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September 8, 2019

last week last week I posted this photo
on different social media and I received a lot of questions about how I took the
photo how I edited this photo so I thought let’s make a video about it so if
you are interested in landscape photography long exposure photography or
photography in general and you want to know more about this sit back relax and
for the next few minutes just enjoy this video welcome to my channel here I post
my travel short films but I also make videos just like this one where I share
some quick and easy photography and filmmaking tips that everybody can follow so if you are here for the first time it might be a good idea to subscribe some
of you might know the besides making videos I am mainly a fine art landscape
photographer which basically means that my landscape photographs are more an
interpretation of a place than a description as I try to capture the mood
or the state of mind that I am in in that specific moment I mentioned before that I’ve recently
been to New Zealand and if you are a photographer and you are in New Zealand
you want and you have to go to see the Wanaka tree this tree is so famous
that it has its own hashtag #wanakatree but when a place has been photographed so
many times it gets really hard to be original and find a unique composition
but nevertheless since I was in Wanaka for one night
I had to have a photography session with the tree I usually like to get on location
early as I need to scout around the spot search for the right composition and be
ready when the light is right so I set up my alarm I got up and I went as I got
to the lake even it was 40 minutes before sunrise I realized that I had
completely underestimated how popular this tree is trust me I did expect to
find other photographers but not so many and not so early it was panic as I
didn’t really have a lot of options of where to place my tripod so I
immediately decided to secure a spot and try to do the best with it I also placed my
second camera and set up this time-lapse the spot is okay but I don’t know I
don’t feel the composition is right I still take a bunch of images including
this one for my lady in red series but I feel I need to do something different so
I take the risk of leaving in this spot so I walk fast I keep my eyes on the
tree and I quickly realized that the only way to find a composition that I
like and be able not to have any other photographer in front of me and in inside
my shot or to be in someone else shot was to move far away from the tree and
to use a zoom lens which I rarely do most of my images in fact are taken with
a 20 millimeter lens so I set up my tripod in the water no photographers
behind me and I really like what I see there is a beautiful light zero wind and
the Sun is literally painting the tree leaves in a delicate yellow it’s beautiful
I’m really happy now and I also at peace I know there is possibly another 50 60
tripod somewhere but I ignore them I can only see and focus in on my composition because I shoot in raw every single
image needs to be developed in Lightroom so let’s have a look at how I edit this
photo alright as you can see this is my image straight out of the camera it
is a 658 seconds exposure I got very lucky that my leaves are not moving you
can see some blur just at the bottom here because I think the water is moving
this branch and so here we have some some little movements but the rest is
very very still because there is no wind whatsoever so I got really lucky said so
lthe image is super flat because it’s shot in raw and so I will show you right now
my workflow to fix and adjust this image to my liking the very first thing I want
to do to this image is that this little buoy represents a distraction for me so
with the spot removal I can quickly get rid of it and this is done Z to go back
to the full image I will open the basic panel and and the very first thing that
I want to do is to adjust the profile with the latest software update
Lightroom gives us the possibility to see the image just hovering over
different color profile and I find that Adobe color is the profile that I
prefer to use so as I mentioned this image is shot with a neutral density
filter which often will give a blue color cast to the images so a main thing
to do in any longest poser is to fix the white balance and I we can do that using
this tool and searching for a neutral grey that will warm up the image and get
rid of the blue cast I think we went a little too far the
temperature is seven thousand nine hundred and I want to bring it down a
little bit I can also fix the tint a tiny bit and the next thing I want to do
is bring down the highlights a little bit increase the shadows at the same
time maybe that was a little too much in order to move the histogram a little
more to the right I will bring up the whites and in order to move it to the
left as well I will bring down the blacks and now I think I can work on the
exposure I want a little more exposure and a little less contrast I will also
decrease the clarity I am searching for a very ethereal look but at the same time
I will bring up the Dehaze this looks good to me I want a little bit of
vibrance and a little bit of saturation maybe a little less I think the image is
already looking much better we can see already with just a few adjustments on
the on the basic panel the before-and-after is encouraging you can
also see that my histogram looks better it is a little wider and but I will
close the basic panel for now and I want to use a medium contrast for my tone
curve and I will then move to the detail basically here I will work on the
sharpening I will not increase the sharpening and actually I will decrease
the radius of my sharpening usually 0.7 or 0.8 is what I like to use another
thing I will do is that I will make sure that the sharpening will not affect the
water and the sky to do that I will apply a little
mask and by holding option and clicking into the mask I can see where the
mask will be applied basically everything that is white will be
sharpened and everything that is black will not be touched the image looks
already much better but I want to do something else I want to apply specific
adjustments just to the bottom part of the image to do so I will use this
gradient filter and I will apply this to the bottom of my image so so what I want
to do is that I want to have a little more light in the bottom of my image to
add this ethereal look so I will increase the exposure a little bit I
will increase my shadows as well not by much and then I want to decrease the
clarity to give this really very ethereal look I can see the difference
with these adjustment is very subtle but is there another local adjustment that I
want to make is related to the tree I will use this round mask in order to
cover the tree and its reflection so now that I have the right mask you will see
that if I make any adjustment it will be applied to the outside of the mask but
this is not what I want so I will need to invert the mask because I want to
apply the adjustments inside and what I will do is that I will
decrease the highlights I will increase the whites and the clarity I will add a
little bit of Dehaze and also a little bit of saturation and sharpening and I
will move to the very last adjustment which is in the effect panel where I
will add a little bit of vignette in changing the midpoint the roundness and
also the feather so this is my final image as you can see didn’t take very
long but the difference is remarkable what do you think and this is all for
today I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did and you want to make sure
that I know you can leave me a like or a comment also maybe this is the right
time to subscribe thanks for watching see you in the next one


