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Empty path in the morning

So I caught a cold somewhere last week, and with that I’m quite tired recently. Not in the mood to do anything really. That’s why I have not updated the blog for a few days. And not that I’m gotten over it yet, but it’s time for a new photo.

This one I took close to my hotel in Astana. I walked around the lake at 5-6 in the morning, and so got a nice view with no people at all.

This is a two shot blend, edited in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Empty path in the morning, Astana, Kazakhstan

Rainy evening in Astana

Another rainy shot for you today. It just rained like crazy that evening in Astana, and the puddles were just huge everywhere. I had to clean my lens a lot that evening, but somehow I managed to avoid rain drops in all of my photos. To tell the truth, the Canon 24-70 lens is great in the rain, as the huge lens hood covers the whole front of it. Not anymore with the new version though :)

This is a three shot blend, again mostly because of the Beyterek tower in the middle, that’s just so bright. Edited in Lightroom, blended in Photoshop.

Rainy evening in Astana, Kazakhstan

Peak Design Kickstarter is ending soon

If you want one of the new Peak Design backpacks, not it the last chance to get them cheaper from their Kickstarter campaign. Only 32 hours left before it ends. And since it’s Peak Design, I don’t think you have to worry they would not deliver, as they did always before and on time :)
Peak design Kickstarter is ending soon

Long exposure reflection in Astana

While walking around the city of Astana at 5 in the morning, I came across this amfiteatre (that’s what I think it is). And while it was still partially a construction site, the view from the walkway was worth a shot. It was still quite dark, so I was guessing a bit on the composition, but I did get it nice and centered in the end.

This is a blend of three exposures. Most is from a single shot, but I used others to darken the highlights a bit. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Long exposure reflection in Astana

Sphere building in orange

Yes, I know it’s another photo of the Expo 2017 sphere building in Astana, Kazakhstan. I just took so many of them. I took shots from every view I could get, and they are all blue hour. And if you wonder why, it’s because of a strong rain.

When I arrived to the sphere building, it was not raining, but it was already grey and overcast. So I took few photos and waited. And withing few minutes I had to hide. Even so I got soaked quite a bit. Btw. one thing I always do when I travel, almost regardless where I go and what time of the year it is. I carry a thin jacket against wind and rain. I used it in Italy, I used it in Dubai and I used it in Astana. Always comes in handy.

This is a single shot, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. I also used a part of a second shot just to get rid of a lens flare. You can see how it’s done here.

Sphere building in orange, Astana, Kazakhstan

HDR panoramas

While combining single exposures to panoramas in Lightroom is very easy, it does not work with multiexposure ones. There is just no setting in Lightroom to tell it to blend all in the same way. But programs like PTgui and Autopano can do it, and you can see my guide for PTgui here, and Autompano here.

City center enter of Astana

And back to Astana :) This is a view from quite high up of the center park of Astana. There are actually quite a few parks around the center, which makes the city look really nice. I took a lot of panoramas of this view, but I wanted also one done verticaly.

And this is the one. If you look closely, the part of a roof you can see in the bottom left, is a lower part of the building I was standing on. Actually I wanted a shot where you could see the walls of the building, but it just too distorted in the end, so I let it be. Btw. the cloudy sky is from it raining just minutes before I took this photo.

This is a three shot vertorama, each shot from three exposures. Combined in PTgui, blended in Photoshop.

City center enter of Astana, Kazakhstan
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