Posts Tagged ‘HDR’

Final image:


Try Different Points of View

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Blog
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Some people tend to go on a place, set up tripod, take/make 1 image and go away. When you are in the mood, space and time to make more pictures, try to go around your subject or try a different point of view. Not just using a different angle but be more creative, try to do some framing, use a strong element in foreground or anything like it. Here is planetarium in Prague shot from front and here from back.

Prague's Planetarium

This post is a bit follow-up to my shoot at Hradčany and yesterday’s. As I said and every better photographer says, good light happens two times a day – around sunset and around sunrise. Some people are lazy to get up early before sunrise so here is a small tip, shoot during sunset. This photo was taken with new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM Mark II, and I really felt in love with this piece of glass.

Be Patient

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Blog
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Hey everybody, I’m back with a new image I like. The name of article perfectly fits the story how I got this photo. Let’s start from beginning. It started out simply me thinking about buying an iPad and because we have few of them in company I borrowed one of them. Installed few great apps I’ve heard about starting with Stuck on Earth by Trey Ratcliff. If you aren’t familiar with this just check websites. Thanks to his app I found a great photo, went to same spot and tried to do the same thing.

When I arrived it didn’t look as good as I wanted. The Golden Hour already started and I wasn’t getting the light I was waiting for. So I made a small walk around Hradcany. This is how it looked when I was there for the first time.

OK, my exposure is a little bit off but you get the idea. Nothing is happening, sun is setting down, I smell supper. There isn’t anything I’d press the shutter button on my camera. So I had a small walk, a good chat with nice looking waitress, a beer and I went back on location. After about an hour or so the lamp in shot turned on and sky was getting darker and darker. This is what I was waiting for. I took my tripod down, mounted camera, fixed exposure and took a shot.

With this type of look I was very happy, got contrast in colors, a bit of people moving around and not just nice ambient light but also nice light from lamp illuminating walls and stairs. I took 3 shots with -2, 0, +2 bracketing, merged them in Nik HDR Efex, some fixes were done in Photoshop. Very important was to fix colors, because HDR made them a bit funky on some spots and I got the final image.

The Magical Prague

Storm Comes on Holy Places

Posted: March 3, 2012 in Blog
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I took this photo during the test of 24-70mm lens from Canon, been for the first time at yard of this church and I hope to get permission to shoot inside. Have few ideas for it, maybe I might take some portraits in it.

Anyway this is a hand held HDR from 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2) combined together in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and processed with Lightroom, Photoshop and Color Efex also from Nik.

Best of 2011 – HDR Photos

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Blog
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Most of images I made last year were HDR photos. I love not just getting every single detail in scene recorded into a final image, but also those abilities to play with images just the way you like it. For some shots I like to use painterly effect (pump up mikro-contrast and luminosity sliders in Photomatix) but some look better with realistic settings. In the end of year I was getting better and better with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and now I like results better that Photomatix’s. For painterly effect I’ll use Photomatix that’s no doubt, but for general use I’m switching to Nik. Photomatix looks dirty in comparison with Nik. But here are those images.

Low Angle

This is one of my portfolio pictures. Don’t know how I got it, just know I used Photomatix, Photoshop and Nik Color Efex.

Old House in Prague

Another portfolio picture, love colors, structure, contrast between movement (legs) and still building.

I like those two girls being separated from the rest right in the middle of Venceslav’s Square in Prague, one of the most crowded places.

All Souls Day in Prague

All souls day in Czech republic. Actually after some time I found out this is right next to a church where Kubiš and Gabčik were hiding after assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the third most powerful and important person from Germany during WW2. BTW another portfolio shot 😉

Tie your boat here ...

Just a simple shot but I like it.

Grunge Bike

Going crazy with processing. All that detail I was able to get … 🙂

Just looks great.

And the last shot, good view in Prague … not everybody lives in normal flat.


Posted: December 19, 2011 in Blog
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Hey everybody, here is a photo of Rudolfinum building on a bank of river Vltava. It’s a home to Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Thanks to a light rain and chilly weather today I didn’t have any trouble with removing people because there weren’t any 😉 If you want to know something more about this nice historical building here is a text from Wikipedia.

The Rudolfinum has been the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1946 and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival held each year in May and June.[1] The building was designed by architect Josef Zítek and his student Josef Schulz, and was opened February 8, 1885. It is named in honour of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, who presided over the opening.
The Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall is one of the oldest concert halls in Europe and is noted for its excellent acoustics. On 4 January 1896 Antonín Dvořák himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic in the hall in its first ever concert.[2]
The building also contains the Galerie Rudolfinum, an art gallery that focuses mainly on contemporary art. Major exhibitions have included: František Drtikol – Photographer, Painter, Mystic, (1998), Cindy Sherman: Retrospective, (1998), Jürgen Klauke: Side Effect, (1998), Czech Photography 1840-1950, (2004), Annelies Štrba, (2005), Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen, (2007), Uncertain States of America, (2007-2008), Gottfried Helnwein: Angels Sleeping, (2008).