A Night in the Village

A Night in the Village

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Takayama is located in the Gifu prefecture and it is a small village located between the Japanese Alps. Visiting Takayama means visiting a very traditional part of Japan and enjoying its magical atmosphere. The whole village can be covered on foot in a short time and those that you do here are pleasant walks through restaurants and artisan shops

The Sanmachi sūji district is one of more visited, here is possible to visit not only shops of various kinds, houses, but also small museums and companies among the best and oldest producers of sake even some producers for centuries, in an atmosphere where time seems to have stopped

The trip to Takayama is long and with some transhipment but the place did not disappoint. Personally I found here a magical atmosphere of Japan experience and delicious food! 🙂

The photo spot is the main torii in Takayama symbol of access to the old city located at the end of the bridge, below the river Miyagawa. At dusk this spot has acquired a magical atmosphere, with the river flowing I took the opportunity to take a picture that took as much as possible of this corner of Japan

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take some bracketing shots that I blended in Photoshop using TTS PRO, with the resulting image I first arranged some perspective lines and made some spot interventions with the clone stamp. Done this I increased details and used a blue filter to increase the degree of dark atmosphere of this image

Using dodge and burn I lightened the reflections in the water and made other small interventions along the bridge. I intervened with the luminosity masks to increase the level of blacks, to create greater contrast to the image and to change the color level with little intervention on the hue/saturation adjustment layer. With the glow tool I increased the brightness of some areas then inserting a vignette at the end to darken the edges

As always I hope you will find this usefull. Love to hear this from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

Multiple shots

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2018

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

 


Dreaming Riomaggiore

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Second post in the beautiful village of Riomaggiore, the view of the small port is a view that strikes and captures. I dedicated an entire shooting session at sunset in this location and did not betray my expectations

Those days were very hot days with a clear sky but during the evening  luckily  🙂 it often happened that the sky was covered always leaving clouds interesting in the sky

Also here I captured a long exposure,  like so much the movement of the boats on the flat sea, I captured several shots to have different exposures to stack images into layers and be able to do a controlled blending on the frame

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I take two exposures of the port of Riomaggiore, I made a blend using luminosity masks only in some part of the image, after this the first thing I do is to clone stamp some spot and a half boat that was on the bottom. The first thing done was to increase the yellow lights using a warm filter and dodge and burning the light over the leafs and main building

Using my panel I increased details and I applied contrast using curves adjustment layers applied to luminosity masks, always using curves I fixed lights in the sky and I recovered some shadows too darks.

I applied light bleeding to the left part of the sky and over the building reducing the effect decreasing the opacity. As final step I fixed colors using hue/saturation over the sea and I added a soft glow effect using color efex pro filters

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Long Exposure for 91′

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Fast Panel – Colo Efex Pro

 


The Fisherman’s View

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From many years I wanted to visit these places and this year finally I managed to find a few days to photograph the Cinque Terre. This one is the beautiful port of Riomaggiore, one of the most photographed spots in Cinque Terre. The area around the port has a unique charm, the colors of the houses are very bright surrounded by rocks overlooking the sea

It is one of the most famous and beautiful places in the area, although the town is very small hundreds of tourists every day roam the small streets of this village. I decided to make a long exposure and take advantage of the boats that were near the rocks to counter the movement of boats and of the clouds. I made several photos in this spot and in fact this will be just the first of a series of photos taken in Riomaggiore that I will present in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

For this image I used a single long exposure shot. I edited the image using luminosity masks fixing the lights and darks. I removed some ghost people moving on the harbour than I increased contrast applying curves to midtones

With TTS Fast Panel I increased details, launched orton effect and dodge and burn with I darkened some part of the sky and lightened some other dark spots. Using a warm filter I increased the yellows in the sky using this technique I fixed color cast than I darkened a little bit the image increasing the colors on the buildings

As always I hope you will find this post usefull. I always love to ear this from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 20mm)

Long Exposure for 80′

ISO: 100 at f/13

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Valley of Dreams Pt. 2

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Also this photo was taken in the same location of my last post. I’m still talking about the Valley of the Ferriere located near the beautiful harbor town of Amalfi. On the path that climbs through a valley full of all natural beauty there are many waterfalls  and this is one of those that I found along my way

In particular it was a very narrow stream that flowed down, it caught my attention. It was difficult to find a good position to capture the scene since I could not get too close because of the splashes of water came decided on my filter screen and not too far to not compromise the composition

I used a -6 stop ND filter to smooth the water, compared to the previous photo where in all the shots I’ve done I never exceeded 30 seconds in this shot I had exposure times even longer than 2 minutes, I was in a dense thicket and the light that filtered was very low. Shutter speed for this photo is 120 seconds



 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I started using two exposure, not to made a digital blend but to save trees and leafs from movement. As always I used luminosity masks to decrease the lights around the water and softner the white effect of the long exposure. With my panel I launched details to boost of all them, launched also orton effect beacause I like this effect in all waterfall shots 🙂

Using dodge and burn tool I lightened the darker parts of the wood and I increased light on the direction of the sunrays. With a yellow brush I colored some part of the rocks reducing the opacity and setting the layer as soft ligth, in this way I intensified the yellow color on the rocks with a softner effect. I fixed contrast with luminosity masks reducing the effect decreasing the opacity. Also here I created a small vignette but increasing the bright of the image

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 22mm)

