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Timeless

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Another waterfall from my recent trip to South Korea, the water of this waterfall ends directly into the sea, I never saw a waterfall like that and I must say that it was very cool photography sunset from a beach with a waterfall on the right 🙂

Upon my arrival I found some people at the foot of the waterfall who were practically on the beach, I would have preferred a frontal view of the waterfall that fell directly into the sea but I had to give it up for a more distant and covered view. At the beginning I tried to photograph from a closer and more central point but it was practically impossible because of all the water spashes in front of

In the picture it doesn’t look like a big waterfall but I can assure you that it was pretty big and had a considerable water flow, so I decided for a vertical shot farther back behind some big rocks (it was one of the few points where you could be without it to be wet)

I captured a series of exposure to make this shot, without the use of practically unusable filters, the water you see moved was captured by longer exposures


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the shots using TTS Pro with some exposures taken from before the golden hour till the blue hour, I was able to take the sunlight I like with this

I added details on the frame and I increased the warmth applied to shadows using luminosity masks, I made some adjustments with clone stamp tool to remove some water spot on the lens and I cleaned the scene from other small spots

With the help of dodge and burn I incresed the lighting over the rocks near me and I lightened the water coming from the waterfall. I added a orton effect because I like this kind of effect on waterfalls.

As final steps I decreased the general exposure of the frame just a bit to emphatize the lighting coming from the sunset

I hope you will find this usefull. I’ts a pleasure to ear this from you!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Nikon 14-24 f/2,8 (used at 16mm)

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Awakening

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When I took this photo I was in a special place, a very special place that I found with after a bit of research on google earth in order to find waterfalls along my South Korea itinerary

This is precisely the first of my in trip researches resuls, reaching it was not easy but it was satisfying, together with this waterfall in the next post I will also show you another waterfall that is absolutely unique

However the light coming from the top of the waterfall was lovely, photographing it and capturing that light was my main goal since I reached the location

Behind me there were some tourists who take selfies in every way possibles 🙂 A very strange thing, throughout the entire journey in South Korea I didn’t see half photographer or landscape photographer who had a tripod or a DSRL, never happened before in all of life


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I captured different shots in order to capture the best dynamic range, I blended 3 of them to obtain a final frame with the right light around the water and over the trees

I blended the shots using TTS Pro and luminosity masks to fix the lights around the rocks after the blend. Always with the use of my panel I increased the yellow colours of highlights and shadows using the warm colour filter

With the glow tool I incrased some lights over the main light spot and over the leafs on the trees, I decreased the luminosity in order to generate a more dark look and I applied a soft orton effect to emphatize this

I increased the vibrance of the colours around +10 using hue/saturation given more contrast using curves adjustment layer applied to luminosity masks

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Sigma 24-70 f/2,8 (used at 35mm)

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


Lines of the Night

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In the previous post I show you one of Busan spots that really impressed me and it is the main center activity of the city, but it is not the only one. Busan has also another very interesting city heart near the harbour

This is a view from the Busan Tower a a 120-metre-high tower at Yongdusan Park. I like very much the view from this tower because it benefit from a great view over the sea and from the proximity of other buildings

When I take this shot I come before the dusk and go upstairs still with sunlight, I cecked my favourite view and waited the right mix between golden and blue hour (i really love this kind of lights mix), usually during this time the citylights starts and at the same time the sky offers beautiful colours

I took this photo through the glass of the Busan Tower windows, using a suction cup to attach to the glass to avoid internal reflections, I captured some bracketed shots that I used to blend the final frame especially for what concerns the highlights


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended two shots for this image, I worked mainly on a shot and I used a underexposed exposure to decrease the highlights using digital blending with TTS Pro, after this I straighten the horizon and fixed color cast

I still decreased the highlights using color range funcion and applying the selection to luminosity masks. I removed some dust spots over the window using clone stamp tool, after I increased details and colours vividness

Using hue/saturation I decreased the blues on the left part of the sky that was originally too much strong. I set contrast and shadows as fnal touch

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Bay

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Busan is a very cool city, its alternating Korean traditions, beautiful temples, beaches with the modernity of the buildings. Thanks to the advice of a friend, I managed to find this fabulous spot of the Busan towers right in front of a bay that is a dock for boats

I reached the location in the late afternoon, I arrived much earlier than the blue hour and started taking some pictures on the pier with some fishermen and a beer I had taken at a nearby bar

