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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 38 B 4.2K C 51 E Oct 11, 2009 F Oct 26, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 185 on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

PLEASE SEE IT LARGE ON BLACK!!

More and more into black and white processing...

This is an IR capture I got from one of the nicest place in Liguria: it's called 'Via dell'Amore' (Lovers Walk).
It connects two small villages in the 'Cinque Terre' ( The Five Lands on Wikipedia )

Some nice vegetation, those textures in the wall and the raging see provided me some great ingredients for this one.
I also love those distant clouds in the background, they almost look like they've been photoshopped there!
By the way, I'm in love with seascape shooting.


Details
- CANON 400d, EF 17-40 f/4 L @ 27 mm, f/8, 25s, ISO 100.
- Hoya R72 (720nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot from the Lovers Walk, Cinque Terre.
I think carrying my sling bag (6+ kgs) and tripod in those very steep tiny roads was worth it...

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using a Silver EFEX Pro
- Created 6 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Multiplied the sky and distant hills, then lowered the opacity to provide a smooth transition
- Cleaned some noise with Neat Image
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Added a Level layer to improve contrast
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, selectively applied)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Beyond what human eyes can see #6 [Via dell'Amore], on Black


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


In a few (less than 30) visits I'll be reaching 20.000 Album Views. I would like to thank you all!!!

Tags:   infrared IR Hoya R72 canon 400d EF 17-40mm f/4 L clouds sky italy italia landscape luca_eos liguria vacation holiday Lovers walk Via dell'Amore Cinque Terre Riomaggiore Manarola long exposure mare sea mer vages onde waves textures

N 71 B 3.9K C 29 E Apr 25, 2012 F Dec 28, 2012
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See This Large On Black

My dear friends, this is my last upload for 2012.

As I did in 2010 and 2011, it is time to take a look back.

This has been an extremely intense year, with great ups and downs.
Many things happened, some of which provided sheer joy, others extreme sorrow. Some were 'caused' by me, some weren't.

Anyway, all these events will be essential to my turning point in 2013.

When I take a look at the resolutions for my 2012, I am definitely happy about how this year actually went.

I was able, for the first time, to concentrate on monothematic projects; I joined some important contests and photographic meetings, receiving a really positive feedback; I attended the greatest number of exhibition I could imagine and I didn't give up training.
I also improved in architecture photography, and bought an Epson 3880 printer and start to experiment with it.
I couldn't set up a full 'printing system' because of the prohibitive costs associated to it; moreover I couldn't spend all the time I wanted with printing, but I will fix that in 2013.
As for #8, I took very little time with multiple lights setups, but I am approaching still life photography and will be experimenting with multiple lights and eventually get proficient with those during this next year.

Time to set out my resolutions for 2013!!! (as always, random order, limited to eight)


1) Keep improving myself: study, read, attend museums and exhibitions, listen to music (gotta celebrate Verdi and Wagner's 200th birthday!);
2) Make my agency, Glass Star Agency, up and running at full speed;
3) Approach Still Life and Portrait photography;
4) Keep up with training;
5) Become proficient with printing, framing and matting;
6) Meet some new people with similar interests - Travel;
7) Complete at least two NEW monothematic projects - Enter them in International Competitions;
8) Last but not least: decide about my future (already made some big improvements over last year, but still far away from my goals!)


I will work all myself into pursuing those, especially #2 (which will eventually help me solving #8).

Anyway, if you want to meet up, I will be in Rome with Michael Diblicek from the 3rd until the 8th of January.
Send me an email with your phone number, I'll be glad to call you back and schedule a meeting!

Hope your 2012 has been extremely good; wish you a fantastic 2013 full of joy, happiness and freedom.

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

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Cari Amici,

anche per quest'anno è arrivato il momento di 'tirare le somme'.

Il 2012 è stato estremamente intenso, caratterizzato da enormi alti e bassi; sono passato da immense gioie ad una situazione più complessa, caratterizzata da un susseguirsi di diversi momenti difficili.

Sono sicuro che comunque tutto questo contribuirà alla mia crescita personale ed alla mia svolta nel 2013.

Avendo appena letto i proposti per il 2012, non posso che dirmi soddisfatto.
Per la prima volta mi sono concentrato su progetti monotematici, che mi hanno arricchito moltissimo.
Ho partecipato a concorsi e ricevuto i primi importanti riconoscimenti.
Ho speso moltissime giornate in musei, mostre e luoghi magnifici, ho viaggiato quasi quanto avrei voluto e non ho abbandonato l'allenamento.

