Not really a surprise, but I still haven’t been able to catch up with my normal life. It’s quite funny, that while I was running around with the camera and taking photos at all the parties, I was feeling fine, but right after that, the cold I got before returned immediately. Photography must be a drug :)

So for today, just a look back at one of my older shots from Prague.
Foggy night by the Charles bridge

Aurora HDR

November is really the month of releases. So many great new games (Fallout 4 is so addictive :)) and of course also new software. And one of those is the new HDR program from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR. Right now I started playing around with it, and hopefully I put together a review with my thoughts on it soon.


For now, if you want to get more info on Aurora HDR, check out the official website under www.aurorahdr.com. Please note, Aurora HDR is available only for MacOS.

Classic view in blue

For some reason, I visit this spot everytime I’m in Prague. I just love this view. And from the number of photographers and tourists that are there all the time, I think I’m not the only one :)

This is a HDR from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Classic view in blue

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 28mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 10.0s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 50.08441, 14.41323

I haven’t even notice, while I was taking this panorama, that half of the image is completely dark, while the second is quite bright. It’s actually a little strange, that the street right next to the water is not lit at all. But since you can see from the amount of lights on the Charles bridge, they probably decided not to bother with it.

This is a two tile panorama, each tile from 3 exposures. Panorama combined using PTgui, HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Half lit

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones MkIII Adapter, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 64mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 10s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 50.084393, 14.413288

Continuing with number 3, here we have a photo taken in the center of Prague, Czech Republic.

From the neighboring bridge

Many things are important in photography, but I always think that the most important part of the gear, are good shoes. Thats one thing that has to be 100% reliable all the time, as quite often, one has to focus on the photo, and can’t look onto every step. I personally use shoes LOWA for few years now, and that they are made in Slovakia is just a bonus :) They are not cheap, but always worked great for me. Same in this place. The are I was standing on was a slope, going down into the water. And of course it was made from stones and wet. Not a place for some bad shoes :)

This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Up close

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 5, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 45mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 8s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 50.086510, 14.409398
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