Pian di Sole is a small touristic hamlet just above Lago Maggiore, in the last days we had amazing views above the fog.
Last wednesday we spent a beautiful day at Alpe Devero
Today for the Befana Holiday we went to Mount Spalavera. Weather and the snow were perfect and I found overcast sky amazing.
Monte Spalavera (1534m) is an easy hike nearby Verbania.
That day we really chased the Sun, and finally we got it! Then shooting became really easy
Below a selection from that day
Quick selection from the Latest Alpe Cheggio's Hiking.
Alpe Devero is one of the wonderful place in the North of Piedmont
Federica's portrait with strong sunlight in the background. The main idea was to replicate the billboard aka commercials advertisements using one reflector, pumping the post-processing & the right modeling attitude (and for this Federica is really good :) )
This pictures had also the intent to test the reflector over with a stand up model. The conclusion is that it might be a little small, for this type of photography the bigger model will be really appreciated.
- Clarity (+50) in order to get a quick impression
- Cropping Square
- Brush Stroke over the body to increase the exposure (+0.33)
- Push the White Slider to increase the overall luminosity
Plus other small tweaks..
When I first looked at the picture I was a kind of scared... here we are again.. nothing will comes out from that raw file.. I needed a couple of months to think about it again, then I tried to post process them
- Warmer increasing the white balance temperature
- Graduated Filter in order to brings out the great wall on the foreground
- Clarity, Saturation & final exposure fine tuning
Here a selection of pictures from the colorful hiking to Monte Morissolo on Sunday 21 Oct
Special Thanks to http://www.esplorazione.net/ which gave the idea (Check the Website, there are plenty of other hikes to discover)
During the day I tried a couple of shoots with Brenizer Effect (http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/category/brenizer-method/), I need work more on the right lens to use, by the way it is a really promising effect for wedding and people pictures. (to be continued)