Vittorio Fracassi

Vittorio Fracassi

Lives in Italy vercelli, Italy
Works as a real estate development
Has a website at www.zoomview.it
Joined on May 10, 2007

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it reminds me of something...
Great capture and technique!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:22 UTC as 6th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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CIASpook: This is stunningly beautiful!! how anyone has given it anything less than a 4 is beyond my comprehension!!

Thanks Christopher,
a much appreciated comment from a photographer who knows, in this case about beauty, what he is writing about.
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 00:11 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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angelforever: nothing else but: WOW!!!!!!!!!!
I hope one day to take such a photo!!!!!!

Hi angelforever,
thanks for your kind words, I wouldn’t mind taking another one like this one myself.
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 00:05 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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rockport5: The backlight behind the wings are ok . Overall the light is not so great to pop out, and last the head of the gull is hiding behind the wing .
Sorry but this image does not deserve to be in the first place!

Hi rockport5,
from an arithmetic point of view to reach first place in this challenge it was necessary to score 3.70 and above.
This pic got 15-16 votes below 3.7 from dpreview members who shared your opinion, so it’s understandable that at least one should speaks up and put it in writing too, a wonder that there were not more...
Now from an aesthetic point of view allow me to disagree: the profile of this image is low, colours are whispered, tones are in tune with one another, the gull is trying to get away unnoticed, silence is dominant. That’s the message from a scene which in less than 15 minutes will be in the dark.
Regards, Vittorio.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 23:58 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

thanks to Surefoot, Silvarum and aelfwyne for supporting the "non photoshopped" argument.

Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:17 UTC as 4th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

thanks to:
senn_b, Le Kilt, Damovich and Aproskie for your kind words.

Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:12 UTC as 5th comment
On Landscapes in Portrait Orientation challenge (5 comments in total)
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Vittorio Fracassi: hi AussieJo,
given the great popularity of this Challenge would you consider increasing the number of entries and reopen the submission phase?
Regards, Vittorio

not exactly self evident...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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barb_s: Fascinating photo. The pale/muted water colors match the birds coloring so nicely. A real beauty!!!! Congratulations!!

thanks for appreciating the effort beyond the lucky capture, in particular when expressed by a photographer with high visual sensitivity and competence like you.

Too often bird photographs look like textbook illustrations: backgrounds, social behaviour, colour schemes are neglected in favour of feather detail and frozen action.

Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 18:02 UTC
On Challenge of Challenges 2011 Winner announced article (110 comments in total)

thanks for not entering this great photograph in the "Your Best Bird Shot", thus allowing me to place mine!
it's the nature picture that every photographer who has sat for hours in uncomfortable shelters dreams of taking...
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 15:21 UTC as 26th comment
On The Last Drop in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (28 comments in total)

thanks for not entering this great photograph in the "Your Best Bird Shot", thus allowing me to place mine!
it's the nature picture that every photographer who has sat for hours in uncomfortable shelters dreams of taking...
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 14:44 UTC as 8th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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photo nuts: The small amount of light that filters through the bird's feathers is AMAZING. A well deserved win.

thanks for pointing out this essential detail photo nuts, the light was right (14 min before sunset), the bird was kindly flying in the right direction, and a bit of PP helped too!
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 14:22 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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Patty Capps: Congratulations on this win! -It was definately well-deserved! -Beautiful capture!

thanks Patty! in particular since the favourable comment comes from someone who knows how to take pictures.
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 14:16 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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Ahmad Hailan: thank you Vittorio i understand but still here shows 280 mm and the lens itself 200mm ??

the Exif data takes into account the presence of the Extender and give the result of multiplying the Focal Length (200mm) of the lens by the multiplying factor of the Extender(x1.4). Result 280mm.
Cheers, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 13:55 UTC
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

Hi jpmalohesr and Vishvas,
your reaction with the complaint of introducing new pixels to create parts (or heavily manipulate) the reflection is understandable. The image has a certain airyness/dreamyness which suggests a detachment from reality.

I confirm that this image is postprocessed in a complex way using Lightroom 2, Nik Efex Software and Photoshop CS3 but that no part of the image is a result of “painting in” details or reintroduction of manipulated components. In simple words, no part of the image is in any way graphically different from the original capture.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 13:50 UTC as 11th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

Postprocessing was aimed at;
- the reduction of low ISO noise on the water surface,
- the increase of micro-contrast in the feathers, bird and reflection,
- the increase of luminosity in the feathers of the wings to enhance transparency.
Low ISO noise was revealed during sharpening of the original RAW image in Nik Color Efex 3.0 Pro. Here are two 300% screen shots of details of the tail of the bird body and of the tail in the reflection:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6333157380/photos/1653115/gull-sharp-nik-tiff-300pc-detail-1
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6333157380/photos/1653116/gull-sharp-nik-tiff-300pc-detail-2
note that noise is heavy and the transition between bird and water pixels and bird and reflection pixels is continuous, indicating no sign of introduction of new pixels in Photoshop.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 13:49 UTC as 12th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

In decreasing Noise also sharpness decreased, so I split the image in 2 layers in CR3 using the Magnetic Lasso tool very carefully around the bird’s body, to separate it from the rest of the image containing the water surface and reflection.
I applied sharpening to the bird’s Layer and heavy noise reduction to the background, then the two were stacked and flattened. Selective sharpening and exposure increase with Brush in Lightr. did the rest.

Just to check what a stacked flattened layer looks like in Photoshop here are two screen shots of the same details shown above at 300% after the layer splitting and reassembly.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6333157380/photos/1653118/gull-final-flat-cr3-300pc-detail-1-with-notes
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6333157380/photos/1653119/gull-final-flat-cr3-300pc-detail-2

note in particular the part where the CS3 Lasso jumped across the background (yellow).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 13:47 UTC as 13th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)

Here is the “geometry” of the scene:
-Location: peer on lake Viverone, 45°25’50N; 8°02’00E, 230m ASL
-Date and hour: 13.02.2010 5:28pm, sun sets 5:42pm (winter time)
-Bird: distance from sensor 14m, estimated height above water 0.80m, flight direction towards W-NW, flight speed slow.
-Camera: estimated height of sensor above water 2.90m, tracked in single AF point in AI-Servo from floating to take-off and beginning of level flight, multiple exposure panning from direction S-SE to S-SW, full IS on, handheld, chosen image from sequence is one clear of water ripples (the next one unusable due to flare).

This is the description of Capture and Postprocessing which determined the challenge image. So now you can evaluate the relevance (or irrelevance) of your comments.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my photographic experience and to clarify the apparent misunderstanding,
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 13:41 UTC as 14th comment
On gull over still lake water in the Your Best Bird Shot challenge (34 comments in total)
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Ahmad Hailan: i am little confused about your Focal length: 280 mm it should be already with crop factor in the canon 7D 1.6*200=320 ??!! here you put 280 mm can you explain to me how it possible to have 280mm with 1.6 sensor and 1.4X extender ??!!!

hi Ahmad Hailan,
the Exif data shows the actual Focal Length of the optical equipment used, not the Equivalent 35mm Focal Length, which is what I presume you are referring to. Iin this case: 1.6x1.4x200mm= 448mm.
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:33 UTC
On Beauty in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (3 comments in total)

thought this one deserved to score much higher. Difficult however for portraits, the highest ranked 27th and it's an "evergreen".
Regards, Vittorio.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2012 at 14:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On Landscapes in Portrait Orientation challenge (5 comments in total)

hi AussieJo,
given the great popularity of this Challenge would you consider increasing the number of entries and reopen the submission phase?
Regards, Vittorio

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:30 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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