animals

8 September 2015

Four’s a Crowd

Posted in: animals, thailand|

Featured photo – Four’s a Crowd

I love photographing wild-life but unfortunately I rarely have an opportunity to do this (but one day it will change… I hope 🙂 ). Anyway when I was in Thailand I had a chance to photograph various monkeys in their natural environment – somewhat, because they are now very used to people and even more so to our food, including things like coke or crisps… that’s in fact very sad but they are really obsessed about it. So much that they are often stealing it from careless tourists.

Unfortunately it was quite late and it was really dark already so in order to take this shot I had to use high ISO (5000) so it isn’t as clear and crisp as I’d love to but I still like it.

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30 July 2015

Baby Macaque

Posted in: animals, thailand|

Featured photo – Baby Macaque

For today I have something completely different. It’s a photo of a baby macaque, having meal on the beach in Thailand. The image might be simple but I really like how its eyes turned out.

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21 July 2015

The Stowaway

Posted in: animals, black and white, thailand|

Featured photo – The Stowaway

I captured below photo of two macaques, mother and child, in Thailand earlier this year. The baby was holding her mother, travelling on her back and leaving it only to play with other monkeys or to have something to eat. Pretty cute scene.

It’s also one of the first pictures I edited using Capture One 8.3. I just got it yesterday so I’m still learning how to use it effectively (expect review in near future). But my first impressions were “wow!”. Really, RAW converter is so powerful, image quality it produces is better than in Lightroom (so I’m just confirming what you could have already heard), especially in regard to colour rendition and sharpness & detail. I also love local adjustments which are a bit closer to what Photoshop offers with its layers (although not that powerful) – what makes it easier to manage numerous local edits. And finally for me Capture One is running so much faster than Lightroom!

My biggest issue with it so far is that it somewhat broke my HDR workflow. In Lightroom I simply had a plugin to export images to Photomatix Pro, where I tone-mapped my HDRs and after I was finished, my image automatically appeared back in Lightroom where I could do further adjustments. With Capture One I have first to export the images to TIFF, locate them on disk, drag them to Photomatix and finally to reimport them back to Capture One. Hopefully, I’ll find some way of optimizing this as at the moment whole workflow is too time consuming. Maybe it’s possible to create some script, who knows?

The Stowaway
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11 August 2014

Swan on the Lake

Posted in: animals, landscape, london, reflection|

Daily photo – Swan on the lake

I captured below photo in Saint James’ Park in London earlier this year. It was quite late already and the light was pretty awful and flat (it was cloudy all day) so I didn’t have big hopes of capturing more nice images on that very day. But then I saw below scene and I really liked it. A single swan was swimming unhurriedly on the pond’s surface. There was something very gentle and elegant about it and also it looked quite interesting with all those building in the back (I think that placing nature next to architecture/civilization always looks interesting). So I took out my camera and captured a single exposure.

Swan on the lake


Composition

Composition of this photo was fairly straightforward – I simply put the swan in bottom-left intersection of the rules of thirds grid to attract attention to it. Also the horizon “almost” lies on one of the horizontal lines of this grid.

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 55 mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure time: 1/125 s
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
1 August 2014

Those eyes

Posted in: animals, black and white, london|

Daily photo – Those eyes

I captured below gorilla portrait in London zoo. He was seating on the ground of his “house”, chewing something and giving visitors sad looks. When he looked at me I quickly zoomed in to fill whole frame with his head and pressed shutter release. I’m pretty happy with the outcome although I would prefer to capture such image in his natural environment.

Those eyes

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS USM (read my review here)
Focal length: 214 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/200 s
ISO: 6400
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz BW Effects

30 June 2014

Sleeping on the tree

Posted in: animals, london|

Daily photo – Sleeping on the tree

    Something slightly different today 🙂 I captured this photo of a sleeping owl in London zoo. I had hoped that it would finally open its eyes and stare at me but despite I waited for quite a long time – it didn’t. However, I still like this photo for some reasons.

