The Hills of Val d’Orcia Pt.2

The Hills of Val d’Orcia Pt.2

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This week I continue with a collection of images captured in the suggestive Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. Side the images published last week are added these, some taken in very famous locations in the area and also many of these captured with a telephoto that in this area helps a lot to exalt the beauty of the place and his landscapes

This second collection it is entirely captured from the top of some hills, details of some very suggestive farms at various times of the day, I love the alternation of light and the contrasts that are created by playing among the details of the hills and trees

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This series is composed by single shots so no digital blendings was done for this images. As the previous post I applied the same “treatment” for these shots: increase details, applied a warm filter and decreased some highlights in the sky

For some shots I also applied a soft orton effect, I increased a little bit contrast and fixed colours using my panel TTS Pro. As final step I applied a soft vignette to all the images to give more prominence to the main subject

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D850

Nikon 70-200 f/2,8 

Single Shots

ISO: 100 

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro


The Hills of Val d’Orcia

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After a winter without travel, I finally had the opportunity to leave for this magnificent location in Tuscany. Very famous but also very photographed is the third time I come here in few years. Tuscany offers fantastic photography spots in every angle and with the help of google earth before travel it is the perfect place to photograph

Here it comes handy necessary the use of a telephoto lens, not that with other types of lenses you do not take as many beautiful photos but at my view the telephoto lens here leave space to focus more on details and gives you the chance to take home a few more shot

This small collection is an example of some shots taken from the top of some hills, details of some very suggestive farms at various times of the day, I love the alternation of light and the contrasts that are created by playing among the details of the hills

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This series is composed by single shots so no digital blendings was done for this images. I applied the same “treatment” for these shots: increase details, sharpness, applied a warm filter

For some shots I also applied a soft orton effect, I increased a little bit contrast and fixed highlights and shadows using luminosity masks. I made all those steps using TTS Pro and as final step I applied a soft vignette to all the images to give more prominence to the main subject

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D850

Nikon 70-200 f/2,8

Single Shots

ISO: 100

Software: Photoshop CC2021

Plugin: TTS Pro


Tuscany Dream

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Hello everyone, waiting for the next trip at the end of this month I propose for my week photo another of  my past photos, in this case one of my favorite destinations. In particular we are talking about the Val d’Orcia, a splendid place, a UNESCO world heritage that I always visit with great pleasure

Every time I go to Tuscany and Val d’Orcia a passage in the notorious chapel of Vitaleta is a must. Among the times that I went, this take was surely the one with the better conditions and colorfull sky . I remember that I had gone for a walk around the neighborhood of San Quirico d’Orcia looking for the Vitaleta chapel until I could see with the corner of my eye this little church in the middle of the valley. I found it I told to myself!

So I started to look to follow the road until I was in a barred country path where it was impossible to proceed with the car. Leaving the car there I continued on foot for about 15 minutes of walking. I always love to come here, it’s nice to admire the Tuscany hills in this place and find a place so characteristic to take pictures

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I blended the images using luminosity masks, I fixed color cast using auto adjust and decreasing the opacity to create a mix between the warm original color and the blue of the fix. I Increased vibrance in the sky to create more colors. I added contrast applied to luminosity masks to better use it on the foreground and the sky

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details reducing the effect on the sky. With dodge and burn I darkened the foreground and lightened the front part of the trees. I also used orton effect to create a soft look on the sky. As final touch I brighten the view of the chapel and the stones on the foreground adding a soft vignette to the frame

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2018

 


Road to Val d’Orcia

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Giuseppe Sapori - Road to Val d'Orcia

As I said in the first post photos taken in Vitaleta, the chapel in the heart of Val d’Orcia –  Tuscany, to reach the appointed place I had to do quite a long walk in the middle of the campaign, because a gate prevented the passage of the vehicles. This is part of the road that I have walked to reach the place, this also in the countryside and in the colors of the sunset, on the right in the distance you can see the chapel of Vitaleta that I photographed up close in my two previous posts. The image is nothing more than a long exposure taken at the end of my stage of shooting while I was returning to the car, it consists of a exposure taken for the”land” and a shot for the most overexposed sky, put together and edited entirely in Photoshop CC.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Two Exposures (sky: LONG  land: REGULAR)

Software: Photoshop CC


Vitaleta

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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta 2

Second shot that I took to the chapel of Vitaleta in Val d’Orcia. Basically as you can see it is the same picture of the previous post but on the other side of the angle 😀
In the middle of such beautiful green fields I could not show you the other side of that view.

I advice  to all  to go visit the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, I personally fall in love for this places

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

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

Software: Photoshop CC


Vitaleta

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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta

Before going to Val d’Orcia – Tuscany, Italy – I read about the main places to visit in the area. I really was impressed by a picture that portrayed a little chapel in the green beautiful valley of Val d’Orcia. So after a brief search, I came to find out that this is the Chapel is of the Madonna of Vitaleta near San Quirico. Going  in this place for me was obviously a must,  the chapel was not simply to reach because the road leading to the path of the church was closed by a gate, but after a good walk through the desert fields I reached my destination. What you see in this picture is the chapel of Vitaleta nestled in a splendor of sunset in the heart of the Tuscany Val d’Orcia, surely one of the most evocative images of those I have portrayed in those days. Now you just have to imagine to be here…

TECHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

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

Software: Photoshop CC


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