On the frozen lake

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New gear

So finally I upgraded my camera. I got a new Canon 5D mark II and also a Canon 24-70 F2.8 lens and Canon 16-35mm 2.8mm lens. For now I only managed to take few shots, but I really like it. All photos are cleaner and sharper. Really a great camera :)

On the frozen lake

So this is my very first HDR created from a photo taken with my new Canon 5D. I’m really very satisfied. It’s much sharper and cleaner than all my photos from my old 450D. This is photo taken from the middle of the Kuchajda lake. It’s quite cold in Bratislava and the whole lake is frozen over.

HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24-70mm F2.8 lens, from a tripod.

On the frozen lakeSo this is my very first HDR created from a photo taken with my new Canon 5D. I'm really very satisfied. It's much sharper and cleaner than all my photos from my old 450D. This is photo taken from the middle of the Kuchajda lake. It's quite cold in Bratislava and the whole lake is frozen over. HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24-70mm F2.8 lens, from a tripod.

Old photo of the Old Bridge

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Pattern Magazine

I did a little interview for the first issue of the Pattern Magazine. It’s full of great photos from different photographers and it’s free, so there is no reason not to check it out :)

You can find it here online or download a pdf file here.

Old photo of the Old Bridge

One from the time I started taking HDR photos. This photo is already more than two years old. The time really goes by so fast :)

HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, handheld.

Old photo of the Old BridgeOne from the time I started taking HDR photos. This photo is already more than two years old. The time really goes by so fast :)HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, handheld.

Triangle Water

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Triangle Water

I usually shot mostly landscapes and architecture, but it’s nice to have something different from time to time :).

HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 18-200mm lens, from a tripod.

Triangle WaterAs I usually shot mostly landscapes and architecture, but it's nice to have something different from time to time :).HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 18-200mm lens, from a tripod.

Blue hour in Bratislava

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Sun position

The site http://suncalc.net is really a great tool for any photographer. For any time and position, you can check the sunset times, and the suns position. Another great program, if you have an android phone, is SunDroid. I always check it when I choose times, when to go take new photos.

Blue hour in Bratislava

This is not my first photo called blue hour. Maybe I do a series, of photos taken with the bluest sky possible :). I have no idea whats the name of this building, but it has quite an interesting shape, so I had to take a photo :)

HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, from a tripod.

Blue hour in Bratislava This is not my first photo called blue hour. Maybe I do a series, of photos taken with the bluest sky possible :). I have no idea whats the name of this building, but it has quite an interesting shape, so I had to take a photo :) HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, from a tripod.

Passage

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How to get your photos into Flickr Explore

I had a lot of my recent photos in Flickr Explore selection, and I got questions how I got them there. It really hard to answer, as Flickr tells you nothing about how they choose the photos. It’s mostly quite a surprise when a photo gets there. But here are a few tips, which when I started following, I got more photos into explore.

  • Take good photos. The more views, comments and faves you get, the sooner you get explored. Also if the photo looks interesting as a small thumbnail, the more hits you get.
  • Share links to your photos on other sites, as Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon and similar.
  • Forget about Flickr groups. There is a penalty for adding your photo to a group. I never had a single explored photo, while I added them to a group.
  • Add a single photo a day. Only one of you photos can be explored and you are maximizing you chance by adding only one.
  • Add your photo in the morning. I usually do that at 10AM my local time (central Europe) which is sometime very early morning in US.
  • Tag your photos with relevant tags. This will maximize you change getting views from searches.
  • Geo-tag your photos. Again, this will help you get views.
  • Be active on Flickr. Don’t hesitate to comment and fave other people photos. I already have few thousand favorites.
  • Add a description to your photo. No description will make you look lazy, too much description and nobody will read it. Few lines is enough. The more interesting description, the more comments you will get.

This may help you, but may not. It will just make your changes greater. What helps the most is having a lot of Flickr contacts, as your photo will show up to them when they visit Flickr.

You can also check if your photos got explored here http://bighugelabs.com/scout.php or here http://lab.bernatcasero.com/?lang=en

Best luck to you all on getting your photos explored :)

Passage

Always when I see arches, I center my photos. I really like the symmetry in such shots :) Another thing what I did here is double tonemapping. It brought out really a lot of detail in the walls. I took this photo last week, while taking a little photo walk in Bratislava Old town.

HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, from a tripod.

PassageAlways when I see arches, I center my photos. I really like the symmetry in such shots :) Another thing what I did here is double tonemapping. It brought out really a lot of detail in the walls. I took this photo last week, while taking a little photo walk in Bratislava Old town.HDR from three shots, taken with Canon 450D with Sigma 10-20mm lens, from a tripod.