Tokyo Nights

Tokyo Nights

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I take this from Tokyo Skytree,  from here you can admire (and photograph) the highest view of the city of Tokyo. The Skytree is a telecommunications and panoramic tower located in Sumida, Tokyo’s special district

With a height of 634 meters it is the tallest tower in the world and the second highest artificial structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the Tokyo Skytree is a strong tourist attraction and one of the main symbols of the city

The view from here is excessively high and everywhere you turn you can find some ideas to photograph from the top of the Japanese capital. Here I managed to make some shots including this where I preferred to emphasize a detail with one of Tokyo‘s main traffic arteries… everywhere I turned around it turned out to be all small 🙂

Also here as in Tokyo Tower to take shots through the windows of the tower I had to pay the maximum attention to the backlights that could reflect the lights on the window and definitively ruining the photo, at this regard also here I came to the rescue my sweatshirt with which I covered most of the reflections that entered the frame

I captured 3 exposures in bracketing mode for this frame, to have the ability to fix the lights and shadows with digital blending, the longer shot was of 25 seconds at ISO 100

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started this picture with digital blending using  TTS PRO, I blended the images using fast blend lights funcion and auto blend darks funcion. With the resulting frame ready I worked on luminosity masks going to fix the darks and lights as I like, to lighten some shadows and decrease some lights too strongs

I added details and using dodge and burn I lighten some darks area of the city and I used some color lookup filters to add to this picture, in particular: crisp winter at 20% filmstock 10% and futuristick bleak 30%

The latest touch was to increase the shadows and adding some extra sharpen to the frame

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2,8 (Shot at 48mm)

Three Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 

 


Tokyo Nights

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This is one of the possible views that can be seen from Tokyo Tower, is a telecommunications and panoramic tower located in the Shiba-kōen district of Minato. 333 m high, it is the second highest artificial structure in Japan, after Tokyo Skytree. The Tokyo Tower is a tower inspired by the Eiffel Tower painted white and international orange in order to respect the rules of air safety

Among the various possible views I chose this because I liked the close-up view of the skyscrapers in front, moreover as in all the photos taken in the evening in front of the windows you have to pay the maximum attention to the reflections

At this regard it is very easy that in the frame can enter lights from the back usually lit to allow visibility into the Tokyo Tower, or the screen of someone’s cell phone that takes the picture behind you, for this reason it is really very important to have not only a tripod behind to shoot with long exposure times and low iso but also something to cover these reflections

For the occasion I use a sweatshirt with the zip that open becomes big enough to be able to almost completely close the field behind the camera and minimize the reflections on the glass, probably someone will take you for a crazy while you’re with a sweatshirt open behind the camera stopped for 30/40 seconds, but the result does not wait … this is achieved with shutter speeds of 30 seconds and ISO 100

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take two shots of this view, a brighter and a darker exposure that i blended using auto blend darks function inside TTS PRO. Obtained a definite image I worked on luminosity masks going to fix the darks and lights as I like, to lighten some shadows and decrease some lights too strongs

I increased details and i used dodge and burn over the darks, as final touch i applied a small vignette to emphatyze the central part of the frame

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Two Exposures

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


Stars Zoom

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Hello guys! Here I am again with a night picture from the beautiful Rocca Calascio. What you see is the castle, with the path that leads to the slopes of the fortress. The way was glimpsed in the darkness and the atmosphere created by this photo was something that catch me imediately I like very much that mood and I also like the light pollution behind the castle that seems a daylight lighting

Speaking of the sky and the stars this time I tried to do something different, I enjoyed playing with the zooming and  Photoshop levels to create something original and slightly different from the usual, one created is a startrail zoom made by copying the same level multiple times and changing the blending mode into lighten, the sky full of point-like stars seemed to me too reductive for this beautiful castle 🙂

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

After created the images stack I changed the blending mode into lighten to create a zooming effect, than i merged the result into a final frame. Using TTS PRO I launched luminosity masks with I increased the lights of the darks and decreased the highlights curves. I created contrast zones to fix the light and the contrast over the main part of the picture

The next step was to fix colors using auto correct, that give me a very good color tone, than I slighlty changed it by reducing blues and increasing yellow using a warming filter.

I used dodge and burn to lighten the path that lead to the castle, I also launched orton effect decreasing the opacity to 8% to create a soft and dark dreamy atmosphere in the image. The last step was to darken the image e and to launch a noise reduction with very low opacity just to give the last touch

All the effects I mentioned above are inside my brand new panel TTS PRO, that I recommend to download to  fasten your workflow and to have all the effect in one click application!

I  hope you will find this usefull. I love to hear that 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 CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Wanderluster

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I absolutely love to photograph the night sky and every summer I try to find the right time to dedicate to the milky way and night shots. What you see is a shot taken in Abruzzo, an Italian region where nature is the main element and for me it is one of the main spots for landscapes and the night shots

This area is located in an ancient, uninhabited medieval village, very suggestive but above all ideal for taking shots and the milky way. At regard if you have not yet read it I recommend this article where I wrote how to plan and shot the milky way where you can find usefull information about the dark skies and how to take this kind of shots

This image is the result of a photomerge. I took a series of shots where I went to compose the frame by taking the whole milky way moving to the shots gradually down to including more foreground, I inserted the subject later with a mask from one shot taken separately to avoid the light disturb the visibility of the milky way

