Best nine

Those of you that use Instagram probably seen many Best nine posts over the last weeks. The best nine is a list of the most liked photos on Instagram from a given year. I don’t tent to post them there, but I usually post them here, together with the ones from the previous year. So hear you can see my most liked photos on Instagram from 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Best nine 2016
Best nine 2017
Best nine 2018

More New Years Fireworks

I think that nobody is surprised that I’m sharing another fireworks photos. And I will share few more in the coming days. Everybody in Bratislava was very lucky with the weather during the New year. Clear sky with only a bit of wind. Total opposite from the 1st January. It rained and was really windy. We were really lucky.

This photo is actually a composite of 5 photos that were taken in a series. Each one had one nice fireworks explosion, but I did not like any of them particularly. So in the end, I used one photo for the bottom scenery with one of the explosions and three more with the other explosions, blended in. Then I did not like that the photo was too narrow, so I found another photo that was taken a bit wider and I matched a part of the scenery to make the photo wider. It’s hard to see where, so I could maybe left it just black, but I would know, so I had to fix it.

Took a while to put this together. This is actually first time I’m posting a composite photo of fireworks. But I quite like the result so here it is :)

More New Years Fireworks

Light deer

I went out today to check out if they have the same light deer at the Eurovea Shopping center in Bratislava this year. And yes, it was there. Though I think, when I compare it to my older photo of it, that it’s missing some light this year. Looked better before. Actually I was surprised just how many people were in the city. The time between Christmas and New Year is usually very calm in the city, as a lot of people are just not here. Not this time obviously.

It’s quite warm in Bratislava this week, so I already fear another foggy New Year. Last year one could barely see the fireworks, and hopefully that will not repeat again.

This is a HDR from 5 exposures created in Oloneo Photoengine, then blended with two of the original exposures in Photoshop.

Light deer, Bratislava, Slovakia

Fast moving clouds over Kuchajda

Kuchajda lake in Bratislava is really perfect for reflection. It’s almost always perfectly calm. That if if you are lucky and there are no ducks or swans swimming around in front of your camera. Still, you will probably get a reflection if you go there.

It’s even better if there are fast moving clouds moving across the sky combined with the sunset right in front of you. Usually makes for some nice colors.

This is a single exposure, double processed in Lightroom and then blended in Photoshop.

Fast moving clouds over Kuchajda, Bratislava, Slovakia

Autumn view from the park

Let’s do another Autumn view photo today. I took this one few weeks ago in the Janko Kráľ City Park here in Bratislava. I wanted to frame the castle under the branches of the trees, but I could not find a spot from which I got a nice frame. So instead, I tried it differently. Having the tree in the middle splits the photo into two parts, each one having a bright object in it, and ti creates a nice contrast. Hope you like it too :)

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

Autumn view from the park. Bratislava, Slovakia

Light projection on the Bratislava castle

So the photos from yesterday did not work out as much as I hoped to. I did not notice how much the flood lights created flares. I only saw them when I brightened the photos. Looks like will have to try the tower again, but will maybe wait for some snow first. But I did get a nice photo so that’s what I’m sharing today.

I wanted this as a panorama with the full fortification visible. But as right around the right bottom corner here is the flood light, that did not worked out that well. So I focused more on the castle, as there was this light projection on it. I had no idea they are doing this, but it was nice change for the photo :)

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

Light projection on the Bratislava castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
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