Tallest building in Italy

Thanks to its spire, the UniCredit Tower is the tallest building in Italy (231 metres). It is located in Milan - my hometown - and it was completed in 2011.


Sunset shot of the UniCredit Tower, Milano, Italy
Sony Alpha 77 Mark 2, Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di USD
300mm, 2.5s, f/7.1, ISO 100 (6-stop ND filter)

More than by the building itself, I was impressed by how well I could see the mountains in the background.
I must admit that I impatiently waited for sunset to warm up the scene, keeping my fingers crossed for visibility not to get any worse. Luckily, it did not.

Call me lazy, it is sort of a tradition for me to try to find a composition from whatever apartment, house or hotel I happen to spend at least one night. In this particular case, I took the shot from the balcony of an apartment I rented when visiting Milano last week.
 
As soon as it got dark and the tower was lit up, I took a second, long exposure.
While I am not at all a fan of black skies, I do still like the cold mood of the scene.
 

Night shot of the UniCredit Tower, Milano, Italy
Sony Alpha 77 Mark 2, Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di USD
300mm, 15s, f/10, ISO 100

I am not saying the two photos above are particularly good. What I am saying is that my habit not to snob compositions that can be captured from very accessible places helped me understand how photography is for everybody.
Sometimes we assume no good pictures can be taken without hiking like crazy or going somewhere very remote. Well, it is simply not true.

As a second reason, I find it challenging to try to find some beauty in things or scenes that most people view as dull, or even ugly.
I will give you two examples:

1) Another cityscape I captured in Milan last year (many people find the buildings in there ugly).

2) My most successful picture so far of the Brenta Dolomites (in terms of print sales and editor's picks, which was lazily taken from the balcony of a hotel).

All this being said, I am planning to go to a couple of outstandingly beautiful places in January and February 2018. Let's see what happens! ;-)

Cheers,
Enrico

The 2 BEST ways to remove colour cast in Photoshop

Colour cast is a tint of a particular colour that affects your image in such a way that some of all colours in it will not correspond to what you expected them to be.

Below is my video tutorial on what I reckon are the best two techniques to remove colour cast in Adobe Photoshop

 
Regarding the images I used as examples in the tutorial, the first one is a resort called Cancela do Porco that I shot on Pico Island in the Azores.

The second picture was taken in Italy and is a close-up of a painting in Galleria del Corso, Milan.

Feel free to play with the Before and After below to see the effect of colour cast removal.
It may look subtle to some, but it is actually quite a difference! 


Over time, I got to learn that it is always a good idea to try one of the methods depicted in my tutorial on the photographs I take, even when they do not seem to be affected by colour cast.

It is surprising how our eyes get used to tones and contrast and, after a while, they find normal what a fresh eye would consider as very weird!
This actually holds true for any kind of post-processing.

If you liked my post and tutorial, please pick a time to like and share!

Cheers,
Enrico