Jewel on the Hill

Jewel on the Hill

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In my latest post I talked about Civita and why it is also called the dying city. The morphology of this area has been caused by erosion and landslides, that has brought civilization to abandon in the past this place in and which has led to its total abandonment by the inhabitants. Today, only very few people live in Civita, mostly owners of restaurants and small bars that are located inside and offer service to tourists

Civita can only be reached via a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge. The bridge can only be walked on foot but the town of Bagnoregio, meeting the needs of those who live or work in this place, issued a circular stating that, at certain times, residents and authorized persons can cross the bridge on board of cycles and motorcycles

I took this photo in the hill in front of the town, is one of the best views of the ancient city of Civita, compared to the previous photo this is taken before in fact the color of the sky was more typical golden hour, from here you can admire the beautiful progressive setting of the sun over the town

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I selected a couple of shots (brighter and darker) to blend them using auto blend function inside my panel  TTS PRO

After this I selected luminosity masks to make other changes over the sky and over the darks to fix them better. The main difficult of this picture was to manage the lack of brightness of the shadows, in fact my goal was to clear them but without losing the natural look of the photo

A great hand provided me with my panel with the color masks function, I was able to intervene simply on the yellows going to increase the color on the part in the shade illuminated by sunlight, with a single click I got an effect very soft and natural, I repeated the same operation instead on the contrary on the town that had bright yellow colors

I applied a cold filter applied to luminosity mask to the sky and I launched orton effect to give a soft look to this image, I love the effect that orton effect generate on landscapes.

The final touch was to add a bit of sharpen and handle the contrast between the highlights and shadows

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1;)

ISO: 50 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


Civita

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Here we are with the first post of this 2019, what you see is the now famous Civita di Bagnoregio, a location that is not far from Rome and which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful photo spots in central Italy

It is located downstream of the gullies, originally these valleys around had to be sweeter and more accessible and were crossed by an ancient road that connected the valley of the river Tevere to the lake of Bolsena

The morphology of the territory has been strongly influenced by erosion by atmospheric agents, by streams but also by deforestation, for this reason Civita di Bagnoregio is also famous for being nicknamed the “city that dies”

Now the town is offcially unhabited but during the day many activity of restaurants and local shops opens in it for tourism. Civita can only be reached through a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge built in 1965

Coming to the photo the best position to photograph it is from the hill in front of it where you can see very well the city and the whole valley around, I made a series of shots during sunset, moving between the various areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take 3 exposure brackets over the hill in front of Civita and I used the brighter exposure to lighten some part of the hill and of the town. I increased details using TTS PRO, I decreased the blue colours to the horizon with the mountain at the bottom and darken the light tones.

I launched a soft orton effect and fixed contrast and I applied two color lookup effects with opacity to 15%. As a last steps I launched the sharpen  and used a small vignette to darken the edges always using my panel

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Sigma 24mm f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1;)

ISO: 100 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2019

Plugin: TTS Pro

 


The Watch Post

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Giuseppe Sapori - the watch post

Dubrovnik taken from the top of the walls that characterize it. Dubrovnik is a beautiful Croatian town of great beauty Unesco Heritage , a place that for a very long time I want to visit and photograph. The pictures I ‘ve taken is at the top of steps of the walls entrace , these are the main attraction of the city and walk around the perimeter of Dubrovnik leaving you the chance to admire the beauty of the buildings and the cliffs on the sea.

During my stay in Dubrovnik I have been very unlucky with the weather having often found clouds and pouring rain. In fact I went to visit the walls of Dubrovnik in one of the rare non-rainy afternoons of my weekend. Also as it is seen from the threatening clouds 🙂

I made five exposures for this photo but in fact I have used only three that I worked using Luminance Masks, I have not done a lot of color work for my coverage of this picture was very limited but I dwelt a lot of shadows and contrasts to give a slightly surreal look to the image

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 18mm)

Five Shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2) 3 only used

ISO: 100 at f/6,3

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Return to Assisi

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This HDR shows the tower bell of Assisi  located of the top of the city. I took this picture in a different time of day last year, you can find the photo in the section on portfolio / landscapes. I am very fascinated by the sight that can be seen from this Umbrian town like houses that distinguish it. In this point can be seen the entire lower section of the city including the Umbrian countryside and all the surrounding towns.


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