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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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NOTE: FLICKR OVERSHARPENS EVERYTHING. LOOK AT IT IN 'ORIGINAL SIZE' TO GET IT RIGHT

Hi everybody,

I've been pretty busy these last weeks so I couldn't upload anything sooner.
This comes from my second sunset on the Islas Cies, it was shot next to the southern lighthouse. I had to jump over a little wall and place my tripod right on the edge of a steep cliff,
I could easly see the sharps rocks about 50m (150 ft) below. I was almost giving up (no sun on the rocks on the right) when suddently the sun broke the lowest clouds and those rocks started
glowing red! I would have loved more clouds, but I think the color gradient in the sky works well even without any.

I'm writing this from my new notebook: I'm really pleased by the processing power the new i7 processor and 8gb of DDR3 ram deliver.

I hope I will have some more time to process some files on the archives: at the moment I'm mainly doing infrared test shots with the 5d2; you're gonna see these results in the next weeks, so stay tuned.

Since Alice is getting her degree on tuesday, September 28th, I will be spending four days in Paris (October 10-14th). If anybody's around, please let me know.



Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 17mm, f/16, 1.6 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND
- Tripod

The shot
Shot on Islas Cies, close to the southern higher lighthouse.

The Processing

Camera Raw

-Tuned White Balance

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to improve tones and contrast;
- Removed a slight vignetting (which comes from using the filter holder tilted when shooting at 17 mm)
- Added a Color balance to improve tones;
- 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 :
Second sunset at Islas Cies, on Black


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


Have a great weekend, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 canon luca_eos spain holiday sunset lee filters 0.9 no HDR

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 199 on Thursday, September 17, 2009

I decided to upload another long exposure, I appreciated your sincere feedback on my last shot!

Tonight I'll be supporting INTER F.C., my team will be playing against FC Barcelona in the
Uefa Champions League!!!

Merged two exposure, 78 and 104s, f/4.5, ISO800.
As my last shot, EX430II @1/4 wirelessly trigged inside the car, then some light painting on the back of the car.



The shot
Same location of the previous capture, different composition.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Merged two different exposures (78 and 104s)
- Switched to LAB to add contrast and pop to colors
- Used color balance tool to improve the sky
- Cloned away some distracting reflections
- Used Noise Ninja to reduce noise
- Resized
- Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
[Long Exposure Étude #2] Clouds are coming, on Black

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


I'm not sure about composition, in this one. Maybe it would have been better if I didn't come so close to the car.
I pretty like it, anyway.
LET ME HEAR YOUR OPINIONS!

Tags:   long exposure EF-S 10-22mm blu gel flash night stars sky punto car trees luca_eos canon 400d étude

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My dear friends,

yesterday I made a really terrible discovery: Pier Luigi (gigilivorno) left us.

Many of you probably know him. He was one of my oldest friends I had here on Flickr,
I received great support and it had been a great pleasure to have been, even if in a small portion, part of his life here on Flickr. I will surely miss you. R.I.P. GIGI!!!!

Cari Amici,

sono stato assente per lungo tempo da Flickr e appena tornato ho scoperto, con sommo dispiacere, che Pier Luigi (gigilivorno) ci ha lasciato.
Non ho avuto la fortuna di conoscerlo dal vivo, ma i nostri scambi di messaggi e commenti mi hanno dato moltissimo. E' stato uno dei miei primi contatti qui su Flickr e uno dei pochi con cui ho sempre mantenuto un rapporto di reciproca stima ed affetto. Mi mancherai. Riposa in pace, caro Gigi!!!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/10, 1/30+1/125 s, ISO 100.
- Tripod

The shot
Shot last October in Levanto.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Merged two exposures using a gradientlayer mask
- Switched to LAB color space to pull out some nice colors.
- Used the Lens correction tool to remove distortion and straighten and level the horizon
- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light.
- Added a Color Balance adjustment to equalize colors.
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Ciao Gigi, on Black

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


Hope you are doing great, my friends!!! I hope I will find some time to be a little more active here!!!

Tags:   gigilivorno gigi luca_eos sunset seascape landscape sea canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm RIP Gigi

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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 19 on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Many good things happening these days.
Stay tuned for more on this!!!

The shot
First attempt with my 10 stop neutral density filter.
I know it's not perfect, but I don't have any experience on very long exposures.
271 seconds for this one.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Straightened the horizon and cropped a little
- Converted to black and white using a b&w layer
- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve tints
- Raised contrast a little to make the white more punchy
- Resized
- Sharpening on the rocks only
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
[Motion Étude #2] La mer, On Black

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


Thank you all, for letting my first upload climb up to the #5 in Explore.
Not bad for an Étude

Tags:   long exposure motion sea holiday vacation liguria mare waves b&w bianco nero luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm landscape clouds grey water ND110


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