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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

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Please see it Large on Black!!!

My friends,

I am leaving for Brighton in two days, I just can't wait! I am so excited to finally meet Michael Levin and all the other partecipants, I'm sure it will be an inspiring experience.


If you happen to be in the area, let me know (write me a Flickr mail so we can exchange our mobile numbers and arrange a meeting!): I will get there Friday afternoon.


By the way I finally got my prints, they look amazing! I really have to thank Jeff Gaydash for his kindness and high-quality printing service.



This image was created a couple of months ago, it was one of the few times when you get in a splendid place and wheater conditions just get together! I have to thank you my lovely Alice for being THAT patient!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 37 mm, f/16, 104 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TC-501 Remote Shutter
- B+W ND 110 (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 100 km from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Added a few 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', at low opacity, with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


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

I wish you all a splendid weekend, next week I will post something to provide you some feedback on the workshop!!!

Tags:   long exposure b&w landscape mountain italy paesaggio clouds sky

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 69 on Sunday, July 4, 2010

Time to upload something new; I'm still super-busy with work and can shoot only in the weekends!
This one was taken last sunday, I saw this interesting wheat field and decided to shoot; when I noticed those two whiter elements I tried to use them in the composition, to create a slight contrast.
The sky isn't that interesting and light isn't at its best (this field unfortunately is in deep shadow
long before sunset) but I still like it.

The Lee GND's arrived yesterday, couldn't wait to try them out next photoshoot.

I'm planning my holidays!!! I will be travelling with Alice, destination northern Spain; I have seen many great shots of those wild coasts, I'm sure I will love it. If you have already been there and have suggestion,I will take them in the highest consideration.
I will be there from August 2nd until August 16th: I really need two weeks off!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 33mm, f/10, 1/25 s, ISO 200 (It's hard to believed I used the same focal length
for my last upload and in this one!!!).
- Mirror Lockup and two seconds self-timer
- Tripod

The shot
Shot an hour before sunset. As I wrote in the description, some hills behind me prevent this field from being lit some time
before the sun sets.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to pull out some nice colors;
Multiplied the sky (using a gradient mask with a low opacity);
- Added 5 overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Added an S curve to improve contrast a little;
- Cloned away some distracting elements in the upper right corner (Healing brush and clone stamp Tools);
- Added a slight S curve layer with a low opacity to improve contrast a little;
- Resized
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate, first pole only)
- Framing and signature.

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

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


Another week is ending... Enjoy a wonderful weekend!!!

Tags:   luca_eos 5d2 EF 17-40 L landscape italy summer gold

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My dear friends, this is my last upload for 2012.

As I did in 2010 and 2011, it is time to take a look back.

This has been an extremely intense year, with great ups and downs.
Many things happened, some of which provided sheer joy, others extreme sorrow. Some were 'caused' by me, some weren't.

Anyway, all these events will be essential to my turning point in 2013.

When I take a look at the resolutions for my 2012, I am definitely happy about how this year actually went.

I was able, for the first time, to concentrate on monothematic projects; I joined some important contests and photographic meetings, receiving a really positive feedback; I attended the greatest number of exhibition I could imagine and I didn't give up training.
I also improved in architecture photography, and bought an Epson 3880 printer and start to experiment with it.
I couldn't set up a full 'printing system' because of the prohibitive costs associated to it; moreover I couldn't spend all the time I wanted with printing, but I will fix that in 2013.
As for #8, I took very little time with multiple lights setups, but I am approaching still life photography and will be experimenting with multiple lights and eventually get proficient with those during this next year.

Time to set out my resolutions for 2013!!! (as always, random order, limited to eight)


1) Keep improving myself: study, read, attend museums and exhibitions, listen to music (gotta celebrate Verdi and Wagner's 200th birthday!);
2) Make my agency, Glass Star Agency, up and running at full speed;
3) Approach Still Life and Portrait photography;
4) Keep up with training;
5) Become proficient with printing, framing and matting;
6) Meet some new people with similar interests - Travel;
7) Complete at least two NEW monothematic projects - Enter them in International Competitions;
8) Last but not least: decide about my future (already made some big improvements over last year, but still far away from my goals!)


I will work all myself into pursuing those, especially #2 (which will eventually help me solving #8).

Anyway, if you want to meet up, I will be in Rome with Michael Diblicek from the 3rd until the 8th of January.
Send me an email with your phone number, I'll be glad to call you back and schedule a meeting!

Hope your 2012 has been extremely good; wish you a fantastic 2013 full of joy, happiness and freedom.

