Aqueduct remains

This is a piece of an aqueduct in the park by the Chateau in Lednice. The whole park is such a nice place to take a walk, especially during summer, as it’s filled with lakes and small bridges.

I used only three brackets for this one, and as you can see, it was quite enough. Check out the before/after to see a comparison to the 0EV shot.

Aqueduct remains This is a piece of an aqueduct in the park by the Chateau in Lednice. The whole park is such a nice place to take a walk, especially during summer, as it's filled with lakes and small bridges.I used only three brackets for this one, and as you can see, it was quite enough. Check out the before/after to see a comparison to the 0EV shot.

New Lightbox

Maybe some of you have already notice, but from now, when you click on a photo, you are no longer redirected to smugmug. Now you directly get a lightbox with a bigger version of the photo, and you can use the arrow keys or click on the big photo to go through all the photos on the page. I think that this is much simpler and more convenient way to the old one. I hope you will like it.

Open-Air Museum of folk architecture

I went with a very old photo today, over two years. It’s from the Open-Air Museum of folk architecture in Bardejovske Kupele in eastern Slovakia. There are many of them in Slovakia and also a huge number of wooden churches scattered around the country. I think it would make for a great photo series.

The original photo was horrible, and I tried to pull as much as possible from it. Check out the comparison, to see what I mean.

Open-Air Museum of folk architectureI went with a very old photo today, over two years. It's from the Open-Air Museum of folk architecture in Bardejovske Kupele in eastern Slovakia. There are many of them in Slovakia and also a huge number of wooden churches scattered around the country. I think it would make for a great photo series.

Church of St. Nicolas

As all photographers, I prefer to take my photos around sunset. But sometime, especially during winter months, the sunsets are quite boring. With a clear sky, they look mostly grey. So what I do, is I wait for the blue hour. Even with a clear sky, the blue is really stunning.

This is one of my older photos, still taken with the Canon 450D. You really can see the difference, when you look closely. The 5D mark II with the Canon lens makes much more sharper images.

Church of St. NicolasAs all photographers, I prefer to take my photos around sunset. But sometime, especially during winter months, the sunsets are quite boring. With a clear sky, they look mostly grey. So what I do, is I wait for the blue hour. Even with a clear sky, the blue is really stunning.Check out the comparison to the original photo at my blog https://www.hdrshooter.com

Neo-Romanesque crypt

What a place this is. When I first entered, I thought it was endless. The rows of pillars just repeat into the distance. It’s just stunning. And as I was there quite late (around 7 o’clock) it was completely empty. Just me and my camera. It was also a great place for HDR. If you look at the before/after comparison, you will see that the bottom part was quite dark, with the ceiling brightly lit. A perfect example for when to use HDR.

Neo-Romanesque cryptWhat a place this is. When I first entered, I thought it was endless. The rows of pillars just repeat into the distance. It's just stunning. And as I was there quite late (around 7 o'clock) it was completely empty. Just me and my camera. It was also a great place for HDR. If you look at the before/after comparison, you will see that the bottom part was quite dark, with the ceiling brightly lit. A perfect example to when to use HDR. Before/after comparison on my blog https://www.hdrshooter.com

Before I started with HDR photography, I created a lot of abstract images in Photoshop. This page shows a lot of my works, but so its not just a gallery, I thought I give a little more background on how I learned to work with Photoshop here. I put images in between parts of the text, so this page looks a little more balanced :)

 

How I learned to use Photoshop

I started with Photoshop around 12 years ago (yes, the time passes by so quickly :) ). I’m completely sure if it was the 6th or 7th version of Photoshop, but I know it was before the CS one. I’ve been experimenting with it also before that, but newer take more time to learn more.

But than one year on the University, when I finally had a PC strong enough to run Photoshop properly (how this sounds silly now, doesn’t it) I started using it more and more, getting hang of the tools, techniques and shortcuts.

 
I looked at books about Photoshop at that time, but I found them all to be very boring. Each time after I tried to read one, I quit after few chapters. They just read as a manual and I don’t think that they are that helpful anyway. Even now, when it goes to editing, I prefer shorter eBooks, that deal with a certain subject, or go directly to the video.

But as I started, I found myself a simple way to learn, without it being boring. I started doing shorter Photoshop tutorials, few each day, each time from different categories. Just take a look at these two sources of some great easy tutorials, Deviantart and GoodTutorials. On both sites the tutorials are split into multiple categories, and I found the photo editing and drawing categories of Photoshop tutorials the best. And these are the tow sites I used at that time :)

 
The good things about these tutorials is, that you will have a result quickly enough to keep your attention, and you can try something new each time. Of course over time one needs a better explanation of some techniques/features, that one can’t find in such tutorials, but most things can be just learned by doing.

 
Another thing that helped me in the beginning, is that I started posting my results online quite soon. Of course not the results of the tutorials, but already my own creations. With the abstract art, I posted it to Deviantart, and later with photos to Flickr. Seeing positive (and even negative) reactions from people can motivate one to keep going and improving ones own skills. One just can’t take things personally, and continue with the work.

And not to be discouraged, here is a screenshot of a folder containing all my early attempts with Photoshop. Taken before I created these abstract art images and long time before my photos :)
Photoshop experiments
 

A gallery of my art experiments

And here are few more of the images I created while learning (or better said, after I already learned something :)). There are few more images, which can be found on my already very old Deviantart page http://theodevil.deviantart.com

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