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N 68 B 2.7K C 31 E Mar 31, 2012 F Feb 6, 2013
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It is mandatory to see it ON BLACK! The Heliades - III, on Black

2013 looks like a really turning point in my life.

So far things have been extremely good, and I'm utterly excited about what will be happening in these next months.


Anyway, time has come for me to continue this series here; my long-time followers might have seen this on my other social sharing website, but I really want to have the 'full' series uploaded here on Flickr, too.


This is the third image coming from the project I've been working on, The Heliades.

Here is the description of the series, the reason which stands/stood behind these works.

" While reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I came across an episode that changed my vision of my surroundings forever: the ‘Heliades’, daughters of the Sun, after the death of their brother Phaeton are transformed into Poplar trees on the banks of the Po river.
I have always loved to walk on those banks, but now, every time I stop and listen, it almost feels like I can hear their laments and whispers in the wind."

This series received four honorable mentions at the 2012 International Photography Awards.

Some self promotion: don't forget to take a look at My Facebook Page: Have a look and help me growing by sharing and liking it!

Hope you're all doing great.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, EF 17-40@23, f/8, 21 s, ISO 50
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Italy

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Added many soft light layers to adjust the light;
- Added some custom gradients to equalize the light;
- Added a few curves to improve contrasts;
- Applied some local adjustments on trees;
- Smoothened the cloud motion in the sky;
- Applied Noise Reduction
- 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.


@ You all
Comments and faves are always welcome!

I will be checking your streams and images in these next hours

Tags:   luca_eos 5d2ir infrared long exposure italy fine art

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Front Page! Highest position: #25 on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Time really flies!!!

Last monday I came back from my two-weeks trip in northern Spain. It all went great, I didn't always get splendid cloudy skies like I expected but just being
in some wonderful places at sunrise-sunset is an adequate payoff.

Before leaving, I hoped August would have been quiet as for work but as soon I reached home I realized I had new stuff to be completed before the end of the
month, so I will need to find some time to archive and process the newly produced files.

As for my professional life, I'm thinking about moving to get new experiences: at the moment I'm into some 'preliminary' researches mainly in the UK-Ireland areas,
which could provide me some great places to shoot, too. Stay tuned for future updates on this.

This is from my first sunrise photoshoot, at the beginning of the third day off: since I drove for almost 1300 km on the first day, the second morning I decided
to sleep a couple hours more to recharge the batteries.

After this trip I can say that I am a little more aware of the 5d2 potential and I finally started to have a more 'professional' approach to landscape shooting: Manual Focus now is a must, and grad filters are always present!!!

You can see the whole trip (I tracked my position using a GPS unit) in the first comment at the bottom.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 21mm, f/16, 1/2 s, ISO 100
- Lee Soft Grad 0.9
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunrise. At the left there's the ocean, I have some captures of the pre-sunrise in that area, but I'm not completely satisfied
with those compositions.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Removed a spot of lens flare and a plastic bag with the Clone Stamp - Healing brush tool;
- Switched to LAB to pull out some color variation;
- Added a few Overlay-Soft Light layers to improve light distribution;
- Back to RGB, added a vibrance to enhance the color everywhere except from the sky;
- Added a Color Balance layer;
- Added a Curve Layer to improve contrast;
- Resized;
- Unsharp Mask tune to slightly improve contrast even more;
- 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!


Hope you had some splendid holidays, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos canon sunrise Lee filters 0.9 spain path landscape

N 17 B 1.6K C 25 E Jul 24, 2011 F Jul 25, 2011
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YOU CAN'T MISS IT LARGE On BLACK

Dear Friends,

it's time for a new upload... The infrared conversion of my second 5d2 is taking a lot more than I expected.

They won't make it before I leave for my two weeks in Croatia... which is pretty bad!


There's a big news: next September I will be attending a two days workshop with Michael Levin... I'm really excited!

I am reprocessing some old shots and preparing it for my portfolio; I will be printing with piezography, using the high-quality printing service from Jeff Gaydash.


Last weekend I had a splendid session for the saturday night sunset / sunday sunrise; I got a few images I'm really happy about: this is one coming from the sunrise.

The clouds were moving pretty fast and I tried to get a shutter speed as long as I could get (I generally try to avoid using f/22 because of diffraction).

I am getting more and more in b&w, I don't think you'll see a color image from me for a long time!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 f/4 L, f/22, 33 s, ISO 50
- Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND + 0.9 (3 stops) ND
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 100 km from where I live.

The Processing

Camera Raw
- Corrected some CA
- Lowered the exposure (-0.4 EV)

Photoshop

- Added many Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Applied a slight Noise Reduction to improve the smoothness of the sky;
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Cloned away the dust spots ( f/22 is terrible!!!);
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.

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

Tags:   long exposure ND b&w landscape italy oltrepo motion clouds paesaggio luca_eos 5d2

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Front Page! Highest position: 14 on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I would really like to thank you ALL for the big personal support I've received.

Things are getting better and better, sometimes it's funny to see how everything changes that swiftly.

Today I placed the order for an Hoya R72 Infrared filter, I should get it in one week.
Then I promise you many new shots.


The shot
Shot in Cannes, I had a brief talk with the fisherman you see in the upper right corner.
(since I was doing a long exposure with the camera low on the water, he actually asked me if I was shooting fishes)


The Processing

Photoshop: (no tonemapping this time)

- Merged two Exposures in 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
- Created five Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Applied a curve to brighten things up
- Used the Exposure tool to increase Exposure (+0.35)
- Resized
- Noise reduction with Neat Image
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Lonely fisherman at sunrise, Cannes, on Black


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


I have mixed feelings about this shot. It was kinda hard processing it with a wise workflow.
Hope you like it.

Tags:   fisherman sea mare mer Cannes cote d'azur luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm DRI Photoshop NOT an HDR sunrise dawn holiday vacation orange water blue rocks

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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 33 on Sunday, October 31, 2010
This comes from my first sunrise session in Paris.

Before leaving, I tracked the position of the rising sun and it appeared that this classic view could be worth trying.
To get this I had to jump over a pillar top of Trocadero: nobody was there and I could do it, I don't think it would have been possible just a few hours after!
This elevated position resulted in a better composition, with the tower reflecting in the fountain and some good lines.

This is one of those views I will never forget: I had been there before, but watching the tower surrounded by that great warm morning light was amazing.
Moreover, this place is usually crowded and noisy, while (for almost the whole session) I was there alone and had the tower all for myself!

This is almost straight from the camera: I placed a three stop GND to reduce the dynamic range of the scene and just waited for the 30s+ of the exposure.

By the way, I just received a TS-E 24 T/S. I have tried it this morning and have been amazed. Stay tuned for its captures.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 29 mm, f/13, 35 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND
- Tripod

The shot
Do you really need the location for this?

The Processing

Photoshop (2 minutes processing):

- Added a Color Balance layer to warm things up;
- Erased a dust spot using the healing brush;
- 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 :
La Tour, Sunrise, on Black


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


Today I had a splendid sunrise session; light was as good as it gets. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tags:   Paris Tour Eiffel sunrise lights Ville Lumière holiday vacation luca_eos canon 5d2


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