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N 13 B 3.2K C 27 E Oct 12, 2010 F Nov 6, 2010
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Dear friends,

This week has been really busy, I didn't have any time for Flickr!!! I would like to thank you for getting my previous upload on the Explore Front Page!

This comes from my 'infrared visit' of the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
As I wrote in my previous upload from here, the mood was just amazing. I will for sure get back there.

I'm still waiting for my step up ring to start using my new 24 t/s on infrared.
I have many ideas, but I think many will become useful next year, since leaves have almost completed their falling process.
No leaves = less impact for infrared.



Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 21 mm, f/8, 129 s, ISO 400
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm infrared filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.

The Processing

Photoshop (2 minutes processing):

- Converted to black and white using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added five Soft Light layer to adjust light;
- Removed some noise from the sky using Noise Ninja;
- 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 :
Père Lachaise - Infrared Poetry #2, on Black


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


Have a great weekend! Since I'm leaving right now, I will be checking your streams out TOMORROW!!!

Tags:   paris infrared 5d2 luca_eos hoya R72 Père Lachaise holiday canon

N 17 B 1.7K 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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Dear Friends,

again, I'm sorry about my abscence!

This was shot just a couple of minutes after This Image. I find that the 24 t/s is a wonderful lens for this, I might start a full project with it!!!
What I like about this frame is that 'perfectly' placed ghost. Sometimes you are there, tripod in place, compose the shot, start the remote and BOOM, somebody just walks in and stay there for the whole exposure:
sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

I'm not shooting that much lately, I hope I will be able to start again when things with my job start calming down a little!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 f/3.5 L, f/3.5, 10 s, ISO 50
- Phottix TC-501 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in Rome, on my first night there.

The Processing

Photoshop

- Converted to Black and White using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added a few soft light layers to adjust light;
- Added a curve 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 and out of focus areas masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Ghost in San Pietro, on Black


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

Hope you're doing great, I will try to catch up with your streams soon!!!

Tags:   roma piazza square san pietro t/s TS-E 24 f/3.5 L black white

N 32 B 1.0K C 86 E Jun 13, 2008 F Jun 15, 2008
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WINNER of " CONTEST #1 ~ Self-Portrait" in *PIG Awards* Group!!! Thanx everybody!!

shot: luchinz (picasaweb.google.com/luca.romanoni)
model: me
postprocessing: me

Tags:   me myself me myself i eyes luca_eos luca occhi selfportrait self black white b&w bianco nero canon 30d portrait APlusPhoto Fabulous! Cubism On Black BlackDiamond APEX “PigAwards” Magic Moment mywinners

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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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