Straight to the Sun – Cilento Sunset

Straight to the Sun – Cilento Sunset

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While I was hiking near a promontory in the Cilento area I came across this splendid view of the sea, with a practically perfect sunset with the sun going falling down between two mountains in front of me. Despite the beauty of the place, however, shooting here was very challenging

There was to consider that I was shooting in the direction of the sun, so in a situation of great contrast, also I had to capture all my shots with focus stacking to contrast the wind that came from the sea made all the leaves that I had inserted in composition

For this reason I captured a series of bracketed shots to save the sky and be able to retrieve the information I needed in processing and in addition to this I captured another series of focus stacking shots to save some elements of focus

I am satisfied with the final result even if the processing that I report below as usual was quite long and complicated 😅

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started working on my image with TTS Pro with I digitally blended all my shots to obtain a balanced image with all the informations recovered in the sky. After this I go through focus stacking technique to save focus in the foreground around the leafs, to make this I used a couple of shots more

Once I obtained the image I started working on it with luminosity masks to recover the highlights in the sky, contrasts, blacks and shadows. I correct color cast in the image, than I fixed again the luminosity of the sky, after this I applied a orton effect to increase the sense of glow warm coming from the sun, I added details, sharpness and increased vibrance

I removed some unwanted spots in the water and reduced the photo noise, created by the shots I used for focus stacking that were captured with high ISO to avoid long exposure

As last touch I fixed lights and I created a manual vignette to emphatize the light source from the sun

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D850

Nikon 14-24f/2,8 (used @24mm)

Focus Stacking Serie

ISO: 80 f/22

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro 2.0


Chasing Sunlight

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Hi guys, also this week here you are another sunrise shot from Rome for this photo I chose another spot where you can admire the roman sunrise in all its beauty

The view of the roman forum is truly spectacular, I went here just before the sun started to glimpse the horizon composing the shot in a way that so that I could have a general overview of the roman forum with the Coliseum on the right

I captured some series of bracketing shots, also including some shots holding my finger in front of the sunlight, in order to have some shots without the lens flare for the blend with other photos, in this way I removed all the lens flare from the final image


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended all the exposures using TTS Pro, I decreased the shadows and increased the highlights to push up the sunrise lights than, with the use of luminosity masks, I give more contast to the image.

After adding a warm filter to give a more yellow tone to the image, I added a orton effect to increase the dreamy look feel of the sunlight. With the use of dodge and burn I fixed some light and shadows spot around the picture and for the last I used a dark vignette around the picture

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


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/22

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro


Afterlight II

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I took this photo earlier than my last posted last week.
In this photo I wanted instead to take a larger part of the frame by going to directly insert the reflection of the sun also inside the water

I absolutely love the winter scenery on mountain lakes, here conditions change continuously and every shot can give you totally different look

I closed the shutter to catch the spikes of the sun with the help of a series of shots taken later to eliminate the lens flare, some time ago I also wrote an article that I recommend you read on the topic: 5 useful tips to shoot into the sun direction

Putting the hand on the sun on the camera is a great way to have a shot without any lens flare, this allows you to have a clean shot very usefull to mask out all flares


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I digital blended the exposure using TTS Pro, the blend focused mainly on lightening the shadows using the overexposed shot

As I saied on top I used the shot without reflections to eliminate the lens flare on the water and around the rock on the right

I increased the detail by removing the effect on the water, then I added a slight orton effect as I do in practically all my images

Always using my panel, I fixed contrast using luminosity masks applied to curves, I increased the color vibrance and I pushed up sun warmth by applying luminosity masks to a warming filters

As last steps I added a small vignette and pushed up the shadows using luminosity masks

I hope you will find this informations usefull! I like and I’m avaiable to ear feedback from you!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Sigma 24-70 f/2,8 (used at 31 mm)

Single Shot

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2020

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Touch of the Sun

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Looking back at some of the shots taken in Japan, I found this picture that take my interest.

In particular this is the initial area of the Arashiyama Bamboo forest, at this point the bamboo is not as thick and narrow as in some of the inner points but you can appreciate the beautiful through the bamboo

The light is surely the most striking in this photo and in particular how it touches those two large dark trees beside the bamboo, the tree on the right in particular

To make the shot in my opinion very interesting there is also the beautiful game of contrasts and lights on the main avenue and at the end a tourist who enters the frame at the bottom that concludes the composition of the image


WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I captured for this shot 3 exposure brakets that I blended using my panel, with the same tool I lauched high details effect very usefull to add details using frequency separation

I incresed the yellow colours applying a warmer filter first to the highlights than to the shadows, separately with a different opacity (usually shadows require less % than highlights)

With the dodge and burn tool I darkened some part of the foliage with too much light and with the glow tool I increased the luminosity at the points of the path and on the fence hits by the sun

With the use of orton effect I increased the glow of the picture, to give more energy to the sunlight. Final steps was to decrease a bit the general luminosity, recover the shadows and to add a small vignette

I really hope you will find this usefull. I’m always happy to ear this words!


TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Five Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


Ice Bushes II

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Another pov by the iced lake Calaita, I took advantage of a vertical photo along the vegetation on the lake. As I wrote in my previous post, this location is an alpine lake located in the valley of Lozen and it in winter is very often frozen without snow.

Compared to the previous photo this was taken at an earlier time of the day. Also this picture is made by using focus stacking technique to compose the photo by the mountain and the close-up bushes

I take all my shots bracketing in order to select have the correct dynamic range avaiable to blend the exposures

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I focus stacked the main shots and with the other bracketed images I made other focus stacking pictures, to have the exposures avaiables to digital blend all the images. At the end of this process I created my base shots, blended and focus stacked

After the details increase with the use of TTS PRO, I launched dodge and burn (to lighten the bushes and the trees ) and to darken the light over the mountain that was too high.

I increased yellow colors on the mountain and I decreased the same yellows on the bushes. With the luminosity masks applied to the highlighs I incresed the lights at the back of the mountain and I launched a orton effect to give more dreamy look at the image. Always using my panel I lauched details shadows filter to increase the details over the foreground without affecting other part of the frame

Last spots was to intervened on the colors, increasing the level of blue and violet in general and adding a soft vignette

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

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8

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

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro


Dreaming Riomaggiore 2

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Here’s again another shot  from Riomaggiore that goes to close this mini series shot in this beautiful italian town. Together with the previous ones are all photos are taken in the same location, the small and pretty harbour of Riomaggiore, in this spot I moved a few meters to change the angle between the 3 photos that composed this series

Unlike the other images where I captured only sunlight in favor of greater framing of the town, this time I shot directly into the sun, I captured a series of exposures including some very long ones the idea was to have as many shots possibles to blend togheder

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started from two exposures and I start blending the images using luminosity masks. The blend was between a long exposure and a normal exposure this creates a soft effect that I like for this picture. I increased yellows using a warm brush and giving the main color in the direction of the sun. With TTS Fast Panel  I increased details and contrast using luminosity masks applied to curves layer

After recovering som shadows and fixed the highlights I increased the luminosity over the buildings using luminosity masks. Increased vibrance with hue/saturation, same like the latest picture I added a soft glow effect with color efex pro. Last touch was to decrease luminosity just a bit 🙂

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Two Exposure ( Regular shot + 61′ Long)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Fast Panel – Colo Efex Pro

 


Sunset Glow

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When I take this picture I was on the beaches in Cilento valley, where one evening I stopped  for this at sunset. This area as I said in some posts ago, is characterized by a great variety of natural scenarios, including the sea and the mountains. In this sunset photo I have just portrayed part of this variety including the colors of the beautiful landscapes that this part of Italy can offer

Also here as in the previous post I have taken a natural glow effect that was created with the lights of the sunset, with an intense yellow effect that also came on the rocks. It is a long exposure of 20 seconds made with ND64

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended two long exposures using luminosity masks, starting from the dark picture to brighten the foreground and the most black rocks.

I  used Dodge and burn  to made some adjustments on the rocks and on the water, using my panel I increased details and sharpen.

For the adjustments of colors I applied a warming filter to the lights masks and a cold filter to the darks playing with the opacity to create a mix between the two effects

As the final step I added contrast and fixed lights and darks

I will by proud if you will find this information usefull! I’m always happy to hear this from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure (20 seconds)

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


By the Sea

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I take this shot on the seafront of Palinuro, this small beach looked out over the sunset and did not miss the opportunity to shot in the  sun direction. Taking shots in  direction of the sun provides a very important point of energy to the whole picture. I used my nd64 filter to capture water movements in bracketing mode to have various lower exposures for blending sunlight and sky

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

With the exposure taken I make a blend using luminosity masks, I save all the water part and I recover the exposure on the sky and the sun. With dodge and burn I recover some overexposed parts of the water and darkened some glows around the mountain. Using TTS Fast Panel I launched details and sharpen and with orton effect I increased the glow effect in the photo

I used a warmer filter to increase the sunset lighting, I also fixed colors using hue saturation and increasing/decreasing the luminance and saturation of them, the color correction component affects very much of this kind of pictures especially on colors and water illumination. As final touch I added a small vignette to the frame to increse the dark look of the picture

I hope you will find this usefull. I always happy to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL 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/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


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

 


Thirst for Light

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Giuseppe Sapori - thirst for light

This is Porta Latina, a road that leads to the most famous circus maximus to the ancient roman walls, on the left  the little chapel of St. Giovanni in Oleo, one inside which is painted the torture of St. Giovanni

Near the church there is a park and the whole area is surrounded by a beautiful green. I took this photo in the full sunset, taking advantage of the direction of the sun and a small column beside the chapel that “split in two” the direction of the rays

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For the first thing I remove all the lens flare using other shots I take with my finger in front of the camera of the sun direction. Using a large dynamic range of shots with luminosity masks I managed sunrays close to underexposed shot. I added orton effect and with dodge an burn I made the main adjustments in the dark areas

With TTS Fast Panel I launched details and sharpening, I also increased foreground details using darks masks applied to high pass filters to make it better visible. As the final touch I fixed some contrasts in the midtones and in the brights using curves always applied to luminosity masks

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

 

TECNHNICAL 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/10

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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