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Digital Image Manipulation
by Ciro Antinozzi

"Electric Spaghetti" by Ciro Antinozzi

This article focuses on Ciro Antinozzi's production of two digital images through various techniques.

Electric Spaghetti: I took the picture of the spaghetti, the forks, the spoon and the knife as unique shot by a Nikon F3 with a 18mm Nikkor wide angle, all the objects were on a blue table and the overture was 22, while the exposure time was a synchro (1/90 sec).
The bottles was projected in a 3d program and rendered by quicktime mode fastly taking a look at the position of the object on the slide. All was assembled in Photoshop adding the liquids in a second time (the liquids were a result of some manipulation of colours laid with the help of some Photoshop filters and free transformations by KPT filters). At the least I added some very soft shadows to create a sense of fusion between the pieces and finally I painted the red lines on the bakground down. The film and the dimensions of the file were the same of the first photograph.

"Fresh Time" by Ciro Antinozzi

Fresh Time: This shot named "Fresh Time" was fully realized at my photographic studio, where I'm used to employing some Speedotron electronic flashes and some "windowlights" by Bowens and diffuser boxes. This picture was realized by joining the shot of the fishes in the water and the shots of the hook and the clock. The shots were token by using a Nikon F3 and F5 with two different sets of light and a 105mm micro Nikkor for the two situations.

Usually, I work in this case with Kodak Ektachrome 64 Pro Daylight because it seems to be very neutral and grainless. Going on, the next step was to scan the developed film by a filmscanner (historically I work on a Polaroid and I always remember during the shoting to keep down the contrast between the lights to help the future digital operations).

Later, I manipulated all aspects of this image with Adobe Photoshop on a Macintosh G4. However, I think the final product is a consequence of the experience and of a project of the mind.The exposure was taken with a Minolta Flashmeter IV. The measure of the final picture is 63cmx43cm at 250 dpi, an equivalent of 100,2 mb (closed as tiff CMYK). The digital processing had a time of 8 hours approach.

At the least I can resume the phases in four steps:
1) Think a little off your mind
2) Lay down all of your project on a paperbook
3) Find the materials and the objects
4) Pay attention to the light directions

About the Author: Born in Salerno, Italy in 1953. In 1980, Ciro Antinozzi received a Geological degree. He became a professional photographer in 1984. Ciro Antinozzi works in Salerno in his photographic studio, where he produces still life , foods and people.

Ciro's slide archive includes over twenty thousand photographs, which have been electronically catalogued and distibuted all over the world by international agencies (Italy,Germany,U.S.A.,Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand). His shoots have been used by advertising agencies, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Ted Bates, Ata Univas and others.

Ciro Antinozzi usually works with three photographic formats, including five Nikon bodies and many lenses, two Hasselblads and a Sinar body with all the required lenses for everything.

Ciro Antinozzi's works are usually made by digital machines (Macintoshes and Polaroid scanners). Ciro's favorite photographers include Ryszard Horowitz and Cheyco Leidmann.

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