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!

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

This week I’ve been fooling around with photoshop. Here are some results:

My WOW - work of the weekend. 360 degrees, 4 layers "small earth" panorama.
My WOW – work of the weekend. 360 degrees, 4 layers “small earth” panorama.
Tilt shift photoshop test
Tilt shift photoshop test
Spy shot
Spy shot
Traffic
Traffic
Prolly the most photographed bridge in Tartu
Prolly the most photographed bridge in Tartu
Stairs
Stairs

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.

Summary of the trip

As I mentioned two posts back – we had a road trip today. First stop was the Taagepera castle, because I thought it would be a nice place for our wedding (next summer). This is the first photo I took in the area – not a very warming view:

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Tourists checking out the castle’s exterior and listening to their tour guide’s talk (left):
Taagepera castle’s main entrance (right):
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In conclusion we decided to keep looking for a suitable place (as we don’t quite know yet, what it is exactly that we want…)

There is something about this picture that somehow makes me really-really sad. 🙁 :
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Inverse-reverse-flipped-mirror (left):
That would be a nice house to live in (right):
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To sum up today’s trip – it was awesome. Tripping shall definitely continue!

To new followers – Thank You for following, I will most definitely check out your sites and leave a mark.
To people who like and comment my work / posts – Thank you too! Likes and comments are the things that keep me going. Besides my fiance and love. 🙂

You’re all just great! Thanks!
Bu-bye!

Photo a Day August – Day 2 (Lunch)

Today I had a late lunch (picture taken at 19:16).

For me taking a picture of your food is like taking a picture and saying “look what I’m going to turn into shit!” so that’s why I couldn’t take a picture of my actual lunch.
This turning into shit thing doesn’t apply for those who do actual food reviews or cooking shows or stuff like that.

Here is the picture for #FMSphotoaday August Day 2 – Lunch:
Mulgi KõrtsThis is the place where I ate my lunch. Situated in Abja-Paluoja, Estonia and called MULGI tavern.
Here is their homepage (sadly only in Estonian): http://www.mulgikorts.ee/

As I couldn’t get a clean shot of the tavern I tried a bit different compositions – with posts, shadows and signs. “APTEEK” in English is “Pharmacy”.

Yet another roadtrip

Hey folks!

Seems like today we’re going on a road trip to far west.
Hope to get some great shots – Twitter feed will keep you posted.

Picture a day challenge post will be uploaded in the evening! (I’m GMT +3 by the way).
What a wonderful weather we’re having today. Solitary clouds, +28C and my smiley face. I really hope that I won’t start pouting – I ran out of smokes last night and now can’t buy new ones.
I guess this time it’s really time to quit (hopefully).

Take care and have a nice day!

Okay, I promise – today’s last post.
First off: Our kitty (she will always stay a kitty for me) Alfred.
What's up dog? Are you coming back?

 

 

 

 

1) She wants to play, but the dog doesn’t seem to be amused so it’s time to make stupid faces.
2) She captured the dog’s ‘nest’ but then realized that she is all alone 🙁 Still no one wants to play with her.
ISO 2000 aka “One noisy pussy”.

Two arty shots… not my stile actually.

 

black and white industrial landscape arty landscape?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Black and white industrial landscape (still functioning).
2) Road to the sky (almost) + a post on the way.

Last, but not least: One more landscape to end the day with.

 


landscape

That’s all for me today. Sleep well – or if you are in USA – have a nice day.
Already thinking about tomorrow – where will I find a good shot? I bet I will be composing it in my dreams tonight.

Let the pictures talk to you!

Today was a good day. August has started great for me. Lets hope the rest of the month will be even better. I already know that it will be 🙂 Stay positive!

Bu-Bye!

 

As we spent most of our time today literally in a field here are two other shots of rye and one of oat. Enjoy!oat

rye

rye

 

 

 

 

 

Some pictures are yet to come!
I decided that I’ll make a separate sub-folder for Picture a Day challenge in my Gallery menu – easier for you to follow 😉

Bu-bye!

 

August Photo a Day Challenge

I have decided (or been persuaded) to take part in this fun challenge once again. I have done it in the past as well, hopefully I will manage to follow it through the whole month.

Click on the photo to visit Fat Mum Slim’s website and read what she has said about the prompts, and why not take part yourself!

 

Edited to add: In order to make this challenge even more challenging I have decided to attempt all these shots with my trusted, and slightly battered nifty-fifty – the Canon 50mm f1.8. Even I’m curious about the results!

My Dear fellow bloggers, photographers (rookies to pro), readers and followers.

This is another “Gear” and “Stupid things (in my opinion)” category post.
This time I’m going to talk about lens hoods aka lens shades.

First off the theory quoted from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_hood):
“In photography, a lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare.”
“Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.”

Seems like a quite handy thing, right?
First off I’d like to say that 80% of pictures I’ve taken are without the lens hood.
Here is a sample from few posts back where I talked about condoms. On the left image I used the hood, on the right image the hood was off:
glare 1 w hood glare 1 wo hood
Can you see the difference? I sure don’t – the flare and glare are the same on both images. Even the histograms say they are 99% mach. If you scroll down to the “sex talk” post you can see that the glare is gone – how did I do that?
No – I didn’t put on even longer and larger hood. I moved my camera like a 1/2″ and it was fixed.

Now I have a question to you all!
What does this picture remind you?
circumcised

To me it’s a circumcised penis, but just not that useful.
Why do people put their hoods on backwards if they don’t use them?
It might be the most impractical thing ever. How do you zoom? Even the focus ring isn’t that accessible any more. I’m used to use my left hands two fingers: one for focus, the other for zoom. Since the zoom ring is now blocked your hand won’t feel the same. Disturbing.
If you want to use your lens hood on your lens, then in my eyes this is the only option:
good

Now if you look at some press conference or celebrity shots – how many lens hoods can you see?
Seems like pro’s don’t use them at all. (For me a pro is a person who earns his / her living by taking and selling their pictures OR someone whose photos I really like 🙂 )

My lenses look most of the time like this:
betterMotto: “If you don’t use it, leave it at home.”
I heard it actually from a youtube show, but as the Terms of Agreement on their homepage doesn’t allow to use their company’s or show’s name without permission, I cant mention it here and advertise them. I can say that much: it starts with D and ends with TV and they are based in China.

Now. To conclude I’ll show you the “studio” setup, where I took these photos (with and without hoods + ridiculous reverse hood):
DIY cheap white studio background

I might do a DIY post on “DIY cheap ‘studio-looking’ setups”.
Let me know what would YOU like to read about or what do you think of my posts.
If you have any heart at all, click FOLLOW button and leave a comment.

Thanks! Bu-bye!

Two days ago a tree (silver fir) ended it’s natural life cycle.
Since it was tilted towards the houses the decision was taken to tear it down.

I recommend you to watch these pictures in full resolution – just click on them and then zoom in :).

Adrenaline junkie:
IMG_7740 IMG_7773 You know you’re a real man when you’re photogenic even while working with a chainsaw at insane altitudes, supported by two thin ropes only. An you’ve even got time to pose:IMG_7780IMG_7787 And the last cut: IMG_7833

And now guess, who has to clean it all up? 🙂