Long Exposure for 120′

ISO: 100 at f/10

Software: Photoshop CC2018

Plugin: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Rocky House

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I love Cilento, a mountainous area in southern Italy located in the province of Salerno that also offers beaches, waterfalls, rivers and characteristic villages. When I return to these areas I never miss the opportunity to take from this location, a house built on the rocks. I enjoyed this spot for many years now and every time I return to these places cannot miss the opportunity to take photos in that place

I made this shot at sunset with my 64 nd filter to capture all the water movements on the rocks, since there was still light high I did not use a value too high the shot is in fact of 30 seconds made with f9 in the direction of sunset

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I don’t make a digital blend for this, with the use of luminosity masks I simply fixed the lights and darks to make it more clear and have a image neutral. With  Dodge and burn I made some adjustments on the darker parts of the rocks and the brighter parts of the sky, after this with clone stamp tool I remove some spots and a small boat on the horizon that becomes too blurry. With my panel I launched high details, orton effect to make some glow effect and sharpen

With luminosity masks applied to a cold filter I add some blue colors at the sky. I fixed contrast saving the rocks located below avoiding that become too darks, to make this just remove from a midtone selection the darks selection. As final touch I increased a little more the highlights and created a small vignette to emphatize the sunset

As always I hope you will find this usefull, I’m happy to hear this from you 🙂

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Single Exposure

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 


The Valley of Silan

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Here is another waterfall shot coming from the Veneto region, we are in the area around Bassano del Grappa where is this small waterfall in the valley Valrovina. Watching some pictures from the web, it seemed very interesting and so I decided to go to this small resort to take some photos

This spot is a well-maintained tourist trail that leads to this waterfall, the path continues to high following the course of the creek. There are several stones along the river where I set up with my tripod to shot at the waterfall

I wanted to bring in the frame as much as possible the view of the creek behind, which with the light of the trees was really very beautiful. I took the photo with an nd64 filter, taking some lighter exposures to try to light up some very dark rock areas

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This shot coming from a blend of 2 exposure, I blend the best take of the waterfall with another overexposed shot, to bring up all the lights around the rocks

Using Dodge and burn was very useless to recover some underexposed part and increse lighting. After a increase of details I launched orton effect to create a soft dreamy effect, I like so much the glow between the trees on the top of the picture

To complete this work I increased yellow colors. As final I fixed contrast using luminosity mask applied to midtones decreasing the darkest parts to avoid to make too under the darken part of the picture

I hope you will find this usefull. I always love to hear this from you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Two exposure blend

ISO: 100 at f/14

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The Old Mill

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This picture is always from the natural valley near the river Bussento, the valley around the river is wonderful and full of this great waterfall spot. This is probably the main area of the oasis, the an old mill who as long lost his wheel, where in its place now there’s a small waterfall

I created this image with my nd1000 filter for about 60 second time long exposure, I used 7-shot bracketing function to have a full range of exposure, I started working on the image with the longest exposure time going to recover lights lightly on the darker images

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

By selecting the best exposures  I blended them using luminosity masks. saving the rocks from overexposure and the flow of the waterfallDodge and burn  has helped too much to finish this work.

Also in this picture I incresed the yellow colors of the leafs using my filter autumn colors. I also launched details using TTS Fast Panel. I used orton effect to create a soft dreamy look and I pushed up lights coming from the top part of the frame, as final touch I fixed some contrast and lights adding a small vignette

I hope you will like this and find usefull my info. I always love to ear this from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

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

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The White Diamond

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I take this photo during the days I spent in Copenhagen, this is the famous black diamond structure adjacent to the royal library. As I say in my previous post  that the building takes the name of black diamond for the color of the exterior windows that are made of black granite of Zimbawe, inside this structure is completely white

Contrary to the original black name, I called this image white diamond because it represents the exactly opposite view of my previous post

This is the main entrance view from the top stairs I really liked the lighting that passed through the large window with the view of the houses of Christianshavn, the district starting from the other side of the river

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I made a blend with the shots I take, first things was to fix the lighting: using luminosity masks applied to curves I decrease the lights coming from the window and increase the darks. Always using luminosity masks applied to curves, I select midtones 4 decreased by darks 3 to fix and increase contrast avoiding darks

With dodge and burn I reduce lights around the staircase and on the top window, with orton effect I increased the glow effect of light, setting it with an opacity of 20%. I applied details and sharpen to have more details and I increased colors on the floor.

I increased contrast more than 1 time but nevertheless the look of the image was still flat, so I used the color lookup effects to launch some filters (3 in totals) reducing the opacity between 10 and 25%, this gave to the picture a more fade filtered look but also more aggressive contrasts, for more information about this method I wrote a tutorial some time ago on Camerapixo site

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

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures

ISO: 200 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 


Trevi

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Giuseppe Sapori - Trevi

 

The famous Trevi fountain with a vertical shot, I took this photo on a Saturday afternoon while I was around the city. The Trevi fountain is one of the most visited places in the city of Rome, even during the day just approaching this fountain is very difficult, the entire fountain is surrounded by thousands of tourists every day that make photos and selfie at all

It is a beautiful fountain, which catches you when you are in front of it, I recommend it to everyone to see it but to enjoy the full visit it is better to go here early in the morning or at night

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

Image obtained by a bracketed shot taken handheld, I blended the images using luminosity masks and I applied details and orton effect using TTS Fast Panel

I increased contrast using midtones and darks, I decreased the yellow color cast on the fountain using hue/saturation, With dodge and burn I made some adjustments on the fountain and on the water, as final touch I applied a little vignette to emphatize the central point

I hope you will find this informations usefull, if you have any tips or question about it write to me. I’m always happy to hear it on you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

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

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/9

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


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