18 May

Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss
ISO1250, f/2.8, 1/80, jpeg
Vivid, +2 sharpness, +1 contrast
Snapseed on iPad

I started working on this post today at noon. Now it is almost six and I’m still struggling to put everything online. While the lightweight and on-the-go wise technology to produce (and post produce) high quality images is nowadays available and relatively affordable, the quality of the internet connection still remains the real bottleneck for bloggers’ activities and the least controllable variable of the blogging process.
This said, I took this shot yesterday night (or today’s morning, if you want, since it was one o’clock in the night) during the famous “Infiorata” (flowers’ day) in the town of Noto, Sicily. This year the infiorata has being dedicated to Japan and its master florists, so all the teams challenged themselves with Japan-inspired compositions, and were directed (if I understood correctly) by Japanese florists.
Anyway, the whole town got seriously crowded by locals and tourists come to attend the creation of these (huge and beautiful) flower compositions.
I’ve done the post production with Snapseed but this time instead of Drama I used the Vintage tool, setting to zero the texture effects and using its vignetting and color-warming features to correct some color oddities due to the very chaotic illumination used to lit the scene. I added a bit of Tune Image to slightly correct the white balance and Selective Adjustment to refine the lighting conditions.
Also, after being asked if Snapseed would produce any reduction in resolution, I checked and… yes, it does. The RX1 produces 6000×4000 pixels images, but after being saved with Snapseed they become 5511×3674, which should result in the loss of 0.16MPx. Nothing to be worried about, I guess.

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