Looking down in Astana

Let’s get back to updating. For today, another photo from Astana. This one was taken from the top of one of the skyscrapers in the city. I wanted to catch as much as I could of the view, so I went with the 12mm lens here.

And you may notice a really strong perspective distortion, but this time it’s on purpose. The perspective distortion here gives a bit of a feeling of vertigo and better represents how high it was taken from.

This is a two shots blend, done in Photoshop.

Looking down in Astana, Kazakhstan

Rainy reflection

I’m off for a few days, so there will be no updates until next week here. But until than, here is another rainy shot from Astana in Kazakhstan. And yeah, the week I was there I was really lucky for rain. But I got the reflection, which is great :)

This is a two exposures blend, done in Photoshop. Of course this is the Expo 2017 sphere building there :)

Rainy reflection, Astana, Kazakhstan

Presidential Palace in Astana

Let’s go back to Astana in Kazakhstan with today’s photo. This is the Presidential Palace right in the center. I really wanted to take more photos of it, but I was asked by a policeman not to do so. What can you do. Still I got this one :)

As you can see, this is another one taken after a strong rain, where I got this really nice reflection by standing right next to a puddle. I do like to take photos like this :)

This is 3 shots blended together in Photoshop, mostly due to quite bright lights lighting up the palace.

Presidential Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan

Framed by the lights

I really like to frame interesting building with something from the surrounding. And lights can sometimes be a great framing subject. But they are not an easy one. If you get your lights in the shot, you can expect a lot of flares. And that’s what I got here.

But if you seen my guide on how to remove lens flares, you probably already know what I did here. I first took a normal photo of the scene. Then since I got flares in the shot, I took another photo, with my hand in front of the left lamp. And then I took another shot with my hand in front of the right lamp. Like this, I had a clean photo of every area I needed and I could blend them all together in Photoshop. Look into my guide to see more on how it’s done.

This is of course the EXPO 2017 sphere building in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Framed by the lights

Colorful light tunnel

I have absolutely no idea why this colorful light tunnel was in the middle of a small square in Astana, and also no idea why it was on at 5 in the morning. But it was there and it was on when I walked by, so of course I took a photo :)

To tell the truth, I’m not completely happy with the composition. I wanted to have the statue in the background perfectly centered in the middle of the tunnel. I tried multiple positions, moving from side to side, but I could not find a spot from where it would be in center, while still seeing the whole tunnel. One can’t have everything.

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

Colorful light tunnel
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