It was nice to stop and shoot from this location while waiting for the best lights in the city while I watched the boats go by the pier and the sky changes faster and faster

I took many interesting photos during the sunset, including this one below which is a blending of a couple of photos to get the Gwangalli bridge on the left into the frame

I captured shots from the golden hour until the blue hour and I created the photo above from an interesting blending between the two moments but what struck me most was the impact of the reflections and the lights as soon as the twilight began, beautiful reflections that could be seen even in the puddles around me on the dock of the port


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

To make the night shot I made a blend of 3 exposures with different timing essentially to cover all the dinamic range of building lights. The main goal was to create a final frame to fixed lights

I blended the shots using TTS Pro and with the help of luminosity masks I made the final adjustments to the lights using color range

I increased details removing the effect on the water, I applied more blue colours to the shadows using a cold filter. With the glow tool I pushed up some lights in the water and in the sky, with the help of dodge and burn I decreased some spot in the frame

As final step I increased the sharpness of the photo removing the effect on the water


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (30s-15s-8s)

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


Walking through the Ancient

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I love Seoul because it is a very variegate city, inside we can find tall skyscrapers and modern buildings but there is a part linked to tradition and traditional life

I’ts the case of this place, this is the beautiful Hanok Village, where you can find the traditional korean house. It is fascinating to walk along its narrow streets among the low houses and the so characteristic and traditional roofs. The Hanok Village offers one of the most interesting view of Seoul, with this street view that leads to the modern buildings

It seems a museum itinerary but the streets are full of real houses, it is considerated a residential zone and some people leave here. I arrived here quite early and found various signs on the spot asking for silence until at least 9 am, to allow the residents to rest

That’s right! in fact I read a few days before about this village that its streets are full of tourists during the day, which is why going there very early in the morning remains the only solution to shooting

Furthermore near the village there are several shops that rent the hanbok, the famous and traditional Korean dress, so it’s not difficult to find someone like you who decided to wake up early to get some shots immersed in the tradition 🙂


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Taking this shot did not require any particular technicalities, I reach the top of the village to benefit from the perspective, a girl who dressed in the traditional hanbok dress that was taking selfies just passed she approached a door I started taking some pictures

I take a single shot for this image so this time i didn’t used any digital blending but I used the same luminosity masks to correct the highlights in the sky and recover the shadows

I increased details and pushed up colours using TTS Pro, with dodge and burn tool I dodged some house tiles touched by the light to increase the clarity effect

I corrected the wide angle effect that was created on the houses creating a slight distortion, to do this I used the free transform tool dragging it on side

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 14mm)

Single Shot

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


After the Rain – Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Hi guys, on my first day in Korea I immediately found a beautiful rainy day 😀 the day I decided to go to the Gyeongbokgung palace the weather was certainly not the best: quite strong rain and gloomy day (even if very hot)

I will spend two words to tell you about this royal palace which is one of the most important buildings of the Chousun, namely the dynasty that reigned in Korea for the longest time

The palace was burned during the period of the Japanese invasion and subsequently abandoned due to the difficulties of the restoration until the 60s where an important restoration brings it back to ancient beauty

During my visit to the Gyeongbokgung I met many people who took pictures in traditional clothes (hanbok) and at the entrance of the building, it is possible at certain times to observe the interesting change of the guard in front of the main door of the palace

The rain did not discourage tourists who were like me under the underpasses at the sides of the main building, when I took this picture the sky was opening and it had stopped raining

The possibility of portraying the royal palace Gyeongbokgung with the perspective of some puddles was very suggestive while the sky opened up to the after rain colors. Some nice Korean ladies have protected me with an umbrella from the gutter drips at the top while I was taking this picture 🙂


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

To make this shot I used focus stacking technique, so I captured 3 bracketed shots focusing on the palace, thank other 3 bracketed shots focusing on the grass

I blended the shots following this guide, until obtaining 3 blended images able to be blended toghteder using luminosity masks

that’s what I did, using TTS Pro to digital blend the images until get the perfect exposure; after this I increased contrast and details, than I added a warm filter to the sky and shadows using Color Efex Pro

With the help of dodge and burn I give more light over the grass and over the puddles. After a color vibrance increase I remove some tourist near the temple using clone stamp tool

I decrease slightly the exposure value to increase the highlights and added more contrast to the image

I hope you will find this 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)

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

ISO: 200 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro, Color Efex Pro


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