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31January 2017

Kegon Falls in Japan

By | January 31st, 2017|

I'm still very busy and haven't taken any photo this year yet. However, I still have plenty of nice images from my last year trips and today I would like to share one of them. It shows amazing Kegon Falls in the Nikko area in Japan. Also, in the last few days I slightly modified the layout of the blog. Also further to your comments (both here on the blog, Facebook and sent by email) I will be making additional adjustments to the blog layout to make it simpler to navigate as some of you pointed out that navigation right now is quite complex. Taking photo and post-processing As I wanted water to be smooth I decided to use long exposure. As [...]

26January 2017

Tips on chasing Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) in Japan

By | January 26th, 2017|

At the same time last year I started preparing for my Japan trip in March - April later that year. One of the main goals of the trip was to see beautiful phenomenon known as sakura or cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are found in many countries of the world but only Japan is so crazy about them - there are thousands of thousands of trees around the country, there are sakura parties (known as hanami), there are sakura-flavored icecream, sakura Coca Cola. Even one of the shinkansen trains is called sakura. Yes, cherry trees are important for Japan. As planning trip for the sakura might be a bit difficult, here are some tips on how to increase your chances of photographing and seeing this beautiful phenomenon. BTW if you're interested in [...]

18January 2017

New Layout on the Blog

By | January 18th, 2017|

If you're frequent visitor to this blog, then you probably noticed that yesterday I changed layout of the blog completely. Especially I introduced new homepage, while the blog is available here. More changes are coming in the next few days (mainly to simplify a few sections of the blog, clean the fonts, improve sections spacing, etc.) but I'm already interested in hearing your opinions. Do you like the changes? Or maybe you preferred the old look? Also it's possible that some functionality was broken due to the changes I did. So I'd really appreciate it if you could let me know about any link or feature of the blog that doesn't work anymore.

13January 2017

Sunrise in Havana

By | January 13th, 2017|

Sunrise in Havana Unfortunately I’m very busy recently and don’t have much time to write new posts but that should change soon. One of the things I’m currently working on is the new layout of the blog. I hope to finish it by the end of the month. It should make finding interesting content much easier as right now I have a feeling that a lot of interesting posts get lost. As for the photo it shows one very beautiful sunrise in Havana, Cuba photographed from the roof of one of the buildings. […]

3January 2017

Most Popular Posts in 2016

By | January 3rd, 2017|

Most Popular Posts in 2016 First of all I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! Last year I shared a lot of articles on my blog and below is the Top 10 list based on popularity. Please note that only articles from 2016 are included in this list (otherwise HDR tutorial would be on top as usually 😉 ). ON1 Effects 10 Review - in 2016 I started to use ON1 Effects plugin as my finishing touch tool for almost all my images and I'm loving it. Why? Read this review to find out. Landscape Photography Tips - the list of 27 landscape photography tips most of which I use when I'm out shooting nature. These tips will help you to get [...]

28December 2016

My Best Photos of 2016

By | December 28th, 2016|

My Best Photos of 2016 Year 2016 is coming to an end so it's a time of summaries. 2016 was a great year for my photography & travels. I visited 3 places I planned to visit for years (Japan, Cuba and Madeira island) and took a lot of amazing images. In this list you will find photos that I think are the best of them (or maybe my favorite ones?). Clink on the blue link to read more about each photo: story behind the place & photo, camera info as well as post-processing details. Photos below are in no particular order although I will start with my favorite from 2016, which is... 1. Bamboo Forest in Kyoto Probably one of my best photos ever taken, this photo [...]

27December 2016

Ponta de Sao Lourenco

By | December 27th, 2016|

Ponta de Sao Lourenco I have already shared some images from Ponta de Sao Lourenco – beautiful but rugged peninsula in the Madeira island – in the past, for instance here. Today I would like to share slightly different view of it. The image was taken some time before sunset but the colors were already really gorgeous. Also I thought that using long exposure will make the rock formations stand out more so that’s what I did. And I think it worked really well! […]

16December 2016

How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017?

By | December 16th, 2016|

How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017? If you have recently installed Photoshop CC 2017, you have probably noticed completely new & shiny New Document window. You can see it in the screenshot below. Isn't it beautiful? The problem for me is that this window is too fancy and it takes much more time to show than the legacy one. So I decided to turn it off and go back to the old one. So here's a short tip on how to get it back in case you would also like to restore it: Go to Edit -> Preferences -> General... on Windows or Photoshop CC -> Preferences -> General... on Mac. Make sure "Use Legacy "New Document" Interface" checkbox is checked (marked in red [...]

15December 2016

Internet in Cuba

By | December 15th, 2016|

Internet in Cuba To access Internet in Cuba, you have to buy NAUTA WiFi cards Easy access to Internet makes travelling & photography so much easier. You can check sunrise and sunset times, verify bus/train timetable on the fly, reserve hotels (or change reservations) during your travels, upload photos to the cloud for backup or share news with your friends on Facebook and so much more. How to access Internet in Cuba? But Cuba is communist country and so Internet is as limited and controlled by government as any other goods and services. Right now only one company, NAUTA, offers it. In order to use it you have to buy a WiFi card for 2 CUC (which [...]

9December 2016

Malecon during Sunset

By | December 9th, 2016|

Impressed by Canon 5D MK IV Time spent in Cuba let me do much more testing of Canon 5D MK IV (I shared initial impressions here) and the more I use it, the more I like it and the more I’m impressed with it. Improved dynamic range is a game changer for me. I can now push the shadows by several stops without sacrificing quality – something I couldn’t do on 5D MK III. Sharpness and resolution of the images is also excellent (despite the fact 5D MK IV uses AA filter unlike Nikon D810 for instance). Touch screen is fantastic (I love focusing using it 🙂 ) and built-in GPS is a welcome addition (although it drains battery quicker). So [...]

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