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Next top spots list?

The top photography spots lists are still, and probably will be for a long time, the most popular part of this blog. So I started working on the next list. And as you may guessed by all the recent photo from Astana, Kazakhstan, that what the list will be about. I plan to share it with you in the upcoming days, right after I finish it :) In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all the other lists.

Waterfall from the sky

This scene just looked so great in person. When they turned on the strong lights on top of the Expo 2017 sphere building, the lights illuminated the heavy rain that was in progress in that moment. And when the light hit the water, it looked exactly as a waterfall falling from the sky right onto the sphere. Too bad I did not manage to capture also a video, but it was really raining like crazy.

I even needed a wider lens, than the 16mm I used, but the 12mm I have is just not weather sealed at all. So I had no choice. Still, the scene was great, and I’m lucky that I even captured anything :) I should maybe animate this one in Plotagraph Pro. Could look great.

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

Waterfall from the sky, Astana, Kazakhstan

Favorite lens?

Which one is your favorite lens? For me it’s definitively the 17mm tilt shift lens. It’s just so perfect for architecture and cityscape shot. I get so much into a photo, that I would not get without it. And yes, I used it for today’s photo :)

Bayterek tower reflection

So is it Bayterek tower or Baiterek tower? I found both spellings on the internet, and even both in the same articles (on Wikipedia for instance). I would presume it’s Bayterek tower, as that looks more close to Russian spelling, but I don’t really know.

I was thinking of going also up to check out the view from insides, but did not get to it in the end. But I did get a lot of photos in the area around it. For this one, I found the biggest puddle that I could, to get a perfect reflection. And I got it :)

A moment after I got this photo, a little boy started riding through the puddle on his bicycle. And his timing was always perfect. When I was setup to take a long exposure, he would ride through the shot. When I changed my settings to a fast shot, to catch him in the photo, he would move away. And he did this repeatedly :) But I already had one clean photo, so I was satisfied with the result.

This is a three shot vertorama, each shot from 5 exposures. The Beyterek tower has just too many light on it, and they are all very bright. Blending them into a photo is really not easy.

Bayterek tower reflection, Astana, Kazakhstan

30 Different Types of Photographers

I randomly came across this video on YouTube called “30 Different Types of Photographers“. And there was one also for landscape photographers and the author got it quite right. If you want a bit of a laugh, go and check it out here :)

Night view of Astana

While in Astana, I also had the opportunity to go up to a roof of one of the skyscrapers in the city. And yes, I had problem with rain, but luckily it stopped right as I was on the way there.

One of the buiding I could see in full from up there was this long arch building, which I think (based on Google maps) is the House of Ministries. Feel free to correct me if I’m mistaken. It’s so huge that there are two roads going through it :). I could not even get it into one photo, even from so far away.

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

Night view of Astana, Kazakhstan

And here are few details:

Night view of Astana, Kazakhstan

Panoramas in Lightroom

I often mention that I merged a panorama in Lightroom. And for those wanting to know how that is done, I made a tutorial some time ago. Check here to read it.

Flower reflection in the morning

This photo does not look like it, but in reality it’s a three shot vertorama. The reason for that is, that the puddle I used to get this reflectin, was very close to the flower installation. So I used the tilt shift lens to get three shots, that I then merged.

I found this light flower installation close to my hotel in Astana. I don’t know if it’s permanent, or why it’s there, but it just looked great. And one morning I walk to it before the sunrise and since it rained during the night, I had enough puddle to get the reflection I wanted.

This is a three shot panorama, merged in Lightroom, edieted in Photoshop.

Flower reflection in the morning, Astana, Kazakhstan

Canon EOS R?

I think you all noticed that Canon introduced their first full frame mirror-less camera yesterday. I did too. And my first thought was, this looks similar to the Nikon one doesn’t it? That aside, it seems to be an interesting camera, that I personally am not that interested in. It’s not a disappointment or something like that, but it’s also not something spectacular that I would run out to get immediately. Having a full frame mirror-less is just catching up to everyone around them and I hoped when they do, there will be something to distinguish them from the other brands. But I have not seen anything like that yet.

Still, when I get my hands on one somehow, would love to test it out. Maybe it can win me over. You never know :) And when it’s time to upgrade my camera again, maybe the EOS R II will be the way to go (if there is ever one :))

Fountain at the sphere building

I did not want to post another photo of the Expo 2017 sphere building in Astana so early again. But it’s just such a cool looking building. And especially like this, at night with all the lights on.

Here I managed to capture it completely in one color. But that I needed to use a longer exposure really helped with that. I also moved a bit back to get the fountain right in front of it. I could not get the exactly what I wanted, as parts of the square were fenced off due to constructions. Still I got almost to the spot I wanted :) And you can’t even tell how much it rained when I took this shot :)

This is a two shot blend. I used most of the photo from one exposure and then used the second one to darken the lights of the fountain a bit. Edited in Lightroom, blended in Photoshop.

Fountain at the sphere building, Astana, Kazachstan
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