  • Reply John Bentley May 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Amazing image and I loved watching you process it. All the changes were subtle but really added to a beautiful image. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Marcelle Caldas March 11, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Amazing photo and also the simply explanation! Tks for sharing with us!

  • Reply Darren Grunberg March 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This video is incredible. You make it look so easy. Thank you. I am an official subscriber. A couple of questions. First, what did you use as your focal point? What were the aperture, and ISO? Third, What lens dis you use for this picture? I imagine you used some sort of ND filter? Thank you for all your feedback

  • Reply Vince Tech March 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Bel tutorial, che mi ha rilassato anche grazie alla musica che hai scelto!
    Grazie mille

  • Reply Jeff McKeown March 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    How did you pre-determine 658 seconds? This is one of those images that rattle my brain when I first see it. Very very nice.

  • Reply Jen T March 20, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I will be watching this video over and over, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Josh F March 21, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Attilio your photography is truly inspiring. Really love your helpful videos too – thank you!

  • Reply Adedotun Ajibade March 21, 2019 at 6:16 am

    This video is a gem. Learnt a lot, Thanks!

  • Reply Diego Ruo Rui March 21, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Stupenda immagine Attilio!! volevo chiederti, visti i 680 secondi di esposizione, come calcoli il tempo per avere un'immagine esposta correttamente. Oltre ad f9 di diaframma e immagino un ND1000. Grazie!

  • Reply FrankoFM2 March 23, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Brilliant from start to finish πŸ‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  • Reply Anna S. March 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I just love this picture. It emanates peace and serenity.
    I also like the story how you had to go outside the box to take it. Great story and even better result.

  • Reply Emmermacher March 23, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Great picture 😍😍😍

  • Reply Racel Placido March 26, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Very cool! Did you shoot in bulb or m? And what nd filter did you use? Thanks!

  • Reply marco orioli March 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Ciao Attilio, questa Γ¨ una delle foto piΓΉ belle di sempre…πŸ‘

  • Reply marco orioli March 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Hai usato solo il filtro nd per farla?

  • Reply Nympho 1 March 28, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Too much editing

  • Reply Nympho 1 March 28, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Original is natural

  • Reply sofia and john April 3, 2019 at 6:38 am

    what kind of filter did you use?

  • Reply Peter Cordingley April 6, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Truly amazing! I had already subscribed before this video, but have to say this has been my favourite one yet. A completely stunning shot out of the camera and a really helpful tuition to transform it into a beautiful picture.

  • Reply FrankeeZee Misc-Gmail April 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Would like to know more about equipment used. What camera, what lens, what ND filter. Also, what time od the day was this taken? Thank you and great shot.

  • Reply richiangriff April 7, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Fantastic image and very informative video, thanks

  • Reply Rajeev Sharma April 8, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    β€œFantastic” is the only word πŸ‘

  • Reply othman abdulkarim April 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    thenky for sharing it rlly amizing ……

  • Reply Twill cha_kma April 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    So beautiful images. I also want to be at your position someday.

  • Reply Josh sandman April 13, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Which ND stop did you use for this ?

