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8May 2017

Manarola in the Evening

May 8th, 2017|Categories: cinque terre|

I wanted to photograph this famous view from Manarola town in Cinque Terre, Italy for years! And when I was recently in Cinque Terre, I finally managed to. It's a stunning view that looks especially gorgeous during a sunset or blue hour. But honestly speaking I liked nearby Vernazza a little bit more. You see, in Manarola there is mainly this one view. But Vernazza can be photographed from various angles and perspectives and from all of them it looks equally beautiful. Taking photo and post-processing In this case, I decided to use a long exposure (more than 2 minutes) to blur water completely. Rough see and colourful reflections of the street lamps created a pretty nice effect I think! To edit this image I [...]

5May 2017

Vernazza at Sunset – Timelapse

May 5th, 2017|Categories: cinque terre|

Recently I'm experimenting a lot with new techniques to improve my landscape photography and one of them are time-lapses. I already shared some attempt showing Aurora activity in Finland, but in Cinque Terre, I was doing even more experimentation. I even tried capturing "Holy Grail" of time-lapse photography - a day to night transition. It was challenging but fun experiment and you can see the result from it in the short video below. The main challenge in such time-lapses is that brightness of the scene changes quite a lot during the transition from a day to night (from very bright just before sunset, dark when evening begins, and a bit brighter again after street lamps are switched on). Not everything went well - I made [...]

4May 2017

Back from Cinque Terre

May 4th, 2017|Categories: cinque terre|

Visiting Cinque Terre on Italian coast was on my bucket list for several years, and in the last few days, I finally managed to travel there. Did I like it? I loved it! Great vistas, fantastic panoramic hikes, picturesque narrow streets, delicious food and wine - all of that and more is there. I took plenty of still photos and several time-lapse videos as well, and I can't wait to start editing them especially as I was really lucky with the light. Today I would like to show you an (almost) unedited image from Vernazza - one of 5 towns in the Cinque Terre area. I hope you will like it!

21April 2017

Photomatix Pro 6 Beta now Available!

April 21st, 2017|Categories: finland, Photomatix Pro|

Photomatix Pro 6 has been in the works for many months now, and today public beta has been released. It means you can finally try it out! BTW above image from Finland (as well as this photo) was rendered in Photomatix Pro 6, and I used some of the features introduced in it to get the desired result faster and easier. You can download Photomatix Pro 6 beta here: https://www.hdrsoft.com/download/beta/photomatix-pro-6-beta.php Below is the list of the main updates introduced in Photomatix Pro 6: New realistic rendering method - Tone Balancer. It's perfect for landscape and architecture work in my opinion. Since it was added, it became one of my favourite rendering methods along Contrast Optimizer. Individual colour adjustments - you can now edit each colour's (e.g. yellow [...]

16April 2017

Northern Lights Timelapse Experiment

April 16th, 2017|Categories: finland|

I'm completely new to timelapse photography (videography?) and were experimenting with it a little bit during my last Finland tour as I thought northern lights would make a perfect subject for it. I captured several time-lapse videos and only back home I realized how many mistakes I made! Timelapse photography definitely isn't easy! But anyway I would like to share my first attempt with you. I'm aware that it isn't very good, but I firmly believe that sharing even not ideal work is part of a learning process. And besides, I think that northern lights look so much better in motion than in the static photos. I hope it will be better next time as I really enjoyed experimenting with this technique and plan to use it [...]

13April 2017

Reindeer Farm in Lapland

April 13th, 2017|Categories: finland|

In Finland, I wasn't only photographing northern lights. After all, they are only visible at night, so I had a few hours spare time each day for other activities. One day I went to a reindeer farm where reindeer are prepared to pull sleighs much to tourists fun. Some of them are tamed already but some of them, like the ones in the photo below, are still wild animals. Taking photo and post-processing It probably doesn't look that way, but editing this photo was a real nightmare and challenge. Why? Because Before photo had a lot of ropes and cords with which reindeer were attached to the trees (remember - that was reindeer farm and not wilderness). And I decided to remove [...]

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