Halfway to the Coast

Halfway to the Coast

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The beautiful colors of the Cilento cliffs are one of my favorite spots in this area. This year I have been several times here and every time I managed to capture great sunsets and as many beautiful colors. The mountains are not far from the sea here and this creates a beautiful atmosphere at sunset

When I took this photo in the evening the sea was very rough, I put my tripod on a rock sheltered from the high water and started shooting with the colors of the golden hour until almost complete darkness

Capturing the entire event allowed me to take the whole dynamic range of the scene. In particular the brightly colored sky is the result of the yellow colors of the sunset when it was to turn towards the blue, having more series of shots at my disposal it allowed me to protect the yellows by exploiting the beautiful purple colors of “evening”

At the same time the long exposure of the water was captured in another series of shots that I used on the main frame to edit


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For this shot I makes 2 different blends: one for a series captured during the golde hour and another with another exposure series captured during the blue hour, so with more darkness.

I selected the shot with the golden hour and I used the blue hour blend to make some adjustments in the main frame, so I used it to blend, water and some part of the sky that i want to replace with a more dark image

I added details and I increased yellow colours in the sky using a warm filter applied to luminosity masks. I used dodge and burn on the rocks to make some lights effect in the direction of the sun, I always used dodge and burn to soften som lights coming from the clouds. I added orton effect and I increased the contrast using TTS Pro that have this function applied to luminosity masks in order to create a series of curves easy to adjust

I fixed the finale exposure and I increased the shadows to mitigate the darkess coming from the foreground rocks

As final step I made some colours increase adjustments, pushing up the vibrance but reducing the blues becoming too strong

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 22mm)

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1) x2

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro


Pool With a View

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This magical place is near the regional park of Alps in Belluno, skirting the lake of Mis you arrive in this series of natural pools feed by a waterfall with the alps in the background

The crystalline water and the white rock at certain times of the day it reaches its most complete amazing yellow colours when sun goes behind the mountains and all take a great looking yellow like golden hour

To take this photo I decided to create a vertical photomerge of two shots so as to include as much as possible of the scenery

The waterfall that feeds the pools is on the back, so I could not include it in the same shot but I promise you that it will be the subject of my next posts ūüėÄ



WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I captured two series of shots to photomerge, for each series I take 3 bracketed shots that I blended using auto blend darks function of TTS PRO 

After a lights fix using curves applied to luminosity masks, I increased details and controlled contrast. With a warm filter, I generate more yellows tones and I decreased the luminosity of the mountain with dodge and burn

I applied a soft orton effect details using my panel, a orton effect that create the typical effect but avoiding to loose sharpness. I create a light painting in the picture using the brush on the main viewer’s eye points

I decrease the luminosity a bit and I generate a soft vignette as final steps

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)

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


Golden Blue

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I like Santander, both within the same town and just outside, offering lots of photographic spots and beautiful places to see. This is the case of the Magdalena Peninsula, a city park located on this small natural place

The place occupies a well-kept park with an area dedicated to see local sea fauna, museums and panoramic views. I found this little beach right in this peninsula where I shot some photos. For this shot  to avoid direct sunshine I took 7 bracketing shots with an nd64 filter

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started blending the images, I discarted the too overexposed and underexposed shots to obtain a base shot. I created luminosity masks contrasts and I added some warm look using a filter

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details, sharpen and I use it for launch dodge and burn with I fixed some lights and shadows around the rocks, I also used a little orton effect and I added some more contrast and a light vignette to give more dark look at the image

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Seven Shots

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Golden Bay

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Golden Bay

This is a beach located on the north of Malta, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is a sandy beach with a blue sea but has two cliffs on its sides

It is on one of these cliffs that I went to take this photo, I made several shots since the sun was high when it dropped under the cliff, I caught all the moments using my nd filter, the idea was to merge the multiple exposures between solar reflections and sea

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I divided the exposures between the series sun on top and sun behind the cliff, I merged the two series separately using luminosity masks. Then I blended this two layers using a gradient between sky and sea

I made some lights adjustments using curves applied to luminosity masks, then I launched high details and sharpen using my panel. The step later was to correct some color cast and increasing yellows

Using dodge and burn I fix some luminosity around the rocks and the sea, after some other light and contrast correction I increased color vividness using LAB Color

As usual I hope you will find this usefull. Your feedback is my pleasure!

 

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/22

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Forum Magnum

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Giuseppe Sapori - Forum Magnum

For my opinion this is one of the top spots in Rome to take photos, the location is easy to find and what you see from here is the typical view of Roman Imperial Forum

I did this photo at the first sunset lights with 5 bracketed shots, the light coming from the bottom of the forum was very high and dimmed the foreground. For this kind of takes I also use a high d-lighting on my camera,  why it provides a valid in-shot contribution and allows to have a clearer picture on the shadow areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all selected exposures with luminosity masks, starting from the darken to the brightest image. I added contrast using darks2 curves and details plus sharpening in the whole frame. I used dodge and burn to lighten some darker part of the foreground and lighten some other too brights long the sunrays

After some correction of color cast, I increased sunset colors using a warm filter. I remove some noise visible on the foreground, and fixed light and darks as the final touch using luminosity mask  applied to curves