  • Reply Carlos Calderon April 13, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    It is a beautiful photo and beautifully edited. Had you ever tough of putting together a full editing tutorial for beginner, intermediate and advance. The fundamentals of what is masking, cloning, grading, etc. The same way you are doing with your tutorial of photography. I find that it is easy to follow your instructions cause they are simple and straightforward. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Reply Teresa G April 15, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Very beautiful! Love the composition and I like how you explained that you had difficulties taking the shot but you still managed to figure out a way to take an amazing and unique shot

  • Reply Dayra Rivera April 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, great shot! Love how you brought out the yellow and the reflection

  • Reply LIGHT IS INFINITE April 19, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome master class

  • Reply Thomas Duffy April 22, 2019 at 12:44 am

    thanks so much. new subscriber

  • Reply Carlin Schelstraete April 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Great job. Nice simple edits

  • Reply Alexander Rivero April 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    What an amazing video. Your images are beyond beautiful. Thank you for the tips.

  • Reply Giovanni Vaccarino April 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Molto interessante. Mi piacerebbe perΓ² capire come hai realizzato una delle foto della serie "Woman in red".

  • Reply B H April 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This photo is 10 thumbs-up πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ can I stay they are so outstanding, it has made my fall back in love with my photography and want to grow more compassion for the love of art ”inmaging photography as art”

  • Reply johnlery hernandez April 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you so much for your very informative videos. You make it seem like a walk in the park. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply MrR6pilot May 1, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, new subscriber and new amateur photographer here. Apart from the obvious skill and experience in your work I also like your presentation style. It's really good to hear nice, relaxed explanations – gives me time to process what you're saying. We also have a famous lone tree at Loch Lomond, so you should come to Scotland sometime and see what kind of job you can do on that ! ha ha

  • Reply anil shrestha May 4, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Wow !! Beautifully described !! Thank you for sharing. I will watch all your videos to develop my skills in photography.

  • Reply Technology today May 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    how are u getting water so still in the photo

  • Reply Jane Fraser May 11, 2019 at 2:33 am

    What month did you shoot this photo Attilio?

  • Reply hard truth around May 18, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Your pics are obscene beautifull…..

  • Reply ArnavIG May 20, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Suggest us budget nd filter please

  • Reply Jibeesh N May 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Amazing tutorial 😊

  • Reply HB.S.S. Hair Body Soul & Spirit - My Story May 27, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Wow that tree shot, incredible!

  • Reply Joao Rodrigues Neto May 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Great edition. Congratulations… Excellent job.

  • Reply Dave Arienda June 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Love it awesome workflow .. stunning photograph

  • Reply MarqueX June 5, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    beautiful final image, love the subtle adjustments

  • Reply SwissPL June 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    incredible shot!!

  • Reply SwissPL June 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    It's inspiring to watch you create art that is breathtaking.

  • Reply DoNuT June 6, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Awesome video. So funny we have stayed in Wanaka three times to go skiing at Cardrona and I have shot all around the lake with my SLR but never saw this tree. What side of town is it on?

  • Reply Saurabh Salunke June 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Mind blowing…

  • Reply Moises Cugat June 8, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Attilio, this pic is awesome, but not for the pic itself (which also is), but for the lesson you gave us about "alternative" focal distances and composition framing. Thanks for all your teachings… by the way, I uploaded some more images to @attiliophotoclub I hope you like them (no tripod long exposure for emergencies!!) ( @photomoisho )

  • Reply Tom Ellmore June 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Brilliant image. I was Also thinking of getting the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 but was a bit concerned about the lack of weather sealing. Have you had any problems due to no weather sealing?

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  • Reply Greg Sexton June 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    a beautiful image and very tastefully post processed. Stunning result. I would be really interested to understand how you calculated the 658s exposure, as I assume it is manually set as your camera wouldn't be able to calculate that? Thanks, great video!

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  • Reply β€˜Cave Beast Demon' June 18, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    You are one of the very few YouTube photographers (landscape or otherwise) that actually shows very good work. Most either show mediocre work or none at all.

  • Reply Ernie Dix June 19, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Very nice! Thank you✌️

  • Reply Jimmy ZHU June 20, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Great job!

  • Reply peterbxxx June 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Altilio. Truly inspiring

  • Reply Kirpal Singh June 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • Reply Pam Lambros June 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Really enjoying your videos Attilo. And you are local to me so your locations are places I can visit and photograph.

