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N 25 B 1.9K C 40 E Jul 11, 2010 F Jul 23, 2010
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 132 on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Starting to feel a little more at ease with my 5d2...

My 'new' attitude on landscape photography isn't really easy to master: it's sometimes frustrating wait for something that never arrives!
I know that these initial difficult moments will become less and less important as soon as I will be rewarded by some incredible scenes.

I am tracking a few good spots for my Spain Holiday, I finally booked everything, now I only have to wait these nine last days!!!

Fortunately, all my purchases arrived today: after almost a month and a half with something on its way home, it's a pretty strange feeling.

Tomorrow I will be getting up really early again: hope this time things will work out better!!!


I'm not completely satisfied with this one: I find that those dark trees in the middle portion of composition just lock the eye. It was the best I could do,
so I'll go with it.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 23mm, f/13, 0.5 s, ISO 100
- Lee Soft Grad (0.9, 3 stops)
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunset.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Switched to LAB to pull out some colors and improve contrast (just a little);
- Added a few overlay layers to equalize light as I wanted;
- Cloned away two dust spots (Patch tool and healing brush);
- Used a Color Balance layer to get better tones;
- Resized;
- Improved the contrast with an Unsharp Mask tune;
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate);
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Untitled, on Black

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


I wish you all a wonderful weekend, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos landscape sunset Lee filters 0.9 italy field clouds

N 23 B 2.1K C 49 E Oct 4, 2009 F Oct 6, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 163 on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday has been great.

The full moon provided a splendid lighting, so after a lovely dinner with Alice (yesterday was her birthday)
I drove around to get some nice long exposures.
I would like to thank the 'anonimous driver" who made this image pop with his lights!

Weather is pretty bad these days, hope it gets better soon to try some other IR stuff.


The shot
I made some other attempts, but the lights make this my favourite.

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
- Removed a burnt out area in the sky with the patch tool
- Created 2 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Run Neat Image to reduce Noise
- Lightened the reflection of my silhouette
- Added my 'logo' to the car using Vanishing Point
- 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!


Hope you're gonna like it, since I do. Have a great week ahead.

Tags:   long exposure moonlight moon clouds sky fiat grande punto luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm stripes lights car light painting

N 63 B 4.3K C 38 E Jun 18, 2011 F Jul 4, 2011
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Don't waste your time and see it Large On Black

Dear Friends,

work has kept me really busy in these last weeks, now things should get better...

I have finally made my decision in getting even more in the infrared world: I'm converting a 5d Mark II (not my main body, another one) to infrared (with an 87C filter) and then I will start experimenting.

I have made some deep researches on this topic, I should write an article on that soon!

If all goes wll I will be getting it in a month, and start shooting in my upcoming two weeks trip in Croatia (from 3rd August on).

Meanwhile, I got my Eizo S2243 Display, lost almost all saturday with hardware calibration (with Argyll) and now have started re-processing a few old shots to build my portfolio for an upcoming even (I will tell more about that
later). I have realized that all my previous monitors (I used other applications to do the hardware calibrations) had way too high brightness, now at 120 cd/m2 things looks much better.

This image comes from a fortunate session in a super-windy saturday afternoon a few weeks ago.
I like this image a lot, the motion in the sky was amazing.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 @, f/5.6, 83 s, ISO 400
- Live view, Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 50 km from where I live.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin;
- Added many Soft Light layers to dodge/burn selectively;
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Cropped 2:1;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied a Noise Ninja layer to smoothen the sky;
- Added a level layer to 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 :
Infrared Étude - 2011 - #3, On Black


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


I wish you a splendid week ahead, my dear Friends; I will try to get back to your streams as soon as I can!

Tags:   infrared Hoya R72 luca_eos italy canon 5d2 b&w silver efex pro 2 landscape motion clouds

N 43 B 1.1K C 64 E Apr 10, 2009 F Apr 28, 2009
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EXPLORED Highest position: 17 on Thursday, April 30, 2009
Again, NOT an HDR... In the future I will be shooting with a different approach, in order to replicate this kind of processing.


The shot
First capture of my first sunrise in Tuscany.

The Processing
Photoshop:

- Opened in Camera Raw to adjust temperature and tint
- Merged two RAW files with a GND using layer masks
- Switched to LAB mode and applied two curves to improve contrast and tones
- Still in LAB, corrected a strong blue color cast
- Back to RGB, added a vibrance layer to boost up minor tones
- Used color balance tool to improve colors
- Desaturated the blue in the foreground even more with an Hue/Sat layer
- Noise reduction with Neat Image (almost invisible)
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
This is where it all started, on Black


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


Thank you, my friends, for getting my previous shot on the Explore Front Page.

Tags:   Alba 10 aprile sunrise alba tuscany toscana holiday vacation italy italia cielo sky blue orange canon 400d luca_eos Photoshop NOT an HDR GND

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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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