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7 October 2015

In the Valley

Posted in: landscape, mountains, Tatra|

Featured photo – In the Valley

As you have maybe heard already Adobe recently released Lightroom 6.2. Apart from small fixes and improvements they added one very nice feature which is local dehaze adjustment. Dehaze adjustment itself was introduced in Lightroom 6.1 and I wrote about it in this post. Basically it’s a really cool feature to add some clarity to hazy or foggy photos (at a cost of image quality, introduction of grain etc.) but up to now it could be used as a global adjustment only. Lightroom 6.2 adds it to all local adjustments like Radial Filter or Graduated Filter so you can apply it specifically to the parts of the image that need it!

In the case of below image I did just that. Most of the image was sufficiently clear but the sky and top of the mountains were sort of foggy and hazy. So I used graduated filter, added some dehaze to it and voila – rescued this part of the photo.

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25 September 2015

Autumn Presets for Lightroom

Posted in: download, hdr, landscape, mountains, presets, Tatra|

Autumn Presets for Lightroom

As autumn is just around the corner I thought that it is a good idea to remind you that there is nice collection of autumn presets for Lightroom available on my blog. Of course these presets are completely free and they will make your autumn photos warmer and more vibrant to portray this period of the year in the most beautiful way.

Here’s the post in which I originally shared them:

http://hdr-photographer.com/2013/10/autumn-lightroom-presets-collections/

But if you just want to grab them without reading lengthy descriptions, here’s direct download link:

Featured photo – Autumn in Tatra Mountains

I’m still waiting for my first autumn shots this year but I should have some great images in a few weeks – right now there aren’t that many yellows and reds in the trees yet but this is supposed to change very soon. So today I would like to share image I took 2 years ago in Tatra mountains, Poland. The image is simple but this yellow tree, together with a path and quite warm light looked quite inviting for me so I decided to take a photo of it.

If you would like to create such photos yourself, make sure to read my HDR tutorial.

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7 August 2015

Composition is the Key to Good Photos – Learn about it

Posted in: hdr, landscape, mountains, Tatra|

Learn more about composition

Composition is one of the most important factors of good photography. Compose the image correctly and everyone will like it, compose it in a poor way and you’ll make it boring. Composition is about arranging elements within the frame in such a way that you convey your message and show the viewers world through your eyes. Through good composition you can tell stories.

If you would like to learn how to compose your image to create powerful and compelling photos read my composition tutorial. In that tutorial I provide a lot of tips and guidelines to creating better composed images.

Featured photo – Morning Fogs

For today I selected another foggy morning image from Tatra Mountains, Poland. Same as previously, it’s an HDR image, tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro and finished in Lightroom and Photoshop. I just love morning fogs! They are so atmospheric!

If you would like to learn more about HDR photography, I encourage you to read my free HDR tutorial.

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6 August 2015

Morning Fogs

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Featured photo – Morning Fogs

Another photo from the Tatra mountains, Poland. This time winter sunrise over Koscieliska Valley. I used HDR technique here to balance the exposure and to avoid overexposed and underexposed areas. I also used a bit of Dehaze in Lightroom to make the fogs slightly fainter.

If you would like to learn more about HDR photography, I encourage you to read my free HDR tutorial.

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28 January 2015

Sleeping Knight

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Daily photo – Sleeping Knight

Sleeping knight?! No, the title isn’t a mistake 🙂 Sleeping Knight is one of the unofficial names of Giewont massif in Tatra mountains that you can see in the picture below. Some say that the mountain looks like sleeping knight and hence the name. Some even see knight’s helmet there. Unfortunately my imagination must be very limited because I don’t see any knight in this picture. Despite I tried really hard!

Anyway it’s a HDR photo from 3 images taken hand-held at 2 EV spacing.

Sleeping Knight

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: 80 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 1/160 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail
26 January 2015

Trees on a Slope

Posted in: landscape, mountains, Tatra|

Winter & HDR photo guide

We finally have some snow here! Just a little but weather forecasts look quite promising and more snow fall is expected in the following days so I might be finally able to capture some nice winter landscape images very soon 🙂

As shooting landscapes in winter can be sometimes tricky, make sure to read my tutorial which will give you some general tips about this subject:

Daily photo – Trees on a Slope

For today I selected below winter photo taken in Polish Tatra Mountains:
Trees on a Slope

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: 176 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 1/320 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
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 Detail
7 January 2015

Mountain scenery

Posted in: hdr, landscape, mountains, Tatra|

Daily photo – Mountain scenery

HDR photo from Przełęcz Między Kopami

Today I would like to share HDR image taken in Polish Tatra Mountains from place known as Przełęcz między Kopami. Just 3 RAWs, 2 EV spacing and circular polarizing filter to boost the colours.

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: 24 mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure time: 1/160 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: circular polarizing filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, long-exposure, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail
2 January 2015

Most Interesting Posts of 2014!

Posted in: blog, hdr, landscape, mountains, Tatra|

List of best posts in 2014

Time for another summary 🙂 This time regarding blog content in 2014.

Below you will find a list of 10 most popular posts on my blog written in 2014. There are two interesting & a bit surprising things about it – the list is hugely dominated by reviews (4 posts) and posts about Magic Lantern firmware (also 4 posts). There are also 2 tutorials on the list. It gives me better idea on what type of content I should focus in the future 😉 Ok, so here’s the list:

  1. HDR tutorial – it was clear winner with more than 10% of all views in 2014! Despite the fact the tutorial wasn’t written in 2014, I still decided to list it here as I make constant changes to it and it evolves slowly over time,
  2. Magic Lantern, 5D MK III and Firmware 1.2.3 – in this post I shared some news about update to Magic Lantern which provided support for firmware 1.2.3 in Canon 5D MK III. I never expected this post to be really popular so I’m quite surprised to see it so high.
  3. Turn your DSLR into a beast with Magic Lantern – another post about Magic Lantern – this one was about reasons why you should give Magic Lantern a try if you use Canon cameras.
  4. Why I love Magic Lantern – several years later – in this post I listed my favourite features of current version of Magic Lantern
  5. Magic Lanter Dual-ISO – First Impressions – and the last Magic Lantern-related post on the list was about my initial impressions from using Dual-ISO feature.
  6. Wacom Intuos Pro M Tablet Review – in January 2014 I wrote a review about Wacom Intuos Tablet. Starting to use tablet was one of the biggest changes to my workflow I did in 2014 and I think that it gave me much more freedom and control than mouse.
  7. Tack Sharp Photos in 10 Easy Steps – most popular tutorial written entirely in 2014 was about tips for getting razor sharp photos. 10 easy tips everyone can follow to improve sharpness of their images.
  8. Sony NEX-6 Review – another review – this one was about Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera. I loved this camera at the time of writing that review and I still do! Why? Make sure to read this review 😉
  9. SmugMug Review – in January 2014 I set up account on SmugMug – one of the most popular photography hosting services. I still use it. Do I like it? You can find out in this review.
  10. Benro Travel Angel Tripod Review – I was searching for light and steady tripod for ages. At the end of 2013 I came across Benro Travel Angel carbon-fibre tripod and bought it. It isn’t ideal but is one of the best tripods I have ever used. Why? Again – make sure to read this review.

Daily photo – Last Light

Last Light

Today I would like to share another photo from Tatra mountains. This one was taken during late sunset when most of the mountains and valley was already covered in darkness.

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: 28 mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure time: 1/160 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 640
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail