Adding hashtags on Instagram

What are you using to add hashtags when posting to Instagram? Recently I have been using the app Leetags It’s an app on Android (there is also an iOS version) that can create the hastags for you in seconds.

You just put in few words that describe your photo, and Leetags will find for you the most popular hashtags on Instagram that relate to the ones you provided. Just don’t forget there is a limit of 30 per photo :)

Of course there are other apps that do the same, but this one works quite well for me.

Sunset in Manarola

While taking photos in Manarola in Cinque Terre in Italy, I wanted a nice sunset behind the city. But I was there not during the right time of the year, so the sun was behind me. Still, it can sometimes work out, because when the sky lights up with colors, it does not matter which way you look. But not this time. Still, the sunset was quite nice, so I took few shot into the sun. even without the city it looked great :). You can see the view towards the city here.

This is a two shot panorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sunset in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Missing comments

Here and there I randomly browse the blog, just to see if all is OK. And while doing that yesterday I noticed that on some pages the comments were not available. And of course that were the most popular pages on the whole blog. It took me a bit of searching for where the problem is, but now it all should be working again, and comments are available :)

Btw. if you are curious which are the most popular pages on the blog, there are Top photography spots in Amsterdam, Top photography spots in Dubai and followed closely by Top photography spots in Prague :).

Down to the rocks in Vernazza

I posted already two photos from Vernazza, but this third one is a bit different. For this one I did not include the town in the shot at all, and focused instead on the rocks formation at the shore in the port in front of the city.

I decided to do long exposures that day, as it was very sunny and not really that great for normal landscapes. This is of course after the forecast for the whole week I was there was rain and thunderstorms :)

For this shot I used the 12mm lens, to get as much of the foreground I could get. Then I used the NISI filter holder on it with the polarizing filter and a Formatt-Hittech 10 stop ND filter to get the long exposure. The polarizer was not used because of the sky, but to get rid of the reflection on the water. You can’t really polarize sky on a 12mm lens, as it would result in a very uneven colors.

This is a two exposure blend of a 15 second exposure as a base and a 30 second exposure to brighten few shadow areas. Edited in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Down to the rocks in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Golden hour in Manarola

Let’s continue with another photo from Cinque Terre area in Italy. This one is for a change from a second town there, the town of Manarola. If you seen a photo from there, you probably seen a view like this before. It’s quite popular spot with photographers, and even the evening I was there, there were at least 10 other ones there.

To get a bit different shot, for this one I decided to go wide and with a vertorama. The clouds were great, even with the sunset behind me. Actually that day I had the best sunset there, and of course it was the day I was not shooting into it. What can you do :).

This photo I took during the golden hour, when the sunlight hit the town and make it look nice and golden. This is a two shot vertorama taken using the 17m TSE lens, combined in Lightroom, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Golden hour in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernazza after sunset

This photo is exactly from the same spot I took the one posted previuosly. Just this one was taken the day before in the evening. The sunset was not the best, but the blue hour was quite nice. Blue hour usually saves the day if you get nothing for sunset anyway :)

This is a single exposure, mostly edited in Lightroom, with a bit of tweaking in Photoshop.

Vernazza after sunset, Italy, Cinque Terre

Sponsored posts

I have been getting emails with offer and questions of people, who would like to contribute to this blog or would like me to do a sponsored post here. So before I get more, I think I should clear my stance on those.

This is a one person blog. That means, I am the only author of all photos and articles here. And to keep things consistent, I plan to keep it like that (at least for now).

This also means that I will not share any post created by any other person or company here. On the other hand, if you are a company that offers a photography related product and you would like an article/review about it, feel free to reach out. If I find it interesting or useful, I’m opened to do one.

That’s all about this topic, off to another photo here :)

A sunny day in Vernazza

Behind the camera in Vernazza, ItalyI spend the last week in the Cinque Terre area in Italy. I visited all the five little towns there, and I even got some nice photos. The area is just wonderful, with so many great views. But if you don’t like hills and crazy amounts of steps, I would not go there :)

Here is the first one, taken in Vernazza. As you can clearly see, the forecast for the day, rain and thunderstorms, was perfectly correct :). It was equally correct for every other day I spend there.

For this shot, I took 4 shots vertically, to make a panorama. I also used the Nisi polarizing filter, not that much to get more color in the sky, but to get rid of the glare from the water. It worked quite nicely. This photo was combined in PTgui and finished in PHotoshop.

A sunny day in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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