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N 23 B 2.8K 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

N 92 B 2.7K C 91 E Apr 11, 2009 F Apr 23, 2009
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Front Page! Highest position: #14 on Saturday, April 25, 2009
NOT an HDR!!!


The shot
After climbing for about 2 km, I arrived at the top just in time.

The Processing
Photoshop:

- Adjusted temperature in Camera Raw
- Created 1 Multiply layer for the sky
- 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
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Copied the background layer and blended with a 30% overlay copy
- Run Neat Image
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Tuscan sunrise @ 200mm, on Black


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


Sometimes HDR isn't necessary. I made the bracketed exposure as usual, but I prefer it this way

Tags:   Alba 11 aprile not an HDR Photoshop alba sunrise toscana tuscany 400d canon luca_eos sun orange EF702004IS clouds landscape

N 45 B 3.0K C 37 E Oct 8, 2009 F Oct 26, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 118 on Saturday, October 30, 2010

My article on infrared photography is finally online!! Check it out HERE

Check out my website: go to my profile for the link.


I will appreciate a lot any feedback on it. Please don't complain about its layout, we're working on it.



My interest on infrared photography is at its highest now: when I switched to the 5d2 I kinda stopped shooting infared but now I'm totally back to it.

This image, anyway, comes from my archives: it was shot over an year ago with my 400d and 10-22 lens (now sold).

During that sunset session, not far from where I live, beautiful dramatic clouds walked into the scene and created a splendid motion in the sky.
As for composition, those vineyards provided some splendid lines!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10 mm, f/8, 30 s, ISO 200
- Mirror Lockup, Canon Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in the beautiful oltrepo hills, not far from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro plugin;
- Added 9 Overlay layers to dodge/burn selectively;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Hills in Infrared, on Black


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


Have a great week ahead, my friend!!!

Tags:   400d luca_eos canon infared Hoya R72 landscape italy vineyards lines

N 46 B 4.5K C 55 E Jun 13, 2010 F Jun 24, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 77 on Friday, June 25, 2010

www.lucacesari.com

It's nice to have some time to upload something new...

I'm more and more in love with the 5d2, I'm realizing how much a bright viewfinder makes photography more pleasurable!!!
Last week I placed the order for a complete Lee GND filter set, they should arrive soon!
The remote is here, this weekend I will try some long exposures at night....

Work is always keeping me busy, I don't have that much time to shoot, but I will try to do the best I can.

Hope everything is fine with you, I'm sorry if I can't visit your albums as I used to!!!

This shot was captured after attending "Immagini del Settimo Giorno" Michael Kenna exhibition in Reggio Emilia.
I already knew his stuff, and it had been a really great pleasure to see some of his finest shots.
I think that this shot could have been inspired by him. Hope you like it.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 33mm, f/11, 1/10 s, ISO 100. (focus was placed on the first pole, so the background isn't sharp, I know)
- Weighted tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunset. There was an heavy wind blowing, I had to place my photo backpack as a weight on my tripod, in order to prevent blurring

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Cropped to 16:9 in order to improve composition;
- Converted to Black and White using Silver Efex Pro;
- Added 13 overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Multiplied the sky;
- Added an S curve to improve contrast a little;
- Cloned away some distracting elements in the upper left corner;
- Multiplied the sky again, with a low % blending;
- Added a curve layer to lighten up the foreground a little;
- Run Neat Image to get rid of the little noise present;
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate, first pole only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
4 Poles, on Black

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


Hope you're all doing great!

Tags:   5d2 EF 17-40L luca_eos black white b&w poles Michael Kenna landscape clouds

N 206 B 6.4K C 145 E Nov 7, 2010 F Dec 31, 2010
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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 10, on Saturday, January 1st, 2011
PLEASE SEE IT LARGE On Black

My dear friends, welcome to my last upload for 2010.

I have just gone back to my 2009 picture and read my resolutions for 2010: I'm pretty happy to say that I did a great job on every point.

