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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 [...]

5December 2016

Free Presets for Capture One 10

By | December 5th, 2016|

Free Presets for Capture One 10 Every once in a while I share some free presets on my blog. And today, to celebrate recent release of Capture One 10, I decided to share a free collection of presets for Capture One. There are 22 different presets in this collection which should be good for landscape, architecture and some street portrait photography. Download link You can download the presets for free below:   BTW you can find more free presets here. Installation instructions To install the presets in Capture One 10, follow below instructions Download and unzip archive. Launch Capture One software. Go to Adjustments tab. In the "Styles & Presets" section click on the combo box and select "Import..." item. Navigate to the directory [...]

2December 2016

Capture One 10 & Laundry in Havana

By | December 2nd, 2016|

Capture One 10 released Some great news – just yesterday my favorite RAW processor, Capture One was updated to version 10! I’ve been using Capture One 10 for some time already as I’m in the beta program and I must say I love it! With each release this powerful app becomes even more powerful enlarging the gap between Lightroom. Capture One 10 review You can read my full review of Capture One software below, now updated for version 10: http://hdr-photographer.com/2015/09/capture-one-8-review-or-why-i-said-goodbye-to-lightroom/ New features in Capture One 10 The main features of this update are following: Improved performance – I always loved how fast Capture One was. And you know what? It now became even faster! New 3-phase sharpening tools: “Diffraction correction” – input [...]

30November 2016

Cuban woman smoking cigar

By | November 30th, 2016|

Cuban woman smoking cigar Today I’d like to share my first image from amazing city of Havana. In my first post from Cuba, I wrote it’s a great city to do some street photography – wherever you look there is something worth photographing – from street artists to colorfully dressed people to the poor fighting for better tomorrow. Photo below shows a traditionally dressed Cuban woman smoking cigar. It’s one of those photos you simply have to take when being in Cuba. What I really love about this portrait is color – blue doors behind her contrast so well with the reds and oranges of her clothes! […]

28November 2016

Sunset in Cienfuegos

By | November 28th, 2016|

Sunset in Cienfuegos Even though I found Havana city the most interesting and picturesque place in Cuba (and that’s not surprising I guess), there are a lot more to see there. And before jumping to photos from Havana I would first like to share an image from Cienfuegos – small city around 250 km from Havana. In the image below you can see Colegio San Lorenzo located in the Jose Marti square. Colorful clouds were exactly behind the building creating some very nice background for it. I hoped for a different car to be in foreground (some American classic would be great) but unfortunately that red Lada didn’t want to move 🙂 And well, it’s a classic vintage car in its own [...]

24November 2016

Back from Cuba

By | November 24th, 2016|

Recently I was very silent on the blog because I was travelling again and this time I visited island of Cuba. Though it doesn't offer that many landscape photography opportunities as other destinations I visited recently, it is still great with its colonial architecture, colorful houses, vintage cars, cigars and music everywhere. So this time I focused mostly on travel and street photography and despite the fact I'm no expert in street photography, I still took a few thousand of images. And there are some I really like 🙂 But did I fall in love with Cuba? Well, honestly speaking - no. There are many great things for photographer (like vintage cars I already mentioned) but also too many things reminded me of Poland in 70's [...]

2November 2016

Photomatix FX for iPhone is out!

By | November 2nd, 2016|

Photomatix FX for iPhone I have some interesting news for you today guys 🙂 At HDRsoft we have just released Photomatix FX for iPhone! It's a free and easy to use app which uses powerful prioprietary Photomatix Pro technology to enhance single photos taken with your phone (or ones that are stored in its memory). Additionally it lets you make some basic edits like contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation adjustments, crop and rotation. Once you're happy with your image, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram or save it to your iPhone memory. Main Features Main features of Photomatix FX app are listed below: It includes 6 photo enhancement effects: 'Balanced', 'Enhanced', 'Vibrant', 'Painterly', 'Surreal' and 'Grunge' that let you achieve any image style - from [...]

28October 2016

Warm Sunrise Light

By | October 28th, 2016|

Warm Sunrise Light Today I would like to share with you HDR image taken during sunrise from Pico do Arieiro, 3rd highest peak of Madeira island. It was beautiful (but very cold!) sunrise with some wonderful light. […]

24October 2016

The Layers

By | October 24th, 2016|

Layers of Rocks I’m sorry for another very short post, but I’m still very busy in the last few days. Landscape photos aren’t always about showing wider picture or whole scene. Sometimes it’s good to focus on some details, textures instead. And that’s what I did in this case. This image was taken in a beautiful Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Madeira island. And it’s so different from another image I took there! Instead of showing whole scene I chose just a small bit of it and photographed it through tele zoom lens. And I’m really happy how this one turned out. There are a lot of lines, layers and nice color contrast. And besides that – fantastic textures. […]

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18October 2016

Adventure Begins – Artificial Light

By | October 18th, 2016|

Adventure Begins – Artificial Light For years I’ve been shooting natural light only. As I’m landscaper it isn’t very surprising. There are techniques of using off camera flash to lighten up foreground in landscape photography but I used them very rarely as I never really needed them. Anyway for a long time I wanted to try to tame artificial light. I already know theory very well. I did a lot of reading and am former 3D graphics programmer so not only do I know how the light ‘behaves’ but I also understand the physics behind it (and also know various maths models describing it). But theory is one thing. Practice is completely different one – all my previous attempts at studio photography [...]

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