Using Magic Lantern

Magic lantern can make taking photos so much easier. Not only when you are shooting HDR, but also for long exposures and when you need to use the intervalometer. So great to have it directly in the camera, and have no need for a special remote. It even removes the 30s limit, when you are bracketing. These really should be made standard on all cameras :). You can see more about Magic Lantern in my review of it.

The moving sky

Finally yesterday, after weeks, we had a clear sky in Bratislava. So I, with a fellow photographer Pedro Kin, went out to try and grab some star trail photos. Not even the -10 degrees stooped us. It’s funny that two hours of shooting just got me 2 finished photos to use. This is btw. my very first star trail photo I did, and I’m actually quite pleased on how it turned out :)

This photo is created from 46 exposures, each one 30s long at F2.8 and Iso 800, blended all in Photoshop. I used the Magic Lantern intervalometer function to take all the exposures. The trees in the foreground were lightened in one exposure, as we had to move the car.
The moving sky

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POV kit review

I added reviews for almost all the gear from Peak Design I have, and few days ago I added the last one. This time its a review of the POV kit, an addition to the Capture clip. Find out more about it in the review.

More Power Xtreme

As I mentioned yesterday, I really need some new photos. So for today, I again looked back into my photo library, and chosen to edit a photo from late 2011. It’s hard to think that it is already more than two years ago :) But still, even two years later, this is one of my favorite rides. I love how it gives the feeling of weightlessness for a moment. To bad I haven’t been on one for such a long time. Who knows, maybe this year :)

This is a manual blend from 4 exposures. I used parts from two different bracket series, as I took two with the same settings.
More Power Xtreme

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Some time ago I mentioned tablet/phone app’s that I use to determine the sun position. And today I noticed that The Photographer’s Ephemeris also has a desktop version, and it’s totally free. So if you are looking for a way to determine the sun/moon position, you can give it a try. It can be downloaded on the The Photographer’s Ephemeris page.

Under the green light

I so need to plan another photo trip. And really soon. I’m running out of photos that I could edit. Of course I still have a lot of photos I haven’t posted, but not many of them I want to post. They are just not good enough. And then there are some that are great, but are similar to photo I already posted. So I also don’t want to post those :)

So wish me better weather than it is now, or a really long trip soon :) For today another older photo of the Old bridge in Bratislava. This is a HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine and finished in Photoshop.
Under the green light

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Hoya ND400 filter – review

For those interested in a neutral density filter, I have put together a short review of the one I use, the Hoya ND400 9-stop ND filter. You can find the review here, or you can find all my reviews on the Reviews page.

Winter’s day in Bojnice

Where is the snow? That I was in Bojnice in December, was just a coincidence, as we stopped there on the way back to Bratislava. But if there was snow, this could look so as from a fairy tale. Like in Frozen :)

Still this photo is a little less colorful than my other photos, but every time I added more saturation, it felt fake. I try to give a photo a look of what I have seen, and it just didn’t feel right. This is a manual blend in Photoshop from 5 exposures, using luminance and painted masks.
Winter's day in Bojnice

How to use Magic Lantern

While on the video topic, I also did a second video, specially about Magic lantern. It’s all about how I use it, and how I set it up.

For those unfamiliar, Magic lantern is a custom firmware for specific Canon cameras that give additional features. For me of course the most important is, that it allows for more than 3 brackets. You can find out more in my review of it.

10k and 100k

Recently I have been more active on my 500px account and today I reached my first milestone there. Or better said two of them. Today I got 10 000 affection (thats a metric that combines all likes and favorites there) and secondly I reached my first 100 000 views there. Many thanks to all of you who visit and vote for my photos there :)
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Soft color of the cold evening

Not really sure why I left a little softer colors in this one. I even left a little yellow color cast here. Maybe because while I was editing I was listening to great music (Beatles, Queen, Abba, New order and similar :)) that I got in a particular mood. Still, I like the result very much, and I hope you will too.

This is of course the Apollo bridge in Bratislava, and one of my favorite spots there. This is a HDR from 5 exposures created in Oloneo Photoengine and then blended with two of the original exposures in Photoshop.
Soft color of the cold evening

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