Archive for the ‘Hikes’ Category

After some time I finally got away from work and games, took my camera to Prague and went for a walk with my friend, Clara. We were walking, talking and I was scouting some cool locations for portraits and landscapes. We started at Ujezd, bellow Petrin Hill and walket towards to Strahov’s Monastery and back down. And on our way down I spotted some really cool places for HDR, mostly with houses. It was quite cold outside so I didn’t spent much time, that 1.5 hour walk was long enought.

Old house in Prague (HDR)

But back to photography. I took a good look on one old house and on his walls were these old dried-up sprouts. The overall image looked fine so I took the shots. Afterward it was processed in Photomatix and final touch was made in Lightroom. I really like those square and rectangular shapes in contrast with the broken wall. I also included a person into the shot and it made even more impact on the photo, I really don’t know which I like better but I think for my level of photography they are both very fine.

Old House in Prague with Better Impact

 

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The Infinite Road Uncorrected

Hi to all. During my exam period at the university I didn’t pass throught one exam and I’m waiting for second term. This term is planned on February 1st and my last exam was taken on January 17th. So this whole time I’m at home having nothing to do, because most of my friends are in Prague or spread around whole republic and, Slovakia, Russia, USA, UK, Austria, Australia and more countries around the world. So the only way how to keep in touch with them is using Social Network. Also because the bad weather I didn’t go out and make some pictures but today everything changed! 🙂

HDR from the Walk, Unprocessed

The temperature was quite good, about 0°C (32°F), no rain, no snow but just the sky wasn’t anything interesting. To be honest the sky was just one huge plane of grey color mixed sometimes with darker and lighter grey. And I wanted to go out in these conditions and shoot landscapes? Yes, not nature but landscapes!? I really had to be crazy ….

But really, the tip for today, and not just for today is simple. If the sky doesn’t look good, don’t put it into the scene. It is simple and effective. At least you won’t have that boring plane of grey color on the top of your images. Also sometimes this can help and you can use it to your advantage. With this plane made by clouds you get a free extra super large softbox and that is cool for portraits. This can be the plan B when weather isn’t so great outside.

In the begining of the post I put two images, both weren’t finished. The Infinite Road isn’t bad at all, but the white balance is absolutely somewhere else than it should be and with the HDR you can see a really bad blue tint. Here are the final images. For the road I used only Lightroom 3 to process it, for the HDR I had to jump into Photoshop, set black, white and grey point using curves and than I used a plug-in. The secret ingredience … Nik Software Color Efex and it’s Brillance/Warmth preset. Hope you’ll enjoy them.

The Infinite Road Processed

HDR from the Walk Processed

It’s freezing outside!

Posted: December 28, 2010 in Hikes
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About two hours ago I returned from shooting outside. To be honest the light was extra bad and because I wanted to make some landscapes shots so it was almost impossible.  So I decided to try out some HDR stuff and to show you the cold and clouds in the field where I was shooting. Trust me, nothing extra. I was quite suprised how good Photomatix is in merging multiple exposures. When I used Photomatix some time ago I had terrible issues with halos and digital grain. Thanks God I found Trey Ratcliff’s website and his HDR tutorial. So here is the final image.

Cold Weather in HDR | Shot with Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @28mm, ISO100, f/16

 

Some time ago a friend of mine asked me to help him with his shooting. He has Canon Rebel XS and wanted to learn more about shooting landscapes. Everything started in the local pub where he was terrified about getting up at 8 a. m. and I was terrified to get up so late! We had a couple of beers and went back home.

I woke at 7 a. m. and got ready for shooting. What I wasn’t ready for was the cold. As you might know, cameras have their range in which they will be working fine. When you will go outside this range, there might be trouble. My Canon can be used according the manual to -5 °C (23 °F). And that is quite OK. The trouble was, that it wasn’t -5°C or even -10°C but -22°C (-7,6 °F)!

The beginning of shooting was quite fine and fun. To be honest we had for the first 5 minutes the best light I’ve ever seen. There was a snow storm coming and it mixed with beautiful sun light. Really gorgeous. But I made one shot and I wasn’t able to continue shooting, my arms were freezing! That isn’t the worst part.

We stayed outside for some time and then decided to go back. I saw a nice curve of road and took my camera. I turned it on, set everything for the scene, focused and pressed the shutter button. But nothing happened. The mirror inside body got frozen! It hadn’t ever happen to my or anyone I know. But to be honest, I’m the only freak to go out and shoot in -22°C.

After some time the camera continued working and I made some shots. I really didn’t want to stay out because the camera and went back home so I got only few shots.

Here is I think the best shot from the whole “trip” and I’m looking forward to go on another hike with my camera. I just hope weather will be nicer…

This photo can be seen at my Flickr page also.

Shot was taken with Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi with Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens @70 mm. Settings I used were ISO: 800, f/11, 1/50s, +2/3 EV.

 

Hi guys, today was really perfect day for photography, especially landscape & nature using CPL. Because winter is coming, the sun isn’t as high as it is in summer. I used this as a weapon and went shooting at 3 PM.

Matt Kloskowski said that you should turn your CPL to the maximal effect and than move it about 50 % or 60 %. If you don’t do it, it might look fake. Well, I didn’t do it and it was a huge mistake! I had to increase the luminance of blues and aquas to get better sky.

Here you can see what CPL turned on maximum does. You can compensate for it but the sky is one of the reasons why you are doing this. You have to choose, what you’ll do when using this filter.

Here are the rest of shots from that day, I hope it’ll be better allied than my previous posts.

Last weekend I visited these great mountains to make some great shots. I took off at 11 am and returned back home about 9 pm. Have to say it was stunning, but unfortunately I’ve missed the golden hour 😦 (the bests shots are included in the gallery at the end of post).

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Shooting in Woods

Posted: July 5, 2010 in Hikes
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Hi Gang, some time ago I was on a hike in forest near Crhov with gear and tripod. I had everything ready for water shots.

What I was carrying in the bag?

I couldn’t leave my precious at home, so the body was Canon 450D. I had both my lenses with me, but I used just the Canon 28-70mm. ND a CPOL filters were prepaired in my pocket – just screw and shoot!

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