It’s done, finished

Rally Estonia 2015 has come to an end.

An epic weekend, full of traveling, dust, gravel and great weather. As I said in the last year: “That was awesome – a great rally!”

You can see the whole collection here:
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834)

And those are my favorites:

Before the start
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Improvise for a good spot
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Detailed madness
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http://aclickatatime.wordpress.com @ work
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Rally selfie
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Helicopter.jpg
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Check out these links for more images:
https://aclickatatime.wordpress.com/ (a click at a time’s photoblog)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834 (my flicker album)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31947974@N00/sets/72157656027611456 (a click at a time’s flicker album)

Take care!
Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Preparations

Remember, I talked about the upcoming rally in my last post?
Here is what’s going on at the moment:

Her ride
Her ride
Historic grid
Historic grid
Kinder Surprise
Kinder Surprise
ERC gate
ERC gate

An afternon of outdoor adventures

First off – there’s a rally coming up (http://rallyestonia.com/) – so as always we drove through all of the stages, looking for perfect spots for taking pictures. Unfortunately due to the recent sad events in the Estonian Rally World most of the “good” spots are marked as “prohibited area”, as the organizers can’t guarantee the safety of the spectators outside of the marked areas. Of course there are other reasons as well (crops, private land etc.).
I wish I could sit on that spot all the weekend, but it’s located in the deepest, darkest zone of the “prohibited area”. I hope that all the co-drivers will mark these turns as “slow” or “dangerous”.

With this picture I wish you all a nice weekend, enjoy spectating the rally, driving and get back home safe!

THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia
THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia

After some dusty gravel roads we parked our car and went orienteering. As a fluffy person I decided to pick a shorter track (4km) – I managed to run/walk 4.88km in 1h 1min 40sec. After finishing I realized that my sporty wife took a longer track and wouldn’t be back soon – so I took the camera out yet again. These were the results:

One man's shed is another's castle
One man’s shed is another one’s castle
Infrared field plant (no idea what's it called)
Infrared field plant (no idea what’s it called)
The world of water droplets
The world of water droplets
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called:
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called: “Kerli – Creepshow”

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FiE00ftfSY)

Anyways as I have a lot of followers and I can’t check all of your blogs and homepages – why don’t you leave me a comment on how are you and what are your plans for the weekend?
Take care!

Baby Steps

Here we go.
As my wife had a dentist appointment, I had some time to go trigger happy with my camera.
Few hours with Darktable and here are the results:

untouched
untouched

I even managed to use the IR filter.

Elva is a 'shroom town
Elva is a ‘shroom town

All my trusty followers – Thanks!

Changes

Hey!

Long time no see.

I remember that in my last post I promised a new picture or a post every week. Seems like I couldn’t keep up to my promises. Actually I haven’t even taken any pictures recently. Why?
Well there are many  reasons.
1) Last minute wedding planning, (I’m married now – Yipeeeee).

2) Changed my xPeria Arcs to Sonim XP3300 (Battery life up to ~3weeks battery life, but no wifi or 3G – that means I won’t be posting on Twitter).

Xperia Arc S

Sonim XP3300 force

3) Changed Windows 7 to Linux Ubuntu (System is a lot of faster and more reliable).


4) Since Linux doesn’t support Lightroom nor Photoshop, I have to use Darktable and Gimp (Takes some time to get used to them).

Darktable vs Lightroom

Hopefully I can post some new pictures soon.
Stay tuned!

Done

It didn’t take as long as I thought.

What changed?
1) I changed the main menu – added different categories for different pictures so in the futures this page will act as a blog or photo journal (whatever the difference is) with all the new images and all the files will be added under a right category as well.

2) Added a logo. BIG BIG !THANK YOU! to https://aclickatatime.wordpress.com/ who edited the photo of my  17mm canon lens I took earlier this day.

3) Removed twitter feed and the “follow” button from the side menu.

That’s about it. What do you think – Should I change something else too or even switch the site’s theme? Please leave a comment down bellow (what would you like to be different or what do you think what should be changed).

Images from today’s “bird walk” should be uploaded soon!

Updates

Hey you all!

I just wanted to let you know that I’ll update my homepage so some functions might be down for today / tomorrow.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Today… Last day at school for this week.
Short walk, nice weather.
Looking for a wedding photographer = fucking impossible mission.

All of you who like, share, follow, comment – MANY MANY Thanks! You keep me going.

dentist.
dentist.
hot pot
hot pot
Cafe Amore
Cafe Amore
Because a block of flats
Because a block of flats

You remember me? Well… I’m back!

Hey you all!

It has been way too long time.
I won’t waste your time with my lame excuses but I promise that I’ll make at least one post per week.

We have finally found a suitable apartment in a perfect spot, moved again and settled in.
As one problem found it’s solution, yet another one arose. Our wedding is in 90 days and we haven’t planned anything (prolly ’cause our finance department isn’t working that well).
Would you like to support us, buy our pictures or order a calendar with our artwork? Let me know!!!

Less talk, more pictures:

Went to photograph the northern lights, found this little guy instead.
Went to photograph the northern lights, found this little guy instead.
A fisherman
A fisherman
Nature
Nature
R(W)oof
R(W)oof
Those things
Those things
Fuck you too!
Fuck you too!
Tartu Observatory
Tartu Observatory
Tartu
Tartu

Holidays

No posts in the last week? Have I stopped writing yet again? NO!

We were in Finland, Helsinki, for the last few days. Before that I had to renovate my grandmother’s armchairs (made in 1911).

I took some photos on the trip but since my computer park isn’t very up to date you all have to wait to see the pictures.

What else? Oh! Happy New Year… or in other words: Congratulations you survived another trip around the sun!