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 17mm)

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Path of Glory

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St. Angelo bridge shot taken from the banks of the Tevere¬†river, this is a picture I took several times and is one spot that I like very much, in fact, this area is easy to find, a good point without the thousands of tourists who are in any other spot of Rome.¬†This time I chose a time of golden hour on enough enlightened, I also benefited from good reflexes on the river and a shoal¬†inside, rarely seen in the winter months.¬†I would lower this to keep me with the shot but there were too many weeds at the base of the river, in fact some of them you can see the bottom ūüôā

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the shots togheder, discarding the most overexposed exposure. With luminosity masks, I make some adjustments to the frame adding more contrast with darks and midtones masks. Using Fast Panel I increased details, applied orton effect decreasing opacity around 8% and applying dodge and burn to lighten some parts of the bridge and darken the castle. With hue/saturation I adjust the yellows and make some color adjustments.

I also used camera raw to increase selectively clarity around bridge, reflection and shoal. As final I applied a small vignette selectively removing darks in the highlights as to increase darkness and contrasts only in the foreground, because otherwise, the sky would take a dark blue variant that would be surreal.¬†I hope you find this information useful, are always welcome your opinions on how you’d worked this photo

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Amalfi coast

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Giuseppe Sapori - Amalfi

 

This is the famous Amalfi coast, framed on the way to Amalfi, definitely my favorite shot in this part of south Italy. I took this picture after taking some shots at the port, as in my latest post. I started to go up on the Amalfi coast  by walk (which in the meantime was swarming with cars whizzing fast), to reach a first top where you could admire the beautiful Amalfi Coast in all its glory. I have been in this spot for about 20 minutes taking photos during different times of the Amalfi coast seascape during the golden hour.

When I go home I select the exposures taken in the first part of my take because they had a shade of yellow and the most characteristic colors than the other.  In Photoshop I used  my actions Luminosity Masks to do manual blend, my other actions to add, details, sharpen, orton effect and lab color.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2015

 


Giants

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Giuseppe Sapori - Giants

 

This photo was taken on Easter Eve, I was at Amalfi, one of Italy‘s most beautiful cliffs, along the Cinque Terre. Amalfi is a very turistic small town, there is¬†an adjacent port where you can visit all the islands of the Amalfi Coast.¬†The view that can be seen from these places is absolutely stunning, this is why this whole area is one of my favorite destinations in Italy.

I went to Amalfi on the first day, by bus on a road along the cliff  very impressive (I do not recommend at all to travel by car), the streets are narrow and full of cars and during the holidays parking and traffic can be a real nightmare! After doing a quick walk in the city center while waiting for the sunset I took pictures of the beginning of the golden hour at the port of Amalfi, it characterized not only by a picturesque view of the cliff  but from these gigantic artificial reefs. I was very lucky because that afternoon I found a sky that opened after a rainy morning. I tried to compose the shot more foreground to give a more detailed perspective, a series of 5 shots exposure entirely edited with luminance masks that you can easily find the free downloads section.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015

 


Faster ride

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Giuseppe Sapori - Faster ride

For truth, I wanted to wait to publish this picture, because as you know I always try to respect a chronological order in my publications, but soon there will be important news and for these I needed this image ūüôā
What you see is the new district of Porta Nuova in Milan, near the train station is this brand new neighborhood with lots of skyscrapers and finance towers. As I said on my facebook page a while ago, Porta Nuova represented my top spots in Milan of my trip. I found this point  with google maps that offered a beautiful view over the Unicredit Tower and that would give some depth to the cityscape. Unfortunately, once in place I found a giant construction site, that I fortunaly hide to the camera view.
To realize this picture of Porta Nuova I made several shots at different times of the day, starting at the beginning of the sunset and one hour and half after, in fact I tried to capture the different moments of the evening and then put them together in a single final image¬†the light from the beginning of golden hour to the light trails at the end of ¬†blue hour. I am planning to make a video workflows on this picture, so I recommend yourselves to stay glued to my newsletter and my facebook page ūüôā

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) in various moments

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Awake

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Awake

The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia that you see represented in one of its halls, was for me the main purpose of my trip to Valencia. For this reason I went to this place twice to be sure of being able to take advantage of the right light in the sky and various weather conditions, I have to say that the first day in the evening the sky was beautifully overcast and after an exploratory phase of the city Calatrava I decided to pause and do some shooting in this place,  in my opinion is one of the most characteristic. I recommend everyone to visit the city of arts and sciences because it is attractive as well as very funny, indeed inside the City of Arts and Sciences offers many attractions for young and old in the physical and scientific topic to explore interactively.
Coming to the picture: it was taken by a bridge which is right in front of the building of the city of arts and sciences, is a good view which allows to shot full architectural features. I made five exposures, which I worked from the under exposure to the over exposure lighting it with luminance masks, I used my actions (which for those who does not still have I suggest you download them in the free downloads section) to increase golden hour, sharpening, details and reduce noise. For the last touch I set the saturation of colors with the LAB coloring technique.

I take¬†several photos in this place, follow updates I just hope not to bore you ūüôā

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

ISO: 250 at f/4,5

Software: Photoshop CC2015


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