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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 118 on Saturday, October 30, 2010

My article on infrared photography is finally online!! Check it out HERE

Check out my website: go to my profile for the link.


I will appreciate a lot any feedback on it. Please don't complain about its layout, we're working on it.



My interest on infrared photography is at its highest now: when I switched to the 5d2 I kinda stopped shooting infared but now I'm totally back to it.

This image, anyway, comes from my archives: it was shot over an year ago with my 400d and 10-22 lens (now sold).

During that sunset session, not far from where I live, beautiful dramatic clouds walked into the scene and created a splendid motion in the sky.
As for composition, those vineyards provided some splendid lines!


Details
- CANON 400d, EF-S 10-22 @ 10 mm, f/8, 30 s, ISO 200
- Mirror Lockup, Canon Remote Shutter
- Hoya R72 (720 nm Infrared Filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Shot in the beautiful oltrepo hills, not far from where I live

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro plugin;
- Added 9 Overlay layers to dodge/burn selectively;
- 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 :
Hills in Infrared, on Black


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


Have a great week ahead, my friend!!!

Tags:   400d luca_eos canon infared Hoya R72 landscape italy vineyards lines

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FRONT PAGE!!! Highest position: 19 on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Many good things happening these days.
Stay tuned for more on this!!!

The shot
First attempt with my 10 stop neutral density filter.
I know it's not perfect, but I don't have any experience on very long exposures.
271 seconds for this one.

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Straightened the horizon and cropped a little
- Converted to black and white using a b&w layer
- Created 5 Overlay layers to adjust light
- Used color balance tool to improve tints
- Raised contrast a little to make the white more punchy
- Resized
- Sharpening on the rocks only
- Framing and signature.

Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
[Motion Étude #2] La mer, On Black

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


Thank you all, for letting my first upload climb up to the #5 in Explore.
Not bad for an Étude

Tags:   long exposure motion sea holiday vacation liguria mare waves b&w bianco nero luca_eos canon 400d EF-S 10-22mm landscape clouds grey water ND110

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EXPLORED!!! Highest position: 75 on Monday, December 6, 2010

Dear Friends,

I hope December will bring some time to get out and shoot! Last week I only had the opportunity of shooting a concert (not exactly what I like the most), and I would love to get more in touch with my 24 t/s.
This is one of the first frames I have taken with my TS-E 24, and it is evident it has a fantasic potential. I will probably try to use it on a few Milan landmark, such as il Duomo.
Next spring I will be starting up a few projects in Infrared, too.

I would like to dedicate this shot to Regan Shercliffe, a great T/S Photographer.
Check his great stream out!

I'm now waiting for a new remote shutter, since I have lost my Phottix TR-90 in an unproductive session in the snow a couple weeks ago.
I've made my decision and moved to a new backpack, too (it's the gift I will be getting from Alice next Christmas): the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW. I will be testing it out on my next few trips in late December/early January.


Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, TS-E 24 f/3.5 L, f/3.5, 1/400s, ISO 100
- Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot about 50 km from where I live, about one hour after sunrise.

The Processing

Photoshop

- Converted to black and white using Silver EFEX Pro;
- Added five Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Added a curve layer;
- 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 :


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

I will be checking your streams out tonight!

Tags:   italy landscape TS-E 24 f/3.5 L lines road bw

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Front Page! Highest position: #9 on Sunday, August 29, 2010

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During my two-weeks holiday the best moments (as for photography) were those spent camping on the Islas Cies.
I have many keepers from the 4 sunrise and 3 sunset photoshoots, and I think I will keep posting shots from there for the next few uploads.


I spent most of the middle hours scouting for locations with my trusty compass (and, to be honest, sleeping on the beach to get some rest after the early morning sessions).
I can clearly remember the wonderful feelings of just being there, with the cold sand surrounding my feet, the sound of the Ocean, the gulls singing (the island actually has one of the largest colonies in Europe)
it was just perfect. I immediately felt a really deep connection with that place.

Weather has been pretty good, even if I missed some more dramatic clouds when the light was just right.

To get this one I had to walk on some slippery rocks which just a couple hours before were below water level: the tide here is pretty strong, penetrating a few
hundred meters in a tight passage populated by many fishes and crabs (the whole island is a natural park).

Composition isn't perfect but I have come from a 5 miles scout walking and was a little late to get on the perfect spot; moreover a minute after this capture a
park ranger asked me to get back to the concrete pathway where many people were enjoying the sunset, and I had to work out other compositions.

I'm however pretty satisfied with this one.



Details
- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 @ 29mm, f/16, 1/6 s, ISO 100
- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) Soft Grad
- Mirror Lockup, Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter
- Tripod

The shot
Shot a few minutes after my last upload.

The Processing

Camera Raw

-Tuned White Balance

Photoshop:

- Merged a +2 EV (different) exposure to pull out some details on the rocks (couldn't use the 3&2 stops GND due to flare issues)
- Switched to LAB mode to pull out some colors;
- Back to RGB, added a few Overlay-Soft Light layers to adjust light;
- Added a Color Balance layer to warm tones;
- Added a Curve layer to increase contrast;
- Added 0.15 EV on exposure;
- Added a slightly warming color filter for the sky only;
- Added three soft light layer to tune the luminosity;
- Added a Vibrance layer to improve tonal variation;
- Remove an area of disturbing Lens flare;
- Added a Level layer to better the contrast;
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (with the sky masked off);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
First sunset on the Islas Cies, on Black


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


I wish you all the best weekend ever, my dear friends!!!

Tags:   5d2 holiday spain luca_eos 0.9 L landscape sea clouds sunset no HDR EF 17-40 f/4 L Lee Filters Islas Cies

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Untitled 2012 #2, On Black


Dear Flickr friends,

Today is my birthday so I decided, in order to *celebrate*, to upload this image I’ve shot two weeks ago in Tuscany.

In seven days (from April 23rd ) I will be leading a group of people (coming from really far!), as their official photographic guide in central Tuscany. This experience will last the whole week. I see this a beginning of something, so you all keep your finger crossed for me!

We will be mainly shooting ‘traditional’ landscapes, at sunrise and sunset; I have already processed a few color images (which I wasn’t used doing anymore) from the location scouting sessions I had last weekend, and I might upload them sometimes in the future.

I firmly believe that the Val d’Orcia is one of the most many beautiful places here in Italy, and I am definitely glad to spend a full week devoted to photography in probably the best season for those landscapes.

Sorry about my poor presence and lack of commenting in this last period, but a lot of energy and efforts have gone into this Tuscany workshop and the upcoming great G+ Photowalk in Berlin, next May. Expect something great from it. I just can’t wait to meet you all and share my love for infrared with you.

Details
- CANON 5d Mark II ir, EF 17-40@31, f/8, 101 s, ISO 100
- Mirror Lockup, Remote Shutter
- Lee Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter)
- Tripod

The shot
Tuscany, Italy

The Processing

Photoshop:

- Added many soft light layers to adjust light;
- Added a few curves to improve contrasts;
- Applied Noise Reduction
- Resized for the Web (1200px);
- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;
- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode', at low opacity, building only);
- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :
Untitled 2012 #2, On Black


@ You all
Comments and faves are always welcome!

Hope you're doing great!

Tags:   infrared Tuscany luca_eos canon 5d2ir long exposure italy landscape fine-art fina art


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