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I'm really sorry I couldn't upload anything sooner, but work is really keeping me busy.

Alice graduated last week, we had some great dinners and parties!!!

Let's get back to the shot.
Capturing this one was so exciting! After composing, I had to use the remote to trigger the shutter, run to the chosen spot and, while holding a flashlight, write in the air
'ISLAS CIES'. After that I run back again to the camera to close the shutter.
I'm fairly impressed of how good a well-exposed shot with the 5d2 is: this 32 secs exposure at 800 ISO looks just great, requiring only a slight noise reduction.

This sunday I'm leaving, heading towards Paris: let's hope weather will help, can't wait to see and smell the city in 'her' autumnal dress.

If somebody is in the area (from 10 'til 14th) please let me know, so we can arrange a meeting!!!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 24 mm, f/8, 42 s, ISO 800
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot on Islas Cies, on our last night there (11-12th August, 2010).

The Processing

Camera Raw

-Tuned White Balance

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to improve tones and contrast;
- Cloned away the shadows of tripod and camera on the tent on the left;
- Reduced noise using Noise Ninja;
- Added two Color balance layers to improve tones;
- 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 :
Misty Night at Islas Cies, on Black

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


See you soon, my dear friends. Hope you're gonna have a great time!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos long exposure canon spain holiday islas cies night light painting

N 61 B 7.9K C 47 E Jul 10, 2010 F Jul 16, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 37 on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I planned another early morning photoshoot for tomorrow, hope some clouds will show up!
Weather is almost impossible for photography: it's been days since I've seen a cloud, humidity is at its highest and temperature is about 35+ ° Celsius (95 Fahrenheit)

Tomorrow will be my first session with my Manfrotto 410 Geared Head; I made some quick home-tests and it seems I finally found what I was searching for.

I ended my numerous photographic purchases with a 3 stops 100x100 ND filter (to get long exposure times when the light isn't that strong. Should arrive next week.

I'm starting planning my Spain trip for the photographic aspect: I realized I need to change my mindset if I want to get the maximum possible results;
All the best shots (and I mean the very best ones) come from a careful planning, which is the only possible attitude to get consistent quality.
I will be tracking down the sunrise/sunset times for every place I will visit and try to find out some nicely exposed locations using both maps and Google Earth;

I found (as a suggestion from my friend Brent Pearson this cute app:

The Photographer's Ephemeris
It provides you the sun angles (both at sunrise and sunset), the moon phases, and all the other interesting stuff for a landscape photographer; I will try to
use it regularly when finding locations and planning.

As for vignetting and filters, I followed the suggestion received by Arild Heitmann, removed the third slot on the holder; tomorrow I will try it out.

In this shot, I had some of the most difficult conditions for exposure: contrast was really high and having the sun into the frame made things even worse.

I will try to avoid situations like this in the future but this is of course a tough test for the camera and filter system!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 24mm, f/11, 1/50 s, ISO 100
- Lee Soft Grad (0.9 + 0.6 + 0.3 (six stops total))
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after my last upload.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Cropped to 16:9 to improve composition;
- Merged a bright exposure to lighten up the corn (at low opacity);
- Flipped the image horizontally;
- Converted to Black and White using Silver Efex Pro;
- Added four overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Cloned away two silos in the middle left section (Clone stamp);
- Resized;
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate);
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


I wish you a splendid weekend, my dear Friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos canon sunrise Lee Filters contrast b&w landscape italy path

N 24 B 1.7K C 52 E Apr 11, 2009 F Jul 5, 2009
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EXPLORED! Highest position: 147 on Thursday, July 9, 2009

Still busy, these next two weeks will probably be even worse...
Getting stronger, on Thursday they scheduled me the final job interview (already succesfully passed through two) for a really interesting opportunity.
I will be meeting the General Manager of the company. Sounds good!


The shot
Another sunrise from my April Tuscany trip. Taken some minutes before "Tuscany Sunrise @75mm". Tighter crop, less contrasty.
I'm in love with that place.

The Processing
Photoshop: (SINGLE EXPOSURE)

- Duplicated the background layer, switched to soft light mode and applied a gradient mask (sky only)
- 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
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Duplicated the background layer, switched to linear add and applied a gradient mask (foreground only)
- Created an Overlay layer to adjust light
- Resized
- Run Noise Ninja to reduce Noise
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
The best is yet to come, on Black


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


I wish you all a splendid sunday and a marvellous week ahead.
I will be checking your streams out tonight.

Tags:   Alba 11 aprile sunrise alba toscana tuscany holiday vacation EF702004IS orange sky landscape luca_eos canon 400d

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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

N 17 B 1.8K 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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