Masuria

29 May 2015

Gradient in the Sky

Posted in: hdr, landscape, long-exposure, Masuria, reflection|

Featured photo – Gradient in the Sky

This HDR image was taken almost 2 years ago but I managed to post-process it just today. I really like gradation of colours in this image – from warm orange tones in the left to cooler blue and magenta in the right. Also reflection is quite nice.

If you would like to learn more about HDR photography and how to create the image like that, read my free HDR tutorial.

Gradient in the Sky
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22 September 2014

Colourful sunset

Posted in: hdr, lake, landscape, Masuria, reflection|

7000 downloads of HDR tutorial eBook

Despite the fact my free HDR tutorial eBook was released almost a year ago, it’s still doing pretty well. It has just reached 7000 downloads! And the numbers are still growing so in a few months it should finally reach 10k downloads 🙂
If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it here.

Daily photo – Colourful sunset

Today I would like to share HDR landscape photo taken last year in Masuria, Poland.

Colourful sunset


Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure time: 2.0 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.5 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND8 neutral density filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
9 September 2014

Colours of autumn

Posted in: macro, Masuria|

Daily photo – Colours of autumn

Time for another autumn shot – is there anything more typical for autumn than a colourful leaf and a mushroom?

Colours of autumn

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 100 f/2.8 L IS USM Macro (read my review here)
Focal length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 1/30 s
ISO: 500
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: n/a
Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
8 July 2014

Frozen lake

Posted in: hdr, landscape, Masuria|

Daily photo – Frozen lake

It’s extremely hot in Poland in last few days so when earlier today I came across this photo from winter it made me feel a little better and so I decided to share it.

Even though this HDR image isn’t extremely interesting (I hoped to capture sunrise but there wasn’t one unfortunately), what I like about it is the blue colour of ice as well as various detail and textures in foreground.

Frozen lake


Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure time: 2.5 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 200
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.5
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
6 May 2014

Forest path

Posted in: hdr, landscape, Masuria|

Daily photo – Forest path

Today photo is pretty old (4 years now!) high dynamic range image taken in forest in Masuria region, Poland. I used the road to lead the eye through the image towards brighter area in the background. I also quite like light & shadows play on this path.

Forest path

There won’t be EXIF info today as it’s pretty old photo and I don’t have access to its metadata anymore (I removed it from photo a long time ago).

23 January 2014

500px vs the rest – small update

Posted in: landscape, Masuria|

500px just got better

New profile page on 500px
In the last few months I did a few comparisons of popular web sites from photographer’s and photography blogger perspective. The comparison included such websites as 500px, Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Pinterest was also mentioned.
You can read first part of the comparison here and the second one: here.
I mentioned in these posts that I really liked 500px, especially for image quality. And it’s still true because photos you can find there are truly amazing. What I didn’t like at the time of writing was that it was very difficult to get more than just a few hundred of views and recently it even got worse with 100 – 200 views per photo on average. In fact this made me decide to temporarily stop uploading photos there.
However, I have to do 500px justice. Apparently they listened to feedback community gave them and changed their algorithms once again recently. I’m still testing it but so far it looks very promising. For the last few photos I uploaded there I already received 1500+ views what’s very good.
But the list of changes is longer than updating internal algorithms. They greatly improved profile page design (it now looks ultra-modern and is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen), you can see example in the image on the right, and improved Store functionality – although I still find it quite simple.
Unfortunately you still cannot comment directly from the Flow page what results in a small and somewhat funny looking issue – your photos might have a few thousand of views and a few hundreds of likes/faves but just a few comments. +500px please do allow commenting directly from the Flow page.
BTW you can visit my 500px account here.

Daily photo – Foggy Day

Once you start taking HDR photos it might quickly become an obsession. I remember that after I got started with high dynamic range photography, I was capturing bracketed exposures even if situation didn’t require this because dynamic range of the scene was very low. And there are scenes like that. Really. One of them are foggy conditions as in the image below:
Watchtower in the fog

In such circumstances a single exposure was enough to capture whole dynamic range and to show the mood of the scene.

In case of this photo I used S-Curve composition to make this shot a bit more interesting (as I needed to make it more interesting as the conditions were quite boring). If you don’t know what am I talking about – look at the shape of the road. It looks like an S-letter, doesn’t it? Hence the name – S-Curve. S-curve is one of the most appealing shapes, that greatly attracts our attention. So if you can find one in the scene you’re shooting – make sure to make full use of it.

Finally some EXIF info:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Focal length: 70 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 1/640 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: n/a
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC
29 December 2013

The Best Photos of 2013

Posted in: crete, hdr, lake, landscape, madrid, Masuria, mountains, Tatra, warsaw|

Last year I did a short summary of year 2012 by picking my 5 top photos from that year (you can view this summary here).

Picking 5 photos by that time was quite easy as in 2012 I didn’t take that many good photos (I was still beginner – I sort of still am). In 2013 I travelled much more – I visited Tatra mountains twice (in winter and autumn), Montpellier in France, Madrid in Spain, Crete and Santorini islands in Greece. I took several photos in Warsaw where I live as well. Apart from that my skills as a photographer and post-processor (is there such a word?) became much higher and so I ended up with more than 400 photos that had 5/5 stars rating in my private Lightroom catalogue. All of them from 2013! I love so many of these shots – choosing only 5 of them would be very difficult if not impossible. And not fair 😉

So I picked a few more… Below you will find a collection of 18 photos from various places in arbitrary order. Click on any of these photos to view them in large.

Neoromanesque crypt in Madrid, Spain. I loved textures and details in this place.
Royal Palace in Madrid. It was really blue Blue Hour creating fantastic colours.
Another photo of Royal Palace in Madrid and one of my most popular photos from 2013, probably due to warm light and reflection in a puddle. BTW to get this reflection I actually put my camera inside the puddle – don’t try it at home as cameras usually don’t like water!
Another one from Madrid – this one taken during blue hour by Debod Temple – ruins of temple transported from Egypt.
Colourful forest in Masuria, Poland processed using my painterly approach.
Warsaw, my home town, during blue hour as viewed from high vantage point. Construction of this high building is over (so there are no more cranes) so I will have to retake this photo soon.
Winter sunrise over Tatra mountains with fog lurking in the valley.
Tatra mountains again – this time during very painterly sunset.
One of the most unique photos I took in 2013 – night over the Giewont mountain.
Welcome to Mordor – image that looked like Mordor to me. Just a little more beautiful.
Mountain huts in Tatra mountains.
Autumn in Polish Tatra mountains. Very painterly scene.
View from Kasprowy Wierch over Dolina Stawow Gasienicowych in Tatra mountains.
Soft sunset light over the grass and tress on Crete island.
Colourful sunrise by the lake in Poland.
Blue hour in Warsaw as seen from Swietokrzyski Bridge.
Beautiful sunset in Masuria, Poland.
Another unique photo from me. Overexposed Moon started to look like sun what together with stars from Milky Way gave rather surreal effect.

23 December 2013

Late sunset

Posted in: hdr, lake, landscape, long-exposure, Masuria, reflection|

Late sunset photo
Click on the photo to view it in large size on black background.

It was a really beautiful sunset by the lake and when it started to turn into blue hour, the colours became even more amazing – with all shades of blues, purples, oranges and reds.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 11 mm
Aperture: f/22
Exposure time: 1.3 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity