed exposures for this that I blended using TTS PRO, until to reach a final image. The first successive step was to fix the lights around the torii, so I used dodge and burn applied to luminosity masks to darken some extra light areas and give more energy to the shadows. I added some yellow feel at the image using a warm filter applied to luminosity masks to apply the effect only to the highlights

I tried to keep low the lighting level of the photo, so I darkened the exposure by a few points and I raised the level of the highlights to maintain the light between the torii intact. I recovered the shadows in the foreground and I added sharpen to keep the viewer’s view as long as possible

Since I liked the atmosphere of contrast with the light that filters from the torii I tried to intensify it with a vignette giving more light in the central part of the photo, so in addition to darken the rest I further intensified the light source

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


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