I punti su cui mi vedo più debole sono il numero 1 ed 8: ho acquistato una stampante (Epson 3880) ma non ho avuto il tempo di sfruttarla come avrei dovuto.
Il punto 8, invece, è stato quello che ho maggiormente trascurato.
Nei prossimi mesi comunque (per cause di 'forza maggiore') affronterò la fotografia Still Life ed aumenterò la mia preparazione nella gestione di sistemi a più luci.

Visto che il passato è passato, è tempo di elencare i propositi per il 2013:
(ordine casuale)


1) Continuare il mio processo di crescita personale: studiare, leggere, visitare mostre e musei, ascoltare musica (anche per celebrare il duecentesimo compleanno di Verdi e Wagner!)
2) Avviare, promuovere e dedicarmi alla mia agenzia Glass Star Agency;
3) Affrontare la fotografia Still Life e di ritratto;
4) Continuare l'allenamento;
5) Perfezionarmi con la stampa, il montaggio e l'incorniciatura;
6) Incontrare nuove persone con gli stessi interessi - Viaggiare;
7) Portare a termine almeno DUE progetti monotematici - Partecipare ad altri concorsi internazionali;
8) Ultimo, ma sicuramente non meno importante: decidere del mio futuro! (ho sicuramente fatto diversi passi avanti dallo scorso anno, ma sono ancora lontano dalla meta)

Dedicherò tutto me stesso per seguire questi propositi, specialmente il numero 2 (che sicuramente aiuterebbe a risolvere il numero 8).

Ad ogni modo, dal tre all'otto Gennaio sarò a Roma, con Michael Diblicek; se vi trovate da quelle parti, mandatemi una mail con il vostro numero: sarò felicissimo di chiamarvi e fissare un incontro!

Spero che il vostro 2012 sia stato estremamente positivo; vi auguro un 2013 fantastico, pieno di gioia, serenità e libertà.

Un po' di auto-promozione: La mia Pagina Facebook:Date un'occhiata e non dimenticatevi di cliccare 'mi piace' e condividere!!!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II IR, EF 17-40 @ 40 mm, f/8, 91 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot during my week workshop in Tuscany, last April

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Black and white conversion using Silver EFEX Pro 2;
- Added many Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Addes some custom shaped localized gradients to add mystery;
- Added two curve layers to adjust contrast;
- Added a Level layer to improve contast;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mark to slightly improve contrast;
- Applied some slight noise reduction in the sky;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


Thank you, I will be visiting your streams tonight

Tags:   infrared tuscany italy luca_eos canon 5d2ir long exposure trees motion cypress

N 33 B 1.2K C 46 E Feb 21, 2009 F Jul 14, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 134 on Sunday, July 19, 2009

Everything is going great. My job interview rocked! I'm waiting for their final decision...

Today I'm not working, so I can spend a little time here on Flickr and check
your streams out. I've been missing you!

I chose this shot I took last winter because the next few days are gonna be THE hottest since summer has start.



The shot
Shot on 'Monte Luco', Trentino Alto-Adige.

The Processing

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
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Used an overlay layer to adjust light
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
A little snow to cool us all down, on Black

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


I'm not really sure if that black frame all around works... What do you think?

Tags:   snow winter trentino holiday vacation neve landscape vacanza clouds sky blue white wood baita luca_eos canon 400d EF702004IS

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 199 on Thursday, September 17, 2009

I decided to upload another long exposure, I appreciated your sincere feedback on my last shot!

Tonight I'll be supporting INTER F.C., my team will be playing against FC Barcelona in the
Uefa Champions League!!!

Merged two exposure, 78 and 104s, f/4.5, ISO800.
As my last shot, EX430II @1/4 wirelessly trigged inside the car, then some light painting on the back of the car.



The shot
Same location of the previous capture, different composition.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Merged two different exposures (78 and 104s)
- Switched to LAB to add contrast and pop to colors
- Used color balance tool to improve the sky
- Cloned away some distracting reflections
- Used Noise Ninja to reduce noise
- Resized
- Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
[Long Exposure Étude #2] Clouds are coming, on Black

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


I'm not sure about composition, in this one. Maybe it would have been better if I didn't come so close to the car.
I pretty like it, anyway.
LET ME HEAR YOUR OPINIONS!

Tags:   long exposure EF-S 10-22mm blu gel flash night stars sky punto car trees luca_eos canon 400d étude


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