White night lights

Since today is the so called White night in Bratislava (night with many light installations around the city) I thought I share a photo I took few hours ago. And since there are so many people in the city today, I chosen one of my favorite places to take a photo from, where I could be alone and undisturbed :)

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from 5 exposures, combined in PTgui and Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Destination France

And I’m off to another work trip, this time to Paris and few other cities in France. This one will be a busy year. So as before, there will be probably no updates for the next week. Or, if the weather works out, and I have time, there will be some new from France. Let’s see :)

The landmarks across Danube in Bratislava

For today’s photo, here is a quick one from the center of Bratislava. I really like this view of the city, as it shows the two most dominant landmarks of Bratislava. And right now, if I tried this shot again, the sun would be setting right in the middle of these two. To bad I have to leave, but I really have to try and get the shot when I get back :)

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

The landmarks across Danube in Bratislava

Trey Ratcliff’s European Photo Walk

Today Trey Ratcliff, from stuckincustoms.com announced his plans to host multiple photo walks across Europe. And as one of them is really close, in Vienna, I will probably attend. It of course depends if I’m at home at that time, but right now it looks that I will. Could be fun to meet up with other photographers from all over. So if any of you are joining, you may see me there :)

Hidden rock under the SNP bridge

I feel like I have not posted a photo from Bratislava in a while, so here is one :) This is a view from under the SNP bridge. You can get here quite easily, as there are stairs going down close by. But it’s only possible when the level of Danube is quite low. And also this rock in the middle, is only visible when the water is really low.

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

Hidden rock under the SNP bridge

About this site

Here and there I get questions what I used to make this blog, and what plug-ins I use, so here is a list for those curious :)

And thats almost all I use, there are few smaller one time things here and there, but nothing of much interest :)

Danube at the Apollo bridge

I prefer a more subtle animation in my plotagraphs. Not everything has to move. So also for this shot, I only animated the water, giving a bit of scattering to the reflection. And for those unfamiliar, this is the Apollo bridge in Bratislava, during a very nice soft sunset.

(if you are on a mobile or use and old web browser, you may only see a static image)

Exposure bracketing on the Canon 5D mark IV

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been playing around with the Canon 5D mark IV. Before I got it, I was interested in it’s bracketing capabilities, and since I did not find much about that, today I will show you in this little video, how the bracketing works on it. Few more additional points to this:

  • You can do 2, 3, 5 or 7 brackets
  • The difference can be from 1/3 to 3 EV
  • The biggest range you can get is -9 to +9 EV
  • The timer takes all shots for you automaticali
  • The 30 second limit for the brightest shot is still there :/
  • The build in bulb timer can make longer shots than 30s
  • You can choose the order the photos are taken in

Overall it works really well and I’m quite pleased with it.

The Danube view

I like to include foreground elements in my photos, but it not really possible all the time. But it worked out for this shot. I took this one from one of the pontoons by the Danube river, quite a long time ago. This is from one of the spots I recomment in my Top Photography spots in Bratislava list.

I took this shot with a normal wide angle lens, so I had to correct quite a strong perspective distortion. And as the castle ended at the most top corner of the shot after the correction, I ended up also compressing the river a bit, to move the castle and its reflection closer down. Maybe I do a post about that sometime :)

This is a blend of three exposures, one for a base, one to darken the highlights of the castle and one to brighten the foreground. Edited in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop.

The Danube view in Bratislava, Slovakia
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