landscape

1 July 2016

Landscape Photography Tips

Posted in: landscape, tutorial|

I tried a lot of genres, but it is landscape photography that really fascinates me. I think there is something special, challenging and very rewarding about it. You can’t control many elements of it, nature is often unpredictable but with enough patience, a lot of careful planning, using proper gear and a bit of luck you might be able to capture really spectacular images. It will be a gift from nature given to you.

Today I would like to share with you some tips in hope they will further increase your chances of capturing great landscape photos. I’m using them in my photography and learnt them through the years of my own experience. I grouped them into a few categories to make them easier to read.

Also feel free to click on the images in this tutorial to read more about the photos including story behind them and camera & exposure info.

Colours of autumn (more…)

22 March 2016

Lighthouse and Long Exposure

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

Lighthouse

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.

Lighthouse (more…)

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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1 February 2016

Lulworth Cove in UK

Posted in: landscape, long-exposure, Lulworth Cove|

Lulworth Cove in UK

Today I decided to share long exposure image I took last summer in Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England. I wanted to blur all movement (also to get rid of people) so I used long exposure here – 20 seconds were enough partially because it was very windy day.

Lulworth Cove in UK (more…)

14 January 2016

Most Popular Posts of 2015

Posted in: blog, landscape, long-exposure, reflection, thailand|

Most Popular Posts of 2015

2015 has finally come to an end and January is usually time of various summaries. So today I decided to write a short ranking of most popular posts on my blog in the last 12 months in case you missed some of them 🙂 Here’s the list ordered by post popularity:

  1. HDR tutorial – it’s my most popular post ever (around 100k views already and counting) and with the recent overhaul it isn’t surprising it won the ranking again.
  2. Capture One 8 Review. Or why I said “goodbye” to Lightroom – my review of Capture One 8 (review of Capture One 9 is still in progress 🙂 ). From this review you’ll learn why I decided to switch to C1 and leave Lightroom behind.
  3. Capture One Film Styles Review – another Capture One related review. In this one I reviewed presets by Alexander Svet. The presets are great as they try to recreate look of various traditional films.
  4. Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM Review – I bought Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS at the beginning of 2015 and almost immediately it became one of my favorite lenses as it is perfect for my landscape photography needs. If you’re interested to learn why, read this review
  5. 500px vs Flickr vs Google+ vs Facebook – Where should you share your images? – back in 2013 I wrote a series of posts in which I compared various social networks from photographer’s perspective. After 2 years I decided to make another comparison as there were many changes to each of the websites. What changed? Which website is the best to share your photos? Read this article 🙂
  6. Lightroom 6 Review – in 2015 Adobe finally released a long awaited Lightroom 6/CC. What’s my opinion about it? You can read in this review.
  7. Photomatix Pro 5.1 is out! Favorite presets, new slider and more – in 2015, HDRsoft also released a new version of Photomatix Pro 5.1 which added some new features like favorite presets or brightness slider to Fusion/Real-Estate.
  8. Photo Editing Apps Comparison: Gimp, Lightroom, Photoshop – I was asked for this post for some time. I compared various photo editing apps (Gimp, Lightroom and Photoshop) and mentioned strengths and weaknesses of each of them.
  9. HDR Tutorial – Sample HDR photos to play with – by the end of 2015 I added new section to my blog where I share sample bracketed photos for you to play with. Make sure to share the results with me 🙂 leave a comment on my blog or send me an email 🙂
  10. Throne Hall in Amalienborg Palace – this is the photo only post. Not a tutorial or review. Photo was taken in Copenhagen in a beautiful Amalienborg Castle. Really stunning piece of architecture.

BTW if you’re interested to see similar ranking from 2014, you can find it here.

Lonely boat on Sunrise Beach

Today I would like to share another photo from Thailand. This one was taken on sunrise beach on Koh Lipe island, during one very beautiful sunrise. Editing was done almost entirely inside CaptureOne 9. Some finishing touches were done using ON1 Effects plugin inside Photoshop.

Lonely boat on Sunrise Beach (more…)

7 January 2016

Last Chance to Share Your Best Photos!

Posted in: landscape, reflection, thailand, the best of|

Share your best photos

I would like to inform you that only 2 weeks are left to share your best images from 2015 and have them featured on my blog together with info about you and your photography! For more info read this post:

http://hdr-photographer.com/2015/11/share-your-best-photos-from-2015/

Don’t wait till the last second to submit your images 🙂

Sunset in Thailand

And today I’d like to share yet another sunset photo from Phra Nang beach in Thailand. There were some amazing colors in the sky and I decided to take just a single image (i.e. no HDR) exposed for the sky to capture them.

Sunset in Thailand (more…)