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Sunny day in Bern

I spend only one day in Bern a few years back, and the whole day was crazy sunny. That’s not really my preferred time to take photos. My eyes are a bit sensitive to strong light and it’s just not comfortable for me. But as I always say, once I’m there why not take some photos anyway. Too bad I don’t like the ones I took from the tower you can see on the left here. The view was great, but the timing was off.

Today’s photo is a panorama I took while crossing the Kirchenfeld bridge (Kirchenfeldbrücke). The sun was behind me to the right, so it made the city looking very bright with some very dark shadows. This is a two shot panorama, edited and merged in Photoshop.

Sunny day in Bern, Switzerland

Broken monitor

About a month or two ago, my big 34-inch monitor broke and I went from 34-inch + 24-inch monitor setup to a single 24-inch monitor. At first, it was such a big change to my PC setup, that I thought I will buy a new monitor very quickly. but now, that I have been working on the smaller one for a while, I don’t feel the need to get a new one. And I thought about, why is that?

Working on a smaller monitor

One get’s used to many things really quickly, but here are a few points, why a smaller monitor is good enough.

  • I have nothing to compare – when I had a 34 inch and a 24-inch monitor on my desk, the 24 felt really small. The reason is, our brain does not work in absolutes, it compares stuff. So now, when there is only one, there is nothing to compare it to, so it’s suddenly big enough.
  • It’s easier to focus on one task – I used to have different programs open on each monitor. Now with only one, when I open Photoshop, it’s full screen. I see nothing else and I focus solely on the one task. I find, that now I finish my editing quicker, free from distractions.
  • It’s big enough for Photoshop – recently I have been using almost exclusively only Photoshop to edit my photos. The monitor I use now is perfectly big enough for the tools I have open and to get an overview of the photo. If I did 3D modeling or video editing, this would probably be not the case, but with photos, it is so.
Working on a smaller monitor

I don’t know if I will get another big monitor again. When I got the other one, it was when I still used to play games on the PC. But I don’t anymore, so that’s one less reason to get it. And for work, I’m actually thinking of going the other way and replacing my PC with a notebook. For what I use it for, the difference would be minimal.

What size monitor do you use? And is it big enough? :)

More new wallpapers

Let’s do even more super ultra-wide wallpapers today. As always, they are all at 5120×1440, so if you have a monitor of that size, they would perfectly fit it. Or if you have two at 2560×1440, these will also work perfetly for you.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Super ultra-wide wallpapers from Bratislava

Today all the new wallpapers are from the center of Bratislava, with the SNP bridge and the Bratislava castle.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers from Bratislava
Super ultra-wide wallpapers from Bratislava
Super ultra-wide wallpapers from Bratislava
Super ultra-wide wallpapers from Bratislava

Night in the modern Paris

Most of mine photos of Paris are from the older parts of the city. But there is something beautiful also in modern architecture. So each time I’m there I try to go at least one day to the La Defense area, to capture the modern Paris.

A tilt-shift lens really works great in places like this one. You have tall buildings and pointing up will create so much lens distortion. It will all look like falling down. Check out my article on using the tilt-shift lens here, for more info about this.

This photo is actually a three shot vertorama, taken with a Sony a7R together with the Canon 17 TSE lens. Edited and combined in Photoshop.

Night in the modern Paris

Early morning at the Ramstore Bridge in Nur-Sultan

I still find it strange that Astana is now called Nur-Sultan. Not really a usual thing to see a whole city being renamed. But it was. This is one of the photos I took there last year around this time, at the Ramstore Bridge. It was very early in the morning, around 4 AM. But as I did not go to bed during the night, it was easy to go out to take photos. And this one was at a walking distance from the hotel.

As you can see, this was after quite a strong rain, that create all the puddles that I like to use for reflection. But you may have noticed, that often if you take photos after a rain, they are not as sharp. This is due to the huge amount of moisture in the atmosphere. We do not notice it that much, but it creates a bit of haze, and that prevents one from getting a sharp image of faraway objects. Here I did not have that problem, as I was shooting with the 12mm lens, so I was quite close to the bridge.

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

Early morning at the Ramstore Bridge in Nur-Sultan
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