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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 72 on Monday, September 6, 2010

Islas Cies, August 9th, 2010.

I got out from my tent 40 minutes before sunrise to shoot, and I have been pretty disappointed by some heavy clouds which blocked the splendid colors of
pre-dawn. I shot a few wideangles view before switching to the 70-200. Fortunately, the strong haze suddently turned pink and gave the scene a fantastic mood,
which paid me off for the early morning wake-up.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this place; I'm into processing many captures I got there, and everytimes it feels like I'm on one of those splendid beaches!

I just placed an order for my notebook replacement; can't wait to try my new quad-core with 8gb of ram and FULL HD display.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 70-200 @ 155mm, f/14, 1/8 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot some minutes after sunrise, on Playa de Rodas (Islas Cies)

The Processing

Camera Raw

-Tuned White Balance

Photoshop:

- Added a Level layer to improve the contrast;
- Added a Curve layer to darken the hills a little;
- Added a Vibrance layer to improve tonal variation;
- Added a Color balance to improve tones;
- Added an Exposure layer with horizontal gradient mask to provide some slight direction light;
- Added an Orange photo filter with horizontal gradient mask to improve color quality;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blendind mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Pink Sunrise at Islas Cies, on Black

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


EDIT: I will be checking your stream out later today...
Spend the best sunday ever, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos canon sunrise spain pink orange boat ocean calm

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 47 on Monday, October 5, 2009

As I promised, another IR capture.

For this one, I chose a stronger processing, to help adding more drama to the scene.


The shot
While I was driving to take some sunset landscapes, those trees really impressed me.

The Processing

Camera Raw

- White balance tuning

Photoshop (one minute processing):

- Switched to LAB mode and applied two curves to improve contrast and tones
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Added a slight vignette
- Applied a color photo filter to warm up the tree and the road.
- Resized
- 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'm glad you appreciated my first attempt in IR. Hope you're gonna like this one, too.
Spend a beautiful sunday!!!

Tags:   IR infrared Hoya R72 canon 400d luca_eos EF-S 10-22mm landscape tree italy paesaggio albero strada erba infrarosso

N 1 B 848 C 2 E Aug 22, 2010 F Aug 22, 2010
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The GPS tracking of my two-weeks trip in Northern Spain

N 24 B 1.2K 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

N 44 B 2.6K C 55 E Jun 13, 2010 F Jun 24, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 77 on Friday, June 25, 2010

www.lucacesari.com

It's nice to have some time to upload something new...

I'm more and more in love with the 5d2, I'm realizing how much a bright viewfinder makes photography more pleasurable!!!
Last week I placed the order for a complete Lee GND filter set, they should arrive soon!
The remote is here, this weekend I will try some long exposures at night....

Work is always keeping me busy, I don't have that much time to shoot, but I will try to do the best I can.

Hope everything is fine with you, I'm sorry if I can't visit your albums as I used to!!!

This shot was captured after attending "Immagini del Settimo Giorno" Michael Kenna exhibition in Reggio Emilia.
I already knew his stuff, and it had been a really great pleasure to see some of his finest shots.
I think that this shot could have been inspired by him. Hope you like it.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 33mm, f/11, 1/10 s, ISO 100. (focus was placed on the first pole, so the background isn't sharp, I know)
- Weighted tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunset. There was an heavy wind blowing, I had to place my photo backpack as a weight on my tripod, in order to prevent blurring

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Cropped to 16:9 in order to improve composition;
- Converted to Black and White using Silver Efex Pro;
- Added 13 overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Multiplied the sky;
- Added an S curve to improve contrast a little;
- Cloned away some distracting elements in the upper left corner;
- Multiplied the sky again, with a low % blending;
- Added a curve layer to lighten up the foreground a little;
- Run Neat Image to get rid of the little noise present;
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate, first pole only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
4 Poles, on Black

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


Hope you're all doing great!

Tags:   5d2 EF 17-40L luca_eos black white b&w poles Michael Kenna landscape clouds


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