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N 25 B 2.0K C 40 E Jul 11, 2010 F Jul 23, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 132 on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Starting to feel a little more at ease with my 5d2...

My 'new' attitude on landscape photography isn't really easy to master: it's sometimes frustrating wait for something that never arrives!
I know that these initial difficult moments will become less and less important as soon as I will be rewarded by some incredible scenes.

I am tracking a few good spots for my Spain Holiday, I finally booked everything, now I only have to wait these nine last days!!!

Fortunately, all my purchases arrived today: after almost a month and a half with something on its way home, it's a pretty strange feeling.

Tomorrow I will be getting up really early again: hope this time things will work out better!!!


I'm not completely satisfied with this one: I find that those dark trees in the middle portion of composition just lock the eye. It was the best I could do,
so I'll go with it.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 23mm, f/13, 0.5 s, ISO 100
- Lee Soft Grad (0.9, 3 stops)
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunset.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to pull out some colors and improve contrast (just a little);
- Added a few overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Cloned away two dust spots (Patch tool and healing brush);
- Used a Color Balance layer to get better tones;
- Resized;
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate);
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Untitled, on Black

@ You all
Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!


I wish you all a wonderful weekend, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos landscape sunset Lee filters 0.9 italy field clouds

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 72 on Monday, September 6, 2010

Islas Cies, August 9th, 2010.

I got out from my tent 40 minutes before sunrise to shoot, and I have been pretty disappointed by some heavy clouds which blocked the splendid colors of
pre-dawn. I shot a few wideangles view before switching to the 70-200. Fortunately, the strong haze suddently turned pink and gave the scene a fantastic mood,
which paid me off for the early morning wake-up.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this place; I'm into processing many captures I got there, and everytimes it feels like I'm on one of those splendid beaches!

I just placed an order for my notebook replacement; can't wait to try my new quad-core with 8gb of ram and FULL HD display.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 70-200 @ 155mm, f/14, 1/8 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot some minutes after sunrise, on Playa de Rodas (Islas Cies)

The Processing

Camera Raw

-Tuned White Balance

Photoshop:

- Added a Level layer to improve the contrast;
- Added a Curve layer to darken the hills a little;
- Added a Vibrance layer to improve tonal variation;
- Added a Color balance to improve tones;
- Added an Exposure layer with horizontal gradient mask to provide some slight direction light;
- Added an Orange photo filter with horizontal gradient mask to improve color quality;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blendind mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Pink Sunrise at Islas Cies, on Black

@ You all
Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!


EDIT: I will be checking your stream out later today...
Spend the best sunday ever, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos canon sunrise spain pink orange boat ocean calm

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 163 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I haven't been really active these days, I'm sorry!!!

This is my first attempt with infrared and sea. It gives an effect similar to the 10 stops ND, plus some nice tonal shifts if you include greens, such as I did in this one.

Thanx a lot for the great appreciation comments for my previous upload!


The shot
This was shot one the little promontory you can see on my last upload.

The Processing

Camera Raw

- White Balanced in Camera Raw

Photoshop:

- Converted in Black and White with Silver EFEX Pro
- Multiplied the sky and the sea
- Created 4 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Run Neat Image to reduce Noise
- Applied a level layer to improve contrast
- Resized
- Added a slight vignette
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


@ You all
Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!


Have a splendid week, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   infrared IR Hoya R72 canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm clouds sky italy italia landscape luca_eos mare sea mer waves vagues onde

N 43 B 1.7K C 65 E Dec 19, 2009 F Dec 24, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 91 on Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dear Flickr friends, I know it's been a while since I've come back here.

Everything is going great, I've been really busy and I can't wait to spend some great time for Christmas.

I should be processing tons of files pretty soon...

In the next hours I will be trying to catch up with some of your new works, I'll try to do my best!

This shot comes from an early morning photoshoot from last saturday. It snowed all night and I couldn't miss the early morning white landscape!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/9, 1/60s, ISO 100.
- Tripod

The shot
Shot not far from where I live.

The Processing Just one exposure, no HDR

Capture one
- White balance tuning
- Little highlight recovery

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to provide a good tonal starting point
- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Applied a warming photo filter to remove some blue in the snow
- Created a slight lighting curve
- Toned the colors with a Color Balance layer
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Magic White Sunrise [WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER], On Black

@ You all
Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!


I wish you all the best Christmas ever, hope you can spend it with the ones you love.

Tags:   snow landscape tree sunrise canon 400d italy EF-S 10-22mm merry Christmas

N 23 B 2.2K C 49 E Oct 4, 2009 F Oct 6, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 163 on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday has been great.

The full moon provided a splendid lighting, so after a lovely dinner with Alice (yesterday was her birthday)
I drove around to get some nice long exposures.
I would like to thank the 'anonimous driver" who made this image pop with his lights!

Weather is pretty bad these days, hope it gets better soon to try some other IR stuff.


The shot
I made some other attempts, but the lights make this my favourite.

The Processing


Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB mode and applied two curves to improve contrast and tones
- Back to RGB, added a vibrance layer to boost up minor tones
- Removed a burnt out area in the sky with the patch tool
- Created 2 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Run Neat Image to reduce Noise
- Lightened the reflection of my silhouette
- Added my 'logo' to the car using Vanishing Point
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


@ You all
Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!


Hope you're gonna like it, since I do. Have a great week ahead.

Tags:   long exposure moonlight moon clouds sky fiat grande punto luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm stripes lights car light painting


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