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N 20 B 1.1K C 37 E Jan 22, 2011 F Feb 12, 2011
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SEE IT LARGE On Black!!!!

It's been a while since I've thought about getting a four seasons version of the same shot.

This image comes from a sessione for that: I've shot this location last August, and really fell in love with the place.

A few weeks ago I headed to that same place, hoping to find some good conditions.
Before leaving, I copied the RAW file from August to get the same exact composition, and I've spent most of my time there trying to get the best I could.
After that, I've come across some different compositions (one is shown here), and, since light
was slowly fading, I got some nice colors using a long exposure. I'm pretty satisfied with what I have found: the snow/earth create a beautiful contrast, and those deep blue shadows really help in portraying the winter atmosphere.

As for my activity here, I'm sorry about my late abscence, but I'm really really busy and don't have much time for Flickr.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 20 mm, f/18, 50 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TC-501 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GNDS
- Tripod

The shot
Shot 50 km from where I live, you can see 'my' tree on the left

The Processing

Camera Raw
- Adjusted White Balance

Photoshop (1 minute processing):

- Switched to LAB to pull out some nice colors;
- Added two Soft Light layer to adjust light;
- 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 :
January 22nd, Sunset, on Black

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

Hope you are spending a wonderful weekend, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   italy landscape 5d2 luca_eos canon Lee not HDR lines sunset dusk

N 44 B 3.6K 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

N 128 B 2.8K C 115 E Apr 12, 2009 F Apr 24, 2009
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Front Page! Highest position: #19 on Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wishing you all a Splendid Weekend!!!
The next days I'm gonna be with some friends, for their graduation parties. I'm not sure on how much time I'll have for Flickr!


My second NON-HDR upload of this Tuscany set. I merged two exposure in a post-processing Graduated filter.
NO tonemapping. A three minutes processing.


The shot
Sometimes, when you arrive in places like this valley, you just set up your tripod and experience moments of complete
connection with nature. I can't find words to describe such a feeling, it's amazing!

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Opened in Camera Raw to adjust temperature
- Merged the sky from a darker exposure using a graduated mask
- Switched to LAB mode and applied three 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
- Run Neat Image for the sky (it didn't really need that, at ISO 100 noise is almost invisible)
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Now I know how does the heaven look like [Have a Great Weekend!], on Black

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

I'm really proud of this shot. The location helps for sure, but I like the composition, the mood and how I was able to reproduce those great tones the scene was full of.

PLUS, I reduced the post-processing to the minimum, and that is my final goal.
I think I'm moving in the right direction!
Thanx for getting my previous image to the Front Page!!!

Tags:   Alba 12 aprile sunrise alba tuscany toscana italy italia vacation holiday canon 400d luca_eos Photoshop not an HDR valley orange pink

N 38 B 1.1K C 54 E May 31, 2009 F Jun 19, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 20 on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another b&w... Things are getting BETTER and BETTER!!! I'm busier than I've been in these late weeks,
I got some difficult and interesting assignments and sometimes it's hard to make everything work together.
I'll keep you updated.

I'll be posting some shots I got at the party where I worked at on tuesday. Pretty satisfied with them.


The shot
I saw this boat, I placed the tripod and shot. Composition isn't perfect, but I still like it.

The Processing

I processed it as a color image, but, when I finished my work, I converted to b&w and decided to keep it that way.

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 two Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Converted to Black and White
- Resized
- Noise reduction with Neat Image
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Petit Bateau, on Black

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


Have the best weekend ever, my dear friends!

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

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2012 - Architectural Étude #1 - Berlin, on Black

Dear Flickr friends,

After your really warm welcome on my 2012 tree images, I am uploading two Architectural images.
For those who have seen this on G+, I fine tuned the processing, it looks definitely better now.


I have started a : Facebook Page Have a look and help me growing by sharing and liking it!



They were shot during the splendid Photowalk we had in Berlin last May.

Two fantastic days with special people and some incredible moments I will never forget.


Anyway, I will be leaving in three days, don't know if I will be able to upload something on Monday, so I wish you now the best possible holidays ever.

Wish me some special light!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, EF 17-40@32, f/6.3, 343 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter) + ND Pro Glass 0.9 (3 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 you're doing great! I will try to get back to your latest works on the next days

Tags:   architecture 5d2ir luca_eos b&w


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