Ray of Light

Ray of Light

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We are in the beautiful island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples. It is considered one of the most beautiful Italian islands and is also the most famous italian island for its beauty

Particularly famous are its faraglioni and the blue grotto for which it is famous all over the world, the island is made up of continuous caves and steep cliffs that make it a very interesting spot for taking great seasapes

What personally I love of Capri is to look the sea from the cliffs and benefit from the beautiful colors and the silence of the sea, from here you can see the merging of the sky to the sea

I took this photo in one of the numerous panoramic points of the island, I love the way in which on the island of Capri sun and clouds often alternate and the continuous creation of different illuminations in the sky



WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I edited this shot using luminosity masks and my panel TTS Pro with whom I increased details and contrast in the image

With the help of color efex pro I launched skylight filter to create a soft warming effect into the sky. I added a orton effectto increase the softness of the horizon and the mountains from the viewer’s eye

I decreased the highlights and I created a vignette to emphatize the light coming through the clouds

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



TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Shot

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro, Color Efex Pro


Iced Bulwark

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I always liked to photograph the frozen lakes and when I find one I never stop circling around looking for some rift or some interesting spot to shot 🙂

This is exactly what happened in this lake, where in my previous post, I talked about this represents one of my favorite photography locations

The surface of the lake was covered with transparent ice and below it you could see the vegetation, in some parts it emerged from the ice

I made this photo lying on the ice with the technique of focus stacking with bracketing to capture the two different points of focus, in this way I got 5 shots of different exposure per point

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected 2 shos to focus stack than with luminosity masks : I launched curves tool to fix lights around foreground and sky

I launched luminosity mask contrast using TTS PRO, after a color fix I pushed up the blues and yellow colors increasing in this way the violet tones

The next step was to increase detais, especially over the mountain, than with dodge and burn I give more prominence to the cracks on the ice

I reduced the exposure of the image and as final step I increased the highlights to give more enery to the sky

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

Three Exposures Focus Stacked (–1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS PRO


Hide and Seek

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Hi everyone, this is an old find inside a folder of photos taken years ago in the Regional Park of Gran Sasso. What we see is the Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Apennine range

I love this place, it is natural wild, sometimes inhospitable and above all very quiet, at the sight of the mountain overlooking the whole valley below and is completely different from the rest of the landscape. I recommend everyone to take a trip around here if you do not know Abruzzo is a milestone for photography enthusiasts and is just over an hour’s drive from Rome

I captured this photo with my old nikon 18-105 and I got the image from 3 bracketing shots at sunset while I waited for the sun to start taking some photos to the stars

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I discarted the overexposed picture and I merged the two shots using luminosity masks, I used lights applied to curves to fix lighting, always using the masks I reduced darks and adjusted contrast in the frame. With the use of TTS Fast Panel I increased details and applied a soft orton effect



I corrected colors using auto adjust, then I decreased the effect reducing the opacity. With a soft dodge and burn I recover the exposure in the darker part of the mountain and increased the colors around the Corno Grande. I reduced a bit the noise I increased the lights behind the mountain, after I decreased the light in the whole frame to make a more dark look and create more atmoshphere

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 18-105mm f/3,5 (Shot at 34mm)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Venice Moving

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Finally my first post of the year! This 2018 I start with a photo of Venice that I took some time ago, a city that  I literally love and where I’m often the lucky to come back. This photo was taken from the famous Piazza San Marco, looking at the Grand Canal in the direction of the Giudecca Island, which is right in front of it

Here there is a beautiful view on canal and one of the different mooring points of the famous Venetian gondolas, the long exposure from this point is not perhaps the most original thing ever but personally I had never taken it, I can even check on this 🙂

I used a ND64 filter applied to 5 exposures brackets to this shot, to have a  dark sky from the underexposed frame and I very smooth water from the overexposed one. When I shot it was late afternoon, just before sunset, fortunately in Venice despite the thousands of tourists every day this is a picture that you can do without too much difficulty

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take this picture from 5 exposure brackets, I used them to digital blend the images obtaining the starting frame to the edits. The whole area around the poles was full of chromatic aberrations, which I had to manually remove with so much patience

I used dodge and burn to recover dark areas under the gondolas, I used luminosity masks to darken the sky and recover the shadows. Using my panel I launched high details and orton effect to slightly decrease the effect giving at the same time a soft dreamy look

I increased the yellow colors of the sky adding Skylight filter of Color efex pro, I added contrasts removing the dark areas from the selection to avoid too much darks around the gondolas, as final step I addded a vignette removing the effects near the gondolas

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Monolith

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Another shot from the wonderful location of Rocca Calascio, a fantastic place where I will definitely come back to do again other milky way shots  because I was pleasantly impressed

In this photo I did something different, since the milky way was to the left of the ruin in the center of the frame I did many shots in this direction but I could not totally miss the opportunity to photograph the castle with the milky way, the castle of Rocca Calascio is the main protagonist of this location. For this reason I took several shots to compose a panorama, from the left to the right vertical

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I Photomerged the shots to have a final frame, for first I edited the colors in the milky way to give more saturation and vividness. The following step was to dodge and burn the foreground and the milky way to push out details in the white part of it, with hue/saturation I edits the luminosity of the colors in the sky

Other edits are: increase sharpness, increase contrast and adding a glow effect using orton effect. I fixed hue/saturation around the rocks and on the milky way, to reduce saturated yellow and increase magentas. At the end I increased a little bit contrast using levels and decreased noise.