Oh… we got ourselves a new apartment… have to move all the stuff again. YAY! 🙂

Ups and downs.

Hey you all!

I’ve lost many of you since my last post – that’s what happens if you’re trying to run a photography blog and won’t upload any new photos (- 30 followers).

So why have I been so “sleepy” for the past four months?
1) We had to move a lot = no time to operate the shutter.
2) Education and stuff = same result.
3) No inspiration = every picture I took was pale and lame, no reason to upload it here.
4) Computer troubles = no HDD to import my *.RAW files.
5) I was writing a book as a Christmas present to my wife (soon to become).

Happy holidays to you all! I hope to upload some fantastic frames soon.

Fed-4 and Zorki-4 + The fucking epic trip to Tallinn

A few days ago I saw my Mum who donated her old Fed-4 and Zorki-4 to me.

YAAAAAY 🙂 Right?
As soon as I opened the Fed-4 case I could literally smell the old-school.
First things first – I downloaded the user’s manual and studied the camera. After that I went to a photo shop and bough a 24 frame film (to test it).
Then we took a short walk around the block and shot the film full.
Today I finally got my scanned images.

Not so YAAAY :(.
It seems like there is something wrong with the lens or the shutter.
Here you can see a few pictures I took:

Some double exposure going on here (By accident):
000001A local bank’s building:000026

And a drag race car on the street:000028

As you can see there is something wrong with the camera. There are unknown white spots and a lot of “fog” on the images 🙁 .
Hopefully I’ll get it fixed soon.
It turns out that I love shooting on the film. It feels so different – you have to be so patient and double check everything before each shot. You don’t have any electronic widgets or gadgets to tell if the shot will be over or under exposed. No IS or USM, no auto focus, no P or auto mode. It’s full Manual. And I mean like totally manual. Until I got to use these cameras I didn’t even know that there were lenses with “DOF calculator rings” and “aperture rings”.

That’s EPIC. Shooting film makes me speechless.
I know that all the negatives and pictures that are scanned are not post-processed in any way. No color corrections, no photoshop, no lightroom, no HDR magic or NIK collection. No Filters, no electronics, no crop, no burn or dodge, no healing brush tool. There is even no histogram or EXIF data.

It all comes down to you, your eyes and the artist that lies inside you.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not some kind of hipster or shit – I wear glasses because otherwise I won’t be able to see shit… literally. I just love shooting film. The anxiety you get while waiting your pictures to be developed.

I know that the pictures I uploaded here are out of focus, doesn’t apply to any composition rules or what ever – I still love them. My first pictures shot on film.
Hopefully I’ll get the camera fixed and more photos will be added soon.

The Zorki 4 camera was broken from the start since someone had tried to fix it…
Seems like it didn’t turn out so well – the shutter curtain won’t even fully close :(.

I’m still in Tallinn so I can’t upload any pictures from my Rebel yet.
I guess we should get back to south-Estonia in a few days so then I’ll be able to import all the 2+~4GB of pictures, sort the shitty ones (most of them) out and upload the others (prolly 3 or 4) to my blog.

What about Tallinn?

It has been amazing! Oh by the way – today we went to take photos of a yacht or a “pleasure craft” (as it’s called on the www.marinetraffic.com) that costs ~50 million Euros and belongs to a mysterious multimillionaire.

By the way. If the owner of this ship is reading this post. . . Send me an e-mail. First I’d like to say you how jealous I am, secondly I’d like to get some financial consulting, then get some great shots of the insides of your yacht and to compensate – I can take you to the best parties, restaurants and clubs in the town. Of course you’d have to pay for the entrance because I don’t have any money on me.

I have promised it to myself and my wife – one day… I say one day… I will have enough money to buy a boat or a yacht or AT LEAST buy two tickets on a decent cruise.
So from this day on – I’ll be rich. I already have love (loads of it) so now it’s time to start being a rich person.

What else.

Oh …. if you’re patient then you’ll see some epic long exposure shots of the sea and waves, some shots of the Tallinn’s old town (we will probably take even more photos during our visit), a few long exposure night, cityscape and sea shots, some random short-skirts and high heels walking on the streets of Tallinn (You know what they say – Estonia allegedly has the most beautiful girls (women) in the world).

If any of my followers should ever visit Tallinn or Estonia – you can count on me. I could be your trip adviser. As a person who has traveled a lot and seen different places of the world – Estonia really is a place you should visit and see with your own eyes. Google it! It is a tiny and small country but it has a lot to offer. I mean more than some other countries.

That seems to be it for now.
I love you all!
I haven’t been posting very often for the last … many… days, but there still is intense traffic on my blog.
🙂
at some point I thought that I have a unhealthy addiction to this wordpress site, but it seems like you all love it as much as I do.

As I’m using my phone’s internet connection (Thank you Tele 2!) to surf on the web, I can’t check out the pages of my new followers. I promise to do it as soon as I get to my fair enough PC.

Epic, perfect, ideal, absolute, the very best and the greatest!

Thank YOU! Yes, YOU!
Stay tuned, follow my @iliftmirrors Twitter, follow my blog and send me fan mail! 🙂

Take care, that’s it.

Bu-bye!

An Update

Hey!

If I could say how sorry I am.
I haven’t done any new posts for very many days now. I’m kind of stuck in Tallinn with my laptop that doesn’t have enough resources to run and open nor lightroom or photoshop.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but I can’t share them with you – at least not yet.
I’ll upload the best shots as soon as I get back home // at my girlfriends place.

It has been wonderful – the weather has been windy enough to get some great shots of waves, sunset and landscapes.

Stay tuned, pictures will be uploaded soon!

To stay in touch, follow me on twitter @iliftmirrors

Take care!