Hotel at the lake

I did mostly panoramas at the Strbske pleso, which I already shared with you, but of course I took also few normal photos. For this one, I focused more on the hotel that is right at the Strbske pleso lake. Again I used a VFFOTO 10stop ND filter, to blur the water. It was windy when I took this one, so there was no reflection, but instead it created this white line, where the water started, which I think works really well here.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Reinstalling everything

Such a fun day today. I decided to reinstall everything on my PC. It was just time to clean it up. I do that at least once a year, and it was almost a year since I did it. And it just takes ages to set up everything. So many programs, plugins, scripts and so on. At least recently I started decoupling everything from the main PC, so everything is either external or in the cloud. Having a fileserver really helps a lot.

I’m actually in a total cleanup mode right now. Organizing everything, backing up what I need, securing stuff and so on. Should have done this ages ago, and now, with over 8 years of photos, this take a long time. But once it’s done, it will be so much better :)

Night at the Danube

I start to notice that I don’t know Bratislava as much as I used to. Everywhere I go there are changes I have not seen before. Not a surprise, with how much time I spend outside of the country. Same here, where they changed all the benches and the walkway around the Danube. Of course it was an opportunity for a new compositions and I took it :)

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

Night at the Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia

When the weather does not work out

cameraSo I just borrowed two extensions tubes. A 2x and a 1.4x. With this, I can change my 70-200mm lens to a 196-560mm lens. I thought I would get some nice moon shots with it, as it was so big recently, and I already planed where to shoot. But of course, the day I got them, the weather changed to overcast and fog. And it’s not better rigt now. So no chance at all to even see something. It’s like on purpose. Some Murphys law :)

Castle zoomed in

But of course I had to at least try the extension tubes. So while I was in the city, I took this panorama, at 560mm. I was standing right next to the Old bridge when I took this, so it was 1.4km away from the castle. 560mm is quite a lot isn’t it.

This is a two shot panorama, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Castle zoomed in, Panorama, Bratislava, Slovakia

Backing up photos

I have been working the last week to get my whole photo library in order. Organizing, renaming, deleting just and so on. I also chosen how I backup everything, so thats also being done. And on the side, I write an article on backing up and how I did everything. So once thats done, you will see it here :)

Autumn at the lake

This is another long exposure panorama, and another shot taken with the VFFoto 10stop ND filter. I have to say, I’m quite pleased with that filter. The color cast is minimal and the sharpness is not affected at all. I have been using it much more recently, and will more :)

This is a two exposure panorama, taken at Strbske Pleso lake in High Tatras in Slovakia. I normally would include more of the mountains in a shot like this, but I thought I try it a bit different for this one, and zoomed in more on the horizon. And I liked it :) Combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Autumn at the lake, Strbske pleso, Slovakia

And here are few details:

Autumn at the lake, Strbske pleso, Slovakia

Ups and downs

Work screenFunny thing about editing photos. Sometime one is not in the mood to do it at all, sometime one can’t stop. And I was in the second mood yesterday, so I was editing until around 3am :) So there are already few new photos ready for the blog, which you will see in the following days. Hope this mood keeps on for the whole 2018 :)

Long exposure sunset over Danube

The sunset yesterday looked nice, but a bit cloudy and windy. So instead of just taking photos, I did a lot of long exposures. Same as yesterday, this is also one, but this one is also a panorama. If you are curious on how hard it is to combine a long exposure panorama, it is as easy as normal photo. You will just have to correct the blend, like in the sky and water here, as the clouds and water move too much in a long exposure for Lightroom to blend them properly. No problems with static parts of the scene of course :)

This photo was taken from the new Old bridge in Bratislava. The bridge gives a really nice view, but as every bridge, it’s not so great for photos. As it’s a tram bridge, it shakes like crazy every time a tram passes by. I had to redo the photos few times, until it was acceptably sharp. But still not as much as I would like to, but you can see that only at 100%.

This is a two shot panorama, taken using a VFFOTO 10 stop ND filter. Combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Long exposure sunset, Bratislava, Slovakia, Danube

And here are few details:

Long exposure sunset, Bratislava, Slovakia, Danube
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