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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 83 on Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dear friends,

I just wanted to break my 'one picture a week' routine and put something new.

This comes from a session I had a couple weeks after my summer trip in Spain. I have other captures from this sunset that I really like, might upload them sooner or later.
I usually try to avoid the smallest f/stops in order not to lose resolution due to diffraction, but in this case I had to choose f/22 to keep almost everything in focus.
This longer exposure also blurred some flowers a little, but I do like it.

Can't wait to try my TS-E 24 out to get shots sharper than this at f/5.6-f/8!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 19 mm, f/22, 1.3 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND
- Tripod

The shot
Shot 50 km from where I live, in one of the most beautiful sunsets I've experienced here.

The Processing

Camera Raw
- Adjusted White Balance

Photoshop (2 minutes processing):

- Switched to LAB to pull out some nice colors;
- Added two Soft Light layer to adjust light;
- Added a low opacity photo filter to warm part of the sky up;
- 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 :
Flowers at Sunset, August 29th 2010, on Black


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

Please don't leave without seeing it LARGE!!!
By the way, I will check your streams out tonight!

Tags:   5d2 italy landscape flowers luca_eos GND Non HDR sunset

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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

N 20 B 2.7K C 24 E Apr 15, 2011 F Apr 15, 2011
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PLEASE SEE IT LARGE ON BLACK

Dear Friends,

Life is still busy.

Tomorrow I'll be turning 27: this afternoon I have taken a longer lunch break and got out shooting.

In the next weeks I'll be dealing mainly with Infrared and T/S shots, spring has come and chlorophyll is slowly reaching its maximum; this helps a lot when shooting IR.

After a poor sunrise session last saturday (no clouds), today I had my opportunity of getting some nice moving clouds against an almost solid black sky.



I'm sorry about my abscence, but I don't think I will be spending that much time on Flickr in the next months; Last year Flickr has been really time consuming, I don't really want that to happen again.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 @, f/5.6, 93 s, ISO 400
- Mirror Lockup, Canon Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 2 km from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin;
- Added a Soft Light layers to dodge/burn selectively (most of the dodge/burn have been performed in Silver Efex Pro 2);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Added a level layer to improve contrast;
- Cropped 2:1;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied a Noise Ninja layer to smoothen the sky;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode' with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Infrared Étude - 2011 - #1, on Black


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


I wish you a splendid weekend, my dear Friends

Tags:   infrared 5d2 luca_eos canon Hoya R72 SEP2 Silver Efex Pro 2 b&w

N 161 B 2.4K C 73 E Oct 21, 2011 F Jul 20, 2012
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SEE Tree - 2012 - #2, Large on Black

Dear Flickr friends,

Still trying to catch up with everything.
I have started a : Facebook Page Have a look!

I've two more images on trees, than I'll upload a couple of architectural images.

Still ten days and then I am leaving for two weeks in Slovenia and Croatia.
Can't wait to take some time off from the internet and dedicate just to relax, photography and reading.



Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, EF 17-40@25, f/9, 88 s, ISO 50
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Italy

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 you're doing great! I will try to get back to your latest works on the next days

Tags:   infrared luca_eos tree b&w 5d2ir

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 91 on Monday, January 18, 2010

It's time for my first upload of the year!

My Holidays were great, I spent a lot of time with friends and Alice.

Last week I visited Florence, I had been there when I was a kid and really really liked it now.
Unluckly, that short trip has been a photographic 'nightmare': it never stopped raining, with an ugly washed out sky and flat light.
I carried my 10 kg photographic equipment (yes, tripod too) for three days and managed to get just a few decent captures.
This is the one I like the most.

I'm currently through some interesting opportunities with my work, these next weeks could be pretty important!
Moreover, on February 1st I will be the last stage for my professional abilitation exam!

I would really like to thank you for your super-nice words on my last capture. THEY MEANT A LOT!!!

Today I have registered my personal domain... In a few months I hope I will be able to put a personal site online! I will keep you updated.

Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 12mm, f/9, 32 and 120 s, ISO 100.
- B+W ND 110 (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in Florence.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Merged two different exposures (32 and 120s) using a mask
- Removed some perspective distortion using the Lens Correction and cropped a little
- Created 8 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Added a Level layer to slightly improve contrast
- cloned away a little corner of a building on the left part using the Clone Stamp/Healing Brush
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, rocks only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Santa Maria del Fiore, 120 seconds in one click, On Black

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


Hope your 2010 started in the best possible way!!!

Feel free to add me on Facebook!!!
www.facebook.com/lucaeos

Tags:   holiday new year EF-S 10-22mm canon 400d luca_eos 2010 florence firenze ND110 landscape winter italy


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