Author Archives: Giuseppe Sapori

Traffic Lights – Porta Nuova Milan

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One of my favorite spots for taking pictures in Milan is Porta Nuova or Porta Garibaldi district, here in recent years, this place had an important urban development that has completely revolutionized it, transforming it into one of the most visited and fascinating places of the city

The result of this “regeneration” was a modern, eye-catching neighborhood where there are many high-end bars and restaurants, but the whole district is visited by everyone for the modern and characteristic imprint that distinguishes it

It is in this place that I love to compose my shots, adding some light trails coming from the passage of cars, where I waited until blue hour to shot so that I could capture all the moments I needed

In particular I shot from sunset to get the colors of the golden hour, and then I went on until the blue hour to be able to capture more interesting light trails, with the aim of blending everything through exposure blending


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Starting from a series of exposure during daylight I exposure blend three exposures to obtain the correct lighting in the image, I added details using  TTS Pro, correct lights and contrast with luminosity mask

I added some glow to the sky using orton effect and paintbrush selectively to the sky, after this I added light trails using another exposure, I merged the exposure using layer mask and paintbrush

With dodge and burn tool I decresed some bright areas and lightened some darker others one in the shot, after this I applied a sharpen filter that I use selectively on the buildings and on the street

After this I increased a bit the color vibrance, than added a soft vignette manually using the glow tool

I really hope you will find this usefull, I always love to ear that from you!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 24mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f9

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Lost in Venice – San Marco

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I took this photo from Riva degli schiavoni, which is one of my favorite spots in Venice, here it is possible to benefit from a beautiful view on the island San Giorgio. Furthermore, this is an excellent photographic location to shoot away from tourists and people, just not find people staying on the dock taking selfies 🙂

I took this photo even a few years ago with a different shot, I am attaching the post here and here, I changed by going up to the quay this time and proposing a vertical shot

The best result in this spot at my advice is shooting with a long exposure, in order to make the movement of the gondolas particular in the composition and try to keep foreground interesting with the church in the background, an interesting sky will complete the composition very well 🙂


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I capture a series of bracketed shot to make a exposure blend that I merged using TTS Pro, I increased details and colors vibrance in the whole frame, also decreased highlights using  luminosity masks applied selectively to the sky

Always using  luminosity masks I fix contrast and all the shadows and highlights in the image. I correct the perspective that was extremely low, using perspective warp in Photoshop I aligned the horizon line with the poles in the background

I increased just a bit the glow of the image using orton effect, fixed the lights around the dock and added a soft vignette to the image

I really hope you will find this usefull, I always love to ear that from you!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 14mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Rialto Bridge – Venice

I was recently in Venice and during my last trip I wanted to take the time to take some shots below the Rialto bridge. I’ve been in Venice many times and have also taken shots from the top of this bridge but I hadn’t shot from this view for many years

The best time to take pictures in Venice is definitely the blue hour, it is in fact during this hour that the “magic” between Venice canals begins the light of the evening street lamps illuminates the city with a beautiful atmosphere that only this city can offer, and Rialto bridge is one of the best city spot to admire this magic

To take this photo I move on the back side of Rialto, which is usually less full of people facing each other and moored gondolas. I take some shots that I then joined later to remove some unwanted passages of people and boats.


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As first I use my exposure bracketing shots to do a exposure blend and get the base shot ready for processing, after this I correct the perspective of the bridge in order to align the the characteristic Venetian pole in front of the shot. To remove tourists who were on the bridge, I use this technique and the clone stamp tool

I then adjust he lighting levels for the sky, lights and shadows and I add details and increase a little bit contrast in the whole frame. I increase also the yellow tones of the highlights with luminosity masks to apply to a warm filter

I use also Nik Software to launch glamour glow and create a glow effect over the light coming from the bridge and soften the effect, add some extra glow manually using a paintbrush and my effect as you can see from the video here

I hope you will find this post usefull for your next trip to Venice. I like to ear feedback from you!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 24mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


In the Wood – Autumn Vibes

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The autumn colors are the most beautiful and this year I could not miss the opportunity to photograph them in this month of November. For this reason I went to this beech forest which is about 1000 meters high which in this month offers the best colors

Regarding this time of year, I wrote a guide called how to photograph the beauty of autumn colors, very useful for shooting in situations like this during autumn, the main advices for this are to use a polarizer lens, use the correct lens and set the correct white balance

