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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 49 on Friday, October 16, 2009

Today I decided to process the first image I captured last weekend. I still have many earlier shots to process but I'm proud
of my latest works and I want to hear what you think about it.

I started using my B+W 110 ND a lot, I love its ability of providing the opportunity of long exposures in full daylight.

I hope to have the opportunity of getting some nice sea long exposures soon, I fell in love with them.
This would also mean other splendid weekends with Alice, another good reason to do that!

EF-S 10-22 @ 10 mm ISO 100, f/8, 15&20 secs


The shot
Shot saturday late morning, pretty close to Sestri Levante.

The Processing

Camera Raw

- Basic White Balance

Photoshop:

- Merged two exposures (15 and 20 secs), added a gradient mask
- Rotated the image to make the horizon flat
- Cropped to remove the 'out of the frame' areas
- Converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro
- Created 6 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Corrected the distortion in the upper right angle
- Applied some Gaussian monochromatic noise, then blended it using soft light
- Added a slight vignette
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate, rocks only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


Let me know what you think about it, my dear friends! Hope you like it!!!

Tags:   motion sea holiday vacation liguria mare waves b&w bianco nero luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm landscape clouds grey water long exposure B+W 110ND 10 stops ND

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Dear Friends,

Choosing this picture has been pretty tricky. I have spent the last three hours processing a few images, but I couldn't find anything which I really liked. This image would have been so much better with a few clouds, to break those uniform tones in the sky.
I decided to upload this, anyway, since I really wanted to wish you all a fantastic Christmas.
This isnt' my last upload for this year: I will be uploading another picture, next week, as I did HERE in 2009. I have to think about my 2011 resolutions, too!

Back to the image, correctly exposing this image has been really hard! I had to use a 5 stops gradation for the sky, and still I lost some detail in the highlights.
I chose to bracket to gain another stop, and then blend the two differently exposed images to cover the huge dynamic range.
Temperature was well below zero (-7°/-8°) so I could take advantage of the frost which is really visible above the earth, which creates a beautiful contrast.

Hope you like it!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 f/4 L, f/14, 10+5 s, ISO 100
- Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND + 0.6 (2 stops) soft GND
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 50 km from where I live, a few minutes before sunrise.
This is the same location of my last upload, two months after.

The Processing

Camera Raw
- White balance tuning.

Photoshop

- Blended two exposures using a layer mask;
- Switched to LAB to improve tones;
- Added a few Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Added a Color Balance layer;
- 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 :
Frosty sunrise - On Black

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

Tags:   sunrise valley italy 5d2 luca_eos canon Lee Filter Not HDR landscape frost ice snow

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 163 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I haven't been really active these days, I'm sorry!!!

This is my first attempt with infrared and sea. It gives an effect similar to the 10 stops ND, plus some nice tonal shifts if you include greens, such as I did in this one.

Thanx a lot for the great appreciation comments for my previous upload!


The shot
This was shot one the little promontory you can see on my last upload.

The Processing

Camera Raw

- White Balanced in Camera Raw

Photoshop:

- Converted in Black and White with Silver EFEX Pro
- Multiplied the sky and the sea
- Created 4 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Run Neat Image to reduce Noise
- Applied a level layer to improve contrast
- Resized
- Added a slight vignette
- 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!


Have a splendid week, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   infrared IR Hoya R72 canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm clouds sky italy italia landscape luca_eos mare sea mer waves vagues onde

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I can't believe it's more than a month from my last upload!

A break from my main project; I can't wait to start shooting Architecture again.

This images comes from a shooting session in Rotterdam, the day after my meeting with Joel Tjintjelaar and Kees Smans !!!

I'm definitely happy with my vision on this one.

Hope you're all doing great, sorry about my poor activity here on Flickr

Tags:   infrared canon 5d2 720nm architecture holland rotterdam building b&w le long exposure

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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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