10 June 2016

Light and Shadow

Posted in: Tatra|

Today I’d like to share quite an old image that I processed just a few weeks ago. Well, probably in this case processing is a bit too big word as all edits were fairly simple – I just moved a few sliders to create better contrast and increased saturation just slightly.

Anyway this photo was taken in Tatra mountains and I really like light and shadow play in this image.

Light and Shadow


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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6 October 2015

Ducks on the Lake

Posted in: hdr, landscape, reflection, Tatra|

Featured photo – Ducks on the Lake

Today I decided to share HDR photo I took 2 years ago in Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. It shows ducks swimming in the lake. Nice light, reflection and movement created by ducks swimming around makes this a really nice image to look at (at least that’s my opinion 🙂 ). I hope you like it as much as I do.

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

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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:


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

Posted in: hdr, landscape, mountains, Tatra|

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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4 August 2015

Light versus Darkness

Posted in: black and white, landscape, Tatra|

Featured photo – Light versus Darkness

I loved that mountain scene when I photographed it. Dark hills in front, bright sky and some amazing although subtle god rays. It was all very dramatic! Unfortunately I completely forgot about this image and it was lying on my drive waiting for its chance for almost 2 years. Yesterday I re-discovered it while going through catalog of my undedited photos and finally managed to post-process it. I think that black & white conversion works really well in this case, making the image much more dramatic and stronger. I hope you like it too!

BTW this image looks much better when viewed on dark background so I recommend you click on it to display it on black and in larger size.

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3 August 2015

Increasing clarity of night skies with Dehaze slider in Lightroom

Posted in: landscape, lightroom, Tatra|

Another short tip today, this time for Lightroom (or at least ACR) users.

As you might know, in one of the recent software updates, Adobe added new slider to Lightroom 6/CC – Dehaze. It’s main purpose is to restore some contrast and colour in foggy or hazy shots. I used it for a few of my shots already and I must say that I’m quite impressed. It really works as advertised and can be a life saver in cases where you can’t revisit a location and have to shoot in very poor weather conditions. However, it turns out it has one more great use – bringing back detail and clarity to starry skies.

You can see this slider in action below on one of my night photos from Zakopane in Polish Tatra Mountains. “Before” image is before applying Dehaze, and “After” – after moving it to +64. Other settings are exactly the same.

In this case Dehaze restored a lot of detail in the sky, which was quite hazy on that night, and generally made the sky much more clear and natural looking. Some stars which were faint became much more visible after applying it.