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One of my pictures makes National Geographic Daily Dozen!

One of my pictures has been featured in the National Geographic Daily Dozen of today January 2nd 2017. To get a picture selected by National Geographic is such an honor for every photographer and if you help me voting it here the picture could be published in their magazine.

Thanks for your help in advance, I hope you will have a great 2017.

Arch rock - Joshua tree national park, USA - Black and white street photography

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Best Lightroom presets for landscape

I don't really like presets. I always edit my pictures starting from the basic panel; then I add some brushes to dodge and burn or to do some local changes.

Then Sleeklens contacted me to let me try their Lightroom presets for landscape photography. They've sent me the Through the woods bundle for a review so I accepted the challenge: let's see if I can change idea on presets.

Now I've installed it and I've tried the bundle on some of my pictures. I've to say they did a really good job in giving the photographer the option to stack settings. You essentially have a lot of basic presets that you can combine to achieve the final result you want. They also provide some brushes you can use for local adjustments. As you can see from the screenshot below I've edited one of my pictures I took in Tuscany with their presets and the result was actually pleasant.

Below you can see the before and after. I started from a balanced exposure to create a more appealing picture in this case using exclusively their presets and brushes.

Playing with these bundle I must say didn't change my idea about presets. I mean, I don't like it when they change your picture with a lot of filters. Presets stacking though is a smart way to speed up your workflow. I was actually already using some basic presets I've created to repeat some task I was doing over and over. So I guess this is a clever approach to make your workflow faster and efficient.

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New California pictures available as poster and prints in my wall art shop

As you know if you read my blog I've been lately taking pictures in the US. I've been around in Los Angeles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and other beautiful places in California.

If you like to buy fine art photography from emerging photographers you can visit the California pictures section in my wall art shop and buy a print or a poster that could be valued a fortune in the next few years :-).

You can find some beautiful sunset or sunrise I've photographed in my two weeks trip or some street photography pictures I've taken in Venice Beach or in some landmarks in Los Angeles.

Not only that, I've been taking pictures of landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes in the beautiful Malibu, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree national park, Death Valley and obviously LA.

All my pictures are released under Creative Commons license so you can use them for free as long as you give me credit and a link to my website.

I hope you enjoy and if you do please support my work buying a print. I'm also available for photoshoot so if you want to hire me or have more information about my pictures get in contact.

You can also check my california landscape art for sale on FineArtAmerica.

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Death Valley national park photography tips

A few weeks ago I've been on holiday in Death Valley, one of the most popular places among photographers. I now understand why! Death Valley is a fantastic area for taking photographs. I thought it could be boring with all that sand and desert but there are so many different areas and views, you can't really get annoyed and miss some beautiful shots.

One of the places I've liked the most in Death Valley is Racetrack, a peaceful valley where you can see a unique natural phenomenon: the moving stones. Nothing fancy here because you can't really see rocks moving in front of you but you can follow the trails that will point you to the closest rock that the wind moved somewhere else during the night when the surface gets iced. As the area is full of rocks and lines you want to bring with you an ultra wide lens to emphasize the foreground and the leading line created by the rock. You can see an example of what I'm talking about below. I shot this picture with a Fuji X-T10 and a Rokinon 12mm lens.

Racetrack - Death Valley, United States - Landscape photography

As you can see the result is a unique frame which will leave the viewer curious and shocked at the same time. To reach racetrack be sure to have a 4x4 car. I rented a Toyota Rav4 which served me very well! You can find the exact location of this place in the map below.

Another beautiful spot in Death Valley you don't want to miss is Zabriskie Point. This is another unique place where you can admire some fantastic cliffs the nature has designed. I've never seen something similar and I can assure you that being there (and in Racetrack) is something you want to experience at least once in your life. You can see a picture I took in Zabriskie point below. Luckily there was a badass guy looking at the cliffs which add a sense of scale in the shot. I've merged five different shots to make a panorama. I suggest you to bring a wide angle lens. You really want to capture the beauty of this fantastic place. I've used an 18mm fuji lens to take the pictures and Lightroom to make a pano.

Zabriskie point - Death Valley National Park, United States - Landscape photography

To be sure to reach the location I'll leave you the exact location of this place which is one of the most popular spots in Death Valley.

Finally I really enjoyed Mesquite Sand Dunes. Here you can really feel the desert. Leave the car at the parking lot and have fun walking (and running like a crazy baby) on the dunes. It could be tough to hike here but you won't forget this place. Colors are amazing but the sand is particularly nice when the sun is low. The golden color of the dunes is even better when the light is soft and the shadows are long and nice. The blue of the sky then gives a fantastic contrast to the pictures. You can see a picture I've taken in this beautiful place below. I've used the 18mm fuji lens here which is my walkaround and favorite lens.

Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, United States - Color street photography

Check the location of this area in the map below.

If you want to really experience Death Valley be sure to stay there for at least two or three days. I've spent a day in the valley and another one in Racetrack which is a difficult place to reach. Bring with you a lot of water and comfortable clothes. I've been there in March and the temperature was about 20/25 celsius degrees.

I hope you'll find these tips useful. If you think I've missed something please leave a comment below to make this article better.

You can also check my death valley art for sale on FineArtAmerica.

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One of my pictures has been featured in the National Geographic Daily Dozen of today January 2nd 2017. To get a picture selected by National Geographic is such an honor for every photographer and if...
I don't really like presets. I always edit my pictures starting from the basic panel; then I add some brushes to dodge and burn or to do some local changes. Then Sleeklens contacted me to let me try...
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