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Top Spots

The top spots pages keep on being the most popular part of the blog. They now make around half of all visits to this blog. I’m very happy that so many of you find them useful :) Here are the links to all the ones you can find on the blog, hopefully there will be more soon.

Night in the city

I should get more photos of Bratislava. Somehow, with all the travel, I’m not in the mood to take photos when I’m home. It even crazier, that I never ever took a sunrise photo here. I should definitively do that one day soon.

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

Night in the city, Bratislava, Slovakia

I’m back

And I’m back after the week spend in Astana in Kazakhstan. I made new friends, met with old ones, visited many spots and got rained on a lot :) I got also a lot of photos, but can’t share them with you yet. But will do so at a later date.

Evening in the Dubai Marina

For today, here is a photo of the Dubai Marina as seen from Palm Jumeirah. This view is just so cool. I have many photos of it, but I don’t mind having more. You can see some blurred ships in there, as they were creating a new island there, and working on it the whole night.

This is from one of my recommended spots in Dubai, and you can see the whole list here.

This is a blend of two exposures, created in Photoshop. I usually push the Dubai Marina photos more into blue/colder colors, but this time I though of just making it warmer. And I think it looks quite alright.

Evening in the Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE

Travel time

I’m off to another trip, so the will be probably no updates during the next week. And if you are curious where I’m off, its the beautiful city of Astana in Kazakhstan. Check out next week, when I will already have some photos from there :)

At the Old bridge

And since I’m a bit busy right now, here is just a quick photo of the new Old bridge in Bratislava.

This photo was taken with the 12mm Laowa lens, its from a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

At the Old bridge, Bratislava, Slovakia

Reading list

Looks like I forgot that it was Friday yesterday, so I did not do a reading list update. So instead, will do it today. So this week I read two books. From the fiction side, I quite enjoyed the The Singularity Trap by Dennis E. Taylor. It’s a great sci-fi story from a great author. If you have not yet read the Bobiverse series by this author you really should :)

From non fiction, I read 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I’m interested in meditation as a way to focus more on single things, so the title sounded intriguing. But it was just a disappointment. For an author that claims to get rid of his big ego, he just talks about himself and only himself. Not worth the time I spend on it.

Right now i’m back to fiction, and I started the Soul Survivor by Dean Koontz. I read few books from this author before, so will see where this one goes.

Framed view from the Business bay

I don’t remember why this frame was in the middle of the Business bay. There was some description, but it was already few months ago, so I’m not sure what it was. But it looked nice as something to make a framed view, even though the blue lights around it were quite strong.

So here I used the 12mm Laowa lens, so I can get really close to the frame and get as much of the business bay as I can into the shot (the frame is not small, it was around 2m tall). There was still a little bit of distortion, as even with a zero distortion lens, you just can’t be so close and not getting any. But it was very easy to fix in Lightroom.

This is a three shot blend, edited in Lightroom, blended in Photoshop.

Framed view from the Business bay, Dubai, UAE

Experimenting

So, as probably every photographer, I have few ideas how to enhance my gear. So today, I ordered myself a 3D printer. Not a pricey one, as I never had one before, but one to start experimenting with. And will see, maybe I create something useful one day :) Let’s be surprised.

Dusk over Vernazza

How about another panorama, another from Italy, another from Cinque Terre :). But today it’s not Manarola, but it’s Vernazza.

Vernazza is actually quite small. This was taken my last day there, so I wanted to hit as many spots as I could. So I started on the other side of the town (this spot) for the sunrise and for the blue hour I wanted to be at the opposite side. And it took me only 10 minute to quickly walk down to the center, and walk back up. If I can do it so quickly, anyone can :)

For this photo I used 2 photos, each one from 5 exposures. I started with Lightroom where I did few tweaks to the photos, exported into PTgui to create the blend planes, then continued in Oloneo Photoengine to create a HDR and then finished it all in Photoshop.

Dusk over Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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