In the Wood – Autumn Vibes

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


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!


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


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This image comes from a freehand single shot during my last excursion along the dolomites. It is beautiful to see how the light filters through the mountains, leaving behind you a glimpse of a blue sky veiled with rays of yellow lights

Although from a first glance the forest and the mountains may seem on the same level they are actually at two completely different depths and during my editing with Photoshop I tried to increase these visual differences by increasing the contrasts and adjusting the exposures in this sense

I tried to let the viewer focus his attention on the scenery at the bottom but without decreasing the importance of what constitutes the forest at the foot of the mountain


As said at the beginning of this post this is a single shot, so for this photo I did not do digital blending but I only used the luminosity masks to correct lights, contrast and colors

I increased the light effect coming through the sky with dodge and burn and I launched orton effect as I usually do in every my lanscape. After a small push up of yellows tones, I decreased the blacks and the shadows in order to give more prominence to the mountain

With the use of clone stamp tool, I removed some bushes on the bottom of the picture that moves attention away and I manually create a vignette using the glow tool you can find insid my TTS Pro panel

I increased the colors increasing vibrance and a small decrease of expoure as last touch

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


Camera: Nikon D-800

Nikon 70-200 f/2,8 (used at 180 mm)

Single Shot

ISO: 320 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro

The Hiding II

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Some scenarios of the beautiful autumn colors that I found during my last trip to the Dolomites. On a rainy morning I captured some low-cloud scenarios on trees with autumnal colors near the Fanes Watefalls

At the end of the path that leads to these beautiful waterfalls, a gorge opens up with a great view, in front of that day I couldn’t see much of the mountain behind the clouds but my intent was to portray the trees in their beautiful colors just behind a neutral white cloud

All this clearing was exactly on the other side of the gorge but right in front of me, not was so much far I took this picture with my 24-70 captured at 46mm to get a close-up image of the trees and create a hat-effect with clouds


For this shot no digital blending was necessary, I just used a couple of shots and make some ajustments using brush with luminosity masks

The main area affected was the trees: first I increased the luminosity using the brighter exposure and a brush, than I added details and contrast using TTS Pro and launching two effects related to this

Always with the use of luminosity masks I decreased the light in the clouds and I decreased the luminosity in the whole frame. I increased the autumn colours decreasing the opacity to 10% and I increased all the vibrance by +15% in order to give more result to greens and reds of the trees

As final step I added a small vignette to create more visibility to the trees in the center of the frame

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


Camera: Nikon D-800

Sigma 24-70 f/2,8 (used at 46mm)

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro

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