The Eternal Sunset

The Eternal Sunset

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For my opinion this is one of the most representative and fascinating sights of Rome, it captures all the essence of its daytime activity in the middle between everyday life and the timeless charm of the eternal city. This is perhaps my favorite spot in Rome, it is very representative of the city, beautiful and colorful at sunset. From this spot it’s possible to capture many elements including the dome of San Pietro and the river Tevere flowing down

I’m talking about the location of Sant’Angelo bridge, a photographic spot that contains at least other  3 spots inside, from here it is possible to shoot towards the dome of St. Peter as you see in this picture, go down on the banks of the Tevere to take the castle from below or with a little patience and many tourists in less do the front view of the castle 🙂

This photo dates back to last week where I decided to go here to do some test shots with some equipment I recently received, to test the products. The fact is that probably that was the windiest and coldest day of the year and on that bridge to photograph I literally froze 🙂

But finally we come to talk about the photo, for the first time I shot this part of Rome with a medium-distance lens my sigma 24-70 for the occasion mounted on my camera between the bars at the bottom of the bridge. Usually I took this picture with a wide angle, this is the first time that the first time I take a closer shot and I must say that I prefer to a wider view. The first floor on this part of the city is very fascinating for me



I start as usually blendind the images using luminosity masks, obtained the base shot I used clon stamp tool to remove some dust spot and some other little unwanted element in the picture. Using TTS Fast Panel  I launched high details effect to increase all the details in the picture, removing the effect on the water flow in the foreground.

Always using my panel and with the use of luminosity masks I applied contrast to the curves on midtones and darks to create a specific contrast per area. With orton effect I created a soft look of glow in the frame. Using a cold filter I increased the blue hour colors in the sky applying at the same time a warm filter to mediate the effect, I also used dodge and burn effect around the Tevere bridges and the lightings of the city, to decrease/increase luminosity selectively, in particular some points like the tree and other dark parts were very difficult to lighten even using darks luminosity masks

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



Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2018


Rome Urbs

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Giuseppe Sapori - Rome Urbe

View of St. Peter Basilica by Sant’Angelo bridge. For me this is one of the top spots location in Rome to photograph. All of Castel Sant’Angelo area in general is one of my favorites of my city, the reflections which at sunset are located along the Tiber River, the last lights of the sky before sunset and the first lights of the city. I take 5 bracketed shots with tripod on the large handrail of the bridge during the blue hour


I blended the exposures with luminosity masks, I used midtones mask to create some contrasts after the blend. I applied dodge and burn tool over the bridge to give more light on it and to darken more the sky. With the help of hue/saturation tool I decreased the yellows over the lights and make some color corrections in the image (increased blues).

I increased some details and sharpness in the whole frame using TTS Fast Panel, also applied a little Orton Effect. As final I adjust the highlighs and contrast again using luminosity masks applied to curves. It was a fast and easy edit in this photo, I hope that you find this useful, and you and what would you have done? Write it, I always love to hear from it from you


Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

The Path of Angels

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Picture from the slums of the Tevere at  Sant’Angelo bridge, with its castle. The bridge of Sant’Angelo does not need any introduction, every time I shoot in my city is one of my favorite photo destinations. 😀  The final result is a series of bracketing expoures obtained from seven long ones, I wanted to capture as much as possible from the sky that threatened rain and I did 🙂

Exposures were processed with Photoshop CC through the layer stacking (not all used) and the use of luminance masks, starting from the image darker and going slowly to lighten the rest of the photos with other exposures.


Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

7 Exposures ( -3; -2; -1; 0; +1; +2; +3)

Software: Photoshop CC

The way of angels

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Return to photograph my city, this is my favorite bridge of Rome, it is one of the is the most characteristic and charming with Castel Sant’Angelo at the end of the pass. On the bridge all those statues you see are angels

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The Wings of Destiny

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Giuseppe Sapori - The wings of Destiny

The passage on the Tevere leading to Castel Sant’Angelo. This is one of the most central places of interest or Rome, I have to admit it was really hard to wait a few moments of tranquility due to the continuous passage of people on the scene. I made extensive use of layer masks to delete people as they pass by using other exposures. I have made three shots to create this HDR that I merged with other exposures.


Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/2.8

Three Shots (-1;0+1)

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop

Autumn on the River

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Giuseppe Sapori - Autumn on the river

Image of Tiberina island on the Tevere river after one week from the raise of the  water level. In the central area you can still see some traces of sewage sludge.
I took this HDR placing my camera on a small tripod on the railing that overlooks the river. HDR made from 3 exposures (+2, 0, -2). I used the shot underexposed exposure to remove some overexposed areas of the image, then using filter gaussian blur I smooth the water to increase the effect.

The Golden Arches

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I took this picture under one of the bridges of the Tevere river. Although the possibility of taking this picture with the help of a tripod, for practical reasons I decided to shoot it handheld since I had nice lighting conditions.

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Castel Sant'Angelo

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HDR image of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. It ‘a very ancient roman castle, in the five hundred century it was also used as a prison, now Castel Sant’Angelo is a very important tourist destination.

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