Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

Feel the Mood

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Blog
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I’m moving to my new website: www.worldbyjan.com

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

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Miroslav Petrasko is great HDR photographer from Slovakia, you can check his work right here, and was visiting Prague. We managed to do a photowalk together and captured some really nice images. We started out at Railroad bridge but unfortunately I got card error and all my images from the beginning of walk are gone 😦 I was upset because one of the finest photos were there …

Anyway, we were shooting sunset above Prague from Žižkovsky transmitter. Too bad there was a reconstruction and everything was dirty including glass we were shooting through. Here is one of the better images I took.

Sunset above Prague

Sorting Old Photos

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Blog
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It has been a while since I started using Lightroom and it’s rating/staring system. Not all my files had keywords or were rated so I’m going through them out. Finding some great images and some so much awful just deleting them isn’t good enough. But I found this old photo from Jihlava taken during sunset. It is a different perspective and colors, I really like it, because it isn’t like any other sunset you’ll see. Enjoy!

And don’t be scared, this is taken at ISO 100 with my old compact camera – Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd … terrible noise and big mistake but it moved me on 😉

Shooting Sunset Portraits

Posted: August 20, 2011 in Blog
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Few days ago I was shooting some portraits for my cousing during a beautiful sunset. Not much clouds in the sky so I had to deal with hard light right from the sun. I don’t even have a diffuser or a reflector. But I used an external flash on my camera or tripod right next to me to fill in the shadows. Main light was still the sun. When the sun is low, just like during sunrise or sunset, the light has to travel through thicker layer of atmoshpere what makes it softer and easier to use. Not saying it is perfect, but really nice challenge.

I wanted to shoot in aperture priority, but after my full manual challenge I decided it will be better for me to shoot in manual mode and so I did. With the sun in background, meter will go crazy, believe me. In manual I have full control and just focus on pictures. You set things once and that’s all. Flash was also in manual mode for better results, even when I could use E-TTL.

All portraits were shot with my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and I loved it! Awesome for portraits and these kind of stuff photos 🙂 I still don’t have processed all my favorites, so hang on, here is just one that I like, more will come.

Sunset Portrait

Hi everybody, if you are interested in sunset and sunrise landscape photography, you should check this web site. There are 33 really awesome shots that can bring you a great idea for your own shots.