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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 96 on Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dear friends, I REALLY need some serious and honest feedback for this one.

I went far with processing, I have decided to crop it 16:9, chosen very high contrast and dark tones.

I have started experimenting with the presence of people (at the moment Alice) in my landscapes, to give them a more human dimension.
Of course, as you can see here, I tried to create a strong contrast not only in luminosity, but also in motion/steadiness.

I am more and more into long exposures, proabably thanx to my friend Joel Tjintjelaar which I think is one of the coolest 'long motion landscape photographers' here...
THANX a LOT Joel for providing me as much inspiration!
Don't leave without checking its great stream out.

Weekend is coming, can't wait for it to get started!!! Hope to get some nice clouds to shoot.

SINCE I USUALLY CARE ABOUT IT, I DECIDED TO INCLUDE IN MY 'DESCRIPTION MODEL' A NEW ENTRY: "DETAILS";
Inside you will find Camera, Lens used, focal length and aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO setting, filters.
Hope it's gonna be useful!!! (I know most of these details can be seen in the 'more information' tab, but I prefer to put it here.)

Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/7.1, 48s, ISO 200.
- B+W ND 110 (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in Levanto, just a few minutes after sunset.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using a Silver EFEX Pro
- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Multiplied the sky
- Added a Level layer to improve contrast
- Lightened a little the left part
- Added a Vignette
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Added Noise and blended with Softlight mode
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, rocks only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Femme avec le Parapluie, on Black


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


My dear friends, I'm really curious to hear your opinions! Spend the best weekend ever!!!

Tags:   long exposure alice parapluie umbrella ombrello mare levanto tramonto mer sea nuages nuvole clouds landscape paesaggio holiday vacation bianco nero black white noir blanc reflections movement dynamics luca_eos canon 400d

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Dear Friends,

Choosing this picture has been pretty tricky. I have spent the last three hours processing a few images, but I couldn't find anything which I really liked. This image would have been so much better with a few clouds, to break those uniform tones in the sky.
I decided to upload this, anyway, since I really wanted to wish you all a fantastic Christmas.
This isnt' my last upload for this year: I will be uploading another picture, next week, as I did HERE in 2009. I have to think about my 2011 resolutions, too!

Back to the image, correctly exposing this image has been really hard! I had to use a 5 stops gradation for the sky, and still I lost some detail in the highlights.
I chose to bracket to gain another stop, and then blend the two differently exposed images to cover the huge dynamic range.
Temperature was well below zero (-7°/-8°) so I could take advantage of the frost which is really visible above the earth, which creates a beautiful contrast.

Hope you like it!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 f/4 L, f/14, 10+5 s, ISO 100
- Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND + 0.6 (2 stops) soft GND
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 50 km from where I live, a few minutes before sunrise.
This is the same location of my last upload, two months after.

The Processing

Camera Raw
- White balance tuning.

Photoshop

- Blended two exposures using a layer mask;
- Switched to LAB to improve tones;
- Added a few Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Added a Color Balance layer;
- 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 :
Frosty sunrise - On Black

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

Tags:   sunrise valley italy 5d2 luca_eos canon Lee Filter Not HDR landscape frost ice snow

N 64 B 4.5K C 32 E Dec 17, 2011 F Jan 11, 2012
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PLEASE Large On Black

Dear Friends,

This is an image I took last December while out with Joel Tjintjelaar and Kees Smans in Rotterdam.

I don't think my photographic life will ever be the same; Joel introducted me to architecture and I have been extremely impressed by how beautiful is shooting buldings.

After finishing the project I'm working on now, I will devote myself to architecture: many ideas about that!

By the way, this is my first ever attempt at architecture.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, TS-E 24, f/7.1, 183 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Added many soft light layers to adjust light;
- Added a few curves to improve contrasts;
- Applied Noise Reduction
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode', at low opacity, building only);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


@ You all
Comments and faves are always welcome!

Hope your 2012 started great!!!

Tags:   architecture infrared 5d2ir luca_eos rotterdam holland netherlands LE lines bw

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 152 on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I usually don't appreciate shallow DoF in landscapes, and try to get all in focus, especially when I'm shooting with my 10-22.

This time, thou, I really wanted to focus on the remainings of this corn field. Tones were really special, and
those colorful trees in the distance provided a special background.
I was lucky enough to get some nice clouds above, too, and the abundance of water granted great reflections.

I decided to process it in colors, desaturation would have diminished the impact for this image.

In my last shot I wrote I will be in Germany next friday, I actually meant from December 4th!

Wishing you all a splendid week!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 70-200 @ 70 mm, f/6.3, 1/100 s, ISO 100.
- Tripod

The shot
Shot 5 kms from where I live.

The Processing

Capture One:

-Slight Exposure adjustment and highlight recovery
- White balance tuning

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB and added two curves to improve contrasts and colors
- Multiplied the sky at 40% opacity and added a gradient mask
- Back to RGB, improved tints with a Color Balance layer
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, foreground only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


It has been a pretty 'unusual' processing: it took me just 2 minutes, far less than what I'm used to!

Tags:   landscape field autumn fall colors crop trees canon 400d luca_eos EF702004IS

N 38 B 1.1K C 54 E May 31, 2009 F Jun 19, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 20 on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another b&w... Things are getting BETTER and BETTER!!! I'm busier than I've been in these late weeks,
I got some difficult and interesting assignments and sometimes it's hard to make everything work together.
I'll keep you updated.

I'll be posting some shots I got at the party where I worked at on tuesday. Pretty satisfied with them.


The shot
I saw this boat, I placed the tripod and shot. Composition isn't perfect, but I still like it.

The Processing

I processed it as a color image, but, when I finished my work, I converted to b&w and decided to keep it that way.

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 two Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Converted to Black and White
- Resized
- Noise reduction with Neat Image
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Petit Bateau, on Black

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


Have the best weekend ever, my dear friends!

Tags:   motion sea holiday vacation liguria mare waves b&w bianco nero luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm landscape clouds grey water


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