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15December 2017

Great Wall of China. Mutianyu Section

December 15th, 2017|Categories: China|

Great Wall of China is another must-see attraction in China. And although I shared one image from there already, today I would like to share one more. BTW have you heard that it can be seen from space and even the Moon? Well, it's a Myth. You definitely can't see it from the Moon and seeing from the low Earth orbit might be very tricky to say the least (meaning: it's virtually impossible to spot it because it's very difficult to discern it from its surroundings due to the fact it's built from rocks). Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive and popular tourist attractions in China. No doubt about that. As the wall stretched about 20.000 km (according to the newest [...]

12December 2017

My Favourite Photos

December 12th, 2017|Categories: blog|

I've been photographing for around 10 years now and in that time I literally captured thousands of photos. I processed just a small fraction of them and shared online even less. Of those finished and uploaded, I still really like just some of them and you will find them below. Click the photo thumbnail to view it in large size. I hope you will like them too!

6December 2017

Photomatix for Linux 1.1 Released

December 6th, 2017|Categories: photomatix|

Yesterday, Photomatix for Linux 1.1 has been officially released after several weeks of beta testing. Photomatix for Linux uses the same rendering engine as Photomatix Pro 6 what means you can now create really incredible HDR images on Linux šŸ™‚ Pricing and Trial The full license of Photomatix for Linux 1.1 costs 49 USD. Free trial version is also available for download. You can purchase Photomatix for Linux here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/order.php Or you can also download a trial version (which never expires but adds watermarks to the saved photos) below: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/photomatix-linux.html New Features in version 1.1 Here's the summary of new features available in version 1.1: New Tone Mapping method - Tone Balancer, which is great for realistic HDR photos. And as you might already know [...]

4December 2017

Tips for Travelling in China

December 4th, 2017|Categories: China, travel guide|

China can be fascinating, surprising and quite easy to travel but there are a few things I learnt the hard way during my trip so today I would like to share a few tips on getting around this beautiful country. Hopefully, you'll avoid the problems I faced. First of all, there are a lot of transportation options, namely: Flights - available between major cities, very convenient, quite expensive, High-speed trains - fewer cities are connected via high-speed trains than by flights but this number is rapidly growing, Regular trainsĀ - a lot of connections are available, quite convenient too. Much cheaper. Buses - least convenient but sometimes there simply is no other option. Taxis - good to travel around cities, usually very cheap. Below, I'll provide [...]

28November 2017

Hutong in Beijing

November 28th, 2017|Categories: China|

One of the must-see things in Beijing areĀ hutongs - traditional residential areas which were first established in the 13th century and were being built until the beginning of 20th century which marks the end of Qing dynasty and thus the end of Imperial China. Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of traditional residences (initially, it was not uncommon to merge several such residences into a single bigger one; later it was opposite - larger courtyards were split into several smaller residences) where all social life happens - during the day and evening they are vibrant, bustling and full of locals. Some, more popular hutongs, are also full of tourists, bars, cafes and authentic Chinese restaurants. Since the beginning of 20th century hutongs areĀ being progressively demolished [...]

24November 2017

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Review

November 24th, 2017|Categories: review|

RAW Development module in ON1 Photo RAW For some time now, I've been using ON1 Photo RAW (now version 2018) which is a RAW development and photo editing software from ON1 Inc. company. If you read my review of ON1 Effects 10 (which was a precursor of Photo RAW), then you know I really liked that piece of software. However, when ON1 Photo RAW initially appeared I didn't really like it. Despite it was marketed as fastest and most robust RAW editor, I found it very slow compared to Capture One (and even Lightroom which I find terribly slow). And more importantly, I didn't like results I were getting from it. But ON1 kept updating their software in the next few months and [...]

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