I have worked all this year, and even if sometimes I haven't been that happy with what I was doing, I have made some decisions and 2011 is expected to be even busier than 2010.
I haven't given up with my training (despite a small elbow injury occurred last June) and I've spent a lot less time on Forums.
Travels have been an important enjoyment of this 2010 and more of them are coming (see my 2011 resolutions).
As for the full frame camera... It's six months the 5d2 is in my hands!
So, it's now time to think about what I really HAVE to do in 2011:

1) Become proficient in really long exposures (even night time ones);
2) start printing my shots: I have printed just a few images, I definitely need to improve on that;
3) No laziness: keep up with my training program;
4) Experiment even more with Infrared (can't wait for spring to come for that);
5) Get up to Norway and shoot the Aurora (dear Arild, you know what I mean);
6) Travel a lot and get many sunrises (during weekends);
7) Most difficult: really think about what I really want to do in my life.

I will struggle to succeed with every point, I promise!!!

Back to the shot: I have taken this on a dull rainy sunday in November. I decided to get out with my camera anyway and, driving up to 600 m (on sea level), I could get over the clouds and experience a great sunset:
everything was moving pretty fast and many times I happened to be in the middle of a thick fog.
This has been the last image of the day: as soon as I have seen it on the LCD of my 5d2 I have loved it.
Black and white works well with this image, since the grass in November has a pretty unflattering green color, which, one converted, creates a pleasant shade of grey.

I think this image sums up pretty well the ending of 2010 and the beginning of 2011: the dynamics of the scene create a nice mirroring of the transition between the old and the new.


I really want to thank you for the big support received through all this year, both from my 'old' contacts and from those new. I have come across many amazing and talented people, can't wait to see what they'll do in the future.
wishing you a fantastic 2011!!!

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Come l'anno scorso, per l'ultimo scatto dell'anno aggiungo la descrizione in italiano.

Dando un'occhiata ai buoni propositi per il 2010, sono soddisfatto: ho rispettato tutto quello che mi ero imposto.
La situazione lavorativa è decisamente migliorata, non ho abbandonato l'allenamento e fortunatamente ho buttato molto meno tempo sui forum.
Ho avuto buone possibilità di viaggio e sto già pianificando le trasferte per il 2011.
Per quanto riguarda il full frame... Da Giugno la 5d2 mi accompagna ovunque.

I propositi per il 2011 sono questi:

1) Migliorare la tecnica sulle lunghe esposizioni (giorno e notte);
2) Affrontare la stampa delle immagini: fino ad ora ho completato pochissime stampe, devo assolutamente migliorarmi;
3) No alla pigrizia: continuare il programma di allenamento;
4) Continuare la sperimentazione sull'infrarosso;
5) Scattare l'aurora boreale in Norvegia (Arild... A presto!);
6) Viaggiare molto e scattare il maggior numero possibile di albe;
7) Il più difficile: pensare seriamente a cosa voglio fare 'da grande'.

Passando allo scatto, quando sono uscito di casa non pensavo nemmeno avrei impugnato la macchina fotografica: il cielo grigio e la pioggia battente non lasciavano presagire nulla di buono.
Una volta arrivato a circa 600 m di altitudine, sono però passato al di sopra delle nuvole; la situazione è stata complicata da immortalare, a causa della rapidità di cambiamento delle condizioni meteorologiche.
Questo è l'ultima immagine prodotta: da una rapida occhiata sull'LCD sono stato subito colpito dalla sua forza espressiva.
Ho deciso di processarla in bianco e nero perchè ritengo meglio si addica a questa scena: nel caso di un'immagine primaverile avrei probabilmente optato per il colore.

Credo che questa immagine ben si presti all'ultimo caricamento dell'anno: le dinamiche della scena sono una buona corrispondenza del fluire del tempo e del passaggio degli anni.

Per concludere, voglio ringraziare tutti voi per il grandissimo supporto che mi avete fornito durante tutto il 2010.
Quest'anno ho incontrato diversi nuovi fotografi, dotati di grande talento: spero l'anno nuovo sarà altrettanto piacevole!
Auguri a tutti per un fantastico 2011!!!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 24 mm, f/10, 106 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- On camera Noise Reduction
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND + Lee 0.9 (3 stops) ND (Can't exactly remember)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot half an hour drive from where I live


The Processing

Camera Raw
- Adjusted White Balance

Photoshop (2 minutes processing):

- Black and white conversion using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added many Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Flowing of Time, on Black

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

Thank you for your great support and inspiration in all this 2010!!!

Tags:   landscape luca_eos canon 5d2 long exposure italy clouds Lee filters


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