A Different Sigh

A Different Sigh

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Anyone who has been to Venice knows this bridge it is one of the most famous bridges in the city and one of the most photographed locations in Venice

In all the times I’ve been to Venice I photographed this bridge many times far and wide but today I propose a shot from a slightly different spot from the usual

Taking advantage of the framing in this photograph helps to create a different perspective than usual, initially I tried to do the focus stacking between the two perspectives but after a few attempts I preferred to keep the foreground blurred to give more prominence to the bridge at the bottom

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I captured the shots in order to create a focus stacking image between the framing and the bridge, but as mentioned above, I come back to my steps thus preferring a blurred framing to a photo in focus at every point.

I have already used a similar technique in this post with good results. So I edited only one image using to fix the sky highlights and to recover some shadows

I used the glow tool to lighten the bridge applying to the layer a gaussian blur filter, I also used the orton effect to create a soft look on the main subject. To increase the yellow tone look I applied a warm filter to  luminosity masks using highlights

I increased details and as final step I added with Color Efex Pro filter “darken lighten center” to better focus the viewer’s eye to the bridge

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

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 19mm)

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro, Color Efex Pro


The Path of Angels

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It’s not the first time that I photograph Castel Sant’Angelo from his bridge. Over the years I have proposed this shot at least 3 times always with a different light and at different time of the day… today is a new version related to the other shots I took in Rome in this after quarantine days

This is the version where for the first time in all my attempts to photograph Castel Sant’Angelo I did not have to use lens-filters or other photoshop tools to cancel people and tourists on the bridge. This is in fact another spot in Rome that is really very crowded during all the year and only now that the city has not yet opened its doors to tourists is it possible to do, here also in the early morning here are always someone taking photos

Regarding the shot this time I positioned my tripod at eye level since I wanted to avoid the falling lines of the castle and the angels on the bridge, with all this leading lines is very easy to have wide angle lens distortions here… I made it all through a series of bracketing of 5 shots


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I made a digital blend using my panel TTS Pro, I removed some ghosts bird in the sky using clone stamp tool than I started editing lights and shadows using luminosity masks

After correcting color cast, I increased color vibrance and details. I create a small orton effect to give a more dreamy feel to the shot, with dodge and burn I lightened some darker parts of the castle and around the bridges

I increased contrast and highlights and I corrected shadows, after a soft decrease of general luminosity I pushed up some sunrise colours using a cold filter

As final step I added a very soft vignette to put the viewer’s eye on the leading lines

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/22

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro


Romantic Rome

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I love photographing Rome from the bridges of the river. This is a shot that I cyclically go to take because it’s a beautiful spot and every time it changes in something

No doubt, this spot is one of the most classic in Rome and if you have seen my recent instagram / facebook stories you realized how many people had crowded it in a street corner just to take this picture

Unfortunately some locations in Rome are recently becoming impractical for the crowds around these photo spots and this is becoming one of them

However the view from here is magnificent, Castel Sant’Angelo on the right (remains covered by the trees but it is still visible between), at the bottom the San Pietro basilica and all the beauty reflections and water games that this postcard offers

The only disturbing element is unfortunately that horrendous billboard that has been there for a long time now, besides being huge it is also illuminated and impacts a lot in the picture. I could not remove it in post because I would have compromised the photo, but I had a strong temptation to do it


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I wait until the complete dusk to make this shot, this is from the late blue hour. I captured 5 bracketed shots and I blended all the exposures using TTS PRO 

With the blended image I fixed the light and darkness using curves tool and luminosity masks, than I straightened the horizon using ruler tool on the bridge and I launched high details filters of my panel

I applied a cold filter to the image, first applying it on the highlights and then on the shadows, to give a greater nocturnal and a “elegance” touch to the frame

I fixed some colors that appears too bright, for this I used hue / saturation filter applied selectively thank I increased the vividness of the sky

In closing I applied a slight orton effect and increased the sharpen reducing the opacity to 20%

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Underbelly

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One of the most significative spot of Rome is the view of Castel Sant’Angelo with his bridge, this is one of my favourite spots in my city

The beauty of the castle and the reflections on the river during dusk are make this place one of the most famous locations in Rome

I usually take my shots the other side of the bridge but this time cause to a dry river this time I preferred the view from the west side

That day I stayed in the place from the sunset to the end of the blue hour, just before dark the sky take a tone of a beautiful purple