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Before open the images in Photoshop I make some edits on camera raw, especially for the colors and the lights, I saved the results and I opened the images as photomerge that composed my based frame, I adjusted the frame using the free transform tool, than I started using camera raw again with TTS PRO where I made the major adjustments for the contrast, highlighs, white and black points for the milky way

Using curves I increased the lights on the foreground helping myself with a brush. With dodge and burn I fixed the lights over the underexposed areas and I added more colors in the sky and on the ruins. Always using my panel I applied the warm highlights fiter that increased the yellow part of the highlights, than I decreased the opacity to 10% to softener the effect

Also made some adjustments at the colors where I fixed the main chromatic tone of the sky. With the clone stamp tool I removed some unwanted spots and some light pollution coming from the nearest city. As last touch I added a soft orton effect to make all more dreamy

You can find all the effects mentioned above in my custom panel TTS PRO, a very useful tool for any type of editing that I recommend to download to speed up and improve your workflow. I also want to recommend to subscribe to my newsletter to have news and updates from me and to receive a welcome gift as well as monthly tutorials about travel and landscape photography

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

 

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 CC2018

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


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

 


The Explorer

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Explorer

Night shot near the Rocca Calascio castle, the visibility of the milky street that evening was great and I composed this image from a series of shots

The result of the frame is a vertical composition of two images to get as much sky and foreground as possible, with the help of a third shot i put the subject in the picture, i wanted to avoid that the reflections of the light disturbed the other shots, the lamp in his hand projected a beam of light reflecting on the ruin at his side

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I Photomerged the shots to have a final frame, after a fix of contrast, highlighs and the other effects in camera raw I added the picture with my friend looking on the sky simply using layer mask

I launched dodge and burn with I increased lights around the rocks and on the milky way, with hue/saturations I fixed and increased colors around the milky way.

In all the photos of milky way I always like to add a nice orton effect, never too high but always useful to create a nice mood in the picture. If you try  using low opacity you will always find positive differences. I added more contrast and a yellow touch increase to the highlights, as final touch I added a little vignette

 

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


Midnight Memories

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Giuseppe Sapori - Midnight Memories

Rocca calascio is an excellent solution for photographing stars and milky way, the ruins were illuminated by the lights coming from the castle that until 1 AM were still on, nevertheless the visibility of the milky way was still great!

I have been here collecting so many shots of a beautiful starry sky, beginning today with this first photo promising to post the others on the return of my next trip to Northern Spain. This is actually my last post before my trip, when I  will come back with so many new content. Stay connected!

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is a single shot, I edited it before in camera raw decreasing exposures and increasing contrast, shadows and blacks

One opened in Photoshop I made some adjustments to lights and shadows using luminosity masks, than I made a big work of dodge and burn with I fixed lights around the milky way

With hue/saturation I fixed colors around the stars and I decreased the yellows around the ruins. I applied sharpen and orton effect with TTS Fast Panel. As final touch I reduced noise and I applied a small vignette to the frame

 

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


Road to the Stars II

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to the Stars 2

 

Although I still have several shots made in the plain of Campo Imperatore with some other landscapes and stars. But this will probably be the last of this series of Gran Sasso, to afford my personal goal to publish always my best pictures, and also not to bore you 🙂 This road is the other side of the road of my previous post, as you can see is going down and this side is the one that gets out and goes to the highway.

In this side of the road there’s not milky ( but it was behind me as the previous post), I really enjoyed the glow lights of the city reflected on the horn of the mountain to the left looking at the stars in the sky. The light pollution (if distant) are impressive favorably with those yellows contrasting with the colors of the blue of the night. In this photo I had fun playing on the flashes and colors of the lights in the distance to create a greater yellow effect.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8 – 30 sec

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Road to the stars

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to the stars

We’re back on the Gran Sasso, this is the road that leads to the summit of the mountain to the valley of Campo Imperatore. I had stopped for some time with the car in this area and after shooting my main shot I started exploring different angles to find some other interesting spot.

I made this picture by a single shot taken at ISO 3200 f2.8 and 30 sec, I developed two different processing to the sky and to the foreground. At first I opened Camera Raw trying to set the correct values ​​to view all parts of the picture and saved the result. Than I opened the same image in Camera Raw setting values ​​of high contrast and  everything that could bring out the most of the beauty of the milky way. Open the two images as layers I then auto align them, with the help of layer masks I  replaced the first sky to the second. Other major initiatives were a dodge and burn to the colors of the Milky Way, sharpening, detail, contrast, noise reduction and LAB Coloring.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 3200 at f/2,8 – 30 sec

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Moonwalk

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Giuseppe Sapori - Moonwalk

Night shot taken in the valley of Campo Imperatore under the peaks of the Grand Sasso mountain. I realized this image in the following hours to that of my previous post. Unfortunately where I was previously, the mountains close me a full view of the milky way and clouds dirtied a little too much the landscape, I had to leave the beautiful location where I was standing near the lake and the Corno Grande, to follow the milky way to make it fully visible in a lower part of the mountain.

When I arrived at this place,  the moon was still high, so I waited for the sunset of the moon to see the most of all the milky way show. I create this image by two main shots, a exposure taken to the sky and a second for the foreground. I combined the two shots with the “Photomerge” funcion in Photoshop. For the sky shot I used an exposure time of 30 seconds and high ISO value. For the foreground, instead I used 4 minute long exposure time and less ISO  to bring brightness and visibility to the underlying stones.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

2 Exposures:

ISO: 2000 at f/2,8 for the sky

ISO 1600 at f/4 for the sky (280 sec.)

Software: Photoshop CC2015


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