Traffic Lights – Porta Nuova Milan

Traffic Lights – Porta Nuova Milan

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One of my favorite spots for taking pictures in Milan is Porta Nuova or Porta Garibaldi district, here in recent years, this place had an important urban development that has completely revolutionized it, transforming it into one of the most visited and fascinating places of the city

The result of this “regeneration” was a modern, eye-catching neighborhood where there are many high-end bars and restaurants, but the whole district is visited by everyone for the modern and characteristic imprint that distinguishes it

It is in this place that I love to compose my shots, adding some light trails coming from the passage of cars, where I waited until blue hour to shot so that I could capture all the moments I needed

In particular I shot from sunset to get the colors of the golden hour, and then I went on until the blue hour to be able to capture more interesting light trails, with the aim of blending everything through exposure blending


Starting from a series of exposure during daylight I exposure blend three exposures to obtain the correct lighting in the image, I added details using  TTS Pro, correct lights and contrast with luminosity mask

I added some glow to the sky using orton effect and paintbrush selectively to the sky, after this I added light trails using another exposure, I merged the exposure using layer mask and paintbrush

With dodge and burn tool I decresed some bright areas and lightened some darker others one in the shot, after this I applied a sharpen filter that I use selectively on the buildings and on the street

After this I increased a bit the color vibrance, than added a soft vignette manually using the glow tool

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


Camera: Nikon D-850

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f9

Software: Photoshop CC2022

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0

The Stage

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Stage

Here we are in  Gae Aulenti square in Milan as part of Porta Nuova neighborhood few minutes walking distance from “Garibaldi Station”. This brand new and equally beautiful neighborhood has become one of the main points of meeting in Milan, then in addition to being a new, modern architecturally  is also full of people at all hours of the day. For those who come to Milan I recommend everyone a visit to Gae Aulenti area of the city you will love it!

But what about the shoot?, I took this picture from  composition of two shots. I took first the part at the top with a view of the Unicredit tower, then a lower shooting where there are (at least partially) the “trumpets” a modern sculture inside there



I selected two shots of the square that I merged using “photomerge” funcion inside Photoshop to create a unique image. As first thing I align the image using ruler tool, and it was not so easy in this image 🙂 Using luminosity masks I made some adjustments to lights and darks, I also increase yellows by the door outside.

Used dodge and burn around the darker part of the frame and i lightened the border of the hole. With TTS Fast Panel I increased details and sharpness. After a contrast fix using luminosity masks, i fixed some light adjustment using levels and that’s it!

I hope you will find this informations usefull, if you have any tips or question about it write to me. I’m always happy to hear it on you!


Camera: Nikon D-800

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


ISO: 200 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

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