Evening over Astana

Back to Astana in Kazakhstan with another photo from there. This one was taken from a roof of one of the skyscrapers in the city. It was a great view, even if it was right after a thunderstorm, which makes things a bit worse. You may have noticed that sometime, you can focus as much as you want and the shots just are not sharp as you want them to be. This is sometime caused by the weather. If there is too much moisture in the air, you will just get soft photo. And you can’t do anything about it.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop.

Evening Astana, Kazakhstan

Sunny and stormy

I wanted a completely different photo here. What I wanted is to catch the sun right on top of the Bayterek tower, as it looks like a torch anyway. But as I was waling around, trying to find a good spot to take the photo from, the clouds came, and made it a bit impossible. The weather was at the same time really sunny, and a bit stormy :)

Still, I took many photo, including this one from by the nearby fountains. This is a two shot blend, created in Photoshop.

Sunny and stormy, Astana, Kazakhstan

Searching for ones own photos

Sometime I do a revers search on some of my photos. I try not to do it, as it’s really depressing. So many people used them on their websites, and almost no one ever gives me credit as the author of the photo.

Here and there I get contacted by companies that represent photographers in legal actions against sites like these, and while I prefer not to do so, one day it may be too much to ignore. Funny how easy is to include a line of text with my name and link back to the site. Still seems to much to ask for from some :/

Information on licensing and proper use can be found here.

Sphere building in blue

I shared with you already few images of the Expos 2017 sphere building in Astana, and this is another one. I tried to have them in different colors, so here is one in blue.

This is a blend of two exposures, where the second one was used only to remove a flare from the photo.

Sphere building in blue, Astana, Kazakhstan

My phone setup

Another thing I shared on my Twitter some time ago, is my phone setup. I really liked Windows Mobile when I still used it, and now I always try to recreate it on my current phone. iOS and Android just never tried to move the UI design forward at all, and Window Mobile did.

This setup was inspired by this concept. What do you think?
Phone setup

Another rainy reflection

Back to Astana with today’s photo, with another rainy reflection of the Expo 2017 sphere building. It was raining the whole evening when I was there, so all my photos of it have nice wet reflection sin them :)

This is a two shot blend, edited in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Another rainy reflection, Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana city center panorama

Let’s continue with another panorama today. This one was taken from the top of one of the skyscrapers in the city. It was right after a thunderstorm, so that’s why it’s quite cloudy there.

This is a three shot panorama, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop. As you maybe noticed, sometime I use Lightroom and sometime PTGui for my panorama. The reason why I use both is simple. While Lightroom now supports HDR panoramas, it can’t create separate blending planes. It only creates one, already combined HDR photo. Since I like to blend in parts of the original shots, I need the blend planes. And this is what I can get from PTGui. So I use Lightroom only for panoramas, where I don’t use multiple exposures.

Astana city center panorama, Kazakhstan

And here are few details:

Astana city center panorama, Kazakhstan, detail
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