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Trieste - Bacino San Giorgio



Sullo sfondo la gru Ursus - In the background the Ursus crane

Sullo sfondo la gru Ursus - In the background the Ursus crane
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Cikabum
 
Cikabum October 31, 2017
Nice photo, may I ask what lens did you used? Cheers
paoloagati
paoloagati October 31, 2017
thx, of course you can... the stock 18-55mm zoom which came originally with my nikon d60
Cikabum
 
Cikabum October 31, 2017
You had your focus on the crane, isn't it? Just saying and I hope you don't mind me doing this regard, but I would've went for a 70-300mm, if you were aiming for the crane. Don't know much, but I just try to share some. Once again, I hope you don't mind. Cheers and good luck.
paoloagati
paoloagati October 31, 2017
No, I focused on the boat, maybe the uploaded version is not very sharp so you don't notice it. exif data read f-stop 3.5, 10 sec, 18mm, 100 iso. and, of course, I did not aim at the crane. a 70-300? if only I had it... ;-)
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry November 14, 2017
Thanks for joining my challenge.
I love it.
paoloagati
paoloagati December 14, 2017
:-)
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden December 13, 2017
Congratulations on your Challenge Award!
paoloagati
paoloagati December 14, 2017
Thx!
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry December 14, 2017
Congratulations....
paoloagati
paoloagati December 14, 2017
Thank you Pierre, it's been a good opportunity to show one of the cities I love most

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Behind The Lens

Location
Well, after three challenge awards in a row in less than a month I'd say that the shot deserves some explanations. The photo depicts the harbour of Trieste, Italy particularly the St. George's Basin (Bacino di San Giorgio) with the shape of the Ursus Crane in the background.
Time
It was around midnight, maybe some minutes before the changing of the hour. I had just left my daughter who is a student at the University of Trieste and I was going to go back home in Udine when I said to myself "why not to take some photos at the old harbour, having brought camera and tripod in the back of the car?"
Lighting
The only lights were the ones from the city buildings and from the public lighting. Obviously I had to shoot with a long exposure (10 second) and with the help of a tripod. Another thing to point out are the different colour temperatures of the many light sources which contributed to the overall lighting, so that I had to fiddle with white balance cursor in post processing to get this nice blue tone.
Equipment
I took this one with my old faithful camera, Nikon D60, with the standard 18-55 lens, with the help of my vintage tripod. Not an exciting equipment ;-) but it helps you to get the job done :-)
Inspiration
I'm used to spent some time in Trieste and I love the city waterfront, with old buildings and with the old harbour infrastructures (as the Ursus Crane, depicted also in Gabriele Salvatores' "The invisible boy"), although I've never taken nightly shots.
Editing
Post processing was a necessity... Given the dramatic light situation and the consequent noisy raw file I had to do an heavy work to get an acceptable result. I used DxO Optics Pro 9 and the set of G'Mic filters for Gimp to reduce the digital noise: I must say tha I'm not completely satisfied because the D60 senso is far from perfect in faint light (almost dark) and you can easily notice some problems mostly in bottom part of the frame.
In my camera bag
Now I use regularly a Nikon D60 with its stock 18-55 lens. As a second lens I always bring with me an old (more than 30 years...) 300 mirror lens, really not a modern one :-) but I can manage to get some good shots with it. Not in my bag (it doesn't fit...) but in my car I carry also a tripod, in the case of night shots. Last but not least, when I don't have with me the main equipment I use my cell phone (now a LG K8).
Feedback
As I said under another photo, never forget your equipment at home, bring it always with you otherwise you could loose the chance to take wonderful shots. This was the typical case, I had already in mind to shoot ths kind of photo but I was always unarmed: this time I brought the "gun" with me ;-)

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