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N 55 B 2.6K C 79 E Dec 19, 2009 F Dec 31, 2009
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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 51 on Sunday, January 3, 2010

This is, of course, my last upload for this year.
Time to draw some conclusions...

I'm gonna be pretty wordy here, I really want to share with you my impressions of the moment; my 'occasional' followers can skip this section and go to my usual shooting details and description!


First of all, 2009 has been, without a doubt, the explosion of my SERIOUS love for visual arts.
I realized I need a stronger knowledge about art and photography. I'm trying to read as much as I can, to broaden my culture. I made a commitment to stop caring that much about gear and spending useless time on photographic forums, serious books provide far more valuable informations.
I'm also trying to learn more and more from the Masters, having increased their 'number', too.
I'm a lot more into subtleties than before, I spend much more time thinking the shot than actually wonder around shooting.


As for my personal life, 2009 made me really stronger. I fully recovered from an important love story which ended.
This recovery made me realize how much strong I am and how much I can give to other people.
Then I fell in love again, and when I look back it's easy to see that those moments of deep pain are now so distant and far, and things are going much better than before.
Those deep changes in life are useful: they let you realize your point of view can dramatically change, much faster than you can imagine.


Now, some 2010 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!!! (random order)

1) More stability with work. I want to get a full time occupation and sign an official contract;

2) No laziness: I have to keep up the good work with my body I started last May - June;

3a) No intellectual laziness: Stop wasting time on the Internet (Flickr is NOT wasting time; useless forums, facebook etc.. are);

3b) No intellectual laziness: Read more (Novels, Art books, essays, etc);

4) Attend more art exhibitions;

5) Buy a full-frame camera (is it a resolution?!?);

6) Travel a lot;


Last but not least:

I really want to thank you, my dear Flickr friends. When I write this I really mean it; without you I wouldn't be here;
your constant feedback, comments, faves, notes, helped me immensely.
Many of your artworks truly inspired me, made me struggle to get better and better and open my eyes in many directions.
THANK YOU!!!!

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Una piccola eccezione per la fine del 2009... la descrizione in italiano!!!
Mi scuso con tutti i miei contatti e con i visitatori occasionali per le mancate traduzioni passate;
come ho scritto anche nel profilo la traduzione completa diventerebbe impegnativa;

Questo è il mio ultimo upload per il 2009, ed a corredo voglio inserire alcune riflessioni.

Il 2009 è stato certamente l'anno che ha segnato l'inizio del mio interesse dilagante per le arti visive.
Mi sono reso conto di quanto debba approfondire la mia conoscenza relativa sia alla storia dell'arte in generale che, più nello specifico, alla fotografia.
Mi sto applicando per leggere moltissimo, cercando di evitare di sprecare tempo girovagando in Internet senza una meta.
Cerco di trarre ispirazione dai Maestri, che, con il passare del tempo, stanno aumentando decisamente in numero!

Passando ad aspetti più personali, il 2009 mi ha reso senza dubbio più forte; mi sono completamente ripreso dalla fine di una storia molto importante, e ciò mi ha fatto intendere quanto forte sia davvero e quanto abbia da dare agli altri.
Ora, quando guardo indietro, è facile rendermi conto di come quei momenti di sofferenza siano lontani e quanto adesso le cose funzionino meglio di prima.
Certi cambiamenti radicali nella vita sono senza dubbio utili: permettono infatti di renderti conto di come il tuo punto di vista, i tuoi riferimenti possano mutare in un battito di ciglia.


Ed ora, qualche buon proposito per il 2010!!! (Ordine casuale)

1) Più stabilità lavorativa. Voglio un impiego a tempo pieno;

2) No alla pigrizia: Voglio continuare l'ottimo lavoro con il mio fisico iniziato prima dell'estate;

3a) No alla pigrizia intellettuale: Non sprecare tempo su Internet;

3b) No alla pigrizia intellettuale: Leggere di più;

4) Visitare più mostre;

5) Acquistare una full-frame;

6) Viaggiare molto.

Ultimo, ma non meno impoartante:

Voglio ringrazionare di cuore tutti voi, miei amici di Flickr. Senza di voi non sarei qui; i vostri commenti, le critiche, le preferite, mi hanno aiutato moltissimo.
I vostri lavori mi hanno ispirato, fornendomi motivazione per migliorarmi e mi hanno aperto gli occhi in molto nuove direzioni: GRAZIE!!!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10mm, f/10, 1/50s, ISO 100.
- Tripod

The shot
Shot not far from where I live.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Multiplied the sky and added a gradient mask
- Added a Level layer to improve contrast
- Created a Color-Balance adjustment layer to warm things up
- Improved microcontrast with Unsharp Mask
- Resized
- Sharpened (SS + More Accurate, rocks only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Path to the future, on Black

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


It is time to wish you, your families and your loved ones the best 2010 you could ever imagine.
Luca

Tags:   holiday new year EF-S 10-22mm canon 400d luca_eos 2010 snow landscape winter italy

N 199 B 4.3K C 63 E Mar 31, 2012 F Nov 30, 2012
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SEE THIS LARGE On Black

Dear Flickr friends,

I really can't believe it's more than two months since my last upload.
Things have been evolving so quickly in these last weeks, that it's pretty hard for me to realize how time flies.
This is the second image coming from the project I've been working on, 'The Heliades'.

Here is the description of the series, the reason which stands/stood behind these works.

" While reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I came across an episode that changed my vision of my surroundings forever: the ‘Heliades’, daughters of the Sun, after the death of their brother Phaeton are transformed into Poplar trees on the banks of the Po river.
I have always loved to walk on those banks, but now, every time I stop and listen, it almost feels like I can hear their laments and whispers in the wind."

I'm also pleased to say that this series received four honorable mentions at the 2012 International Photography Awards.

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!

Hope you're all doing great, will try to check your streams in the next hours!


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, TS-E 24mm, f/9, 77 s, ISO 50
- Live View, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot on the banks of the Po river, not far from where I live.

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;
- Smoothened the cloud motion in the sky;
- 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.


@ You all
Comments and faves are always welcome!

Tags:   luca_eos 5d2ir infrared long exposure italy fine art

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 334 on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Many thanx to Mark
(www.flickr.com/photos/mark-edwards/) for the Title Suggestion! Check his great stream out, you won't regret it!

Ok, still in the mood for b&w...

As you know, I'm in love with warm colors of sunsets/sunrises (and I bet you, too), but sometimes you have to remove saturation in order to fully convey the strong message a picture contains.
So, the pretty blue sky in this one turned out dramatic grey.

Hope you're having a good time!


The shot
Ok, still a little lazy, so... From my Tuscany trip.

The Processing

Photoshop: (ONE SINGLE EXPOSURE, 3 minutes, really easy!!!)

- Black and White conversion with black&white Tool
- Curves to increase contrast a little
- Added a slight vignette
- Resized
- Noise reduction with Noise Ninja
- Sharpening (Smart Sharpen + more accurate, tree and branches only)
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Help me with the TITLE, on Black


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


THANX A LOT FOR THE APPRECIATION ON MY LAST SHOT!!!!
I wish you the best Tuesday ever!!!

Tags:   Murlo tree controluce bianco nero black white canon 400d luca_eos EF-S 10-22mm sky clouds nuvole cielo grigio foglie

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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

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 56 on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Please press 'L' to view it Large!!!

I really liked this image after a quick review of exposure on the LCD, but when I opened it on the PC screen I realized there was too much empty foreground.
So, I have decided to crop it with a 2:1 ratio, which I think works really well for this image.

This capture is a big payoff for carrying a massive bulk of photographic equipment during my days in Paris.
To get it, I had to run down from the Arc de Triomphe where I experienced a splendid sunset. Too bad tripods aren't allowed there, the étoile with all those car running
would make an incredible subject for exposures in the 10-30 seconds range.

I had to wait a couple of minutes to take position, since a lot of people were there to get a snapshot of themselves with the arc behind.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 28 mm, f/16, 15 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Lee 0.6 GND upside down (to prevent the car lights from blowing out)
- Tripod

The shot
This was shot next to a traffic light in Avenues des Champs-Élysées

The Processing

Camera Raw
- White Balance tuning

Photoshop
- Merged two different white balanced images using a layer mask;
- Lightened the sky a little using a Curve layer (on luminosity blend mode, to prevent color shifts);
- Added a few Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Cropped double square (2:1);
- Added a color balance layer;
- Added a little contrast using an S-shaped curve (on luminosity mode);
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask at really low opacity 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 :
Arc de Triomphe, Sunset, on Black


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


I wish you all a splendid weekend. Sorry if I haven't checked your streams out lately, but I'm always really busy!

Tags:   paris 5d2 arc de triomphe luca_eos holiday blue hour 2:1 double square long exposure


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