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THIS TIME SEE IT LARGE ON WHITE

Dear Friends,

looks like things with work are getting busier! I hope to have some new assignements soon, I'm getting a little bored!!!

I have decided to add a resolution for this 2011: I'm getting a light meter (will probably go for a Sekonic L-358) and start shooting more portraits with artificial light!

From time to time I get a little into portraiture, but I never approached it that seriously!

As for this shot: I decided to convert it to black and white, even if golden light was all around and made being there terrific.
I really like the lines and the bright textures of the frozen earth, hope you do, too!

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 f/3.5 L, f/14, 1/8 s, ISO 100
- Phottix TC-501 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in one of my favourite spots, less than a hour drive from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop

- Converted to black and white using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added a curve layer;
- Added a few Soft Light layer to equalize 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 White :
Sunrise oever textured earth, on White

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

Have a splendid weekend, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 sunrise italy luca_eos canon b&w landscape

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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

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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

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PLEASE SEE IT LARGE ON BLACK

Dear Friends,

Like I wrote in my last upload, I'm taking a Flickr break.

I've a bunch of infrared shots which need processing, I love the way they turn out with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Today a new IR custom 100x100mm 720-1600 nm filter arrived, I had the opportunity of testing it out and results were pretty good. I will try to use it more in the next weeks.

Hope everything is great, I'm missing your shots! I don't have much time for comments, but I will try to check your streams out in the very next hours.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 @, f/5.6, 79 s, ISO 400
- Mirror Lockup, Canon Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few kms from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin;
- Added a few Soft Light layers to dodge/burn selectively;
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Added a level layer to improve contrast;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied a Noise Ninja layer to smoothen the sky;
- 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 - #2, on BLACK


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


I wish you a splendid weekend, my dear Friends

Tags:   infrared hoya R72 b&w clouds motion 5d2 luca_eos SEP2 long exposure italy

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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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