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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 [...]

8April 2017

Crazy Aurora

April 8th, 2017|Categories: finland|

What about one more photo of Aurora photographed in Finland? It was really crazy one as on that night kp-number varied from 5 to a bit more than 6 meaning that virtually whole sky was dancing. And we could also enjoy a lot of colors: apart from most common green, we saw some yellow, purple and reds. Fantastic and magical spectacle that was! BTW aurora season is ending shortly in the Northern Hemisphere but if you still have a chance, make sure to make the most of it! I hope that my tutorial on photographing northern lights will help you a great deal in capturing some stunning aurora images. Also I'm sorry for a very short post (and lack of posts recently) but I'm very busy right [...]

23March 2017

Photomatix Pro 6 is coming!

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: finland, Photomatix Pro|

It was very difficult for me to keep this as a secret for much longer but I'm now allowed by my company to tell you this: Photomatix Pro 6 is coming! Finally 🙂 The release date hasn't been announced yet and there is a lot of info I still can't share with you at this point (like show you how the new UI looks for instance) but I'm allowed to talk a little bit about new features that will be available in Photomatix Pro 6 😉 One of them is new rendering method. And today I would like to share HDR image edited using this brand new rendering method, called Tone Balancer, which is especially useful if you're after that natural look.  It means it's perfect for [...]

17March 2017

Canon 5D Mark IV review

March 17th, 2017|Categories: review|

Although I wrote my first impressions review of Canon 5D Mark IV some time ago I also promised to write a more thorough article after spending more time with this camera. Also I hoped to verify my initial findings in it. And as I've been using Canon 5D Mark IV quite a lot in the last few months (for instance during my trips to Cuba, Finland and during some studio work at home) I can share my final thoughts on this DSLR. If you're lazy to read whole this article, I'll tell you one thing: it's excellent! Please note that as a photographer I will focus on still features (I virtually don't shoot video at all... although this started to change recently) and on features especially [...]

14March 2017

How to Photograph Northern Lights

March 14th, 2017|Categories: tutorial|

What are Northern Lights? Auroras, known as Northern Lights in the northern hemisphere and as Southern Lights in southern hemisphere, are one of the most impressive and beautiful natural phenomena on Earth.  It's a stunning colorful light display in the sky caused by particles released from the Sun colliding with gases in Earth atmosphere. Typically they are green, sometimes they are yellow or purple. But there are also very rare auroras that are completely red, blue and even black. Color of the aurora depends on the gas particles it collides with. Aurora isn't static - it dances in the sky, sometimes moving slowly and gently and sometimes moving very quickly. Aurora can last just a few minutes or the spectacle might go on [...]

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