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    Sleeping on the tree

    Camera Info

    Finally some EXIF info:

    Technical details:
    Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
    Lens: Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS USM (read my review here)
    Focal length: 300 mm
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Exposure time: 1/400 s (“middle” exposure)
    ISO: 100
    Number of exposures: 1
    E.V. Step: n/a
    Flash used: no
    Tripod: no
    Filters: no
    Technique: n/a
    Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail
    25 May 2014

    Iguana in the grass

    Posted in: animals, mexico|

    Daily photo – Iguana in the grass

    I’m not shooting animals very often because it requires patience and knowledge about their behaviours and I have neither of them. But I still like to do that when I have a chance… that is when I’m lucky enough to come across some animal during my travels. Today I would like to show a photo of a beautiful iguana lizard which I met in Mexico (BTW iguanas are native to tropical areas of Mexico). It was sitting patiently and still for quite a long time allowing me to take multiple photos of it. This is the one I like most. I’m especially pleased with amount of detail I managed to capture. Scales on its head look amazing to me! Also dark background works pretty well here because it provides nice isolation of my model 🙂

    Iguana in the grass

    Finally some EXIF info:

    Technical details:
    Camera: Sony NEX-6 (read my review here)
    Lens: Sony E 55-210 f/4.5-6.3
    Focal length: 210 mm
    Aperture: f/6.3
    Exposure time: 1/400 s
    ISO: 125
    Number of exposures: 1
    E.V. Step: n/a
    Flash used: no
    Tripod: no
    Filters: no
    Technique: n/a
    Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
    13 March 2014

    A word about sharks

    Posted in: animals, mexico|

    A bit about diving and sharks

    In the past I was scuba diving quite a lot. However, diving to watch coral reefs didn’t sound very fascinating and exciting for me (don’t get me wrong – it’s beautiful but you can get bored after a while). I wanted to go deeper and deeper pushed by curiosity. I wanted to explore the world that is beyond limit of masses as you need special training to descend ther. I wanted to visit ship wrecks (believe me or not but the feeling when submarine emerges from almost complete darkness of Baltic See is hard to describe) and deep canyons.

    Unfortunately I lost fun in all it (although I hope to go back underwater one day) – the diving gear equipment became way too heavy – I wasn’t diving with just one tank like “regular” divers do but with 3 or 4 tanks. Also the procedure became much more complex. However, it would be cool to capture underwater HDRs 😉 so maybe one day I’ll try that.

    One of the great things about diving is that you can meet amazing animals in their natural environment: lion fishes, dolphins, stingrays, morays, turtles and sharks. Those same sharks that are unfortunately so well known for their brute force and cruelty “thanks to” Jaws movie. It’s amazing how movies affect our perspective. Killer whale or simply… orca is much more dangerous and one of just a few animals that can kill simply for fun (just like humans… as most other animals kill to survive). Yet thanks to the Free Willy movie series most of us think of it as beautiful and poor animal that is much closer to dolphins (which aren’t that ideal either!). What’s more even rhinos, elephants and hippos kill more people each year than sharks do.

    Unfortunately I saw shark only once in its natural habitat. Although it passed about 15 meters from me and I saw it for just a few seconds, I still remember the feeling of excitement related to this event. Fantastic feeling.

    Daily photo – Shark

    Something a little different from me today 🙂

    Although this photo was taken in the oceanarium in Xcaret park in Mexico through large glass, I wanted to give the impression that the shark is swimming just above viewer’s head. To get this feeling, just click on the image below to see it in larger size.
    Shark

    Finally some EXIF info:

    Technical details:
    Camera: Sony NEX-6 (read my review here)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18 f/4
    Focal length: 13 mm
    Aperture: f/5.0
    Exposure time: 1/100 s
    ISO: 100
    Number of exposures: 1
    E.V. Step: n/a
    Flash used: no
    Tripod: no
    Filters: no
    Technique: luminosity masks
    Software: Lightroom 5.3, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity