Back from Linz

And I’m back. This one was very busy work week. Sorry for not updating, but I just had no time and energy to do so. But will do now again, for at least until the next trip (which is in a week :)).

Golden sky at the Eiffel tower

Golden sky at the Eiffel tower, before, afterThe photo for today, is one from my archives, taken during one of my visits to Paris. I edited it only few days ago. I think I tried it once before, but I did not like the result. But as the skill advance, so one can get more from photos, one would once find unusable :)

So if you are curious, I’m again including a before/after comparison of this photo. You can see as it was right from the camera, and how it compares to my editing result.

For this photo, I used a single exposure, edited in Photoshop.

Golden sky at the Eiffel tower, Paris, France

Learning new things

Beginning of the year is always the time, when I find the need to improve my editing skills. So as every year I go through video tutorials from my favorite photographers and then try to implement what I learned. To tell the truth, I often don’t see much new what I haven’t seen before (I been doing this for a while now :)). Still, it’s great for some inspiration.

And if you need some, here is a list of tutorials that I would suggest.

Quickly approaching rain over Paris

For today, I edited a photo I took already few years ago. This one is from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris. That day, right as the sun went down, it started raining. The rain movied towards us from the direction of the sunset. It really made for a very spectacular view. Good that the 5D mark II I used at that time is a weather-sealed camera. I could just take photos without the need to hide from the rain.

For this photo, I took 10 exposures. 5 normal and 5 with my hand in front of the sun. I needed the second set to get rid of the lens flares (you can learn on how to remove lens flares here). In the end I used I exposure for the base, one for the sky, and two from the ones where my hand shaded the sun.

And if you are curious, I’m including a before after shot to the side. You can see how the 0EV exposure looked like and how the final shot turned out after about 30 layers of tweaks in Photoshop :)

Quickly approaching rain over Paris, France

What are you playing?

Do you know I used to be a game designer? Maybe those who read the About page noticed :) I don’t do it much anymore, but I of course love to play games. You can actually find me on Xbox Live as HDRshooter and on Playstation networks as miroslavpe. Not that I have so much time to play when traveling, so its probably great that mostly the best games come out in November. Recently I was looking at the Nintendo Switch, if its something worthwhile, but I think I will stay with the PSVita. It’s just and overpriced tablet with no games. The Zelda looks fine, but not really worth to buy a console for a single game. And I just got the Nier: Automata, so have enough to play for a while.

What are you playing?

A hot evening in Lyon

I took today’s photo last August in Lyon, France. I just hope this year it’s a bit colder. It just was so crazy hot there, with very little wind. And those nice clouds you see here, were only in the evening, no such luck during the day :)

A hot evening in Lyon, France

Instagram

Recently I shared quite few animated photos here, but I shared even more on Instagram. You can head over to my account and check them out.

Close to the water in Lyon

When it comes to reflection, I like to get as close I can to the reflective surface. It just makes for a more interesting view. Same here, in Lyon, where I got completely close to the surface of water, to get this shots.

This is a blend of two exposures, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Fist shoot with the 5D mark IV

I wanted to share with you today, a photo I took already with the 5D mark IV. But as I only got home and I’m crazy tired, will move that for tomorrow.

Here is just a quick behind the camera shot I took this evening. It was from the top of the Leopoldsberg behind Vienna. I actually was lucky with the weather. When we arrived it was raining, but right around the start of the blue hour, the sky started clearing and the fog dissipated, so I managed to take few, I think nice, photos. It was just a pleasure to work with the 5D mark IV.

Night under the Eiffel tower

For todays daily photo, I selected this vertorama, taken early last year under the Eiffel tower. As you can see, even with how much you can get with a tilt-shift lens, it’s not enough to capture such a tall structure from such up close. But I actually don’t mind this bit of distortion, as I think it works nicely with this composition and the blurred cars creating a balance from the side.

This is a two shot vertorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. The biggest problem in this shot were the lens flares. As there is no lens hood for the tilt shift lens, and its a bulb, it catches so many of them. But with a bit of editing, one can clean them out :)

Night under the Eiffel tower, Paris, France
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