Nature Embrace

Nature Embrace

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Lake Carezza near Bolzano was a pleasant surprise that I met along my way. It is a small alpine lake located in the Val d’Ega, about 25 km from Bolzano. It is nestled between thick forests of trees and is located under the massive of Latemar, which is reflected in its crystal clear water. Lake Carezza is known for its beautiful colors and why people who lives in this place call it the “rainbow lake”

The entire circumference of the lake is surrounded by a fence, and the lake is located a few meters below this. It ‘a beautiful lake to admire but very difficult to photograph, in fact any shot does not do it justice. During my shots I have sought to emphasize the reflections that were in the water and the massive Latemar which stood in the background, but it took me long to find an interesting spot from where shoot ūüôā

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

As I said in my previous post, I was with a D90, so I could not take more than 3 bracketed shots, so I chose to take a series (-1, 0 + 1) and (-2, 0, +2) separate. With Photoshop  I have used the set (-1, 0 + 1) and +2  exposure from the other set, cause the photo was very dark view of the shortage of light.

I blended all exposures with the luminosity masks, then I made some color correction on the green and the yellow. I used dodge and burn to lighten the darker parts of the trees and increase highlights on the mountain. With midtones masks I set contrasts on the frame and with Fast Panel I increased details over the picture, also applied orton effect to darken a bit and create a glow effect. As final I set contrast, shadows, and highlights again to balance the image

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


Crystal Mirror

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Lake Landro with its typical reflections of the mount cristallo, this location is truly exceptional. I didn’t know this lake before, I saw this place passing by car and I stopped and go out to take some shots of this place, it’s a beautiful place perfect for photography.¬†The lake was slightly dry but I tried to position myself in front of the main reflection, I take 3 exposures trying to emphasize the foreground and its reflections. Unfortunately in this trip I did not have my Nikon D800 cause the broke of¬†diaphragms level, I shoot this picture and the the other of the following post with a Nikon D90 with fortunately has been quite good ūüôā

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

The picture had a so natural and beautiful light that it no need many edits, I only make Photoshop edits to brighten highlighs and enhance the contrast. I started merging the exposures with luminosity masks, made some color corrections and add contrast using midtones. With the help of lights masks I increased highlighs and with darks lightened the main part of the mountains.

I added some adjustments with dodge and burn, added orton effect and details using TTS Fast Panel. As final intervention I added more contrast and a small vigneting to emphatize the central part of the frame and darken the borders.

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-90

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

Five Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Sunset at the Harbor

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From Aegina to¬†Skiathos, this is a beautiful and famous¬†island which is located in the archipelago of the Cyclades. Much of Skiathos island fame is the fact that it was the main location of the famous musical “Mamma Mia”, where exactly here were filmed most scenes of the movie. This is the port of the city island taken over by a small hill in front of

I take several shots on this hill since they had a favorable position towards the sunset and the city harbor. I made a small stack of photographs to take as many as possible in the frame rocks and make the image more depth

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start as usual using Luminosity Masks to blend¬†all the bracketed exposures taken in the port of Skiathos. ¬†When I got a final image I combined this with the image I had taken further down with rocks to merge them together¬†to get such a small vertorama. With the resulting “basic”¬†image of ¬†I started to change the lights, shadows, highlights the Curves tool¬†inside¬†Camera Raw

Using  LAB Color I pushed up vibrance and yellows color, then I applied Dodge and Burn tool on the rocks to make them brighter. I increased details in the whole frame, then, with a small gaussian blur, I removed a small noise in the water. For this I applied gaussian blur with a black layer mask (hidden), with a white brush I painted all the water to smooth it. Finally I increased the contrast using curves tool  and created a slight vignetting to give more prominence to the central area

TECHNICAL 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/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


A Secret Place

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After days spent in Athens I moved on a¬†island that is located in front of Athens… the island of Aegina. Is a peaceful island away from mass tourism, where there are mainly locals and Athenians who come to spend their holidays on an island easily accessible.¬†When I took this picture I was in the island’s capital “Egina” which of course is the reference center of the whole area.¬†I found this micro beach on the road leading out of the center of Aegina on which there was this small dock on the sea.

I take some shots using bracketing over the area to have good exposure for the sky and clouds and I shot a exposure to get a strong focus on the foregroud. With the passing of time¬†that carried on the¬†increasingly light toward the blue hour, I started doing more and more tests with exposure compensation up to that have not come into a state of low light. I set a value of -5 exposure compensation on my D800 with a 20-second exposure time, I¬†managed to get good results (I know I have to decide to buy photo filters) ūüôā

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I start my edit with the sky, using the Luminosity Masks it was very easy to bring down the exposure of the sky without affecting the entire image. Then was the turn of a Dodge and Burn intervention to clean water from reflections and to brighten other part of the frame too darks. With the help of Color Lookup adjustment layer I added two effect to the frame, I am talking about Foggy Night and Drop Blues using a lower opacity 15-20% to give a small surreal effect to the frame. Using this technique I give more impact to the sunset light on the edge. As a final step I increased the details on the entire imag and contrasts, again making use of Luminosity Masks combined with the curves tool. For the last touch I use Color Efex pro filter to add a small vignette using Darken Lighten Center filter.

