Moving everything to WorldByJan.com

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Blog
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Time has finally come to an end for this blog and I’m moving everything to my home domain WorldByJan.com. I won’t be posting any stuff to this site.

Feel the Mood

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Blog
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Every photo you can see on the Internet consist of two parts. Technical and emotional. I know guys that look just for technique, using rule of thirds, put the subject directly into intersection and they are done. I’m more that emotional guy. I want to have some mood in my photos, want them to talk to you, to viewer. What were my feelings, what I saw, what my heart saw.

Don’t get me wrong, composition is important, but when I see a photo with huge emotional charge, I just don’t care about the golden rule or anything like it. If a photo stops me, talks to me, grabs my attention, it has a big chance to be a great photo. Try to tell a story with your pictures. Putting something into a frame is nice, but does it really belong there? What is a purpose of that subject? Does it bring something to a image you’re trying to take or does it take it out? Think about this next time you’re shooting.😉

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @28mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 0,3s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 4650/Tint +1
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik HDR Efex Pro

Sunset at Stadium

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Blog
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Sunset is a magical time and during it you can create some stunning photographs. Light is gold in the first phase, doesn’t have so much contrast and can be used for any types of photography. This picture was taken at Prague’s stadium. I love H2O sign on wall and geometry of place is just perfect.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @30mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1,3s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 4750/Tint +1
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik HDR Efex

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As you might know there are few times of day landscape photographers like to shoot. The best lighting conditions you get during dawn or dusk. These are the times you want to get out and shoot. Just be sure to be there before sunrise or sunset. You’ll have enough time to find a perfect spot, set everything up and than just  wait for light to do it’s magic.

A friend of mine Miroslav Petrasko stopped in Prague on his way back from a trip he took on a boat and we went out shooting sunset and sunrise. Miroslav picked our location at Prasna Brana, a tower located on Old Town. What we didn’t know is there is an armory in the tower itself so I also made a shot of it and it looks interesting. Basically the tower is a museum and nice viewpoint. You can see a huge part of Prague, if you are interested in monuments this is one of the places you should check out. The view from there is fantastic. Here is one of the images I took.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 @85mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 3.2s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 3550/Tint +4
Processing: Lightroom

Prague Still Life

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Blog
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There are many great places you can shoot in Prague. Some of them are very well known like Prague Castle, National Theater, Museum, The Dancing House etc. But sometimes you’ll find yourself on a location that isn’t so common to shoot on but still can be a great place to produce some fine shots. One of this places is right next to John Lennon’s Wall. When you walk on the near bridge you can shoot bars with locks and on the opposite side are these buildings and nice view.

When I’m shooting I always try to look left, right, back, up and down. Looking just in front of myself won’t get you any better shots because a lot of times other people can see this too. Almost everybody was looking and taking photos of the lock bars but only I was taking photos also in a second direction.

I have to return to this place, the light was great but not so great. Dusk or dawn will be better for shooting. Anyway, here is the photo I was talking about.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @30mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 0.6s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 6000K/Tint 0
Processing: Nik HDR Efex, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex

Kate

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Blog
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Few weeks ago I was shooting with my friend one model and it took place near John Lennon’s Wall in Prague. The wall itself has great colors and I wanted to keep it simple. Make model just pop with shallow depth of field and get interesting colors also from wall. We used two flashes all the time, one was on camera and used only to trigger the second flash, both were in group A and in E-TTL II mode. To give the light some shape I used shoot-through umbrella.

The first portraits were OK, nothing special but nothing anybody should feel ashamed of but everything went different when she changed clothes. I found out she has some cool tattoos especially on her back and it became my new focus and task. Thanks God she had great dress that reveals back completely and it made shot even more interesting. The basic idea was to get shape from her body and colors will be added by the wall. And it worked perfectly.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2.5
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
ISO: 50
WB: Temp 6200K/Tint 0
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop

Moving to my new website

Posted: September 1, 2012 in Blog
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After some time and and work I was able to setup my new blog on own domain. I’ll be posting on both websites for a while but after it everything will be moved to new blog site. My new address is:

http://www.WorldByJan.com