Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

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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

It looks like Prague is becoming the meeting center for a lot of #photographers around the world. Last weekend it was visited by +Elia Locardi and +Miroslav Petrasko (which I had shoot with).

This photo was taken from Zizkovsky broadcast tower. Took a lot of patience and luck as it is with all landscapes photographers. The tower itself is in reconstruction and it’s observatory was so dirty. Dust everywhere, two pieces of thick, dirty and scratched glass you have to shoot through. Do you know what is the worst part? Light was just happening! The sunset was so awesome, beautiful clouds beautiful view but not good conditions to shoot in.

Anyway we found out some ways how to get good photos out of it and it worked in some situations. I’ll post more photos from this walk soon.

Prague Castle

KI: Michael Levin from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

This tip isn’t a huge secret but a lot of people don’t care about it. Do you want great landscape photos? Shoot at dawn or dusk. You can have the perfect landscape in front of your camera, best composition ever, but if light sucks, your photos sucks too. You won’t get the best light at 2 pm or 4 pm but only during sunrise and sunset. And of course, you need to be lucky to have everything work out in the scene.

Take a look at this video. You won’t see a single photo taken during other times of day than dusk and dawn.

The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Houseboat Again

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Blog
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This second shot of houseboat I took in vertical orientation to capture Vyšehrad’s Church and Railway bridge in a background. I like the reflection on the church filling the middle section of the image.

Houseboat

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Blog
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Two days ago I was on a walk woth my girlfriend and of course took my camera with me. I saw this old and unused floating house from a bridge and started thinking how to make a shot.

For this image I went with horizontal orientation and used a rail as a leading lines. Final shot is a HDR merged from 3 exposures in Photomatix.

Awesome Morning

Posted: August 8, 2011 in Blog
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A lot of people who are starting out in photography think it is all about skills. All types of shooting requires knowledge to make a great photo. But landscapes are different. Yes, you have to know something about composition and other things but 60% of it is about light. If it won’t happen, go and get yourself a breakfast.

This mortning I woke up at 6 am because I had to travel to Prague to work. And the light was just happening! Well … Light … Fog for most of it outside. But absolutely beautiful scene, hills of Jeseniky mountains covered by fog and just small peaces were peaking out. A real wow scene. So remember, light is the subject and every scene and not even Photoshop can fake it.

And here is the final result.

Surrounded by a Sea