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Adding hashtags on Instagram

What are you using to add hashtags when posting to Instagram? Recently I have been using the app Leetags It’s an app on Android (there is also an iOS version) that can create the hastags for you in seconds.

You just put in few words that describe your photo, and Leetags will find for you the most popular hashtags on Instagram that relate to the ones you provided. Just don’t forget there is a limit of 30 per photo :)

Of course there are other apps that do the same, but this one works quite well for me.

Sunset in Manarola

While taking photos in Manarola in Cinque Terre in Italy, I wanted a nice sunset behind the city. But I was there not during the right time of the year, so the sun was behind me. Still, it can sometimes work out, because when the sky lights up with colors, it does not matter which way you look. But not this time. Still, the sunset was quite nice, so I took few shot into the sun. even without the city it looked great :). You can see the view towards the city here.

This is a two shot panorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sunset in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

You will always get caught

I was just reading this article about this “photographer” from Singapore, and it’s just so funny (and also sad) that I thought I would share it with you.

How some people still don’t understand, that using other peoples photos is not worth it, I don’t know. With reverse image search it’ss just so easy to find thief’s. And it even looks like he has some Photoshop skills, why not use them and edit his own photos? Hard to understand….

Cold evening under the Old bridge

I had a bit busy day today, so will keep this short. This is a late winter shot, from a very cold evening, taken by the new old bridge. It’s quite wide, as I used the 12mm Laowa lens. It really looks great when standing next to a cool huge structure.

This is a blend of two exposures, one as a base, second one to get rid of the lens flares.

Cold evening under the Old bridge, Bratislava, Slovakia

Updates to wallpapers page

I have been slowly updating the formatting on multiple popular pages on the blog, mostly the top photography spots ones. But today, the time has come for an update for the wallpapers page.

So you may find a bit of a new formatting, aligned with the rest of the blog. Also, since the number of wallpapers got quite big over time, I split the page into two. The 2736×1824, 3440×1440 and 3840×1200 resolution wallpapers are where they used to be, and the other, 1600×1200 and 1920×1200 resolution wallpapers, can be now found on this page. Should help with the loading speed quite a lot :)

New 21:9 – 3440×1440 wallpapers

And so it’s not just new formatting, here are also new 21:9 wallpapers at 3440×1440 for you. As always, you can get them from the wallpapers page, they are free to download and share. Just if you post them somewhere, please link back to this blog and don’t use them commercially without my permission.

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

Panoramas in Ligtroom

Some time ago I did this guide on how to combine panoramas in Lightroom. And I have to say, that since then, around 95% of panoramas I posted are combined using just Lightroom. I used to use PTgui and Autopano, but I did not had the need for them much anymore. And even when I used them, it happened that Lightroom gave me better results.

It’s not perfect, still missing some functions (support for bracketed exposures and 360 photos would be great) but mostly the results are exactly what I want.

What are you experiences?

Amsterdam center panorama

I took this panorama at the end of March earlier this year. It was during a quite crazy weekend. I went to Amsterdam for two days, and while I also had to go to a different city, I had to change my plans and stay in Amsterdam. So I had few hours free in the end, so I went out to take few photos.

But that was not as simple as I hoped. There was a football match that evening, so the whole city center was full of (very loud) groups of fans. Not the best moment to take photos. So I stayed in this spot in the Amsterdam center, where I could go down to the water, and avoid having them in the shot. Still behind me, the noise was horrible :)

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

Amsterdam center panorama

And here are few details:

Amsterdam center panorama

Expanding your photo

Quite often I have to add a bit of the sky when taking photos of big structures. It just does not look so great if the structure is right at the edge of a photos. And it’s not even so hard to add a bit of the sky. I did a guide on this, so feel free to check it out here.

Even more dandelions under the Burj Khalifa

Somehow most photos I did during my last trip to Dubai were of the Burj Khalifa. So here is another one :) I posted one with the dandelions before, but these ones are on a second location, a bit further away from the tower.

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

Even more dandelions under the Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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