Blue Point

Blue Point

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I took this image when Mr. Brian came to Italy. That morning he was obliged to come back to the hotel in Pienza (see Tuscan scape in PUG). So I came back to this bridge. Not a beautiful day but in the earlier afternoon a little bit of light gave a special mood to this scenery. I took similar pictures many years ago (see Home Sweet Home in this Gallery and PPG) but this time I was luckier. That blu lorry perfectly matched to the dye of sky. 1/10th had been the right choice to “pan”the blue point, IMHO. Camera on tripod. Manual exposure and manual focusing. Just a little bit of retouches here and there in editing…but I was not satisfied of weak colours!.....So I had a go using Color-Lab on a different layer. It worked: I set blending mode to soft-light and opacity at 15%. Place: Italy, Tuscany, San Quirico d’Orcia.
Pentax Zoom lens 18-55mm.
06/04/2018 - 19:29GIULIO57
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/10
Aperturef/7.1
LensN/A
ISO100
Focal Length31mm

go4IT

Link Posted 06/04/2018 - 20:37
Blue is indeed glorious here and complements the yellows. The highway bisects the scene at just the right spot to give the illusion of supporting the hillock with its stand of dark trees. This is a work of art. Like.

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 06/04/2018 - 20:50
Very dramatic Giulio and as per the comment by go4IT it is a 'work of art'.

I can't decide though whether or not it would be better without the blue lorry or not although I agree with you that the shade of blue goes well with that of the sky.

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Karlo

swarf

Link Posted 06/04/2018 - 22:10
Giulio - you've nailed it with this one, definitely a 'work of art'. For me, the lorry really adds an extra dimension to the image.

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 07/04/2018 - 01:16
It is quite magnificent. It ticks every box for me.
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 07/04/2018 - 10:45
Thank you All for comments. I'm not still sure about cropping. I deleted the bottom side (it had no meaning, IMHO: almost a hair-less head....soil with a few grass here and there...). There are several different frame chances. 1) two pillars following rule of thirds+highway+all background+just a little bit of foreground. (In other words this version). 2) Highway+a little bit of upper part of two pillars+all background. (perhaps the best solution, IMHO). 3) The whole frame with no cropping.....Rotten tomatoes welcome!!!! Giulio...Go there again a take a better picture!!!!!!
2: could be right but at first glance I had impression that this version was "root-less". Pillars arise from "nothing" as soil is missing.....but soil is poor...meaningless. PS Very difficul to perform other captures when soil is rich of wheat or corn. Farmers don't allow peoples to walk on their plants. RIGHT!
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Last Edited by GIULIO57 on 07/04/2018 - 10:47

bjolester

Link Posted 07/04/2018 - 18:36
Excellent work. I especially appreciate the composition, and also the choice of a slow shutter speed resulting in the blurred lorry.
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alfpics

Link Posted 07/04/2018 - 21:43
Great lighting on the hillside behind the road; and the blurring of the vehicle adds to it IMO
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pauljay

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 07:38
That is just gorgeous Giulio! For me no further treatment is required.
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 08:03
bjolester wrote:
Excellent work. I especially appreciate the composition, and also the choice of a slow shutter speed resulting in the blurred lorry.

Thank you
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 08:03
alfpics wrote:
Great lighting on the hillside behind the road; and the blurring of the vehicle adds to it IMO

Thank you
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 08:04
pauljay wrote:
That is just gorgeous Giulio! For me no further treatment is required.

Thank you
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senn

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 10:14
beautiful work Giulio, .. blue from the lorry on the bridge makes grate effect with the sky blue, .. fine stuff again mate
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 16:04
senn wrote:
beautiful work Giulio, .. blue from the lorry on the bridge makes grate effect with the sky blue, .. fine stuff again mate

Thank you very much for comment
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Gary_Baldy

Link Posted 08/04/2018 - 19:43
That is outstanding! Colours, composition, post-processing all lending an air of surreality to it. Lovely job!
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 09/04/2018 - 05:06
Gary_Baldy wrote:
That is outstanding! Colours, composition, post-processing all lending an air of surreality to it. Lovely job!

Thank you
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autumnlight

Link Posted 07/05/2018 - 22:23

GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/05/2018 - 05:29
autumnlight wrote:
Wow a stunner!

Thank you Maria
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Toni60

Link Posted 20/11/2018 - 16:45
Wonderful image Giulio, my congratulations.Liked.
Toni

GIULIO57

Link Posted 30/12/2018 - 07:17
Toni60 wrote:
Wonderful image Giulio, my congratulations.Liked.

Thank you very much and sorry for delay
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VividArt

Link Posted 22/05/2019 - 18:07
Yeah this one really gets my eye. The location is really interesting, the composition is great as usual. I agree that it was not the best day, but you did a great job at making the photo grab my attention.
Some terrific photo opportunities where you live
Thanks for sharing your process.

Regards,

JMD
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