  • Reply Praveen Kumar June 23, 2019 at 7:06 am


  • Reply Mark Lee Heavisides June 25, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Excellent work and great video, please keep them coming

  • Reply Ammar Yasir June 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    How to download and install this software ?

  • Reply Nuwan perera July 1, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Thank you. Great video… was everything done on your laptop

  • Reply pramod moudgalya July 2, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Sample image link?

  • Reply Nomadic Exploration July 3, 2019 at 2:43 am


  • Reply Local Traveller July 3, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Amazing bravo 🎈

  • Reply Knights Window Cleaning July 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Some beautiful shots there sir

  • Reply Federico Giorgi July 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Bellissima foto e bella colonna sonora. Mi Γ¨ piaciuta molto la foto con le sedie. Ottimo lavoro!

  • Reply Desert Gecko July 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Stunning image! It's always fun to watch another's Lightroom workflow — I always learn something.

  • Reply Christopher Shevlin July 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm


  • Reply Jose Lopez July 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Excellent… so clear in your explanation! I will look for more of your work!

  • Reply Christopher Young July 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Some that you do I do inherently. But your suggestion open a new perspective for me. Thanks bro!

  • Reply Tanka Ramjali July 16, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Taking good pictures is one thing.. but being able to explain the details and help and inspire other photographers is another level. Hats off to you.. n thank you very much for your input into life of many photographers.

  • Reply Jared Strapp July 18, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Love this! What aperture was the image taken at considering you were using a long focal length?

  • Reply Danny Cross July 18, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Love this video. I just subscribed!

  • Reply Bob Sisson July 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful image and I've learned a lot about editing in Lightroom from your video's….thank you for making them.

  • Reply Kg Creation July 27, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Really helpful video viewer's 😘
    Editing interested people check πŸ‘‰#kgcreation

  • Reply Keyzo Studio July 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    wow.. n wow.. thanks

  • Reply Susheel Marcus July 31, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Wow!! Awesome image. And extremely well articulated too. Thanks.

  • Reply 동해tv August 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

    thank you.

  • Reply aubug5 August 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Photos used to be what was observed. Not so much anymore.
    Not being critical, just a little sad that I could never go the New Zealand and β€œsee” this beautiful scene.

  • Reply SwiftFX Studio August 5, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Really nice shot πŸ˜‰

    658s / F9.0 / iso 64.. How is that possible ? Did you use ND Filter ? How your exposure time can be as long without burning the image ?

  • Reply Jenny Craig August 6, 2019 at 12:57 am

    I’m new to photography and I’m so excited to find your videos. You are so talented!

  • Reply Nimit Nigam August 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Love it πŸ’“πŸ’“

  • Reply Garry Dyer August 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    absolutely superb

  • Reply Patrick Smith August 10, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Lovely photographs, however I feel you overuse the ND filter and every photo you have displayed has the same blurred out ocean or lake and it gets old fast. Other than that I would say excellent work!

  • Reply Ma Gints August 18, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Wow… That's amazing!!!

  • Reply Henry Li August 18, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Wow, 658 seconds of long exposure

  • Reply Eugi J August 19, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Bellissima! which camera and lens did you use?

  • Reply Martin Scothern August 21, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for posting , very valuable for me personally . Much appreciated

  • Reply Ray Strickland August 24, 2019 at 2:00 am

    What adjustments could you use, if any, if you were using a older version of lightroom without the dehaze filter?

  • Reply John McNally August 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Just discovered you today Attilio, great videos and fantastic photography. I love you're tips & tricks, so easy to understand.

  • Reply Bill Carlin August 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Awesome video. In reading many of the comments, it just tells me, that if I ever taught a photography class, I would tell my students, brace yourself for the fact that not everybody is going to like your shots. I also love to see your work in Lightroom. I use many of the same techniques, however I approach it differently with the same result. Totally possible and acceptable in photography. Man I love photography.

  • Reply Andrew Moss August 28, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome work. Great video. Thank you so much

  • Reply jeff vincent bandol August 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I can easily follow the steps here not like the other tutorial.thank you soo much. I hope i can also edit a picture just like yours. Looking forward for more tutorial from you πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

  • Reply Alyeza Serebo September 7, 2019 at 3:26 am

    You look like a younger version of Einstein. Lol

  • Reply Doc_ Parichay September 8, 2019 at 6:25 am

    That picture gave me goosebumps

  • Reply Doc_ Parichay September 8, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Image looked better to me without the last vignetting β™₯️

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