In this series I was lucky enough to find beautiful lights filtering through the trees and their leaves. In this magical place I will soon organize a workshop, starting next year in addition to this location there are many other places to explore in the area that deserve to be visited and photographed


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I edited all the shots in the same way, using the same processing. This time i don’t used luminosity masks for exposure blend because all the shots was single exposures but I managed all the images with luminosity masks to increase/decrease luminosity, contrasts etc…

I added a warm light on the highlights, I added a soft orton effect to create a dreamy feel in the wood, also added details to better enhance foliage beauty on the wood. In all the images I pushed up autumn colors using my panel TTS Pro, that has a effect specifically for this

As last step added a soft vignette in all my shot to enhance the mood of the wood and create more atmosphere in all the shots

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Sigma 24-70 f/2,8 (used at 70mm)

Sigle Exposures

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Welcome to Mars – Calascio

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In the village of Calascio, looking towards the valley, you will find this beautiful view where is located this small church

The church I’m talking about is called Santa Maria della Pietà is a religious building located in Abruzzo, next to the Norman castle and the village of Rocca Calascio, open to religious ceremonies only on special occasions and managed by a group of volunteers from the place

The church is located along the path that leads to the castle of Rocca Calascio at 1482 m. on the place where, according to tradition, the population defeated a band of brigands who, coming from the nearby Campo Imperatore in the Papal State, were about to storm the possessions of the Piccolomini family

This area is very visited during the year especially in summer, many tourists come to this village for a daily trip to take a visit to the ancient village and especially for the view of the valley from the castle which is beautiful especially at sunset where the warm colors of the sky radiate the valley with beautiful yellow colors


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I manage the two images in a very similar way, for both images I used exposure blend to get a balanced images and recover all the highlights and shadows from the exposures

With luminosity masks I finish to correct the highlights and contrast between the two images. After applying orton effect  to create a dreamy feel in the scene especially for the valley image, while for the exposure of the church I increase the warm coming from the sun

With  luminosity masks I increse the warm of the highlight, than I lighten some part of the images using the glow tool, as final I launch a sharpen filter a bit the two images creating for the one of the curch a dark vignette for the foreground

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 24mm)

Sigma 24-70 f2,8 (used at 70mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0;+1)

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Eden – S. Benedetto Waterfalls

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Images from the San Benedetto waterfalls, I photographed the main waterfall and the main course of the river that follows on the right side

This small very suggestive place is located a few kilometers from Rome, the waterfalls with their swimming pond are a natural oasis for those who decide in summer to take a bath immersed in nature or to take an excursion to a small natural oasis

I photographed the main waterfall through a with a framing in the composition, after having made several tests also considering the distance, this composition seemed to me the best 🙂

the second shot I propose it instead as an auxiliary to the first as it traces the course of the river that derives from the waterfall, a very close view of the river


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For both images the workflow was very similar, after digital blend the images using different exposures, I increased details and fixed lights and contrasts with luminosity masks

I launched a soft orton effect to create more atmosphere at the image and applied a warm filter to the highlights especially in the main waterfall image where I create a glow effect on the top right to intensify the warm light coming from the sky

With the help of  dodge and burn I darkened some part of both images was too overexposed, I darkened a bit the images and I added for both a fade film effect with a 50% opacity

As last step I create a strong vignette through my panel  TTS Pro

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 24mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0;+1)

ISO: 100 at f8

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Road to the Castle – Rocca Calascio Startrail

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For this post I propose a startrail from the castle of Rocca Calascio. A splendid location surrounded by nature which is one of my favorites for taking night photos

I usually start taking this kind of images when the visibility of the milky way starts to decrease, in fact the lighting that is in the scene is given by the rising of the moon that has irradiated the whole scene in front of me with the castle in the background

To capture this shot I made several exposures, mainly a very long one for the sky and one with ISO 6400 for the background, I then combined both shots in Photoshop


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started working on the startrail image to look better, so I increased contrast, decreased luminosity, increased whites and decreased shadows, after this with the help of luminosity masks I blended the image of the castle through the startrail sky image

Once obtained the complete image I used the dodge and burn tool to ligthten some highlights around the castle and darkening some rocks on the foreground, I launched a soft orton effect called orton effect dark that you can find in my pro panel TTS Pro

I fixed some color luminosity in the sky that was too much warm on the highlights due to lights pollution of the area, than I decreased noise always using an effect of my panel

