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N 77 B 3.5K C 81 E Apr 10, 2009 F Aug 10, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 41 on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Back to black and white. This one had great colors, but b&w gives a lot more mood.

I'm relaxing, enjoyng some time on Flickr, going out partying...
Next week I'm leaving for a few days, I'm sure you'll see the photographic results...

Hope you're having a great time.

The shot
Again, from my Tuscany trip.

The Processing

Photoshop: (from ONE Exposure)

- Converted to black and white with the Black and White tool
- Used levels to enhance contrast
- Applied curves to higher contrast even more
- Copied the background layer and multiplied the sky (with a gradient mask)
- Used an overlay layer to improve light
- Merged all layers and blended the resulting one (at 25% opacity) on Soft Light mode
- Added a Hue/Sat layer to warm up colors a little
- Added a subtle vignette
- Used three overlay layers to adjust light
- Made some cloning to remove little distracting objects
- NOT applied noise reduction nor sharpening
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Misty Hills at sunrise, on Black


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



I spent a little time on this processing, I would appreciate some honest feedback on it.
If you think I've pushed it too far, just let me know it.

Have a great time!!!

Tags:   Alba 10 aprile Toscana Tuscany holiday vacation luca_eos canon 400d EF702004IS landscape black white b&w bianco nero hills colline mist nebbia grey

N 47 B 1.7K C 66 E Oct 10, 2009 F Mar 21, 2010
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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

N 61 B 1.8K C 62 E Oct 10, 2009 F Nov 3, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 67 on Saturday, November 7, 2009

My dear friends, today I processed two really good color images but I still want to upload some black and white images for some time.

I am really eager to know what you think about it, composition was the only was possible to include the stairway, I like its positioning on the side.
I find light is good, too, but I want your opinions!!!

Wishing you all a splendid week!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/11, 25 s, ISO 100.
- B+W ND 110 (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Like many of my previous uploads, shot in Sestri Levante on October, 10th.

The Processing

Capture one

- Some shadow/highlight recovery

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using a Silver EFEX Pro
- Created NINE Overlay layers to adjust light (this one really needed it)
- Multiplied the sky
- Added a Level layer to improve contrast
- Used Distort tool to level the horizon
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, rocks only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


I would really like to thank you all for the visits, comments and fave on my last one!

Tags:   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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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

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2012 - Architectural Étude #2 - Berlin, on Black


My friends,

It's been two weeks since I have got home from my holidays, and I took a nice off-internet period.

This image comes from the Berlin Photowalk of last May, and it's my best architectural image to date.
I am satisfied with this processing; I worked hard on it and after 239 layers the image looks (almost) like I wanted to.
It required 20 hours to get here.

Hope you had some special holidays, I finally had the chance of slowing down with everything (also with shooting) and I will soon start with much more energy!


Meanwhile, don't forget to take a look at My Facebook Page: Have a look and help me growing by sharing and liking it!


Moreover, I am proud to announce here that we finally launched The Glass Star Agency: you can find more information about that at:

Website

www.glass-star-agency.com

Facebook Page

www.facebook.com/Glass.Star.Agency




Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, EF 17-40@25, f/8, 27+123 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Berlin

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Added many soft light layers to adjust the light;
- Added some custom gradients to equalize the 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', with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :



@ You all
Comments and faves are always welcome!

Hope your holidays went really well; will catch up with your albums soon

Tags:   architecture Berlin luca_eos 5dir long exposure


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