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3 February 2017

Morning Light from Pico do Arieiro

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Today I would like to share with you image I took in the summer last year in the beautiful island of Madeira. This one was taken from top of Pico do Arieiro mountain at sunrise and it features some gorgeous golden light.

If you’re travelling to Madeira any time soon, make sure to read my best photo spots in Madeira, to get better idea what you can photograph there.

On a slightly unrelated topic, I made another change to this blog, very subtle this time. From now on when you click on the¬†photo in the post, it will redirect you to my SmugMug account where you will be able to see the photo in bigger size (as well as purchase it as print if you wish to have it on your wall ūüėČ ).

Morning Light

Taking photo and post-processing

In this case I went with HDR (you can read more about HDR photography here) because as you can see in the Before image, dynamic range was too wide to capture it in a single frame. So I took 5 exposures, with 1 EV spacing.

After capturing them, I opened them in Photomatix Pro 5, where I used Contrast Optimizer with pretty default settings.

Then I opened the image in Photoshop where I used ON1 Effects plug-in to increase contrast and color saturation a little bit. I also added very slight vignetting (it’s hard too notice I believe but it’s there).

CAMERA: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)

LENS: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)

FOCAL LENGTH: 24 mm

APERTURE: f/14.0

EXPOSURE: 1/3 s

ISO: 100

NUMBER OF EXPOSURES: 5

E.V. STEP: 1.0 EV

FLASH: no

TRIPOD: yes

FILTERS: n/a

TECHNIQUE: HDR, tone-mapping

SOFTWARE: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5, ON1 Effects 10

27 December 2016

Ponta de Sao Lourenco

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Ponta de Sao Lourenco

I have already shared some images from Ponta de Sao Lourenco – beautiful but rugged peninsula in the Madeira island – in the past, for instance here.

Today I¬†would like to share slightly different view of it. The image was taken some time before sunset but the colors were already really gorgeous. Also I thought that using long exposure will make the rock formations stand out more so that’s what I did. And I think it worked really well!

Ponta de Sao Lourenco

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28 October 2016

Warm Sunrise Light

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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.

Warm Sunrise Light

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24 October 2016

The Layers

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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.

Layers of Rocks

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13 October 2016

Sun Rays

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Sun Rays

I’m sorry for lack of posts recently but I’m very busy… again ūüôā

Also the weather this autumn is totally awful so despite some cool plans, so far I haven’t taken any decent autumn photos. There aren’t many yellows or reds but due to heavy rains the leaves turn ugly brown instead. Forecasts are somewhat better for the next week so hopefully we will see some sun eventually and I will be able to take some nice autumn pictures.

Today I would like to share one more image from Madeira island instead. It was one stunning sunset in Funchal, capital city of the island. Sun rays were really gorgeous on that day!

Sun Rays in Funchal

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5 October 2016

Levada Walk

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Levada Walk

I already wrote about levadas irrigation channels network in Madeira in this post so I won’t repeat myself today ūüôā Instead I will share one of the photos I took during one of a few levada walks I did. It was taken on the way to a place known as 25 Fontes, which I¬†mentioned in the other post.¬†Strangely shaped laurel trees, gently flowing water in levada channel and very narrow path make the place look really magical in my opinion.

On Location Photography Tips

  1. Get there early in the morning. It’s one of the most popular levada among tourists and in the middle of the day there might be literally hundreds of people on the trail and near the waterfalls what makes the experience much less enjoyable and taking photos much more difficult.
  2. This place is quite narrow and is “crowded” with various stones, waterfalls and leaves so it’s good to have ultra wide-angle lens with you.

For more general landscape photography tips, visit my free landscape photography tips tutorial.

Levada Walk

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16 September 2016

Gorgeous Sunset in Funchal

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Gorgeous Sunset in Funchal

I’m still busy testing my brand new Canon 5D Mark IV but so far I don’t have any images from it worth sharing (I hope to capture some in the next few days, however). Also for that reason my today post will be shorter than usually.

Today photo shows dramatic sunset over city of Funchal on Madeira island. The light was really gorgeous! But at the same time pretty difficult to work with as very bright sun and dark shadows in the city resulted in extreme dynamic range. I decided to take 7 bracketed exposures, 1 stop apart to make sure both highlights and shadows are properly captured.

Gorgeous Sunset in Funchal

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14 September 2016

View from Above and Canon 5D Mark IV

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Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mark IV

After 4 long years of waiting for successor of 5D Mark III, Canon 5D Mark IV was recently finally announced and released. Despite the fact most of the time I prefer to wait for reviews and tests to emerge, this time I did something crazy and ordered it soon after announcement because on paper it looks like an ideal camera for me: it has slightly better base ISO dynamic range than 5D MK III (which in real life scenarios isn’t as bad as many people claim after viewing lab tests), more resolution, GPS and WiFi, and improved auto focus. Touch screen is also nice addition but it wasn’t decisive factor. I don’t care about video features so I really don’t care if 5D Mark IV uses good or bad 4K codec. Or if 1080p is possible at 120 FPS.

Many of you might wonder why I decided to stick to Canon, instead of switching to Sony or Nikon which have some very nice landscape photography oriented cameras.¬†In fact, it was quite tempting at some point but what you should understand is that it’s not only about camera. It’s about whole system. I have too many Canon lenses which I really love¬†to consider a switch (not to mention that I spent quite a lot of money on it…). Another thing is that it’s not only dynamic range that makes great camera. It’s also auto focus, color rendition, auto focus, low light capabilities and even ergonomics. I made a decision in the past, I know this system really well, I know how to use it to achieve the results I want. And with Canon 5D Mark IV, I think the move to another system won’t be necessary.

I just got the box today and I plan to do some very serious testing during next few days (mostly during the weekend) so expect first impressions review or test somewhere next week. I also hope to have some sample photos by that time ūüôā

For now I only know that touch screen might be quite amazing feature, making taking photos even more pleasant and quicker.

View from Above

I mentioned it before but I will repeat it once again. Madeira is full of high vantage points offering fantastic views over Atlantic ocean, city of Funchal or various smaller villages. During my travels I often stopped to photograph from those high vantage points and today I would like to share one of such images.

View from above

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