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Front Page! Highest position: #25 on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Time really flies!!!

Last monday I came back from my two-weeks trip in northern Spain. It all went great, I didn't always get splendid cloudy skies like I expected but just being
in some wonderful places at sunrise-sunset is an adequate payoff.

Before leaving, I hoped August would have been quiet as for work but as soon I reached home I realized I had new stuff to be completed before the end of the
month, so I will need to find some time to archive and process the newly produced files.

As for my professional life, I'm thinking about moving to get new experiences: at the moment I'm into some 'preliminary' researches mainly in the UK-Ireland areas,
which could provide me some great places to shoot, too. Stay tuned for future updates on this.

This is from my first sunrise photoshoot, at the beginning of the third day off: since I drove for almost 1300 km on the first day, the second morning I decided
to sleep a couple hours more to recharge the batteries.

After this trip I can say that I am a little more aware of the 5d2 potential and I finally started to have a more 'professional' approach to landscape shooting: Manual Focus now is a must, and grad filters are always present!!!

You can see the whole trip (I tracked my position using a GPS unit) in the first comment at the bottom.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 21mm, f/16, 1/2 s, ISO 100
- Lee Soft Grad 0.9
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after sunrise. At the left there's the ocean, I have some captures of the pre-sunrise in that area, but I'm not completely satisfied
with those compositions.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Removed a spot of lens flare and a plastic bag with the Clone Stamp - Healing brush tool;
- Switched to LAB to pull out some color variation;
- Added a few Overlay-Soft Light layers to improve light distribution;
- Back to RGB, added a vibrance to enhance the color everywhere except from the sky;
- Added a Color Balance layer;
- Added a Curve Layer to improve contrast;
- Resized;
- Unsharp Mask tune to slightly improve contrast even more;
- 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!


Hope you had some splendid holidays, my friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 luca_eos canon sunrise Lee filters 0.9 spain path landscape

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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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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 157 on Sunday, October 4, 2009

It's great!!! Weekend is starting and yesterday my Hoya R72 has been shipped!!! It was a really fast delivery, it took only 4 days from UK using standard postal service.

I'm amazed by the result, I will for sure start experiment a lot with Infrared.
Hope you're not gonna get tired of my future IR shots!

Using ISO 200 and f/8-f/9 I have decent shutter speeds, about 20 secs in full day light.
I really like the motion effect the long shutter speed provides on trees and other moving objects, it adds even more surreal effect.

Since colors (like the one perceived by our eyes) don't exist in IR photography, I think total freedom should be applied in post processing. I will try different approaches: I will take into the highest consideration your feedback, critiques and comments!


The shot
Shot not far from Alice's... I think it's a very good location. I could only get a few shots today, since the sky here it's really not helping that much: those are the only clouds I've seen in two weeks!

The Processing


Camera Raw

- Use the white balance tool to get a basic white balance

Photoshop

- Used the channel mixer to adjust tones
- Created a Level layer to improve contrast
- Changed hues with a Curve layer
- Applied a Color Balance tool to cool the sky down
- Applied another Color Balance layer to tweak colors even more
- Noise reduction (sky only) with Neat Image
- Resized
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Beyond what human eyes can see, on Black

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



I'm really glad I decided to try IR photography out. I think it really suits my style and I can't wait to get some practice and start taking great shots!!!
Have the best weekend ever, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   landscape infrared Hoya R72 EF-S 10-22mm sky cielo trees piante alberi luca_eos canon 400d infrarosso IR false colors

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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 8 on Friday, November 26, 2010

Once again, this comes from last summer.

We were driving from Leon to Burgos, when I realized how beautiful everything was.
Those giant white clouds created a strong deep contrast against the sky and the golden fields. This is one of the rare occasions when I can shoot landscapes in the middle hours of the day.

I added a polarizer filter, too, to increase the contrast in the sky. In post processign I tried to erase some of the luminosity differencies that arose in the sky (you can't avoid it when using wide angles, that's
why I usually don't add a polarizer on my 17-40).

I will for sure get back to that area in the future, there are many fantastic landscapes.
I have the exact location of this shot, since I had my gps tracker with me.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 f/4 @ 17 mm, f/16, 1/60 s, ISO 100
- Kasemann 77mm Circular polarizer
- Tripod

The shot
Shot while driving between Leon and Burgos.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added a few Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Added a soft light copy of all merged layers to improve contrast a little (at low opacity);
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Added an Unsharp mask to improve microcontrast, at low opacity and masking out highlights;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On Luminosity 'blending mode' just for the foreground);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :


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


Weekend is almost here... Hang in there!!!

Tags:   spain holiday luca_eos 5d2 polarizer b&w sky Castilla Leon

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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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