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!

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Cari Amici,

anche per quest'anno è arrivato il momento di 'tirare le somme'.

Il 2012 è stato estremamente intenso, caratterizzato da enormi alti e bassi; sono passato da immense gioie ad una situazione più complessa, caratterizzata da un susseguirsi di diversi momenti difficili.

Sono sicuro che comunque tutto questo contribuirà alla mia crescita personale ed alla mia svolta nel 2013.

Avendo appena letto i proposti per il 2012, non posso che dirmi soddisfatto.
Per la prima volta mi sono concentrato su progetti monotematici, che mi hanno arricchito moltissimo.
Ho partecipato a concorsi e ricevuto i primi importanti riconoscimenti.
Ho speso moltissime giornate in musei, mostre e luoghi magnifici, ho viaggiato quasi quanto avrei voluto e non ho abbandonato l'allenamento.

I punti su cui mi vedo più debole sono il numero 1 ed 8: ho acquistato una stampante (Epson 3880) ma non ho avuto il tempo di sfruttarla come avrei dovuto.
Il punto 8, invece, è stato quello che ho maggiormente trascurato.
Nei prossimi mesi comunque (per cause di 'forza maggiore') affronterò la fotografia Still Life ed aumenterò la mia preparazione nella gestione di sistemi a più luci.

Visto che il passato è passato, è tempo di elencare i propositi per il 2013:
(ordine casuale)


1) Continuare il mio processo di crescita personale: studiare, leggere, visitare mostre e musei, ascoltare musica (anche per celebrare il duecentesimo compleanno di Verdi e Wagner!)
2) Avviare, promuovere e dedicarmi alla mia agenzia Glass Star Agency;
3) Affrontare la fotografia Still Life e di ritratto;
4) Continuare l'allenamento;
5) Perfezionarmi con la stampa, il montaggio e l'incorniciatura;
6) Incontrare nuove persone con gli stessi interessi - Viaggiare;
7) Portare a termine almeno DUE progetti monotematici - Partecipare ad altri concorsi internazionali;
8) Ultimo, ma sicuramente non meno importante: decidere del mio futuro! (ho sicuramente fatto diversi passi avanti dallo scorso anno, ma sono ancora lontano dalla meta)

Dedicherò tutto me stesso per seguire questi propositi, specialmente il numero 2 (che sicuramente aiuterebbe a risolvere il numero 8).

Ad ogni modo, dal tre all'otto Gennaio sarò a Roma, con Michael Diblicek; se vi trovate da quelle parti, mandatemi una mail con il vostro numero: sarò felicissimo di chiamarvi e fissare un incontro!

Spero che il vostro 2012 sia stato estremamente positivo; vi auguro un 2013 fantastico, pieno di gioia, serenità e libertà.

Un po' di auto-promozione: La mia Pagina Facebook:Date un'occhiata e non dimenticatevi di cliccare 'mi piace' e condividere!!!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II IR, EF 17-40 @ 40 mm, f/8, 91 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot during my week workshop in Tuscany, last April

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Black and white conversion using Silver EFEX Pro 2;
- Added many Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Addes some custom shaped localized gradients to add mystery;
- Added two curve layers to adjust contrast;
- Added a Level layer to improve contast;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mark to slightly improve contrast;
- Applied some slight noise reduction in the sky;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


Thank you, I will be visiting your streams tonight

Tags:   infrared tuscany italy luca_eos canon 5d2ir long exposure trees motion cypress

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 207 on Sunday, November 1, 2009

Still in the mood for b&w... I think you won't see much color in my next uploads...

Since I don't really have a lot of work these days (which is both good and bad, good because I have a lot of time to spend on what I love doing, bad because I don't get any money and make no improvements in my engineer formation)
I'm studying photography a lot.

I'm really into Ansel Adams, I'm taking a deep look on his trilogy (The Camera, The Negative and The Print).
I'm trying to learn using Capture One by Phase One, I realized it's probably the best raw processor out there.


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/8, 41s, ISO 100.
- B+W ND 110 (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in Levanto, a few minutes before sunset.

The Processing

Capture One

- Recovered some highlights and shadows

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using a Silver EFEX Pro
- Created 7 Overlay layers to adjust light (in total, created while going through the other steps)
- Multiplied the sky
- Added two curve layers to lighten up the left part
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Corrected perspective on the house on the left using the free transform tool
- Used the lens distortion tool to straighten and level the horizon
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, rocks and mountain only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


I wish you all an incredible weekend, 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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