Advertising and Editorial People Photographer - Brand Image Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia, Milan, Italy, Milano, Italia, and Vail, Colorado, Bellano, Italia on Lake Como, Sul Lago di Como, Corenno Plinio Castle  
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Bellano, Italia on Lake Como, Sul Lago di Como, Corenno Plinio Castle

Personal Work. This was shot in Bellano, Italy on Lake Como, on a delightful mid afternoon and processed in Photoshop to look as if it was shot at night, read below.

This image was shot on one of my many scouting trips to the Lake Como area. I'm normally in Milano 2-3 times a year for a total of about 2 months shooting fashion & beauty projects. Any time I have a down day, and the weather is at least halfway decent, I'm in the car driving north to Como to look around for locations that, for me, are like works of art just waiting to be given the opportunity to be used "correctly" ("correctly", is of course, very subjective). When I first moved to Italy in 1985 I was going to live in Milano. My parents said I did not want to live in Milano, but Como instead, like I knew, but they were 110% right. So I am very familiar with the town of Como and Lake Como area in general and love it.

This image was literally, for me, just a snapshot to show what was there, just a visual reference. I drive until I see something that interests me, park the car, this time beside the Corenno Plinio Castle, get out and walk around shooting anything I like along with a reference to what town I'm in. I'll then return to the car, punch up the GPS, locate where I am, name and then save the waypoint so I can return.

Yesterday, while looking for something else, I saw this image again and liked the composition and started to "Finish" the image. I had no intention transforming it to this point at first but after my "Normal" processing I realized that if I worked on it a bit more it would be better.

So 6 image layers later, one of which is B&W from the image's Blue channel converted to grayscale, along with making the light fixture glass bright and yellow and the wall behind and near the light fixture brighter and a bit yellow-orange, and making the #1 by the door bright enough to read, I was happy... but not 100% happy. (Which seldom happens to all of my work, I always see 'something'.)

I decided that I wanted some element of humanity, so I worked on the shutter on the right. First I went with white, but I did not like that and tried several colors and levels of blur to make it look real. I finally landed here and liked the image.

Roll over the image to see the original snapshot.

This proves that taking the image is only half the work, the other half is in the darkroom, or today Photoshop. Technical proficienty and creativity is used in both halves of the work. Photography is one of the few professions that require both sides of your brain, right and left, to be activly used at the same time.


The Gear for the shot above: Canon camera set at 640 ISO, 1/640 second shutter speed, Canon 24-70mm zoom lens set to 38mm, f8.


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