Skylum deal

If you were looking to get Luminar 3 or Aurora HDR, maybe today is the day to do so. Right no until the 18th, Skylum is offering a 20USD off deal. You can get Luminar for 49USD instead of 69USD and a Luminar + Aurora bundle for 119USD instead of 168USD. Head over to the Skylum website for more info here.

Manes Bridge in Prague

Let’s continue with another big panorama today. This one is of the Manes Bridge in Prague, during quite a nice blue hour. It has been a while since I was in Prague so it’s really time again to go back there this year. Maybe once it’s warm again :)

This is a two shot panorama, each shot from three exposures. Blended and combined in Photoshop. You may have noticed by my latest photos, that I have been using only Photoshop. It’s start of the year and as usually I like to evolve my editing skills. And my goal is to have better, cleaner results with less work. That’s why I’m trying to limit the edits on the photos.

Manes Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

And here are few details:

Manes Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Composites

I don’t really like to do composites when I do photos. I edit a lot of things, but usually don’t use parts of other photos (not taken at the same location around the same time) to enhance the one I’m editing. That does not mean I never do it, but I like to specify in the description that it’s a composite. I just don’t like to give a fake impression, that somebody else can go to the place and get a photo like that directly.

So even today, as I will share with you a composite version of today’s photo, please know that it’s a composite and there was no time when I took these fireworks over Prague.

The whole length of the Charles Bridge

I took this panorama quite a while ago. But as with many other photos I never edited it until now. My photo library is huge and I like to randomly look through it and select older photos to edit. Of course this I do mostly when I don’t have that many new photos to edit. Also, since ones editing skills tend to improve over time, I think I can now edit photo I would not dare to do few years ago.

So this photo is a 2 tile panorama, each tile from 6 exposures. I did so many exposures, as some of the lights around the Prague castle are really bright. In the end I used every single on in the final editing. I combined the shots together in PTgui and then blended them in Photoshop.

The whole length of the Charles Bridge

And here are few details:

The whole length of the Charles Bridge

And as I mentioned, here is a composite image based on this Prague panorama. I did extent the top and bottom parts a lot, and then blended in 4 different fireworks photos. It does create quite a different photo, doesn’t it?

The whole length of the Charles Bridge

Night view of Prague

Back to another photo from my archives. This one I took in 2013 in Prague. I went to the top of the Petrin tower. Normally, no tripods are allowed there, but there were so few people, that I managed to convince them to let me use mine. And I took many photos :)

So today I edited a panorama I took that day. I have to say, I can see the difference between editing photos from the 5D mark II and mark IV. Was really harder to get what I wanted from the mark II. The difference is really noticeable.

This is a two shot panorama, each shot from 3 exposures. I used the merge to HDR panorama feature in Lightroom and then finished the photo in Photoshop.

Night view of Prague, Czech republic

And here are few details:

Night view of Prague

Photo puzzle

Funny thing about selling photos also in photo banks, is that you sometime just stumble over a photo you took, somewhere you would not expect it. And that happened to me two days ago. Actually a follower on Instagram messaged me that he saw my photo in an online shop on a product. And it was a puzzle from Ravensburger.

It is quite a great feeling, when I remember that I used to buy quite a few puzzles from them, and now they sell one created from my photo :) And I’m not even surprised in the photo they chosen, as it’s regularly one of my more popular shots.

For those who would like one, just search for Ravensurger 197385. And for those curious to see the original photo, it can be found here.

Prague center during a calm morning

And since already on the Prague topic. This photo was taken the same week I did the Charles bridge one. It was taken in 2012. Hard to think that I have been updating this blog for so long now. Not even 2012 was the beginning :)

This is a single exposure taken in the Prague center, edited in Lightroom and Photoshp.

Prague center during a calm morning

The endless dirt road

It’s quite strange to take photos with a 12mm lens. Everything is immediately so far away. It just does not work for all type of photos. Even with landscapes. But there are photos it works wonderfully with. And this is one of those. You point the lens a bit to the ground, and it will add so much depth to the photo. The fields and the road just wonderfully stretch to infinity. You just have to remove your fee and the tripod from the final shot, as you will see them for sure :)

This is a single exposure, edited mostly in Lightroom, cleaned up in Photoshpo.

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