22 March 2016

Lighthouse and Long Exposure

Posted in: architecture, black and white, Chania, landscape, long-exposure|


Today I would like to share with you long exposure black & white image of a beautiful lighthouse located in the entrance to the port in Chania, Greece. I used exposure of 75 seconds to blur water completely and although I don’t use exposures that long very often, I hope to take more and more of them for my images as I really like dreamy fine art look it creates. And as I got myself some nice Formatt Hitech neutral density filters and intend to put them to some extensive testing over next couple of weeks (so you can expect another review from me 🙂 ) it should be a lot easier to achieve.

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21 March 2016

Chania at Night

Posted in: architecture, Chania, hdr, landscape, long-exposure|

Chania at Night

As you probably know from my earlier posts, Chania town in Greece I visited last summer is a beautiful place at all times of the day but it gets even prettier during early evening when sky and water turn blue and street lanterns are lit. So I spent quite a lot of time trying to capture this unique atmosphere and here is one of my attempts.

In this case I wanted to create really calm image (despite the fact the place is quite busy with all the tourists looking for a place to eat their dinner) so I used long-exposure to smooth all motion. Also as dynamic range was quite high (because there were deep shadows and very bright street lamps) I decided to use HDR – 5 frames at 1 EV spacing were enough.

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9 March 2016

Small changes to the blog

Posted in: architecture, blog, Chania, church, hdr|

Changes to the blog

As you have maybe noticed, in the last few days my blog changed its look a little bit. Most of the changes were rather cosmetic to make the blog look a little bit more fresh and up to date with current standards (e.g. I added so called mega menu which became very popular in last few months) and to make various sections of the blog easier to access and find.

As always with such changes, if you see anything broken, please let me know so I could fix it 🙂

Church in Chania

Today I would like to share HDR photo I took last summer in Chania in Greece. It’s one of the churches in the old town. I really liked leading lines created by pavement tiles as well as their colour and the fact that they reflected light a little bit.

I captured 5 frames 2 stops apart and tone-mapped them in Photomatix Pro 5 with Contrast Optimizer. As with most of my recent images, finishing touches were done with ON1 Effects 10.

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12 February 2016

Vibrant Street in Chania

Posted in: architecture, Chania, street|

Vibrant Street in Chania

Today I would like to share street photo I captured last year in Chania town, Crete. I mentioned numerous times that I really loved that place as not only it is really picturesque with beautiful Venetian port, lighthouse and all those colourful houses located in the port but the place is also really vibrant, full of life and positive energy. This image was taken during midday and although I normally prefer to shoot during sunsets and sunrises (to get better light and also to have fewer people in the frame) I think that this one shows true nature of this lovely town. Despite the photo is quite busy with all those tourists and street artists, I also find it quite appealing to look at.

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9 February 2016

Night is Coming

Posted in: architecture, hdr, warsaw|

Night is Coming

It’s yet another photo I took in Warsaw last year. It was already getting dark but there was still a bit of light left in the sky and I thought it would be sort of cool to show this transition from day to night. Dynamic range was high in this case so it was necessary to capture HDR image (I used 5 bracketed images) which I tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro 5.1. Finishing touches were done in Photoshop and using ON1 Effects 10 plug-in.

If you would like to learn how to take and process such photos yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial where I detail my post-processing.

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5 February 2016

Sunset in Warsaw

Posted in: architecture, warsaw|

Sunset in Warsaw

Today I’d like to share a photo I took last summer in my home town (Warsaw that is). In fact today the view would look slightly differently as Q22 building you can see in the back (I mean the one surrounded by cranes) is nearly finished by today and I must say it’s one of the most beautiful and unique skyscrapers in Warsaw. It’s another image on which I used ON1 Effects 10 and I must say that I really like this software! It’s really great for adding some finishing touches.

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20 January 2016

Round Tower in Copenhagen

Posted in: architecture, black and white, Copenhagen|

Round Tower in Copenhagen

I’m sorry for not being very active here recently but I’m very very busy right now. Things should settle down in a few days from now and I will have finally much more time for photography and blogging 🙂 Today I would just like to share a photo from Copenhagen I took last year but edited just recently. It was taken in the amazing Round Tower (Rundetårn) and shows that sometimes light and detail are everything and can be as well subject of images.

BTW photos from Share your best project will be shared on my blog somewhere next week. So until then you can still submit your entries if you wish.

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18 December 2015

Arches in Copenhagen

Posted in: architecture, black and white, Copenhagen|

Arches in Copenhagen

I’m not sharing images captured in vertical orientation too often on my blog as they don’t look so good when I share posts to social networks like Google+ or Facebook (but I love vertical orientation as it feels completely different!). This time, however, I had to share this image because I think it really deserves to be seen by more people than only me.

It was captured in Copenhagen, somewhere in the old town but I don’t exactly remember where. I really like this image, especially all those textures and lines. I hope you’ll like it too!

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