New on 500px : Illuminated || Florence Italy by RilindHoxha by RilindHoxha

So we arrived to Florence (I decided to skip the part of traveling through Italy since it’s the same rainy weather all the time) but arriving to the piazzale Michelangelo was a bit difficult to navigate since it was overcrowded… I managed to place my huge tripod in a safe and secured location but saw that the composition and the foreground elements were not as I desired them to be… after many shots take I changed the location and moved on the upper level of the terrace. There were literally thousands of people and I almost gave up since no one was letting me to get in the first row. After the clock was ticking I got what I desired, (even though people were coming in front of the camera anyway) started shooting since the sunsets was fading fast, changing different techniques compositions framing and so on. It was already dusk and the city lights began to touch the surface of the old architecture of this city, I changed the composition once more and this is exactly what you are looking right now. The key element here is that I included some of the most famous landmarks of Florence here, the Ponte Vechio, the Duomo and the Palazzo Vechio
Starting from Lightroom the raw files were modified a little, such as removing chromatic aberration, lens correction, straightening, decreasing highlights and increasing the overall contrast in the image. I recently got Oloneo, and it became a really awesome friend of mine helping me in very difficult situations as this one here. I firstly merged all 5 exposures in Oloneo, than I did put all the layers on top of the HDR (in Photoshop) file and manually blend different parts of the image such as the harsh lights, and harsh shadows, everything else was just as I desired. Did some sharpening and some color correction since the contrast between the cool colors from the sky and the warm colors from the lights was not satisfying to me, it took me a while but at least I achieved the exact thing I planned. Other than that, I did work with multiple layers since I like to keep my workflow clean, so anytime I wish to change something (in the future) I can just go back to the only thing I wanted to change, and not do everything from the beginning. With the help of the Luminosity masking techniques and Color Selection I managed to get as much details from every part of the image and still maintain the contrast as well. With the help of topaz denoise I was able to reduce the noise on the image

Shqip:
Dhe më në fund mbrim ne Firenc, (vendosa mos me bisedu mo për kohën atje sepse storia e njejt po përseritet) por për të arrit tek piazzale Michelangelo ishte shumë e vështir sespe kishte shum trafik dhe njerëz. Permes turmes arrita ta vendos tripodin në lokacion të sigurt por kuptova se sishte kompozicioni i duhur dhe u largova shpejt prej aty dhe lëviza një nivel më lart, dhe kur pash se aty ishte dyfishi i njerzve që ishin posht dhe për pak e lash se ishte e pamundur me dal në reshtin e parë. Mirpo pas pak e zura një vend i cili më pershtatështe, dhe fillova te fotografoj shpejt sepse vec se mo dielli kishte fillu te largohej. Duke provuar techica te ndryshme dhe kompozicione te ndryshme vendosa për kët që po e shikoni lart në foto. Edhe pse muzgu kishte përfshi qytetin dhe dritat e ngrohta po preknin muret e vjetra te arqitektures te lasht qëllimi kryesor ishte te fus ne një fotografi të gjitha monumentet kryesore të këtij qyteti, Ponte Vechio, Duomon dhe Palazzo Vechio

Duke nis prej ne Lightroom ku fillimisht i përpunoj të gjita Raw filat largova chromatic aberration, e drejtova fotografin që vija e horizontit të jet e drejt, ula pak ndriqimin dhe rita pak kontrastin në të gjith fotografin. Tash shpejt kam mar një program Oloneo, dhe është bër miku im i ri… Së pari prej 5 fotografive me eksponazh të ndryshme krijova një HDR foto ne Oloneo, dhe në photoshop mbi foton të krijuar me oloneo vendosa dhe 5 fotot tjera, ne menyrat e Manual Blendig dhe Luminosity masking arrita të ul ndricimin edhe më teper. Duke vazhdu me editim të fotografis kam dhan pak detal dhe kam përshtat contrastin mes ngjyrave të ngrohta të dritave të qytetit me ngjyrën e ftoft të qiellit edhe pse kjo më ka mar shum kohë por në fund arrita rezultatin e dëshiruar. Sic po e shikoni tek fotoja ne koment kam punuar me shum layers dhe kjo ndodh për shkak se dua me pas nën kontrol cdo levizje të cilen e bëj ne post editim

Technical info:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8
Base exposure: 8sec, f11, iso 50 (-2,-1,0,1,2)
Focal Length: 50mm
#florence #italy #photography #dusk #sunset #lights #travel #vacation #phototour

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