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Night from Day

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Giuseppe Sapori - Night from day

Probably soon, I will return to this beautiful place, while I look at the old shots made the last time I went to Campo Imperatore to photograph the milky way I found this untreated photo

That afternoon I made some shots at the beautiful rocky lake and then moved to the point where the milky way was better visible at night, this is just one of the shots I did at the time of the first darks of night, at the time discarded but today revalued

The reflections of clouds and stars on the water of the lake create a magical atmosphere throughout the picture. At that time I probably had discarded it because the sky was too cloudy and the milky street was almost on the opposite side but having found a shot with this particular light was almost a surprise 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I had only a shot, indeed two! The second is another picture with more foreground and less sky, I blended the two images to have a more complete frame with sky and foreground

I worked this picture only using luminosity masks applied to curves and other effect launched from my panel, high details, sharpen and dodge and burn as well. I also edited the colors warming the sky and pushing up some highlighs, I increased contrast and darkness to give a dark mood to the picture

As the final touch I reduce noise, at some points in the photo there was visible. I hope you will find this 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: 3200 at f/2,8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Thirst for Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - thirst for light

This is Porta Latina, a road that leads to the most famous circus maximus to the ancient roman walls, on the left  the little chapel of St. Giovanni in Oleo, one inside which is painted the torture of St. Giovanni

Near the church there is a park and the whole area is surrounded by a beautiful green. I took this photo in the full sunset, taking advantage of the direction of the sun and a small column beside the chapel that “split in two” the direction of the rays

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For the first thing I remove all the lens flare using other shots I take with my finger in front of the camera of the sun direction. Using a large dynamic range of shots with luminosity masks I managed sunrays close to underexposed shot. I added orton effect and with dodge an burn I made the main adjustments in the dark areas

With TTS Fast Panel I launched details and sharpening, I also increased foreground details using darks masks applied to high pass filters to make it better visible. As the final touch I fixed some contrasts in the midtones and in the brights using curves always applied to luminosity masks

I hope you will find this usefull, I’m always happy to ear feedback from 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

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Holy Way

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Holy Way

For someone, it may sound strange, but when I photograph my city it means I’ve been short supply of photos to work 😀
I’m actually waiting for the next trip to make some new shots, in the meantime I go to Rome that always offers great locations to be photographed, one of this in my opinion is precisely the “Via Sacra“, located between the Coliseum square and the Imperial Forums was in Antiquity is the most important street of ancient Rome

I take this shot after the closing of the “roman forum” to get fewer tourist on the road, the summer sunset time allows you to reconcile a beautiful location with a less busy street than usual with the sunset in front of you

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take several shots during the sunset, I make a blend using luminosity masks. After this, I photomerged the resulting frame with another shot with more foreground to englarge the view of the viewer

I launched dodge and burn to increse light on the rocks in the foreground and to darken some part of the sky. After applied details and sharpen using my panel, I launched orton effect to increase glows and darks

I used a warm filter in the sky and a LAB Color in the whole frame. As the final touch I increase contrasts applied to luminosity masks and a vignette to emphasize the central light

 

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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Upper Barrakka

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Giuseppe Sapori - Upper Barrakka

 

Taken at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, that together with Lower Barrakka Gardens, is one of the panoramic views of the city of La Valletta. This is the terrace area where on the left you admire the waterfront of the city on the left

The gardens were originally used to offer recreation to the knights of the Italian langue of the Order of Saint John, but were opened to the public following the end of the French Occupation of Malta

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blend the images using luminosity masks and I added contrast and details using TTS Fast Panel

I made some colors adjustments increasing yellows in the highlights and with dodge and burn I fixed some darks area under the arches. I added a small orton effect to the frame and I added a vignette to increase the dark atmoshpere of the picture

I hope you will find this few lines usefull, feel free to write to me your feedback is always welcome!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/7,1 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/1,6

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Stairing the Middle

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Giuseppe Sapori - Stairing the middle

This is the famous spiral staircase inside the Vatican Museums, is a staircase built in the 30s as a result of a series of architectural works included in the Vatican City in the aftermath of the signing of the Lateran Pacts. The spiral staircase of the vatican museums is a double spiral staircase by a striking perspective effect. As roman I visited the Vatican museums as a child many years ago with the school and I have always seen this scale in the picture, I recently had the chance to return again to visit this beautiful museum (which I recommend to everyone) and photograph this staircase

Speaking about how I take this picture: I visited the vatican museums on Saturday where there really was a sea of people 🙂 that stopped to the stairs to take pictures, my goal was to take a series of exposures with the intent to auto align them and to remove people from the stairs

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected a bracketed series with the less people as possible behind the shots I take. I blend the images with luminosity masks, lighten some darks with darks4 around the stair. I take another exposure with no people on the bottom of the stairs and some other exposure with no people on the first part of it to auto align the images and easy mask out people from the main frame

With the clean frame available I started launching with TTS fast panel: high details, orton effect and dodge and burn with whom I darkened a few points on the scale that had too much brights

With the color lookup tool I launched “filmstock” filter and reduced the opacity to 10% to give effect made of different light to the staircase. I launched a photo filter giving a slight yellow tint, such as by applying soft light fusion method and reducing the opacity to 20%

Finally I adjusted the contrast and image lights adding a slight vignetting

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 250 at f/4,5

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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