I have been attending Castelluccio di Norcia for many years now, and unfortunately I had not yet photographed the flowering of peonies.
For the uninitiated, Castelluccio di Norcia is a very small mountain town located in Umbria, Italy. Risen to the news for the flowering of the Lentil and the ugly earthquake that in 2016 destroyed practically all the houses.
It is part of the Sibillini National Park and when you see it for the first time you think you have entered the world of fairy tales.
So returning to us to the spontaneous flowering of peonies, this year I thought of photographing this moment with two shots, I hope pleasing to the eye. The first photo taken at sunset, while the second taken at night with the Milky Way that in this place is truly enchanting to see.are.
The first photo was taken with Sony at 7III and Sony Zeiss 16 - 35 f4 it is a Vertical Panoramic with focus Staking, this to have the whole photo in focus from the Peonies in the foreground to the mountains in the background. Those interested in this technique can contact me by e-mail or comment on the post to receive information. After that the photo once joined with special programs is developed with Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw.
The second photo is slightly more complex in the shooting phase, this is because in addition to taking the photo at night with long exposures, it is also necessary to photograph the arc of the Milky Way which in this case was taken with a 14 mm f2.8 lens while the foreground was taken during the blue hour when there is still a slight light that illuminates the landscape, this is done to reduce the luminance noise that would be very high in the case of photos taken completely in the dark. Also this photo is an overview with focus staking then merged in Adobe Photoshop and developed with Camera Raw and Photoshop, if you are interested in the development method of this photo, you can comment below.
I am a Italian-born, self-taught travel photographer with a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness. After graduating college in 2006, I moved to Rome to shake up my life, get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. My Rome experience quickly developed into a plan to travel, explore and photograph distant and isolated places.