As last step I added a small vignette to increase the view of the castle in the darkness

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 14mm)

Image Stack

ISO: 6400 at f/2,8 + ISO 100 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Stargate – Rocca Calascio Milky Way

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From the same location I talked last time here is another shot of milky way in the suggestive village of Rocca Calascio

To take this shot I moved to the other side of the ruin in order to capture the door illuminated by the light of the castle during the night. Through a series of shots I managed to decrease the strong brightness that characterized the door due to the long exposure necessary to capture the milky way

I followed the same editing steps of the previous post capturing several exposures in order to generate the output image as I had imagined. So I captured some shots with and without the subject and another with higher ISO to make the milky way better visible


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started stacking all the images into Photoshop and worked with smart object and median, in order to obtain a noise free base shot. Nevertheless, after this process the milky way loses some details, for this I used another exposure captured to work specifically on milky way on Camera Raw. With this shot I made the milky way look its best, then with a layer mask I masked the milky way treated on the image obtained in median

After this I used another exposure to paste inside the subject in the frame, in fact I used all separate shots to make this kind of image in order to obtain the best clean result

With the final image obtained I started working on the lights and on the shadows with the help of luminosity masks selectively. With dodge and burn I pushed up brightness and colours on the milky way, than I darkened some part of the foreground to create a more concentrated focus in the center

As latest steps I fixed colours and general luminosity, warming some highlights and making a more uniform look with the lights of the horizon

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 14mm)

Image Stack Median

ISO: 5000 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


The Great Henge – Molina Watefalls

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This week I propose a photo of the Molina waterfalls near Verona, a photo taken this summer as you can see from the beautiful bright colors and the intense green of the surrounding vegetation

These waterfalls are located within an area served and equipped where it is possible to go up the river and meet many and suggestive waterfalls like this one

I shot this location getting as close as possible to the water and first making a series of bracketing shots using low iso, in order to increase the shooting time and to have the desired number of shots to digital blend the exposures. After this series I also captured one more shot at 3200 iso to save all the leafs in the scene from movement

The wind and the waterfall movement here moved all the leaves a lot and it would have been impossible to take a shot with the static leafs still as I wanted. this is a little trick I talk about in my guide all you need to know to photograph waterfalls

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I digital blended my shots using TTS PRO, than I used the extra image with freezed trees and leafs to paint over the blended image the leafs without movements

I correct colour cast in the image, than with the help of luminosity masks I fixed contrast and highlights. After this I increased the warm color of the light coming between the trees than I launched a soft orton effect to create a myterious look of the wood around

With the help of the glow tool I create a light glow around the area of the waterfall and on the light coming from the leafs

I increased vibrance of the colors decreasing the green than I created a vignette to give more prominence to the waterfall

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D850

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used @14mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1) +1 to freeze the leafs

ISO: 100 f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2021


Galaxian – Rocca Calascio Milky Way

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After three years I returned to one of the locations I know very well to shot milky ways. Rocca calascio is an enchanting village surrounded by nature where time has stopped. Here are the remains of an ancient castle and the village that stood at its feet, all destroyed many years ago by an earthquake. Nowadays a new village has been built for the people who live here and the old village has recently found new life thanks to a strong recovery work given by tourism

I chose the location of this ruin with this door inside which was characterized by having the milky way on the side. I took this photo with a friend, I first took the first shot by inserting the subject in the composition, then I took a series of images with the goal to stack them in Photoshop

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started stacking all the images into Photoshop and worked with smart object and median, in order to obtain a noise free base shot. Nevertheless, after this process the milky way loses some details, for this I used another exposure captured to work specifically on milky way on Camera Raw. During this process I didn’t have to pay attention how sliders affcted the rest of the pictur because once done I masked out the milky way from the other part of the image

I used the image with the subject to insert it on the others with the help of a simple layer mask. At this point I started the general processing of the image which was essentially composed of dodge and burn on the milky way to bring out its colors and visibility in the best possible way

I adjusted the colors of the image, brought out the yellow glow more without taking away the original blue colors of the sky, I added some shadows details with the help of a specific flter of TTS Pro panel, I also fixed contrast, highlights and shadows using luminosity masks

As final steps I darkened the foreground a bit and I increased vibrance on the colours of the sky selectively

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D850

Nikon 14-24f/2,8 (used @14mm)

Image Stack in Median

ISO: 5000 f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


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