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) + Long exposures shots

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2015.5

Plugin: Color Efex Pro


The Watch Post

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Dubrovnik¬†taken from the top of the walls¬†that¬†characterize it.¬†Dubrovnik¬†is a beautiful Croatian town of great beauty Unesco Heritage , a place that for a very long time¬†I want to¬†visit and photograph. The pictures I ‘ve taken is at the top of steps of the walls¬†entrace¬†,¬†these¬†are the main attraction of the city and walk around the perimeter of Dubrovnik leaving you the chance to admire the beauty of the buildings and the cliffs on the sea.

During my stay in¬†Dubrovnik¬†I have been very unlucky with the weather having often found clouds and pouring rain. In fact I went to visit the walls of¬†Dubrovnik¬†in one of the rare non-rainy afternoons of my weekend. Also as it is seen from the threatening clouds ūüôā

I made five exposures for this photo but in fact I have used only three that I worked using Luminance Masks, I have not done a lot of color work for my coverage of this picture was very limited but I dwelt a lot of shadows and contrasts to give a slightly surreal look to the image

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 18mm)

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) 3 only used

ISO: 100 at f/6,3

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Coastal Sunset

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It follows the serie of photos taken in Amalfi during my stay in the beautiful Amalfi Coast . This is a landscape of the top watching Amalfi touched by the setting sun. To Give Some landmark is simply treats the other side from my latest post. As in the previous photo I take a series of exposures before coming down to Amalfi town when the sunset ends

 

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


The Shelter

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In September I started exploring some areas looking for a place to photograph the Milky Way, since I had time until October to see it. So¬†I start explore¬†the area of Gran Sasso – Abruzzo an afternoon in late September located in Campo Imperatore where¬†is an astronomical observatory. In the plain of Campo Imperatore it’s possible to admire a beautiful view of the mountains, the other ( behind my shot ) is located ¬†the astronomical observatory and the Hotel Campo Imperatore, red coloured to be visible during the harsh winters of snow. During my tour, I scoured log cabins that serve the explorers to shelter from the cold during the crossings and this is one of those, A peaceful, greeny¬†mountain landscape, il the result.

I shot¬†5 exposures for this picture, but I’ve only used 3, starting from the darker one. Indeed ¬†the light was still too high and usually shooting always times close at dusk, so I started using the underexposed image using the others¬†to bring up¬†on light and detail. In this image I used the color lookup function to give greater emphasis to the greens and shades of sky.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/6,3

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

Software: Photoshop CC2015


The Middle

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This is from the headland next to the monastery of Varlaam, from this summit you can admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of Meteora. On the right there is the Great Meteor the largest monastery of meteors. I reached this place during the early sunset, I was lucky with the timing. I made this picutre from 3 exposures, I created manually by editing in a blending with the luminance masks and function Camera Raw Photoshop CC

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 200 at f/9

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC

 


Meteor

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I took this picture while I was on the promontory overlooking the meteors. What you see in the background is the town Kalambaka located at the foot of the beautiful monasteries. In the image on the left is the impressive monastery of Agia Triada,¬†the most difficult to achieve, personally I climbed up to the top starting from Kalambaka and I assure you that it was hard ūüėÄ

The photo was taken on the road that connects all the meteors on top with each other, the image is the result of a single shot that I edited completely using Camera Raw. I stepped up the reflection of light to give more depth to the image that  looked too flat before. For the rest it was all a work of contrasts, lights and shadows using layer masks.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 200 at f/7,1

Single Shot

Software: Photoshop CC


Meteora Sky

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Hello to all guys I’m back from my trip in Greece¬†that I posted in my previous post. I visited so many beautiful places and start from the very beginning of my trip. Meteora¬†with the¬†meteors are an amazing place, beautiful and full of magic with their aura of mysticism of the sanctuaries, to be meteors not only admire a beautiful landscape and an important UNESCO heritage site but also a place that makes you think, a magical and enchanting . There are 6 monasteries around, Agios Nikolaos,¬†Agios Stefanos Aghia Triada, Great Meteoron, Roussanou and¬†Varlaam. I visited all of them but I am not going boring you to tell you about each one but the panorama you see in this picture is taken from Roussanou, my favorite, small and middle where you can admire the most beautiful view of Meteora, this is just a taste will be followed by many others ūüôā

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

I had 5 shots and I merged with the function automate Photoshop, it is time that I do not use this technique to create the HDR but this time it seemed necessary caused by the glow behind the mountains of Meteora. I created many shadows in the foreground area, while having the function of my Nikon D-Lighting at most, I had to lighten considerably shadows with Camera Raw.

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 160 at f/5,6

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

Software: Photoshop CC

 

 

 


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