Although I was satisfied with my previous shots taken, the latest photos with this shade of purple became my main choices 🙂


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take 5 exposure brackets for this frame, I blended the shots using
TTS PRO with the function auto blend darks, I started from the darker shots to the brighter

With the use of luminosity masks I ligthened some parts under the bridge, to decrease the darks than with dodge and burn I pushed up the lights in the areas of main view of the frame

I increased details and contrast, with a curve tool I also increased the luminosity of the sky and applied a soft warm filter to the higlights to mitigate the blue/purple effect and better mix it with golden hour colours

I added a vignette to increase the sense of darkness of this image and with the glow tool I increased the luminosity of reflections and water

Last passage is to use color efex pro filter to use “glamour glow” filter to add a smooth look to the image, I love the glow generated by this filter

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro, Color Efex Pro


A Night in the Village

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Second image from Takayama village in Japan, I took this second picture a few minutes after that of my previous post going to photograph the bridge in his front view, the image so quiet in the village at sunset illuminated by these yellow lanterns was a very impressive element for me.

Even the contrast between the yellow lights and the blue twilight has greatly attracted my curiosity, I love the blue hour for these reasons. I captured this image with a very low light, so at ISO 100 the shutter speed was 30 seconds

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is a single shot, so this time no blending was done for this picture. Anyway I always used luminosity masks  to fix the lights in the sky, over the lanterns and set the right contrast. I set the proportions and slightly straightened the photo, with the clone stamp I removed a spot at the top

With the glow tool  I made some lights adjustments on the bridge to increase the light and give more warm over the area under the lanters. I gave a soft orton effect and I added a warm filter to the foreground to give more the impression of  lighting coming from the lanterns. I raised up the shadows with luminosity masks and as a last touch I created a small vignette to increase the sense of darkness

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single shot for 30′

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


By the Way

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Tokyo Skytree from the nearest bridge. In my previous photos I posted some images taken from the the top of this tower, since it is a fairly impressive structure is seen from the main points of the city and so I took advantage in the evening to do some shots  in the around areas. With a easy google maps research I found this bridge that had a great view in perspective of the Tokyo Skytree, exactly what I was looking for for this shot!

I started shooting at sunset so as to “freeze” the moment of the sunset sky and some elements like the trees, then I waited for it to get darker to start taking the light trails that I added to the final image. During this photo I realized another element to keep in mind when making the photos from the bridges… vibrations due to the passage of heavy vehicles, I noticed a strong vibration when someone of this passed, for safety I preferred redo some of my shots taken in those passages

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected a shot for the correct sky at dusk and others images to select light trails, I selected from this images 2 exposures that I used to add the light trails you see. Iresized the image, I re-adjusted the perspective, than I launched  my panel to add details and to fix the color cast. I fixed the colors adding some cold filters (one for the highlights and one for the shadows). After adding a soft contrast, I fixed the lights of the trails, using glow brush tool included in TTS PRO.

I made som adjustments at the colors, increasing the lights of red and yellows and decreasing the light of blue. With luminosity masks applied to lights 1 and to curves tool I darkened the light of the sky, I finally applied a soft sharpen to light trails and added a small vignette to better give the sense of dark mood

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Multiple shots

ISO: 100 at f/22

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Eternal Sunset

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For my opinion this is one of the most representative and fascinating sights of Rome, it captures all the essence of its daytime activity in the middle between everyday life and the timeless charm of the eternal city. This is perhaps my favorite spot in Rome, it is very representative of the city, beautiful and colorful at sunset. From this spot it’s possible to capture many elements including the dome of San Pietro and the river Tevere flowing down

I’m talking about the location of Sant’Angelo bridge, a photographic spot that contains at least other  3 spots inside, from here it is possible to shoot towards the dome of St. Peter as you see in this picture, go down on the banks of the Tevere to take the castle from below or with a little patience and many tourists in less do the front view of the castle 🙂

This photo dates back to last week where I decided to go here to do some test shots with some equipment I recently received, to test the products. The fact is that probably that was the windiest and coldest day of the year and on that bridge to photograph I literally froze 🙂

But finally we come to talk about the photo, for the first time I shot this part of Rome with a medium-distance lens my sigma 24-70 for the occasion mounted on my camera between the bars at the bottom of the bridge. Usually I took this picture with a wide angle, this is the first time that the first time I take a closer shot and I must say that I prefer to a wider view. The first floor on this part of the city is very fascinating for me

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start as usually blendind the images using luminosity masks, obtained the base shot I used clon stamp tool to remove some dust spot and some other little unwanted element in the picture. Using TTS Fast Panel  I launched high details effect to increase all the details in the picture, removing the effect on the water flow in the foreground.

Always using my panel and with the use of luminosity masks I applied contrast to the curves on midtones and darks to create a specific contrast per area. With orton effect I created a soft look of glow in the frame. Using a cold filter I increased the blue hour colors in the sky applying at the same time a warm filter to mediate the effect, I also used dodge and burn effect around the Tevere bridges and the lightings of the city, to decrease/increase luminosity selectively, in particular some points like the tree and other dark parts were very difficult to lighten even using darks luminosity masks

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2,8 (Shot at 70mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2018

 


Venice Moving III

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The view from the Rialto bridge in Venice. Rialto Bridge is one of the most busiest and visited in the lagoon city, between gondolas and boats passing under it, even the bridge itself is always full of people practically at all hours of the day, but with a little patience a space to take pictures is always free 🙂

Compared with the other photos called  “Venice Moving” I changed the type of movement moving from a movement of gondolas due to the wave motion to a movement of passage in the canal under Rialto

I took this picture with a series of long exposures and a nd 3 stop ND filter. Among the various results I particularly liked this with movements clearly visible unlike other light trails

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is a single exposure work, I make the first changes with the luminosity of the store lights, decreasing the effect. With a brush and using a new layer I replied the original color above the light trail of the boats to makethem more visible, then I changed the layer mode soft light to give a lighter effect

I fixed contrast using luminosity masks applied to lights, darks and midtones, using my panel I launched details and  dodge and burn to lighten the darker part of the image and softy lighten the buildings

I fixed the color cast and I add some warm/pink filter to give a different look at the image. As final step I applied a small vignette to the frame

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single exposure

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Postcard from Venice

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The famous Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice gives this name because tradition has it that, at the time of the Serenissima, the prisoners, crossing it, sighed in front of the prospect of seeing for the last time the outside world

The bridge is one of the most popular destinations in the lagoon city and that small space that faces the bridge is photographed by thousands of tourists every day, making its way through the crowd is not easy practically at all hours of the day

I made this frame from some bracketing shots handheld, I then used the brightest shots to lighten the areas of shadows inside the canal

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As I mentioned above, I used the brightest shots to lighten the shadow areas of the channel, obviously helping me with the luminosity masks applied to the darks. Once this sets done, I corrected the color cast and I applied a warmer filter mixing it with a colder filter

I applied details, dodge and burn and orton effect using my panel. I fixed lights and darks using luminosity masks applied to curves layer, creating the right contrast between sky and buildings

As final step I launched a vignette slightly increasing the light in the central part of the frame

I hope you will find all this informations usefull. I love to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures ( -1; 0 +1)

ISO: 100 at f/5

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 

 


The Way of Angels

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Way of Angels

 

So here I am again to photograph my city and definitely one of my favorite spots, Castel Sant’Angelo and its magnificent bridge, this is a wonderful location wherever you decide to photograph it from the banks of the river or the main bridge like in this case. The only small detail is that Ponte Sant’Angelo is full of tourists from all around the world, that cross up and down for photograph the castle in in each pose, 365 days in the year! Take a picture here without people is very difficult, but it could be much easier during sunrises or as in my case with a very gloomy day and a good nd filter 🙂

The day I decide to go to shoot Castel Sant’Angelo from the bridge it was near sunset in the evening on a day where it threatened rain all day (an element not to be underestimated because there is less people around tourist attractions) I used a nd1000 (I needed the most imaginable stop) to erase the dozens of people who continually passing in front of my camera… on 10/15 shots I made about only 2 photos came without too many people, and together with, in addition that a good deal of the clone stamp I have so been able to use to compose my final image 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected 5 pictures of all my shots between some with less people in the bridge and others with cool sky colours, lights ecc, I blended the image togheder using luminosity masks and gradiend tool. I remove some remaining people ghost using clone stamp tool, then I launched dodge and burn to fix some lights and shadows in the bridge. I correct the color cast in the frame and removed the orange effect of it increasing yellows

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details and launched orton effect. I also increased contrast in the picture reducing a bit the exposure. The last step was to fix contrast and highlights using luminosity masks applied to curves adjustment layer and by creating a small vignetting to the image

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Different Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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