Discarded

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How peculiar that I had to go into the “2017” folder to locate this image for uploading. But the topic was abandoned/discarded. I found this rather sad looking pile of clothes in a churchyard, somebody probably collected and donated the items to help those in need, but instead they were left to the elements. Maybe that green blouse (or skirt?) was even tried on, but deemed not suitable and cast aside.

The Bridge

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The second prompt for the competition was “animals or birds in our environment”.

The quality of this picture is awful, it was midday but I had to bump my ISO up to 1600 (max for my camera) and the pictures were still underexposed. Really wish I could afford some new gear 🙁 But nevermind that, despite the obvious quality-issues, I sill rather like the outcome.

Traditions

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I decided to take part in a neat local photo competition hosted by Eestimaa Kaunid Fotod (Beautiful Pictures of Estonia). The gist of it is that the organisers will announce a prompt and the participants will have to take a new picture in the given timeframe anywhere in Estonia that fits the topic. I don’t expect to win any awards but I really like the challenging aspect of the competition, so I decided to take part. And as this blog has been in hibernation for far too long, I shall post all of the images here as well.

The first topic was “a local sight”. I had a few ideas, taking a picture of the main building of the University of Tartu was not one of them, because the theme is too “overexposed” in my opinion, although there is no doubt it is a very grandiose construction, especially in its Christmas “outfit”.

But as I was walking past it, I saw three people in traditional attire and quickly took the shot. Can’t say it’s one of my best, but I felt it was good enough to submit.

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

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!

The Gherkin

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Formally known as 30 St Mary Axe. One of my favourite buildings in the world.

Taken in April 2014, during our wonderful trip to the ever delightful London.

Finally – pictures!

So here are some long-awaited photos:

1) Motocross @ Sõmerpalu

As some of you might know – I have decided to develop or extend my photography skills. First test: Moving motorcycles.

It is really hard to get a sharp picture using AF so I tried to find a good spot, manually focus a spot where the driver with his bike should be and when it was time – take the shot. Here are the results:

duplicators
duplicators

As there were many distractions, I managed to take some other photographs as well.

paraplane
paraplane
Balloon
Balloon

Lesson learned: Choose the background wisely. (Blending colors).

Jump
Jump

Oops: AF decided that the driver and his bike are not important. (Shot with AI SERVO).

Oops
Oops – check your focal points!

Benefits of the 300mm lens.

Starters
Starters

If your camera’s burst rate isn’t so good, you have to put your reflexes to the test.

Microseconds after the start
Microseconds after the start
Animals
Animals
Style
Style

Check every edge of your viewfinder!

Mind the heads
Mind the heads

2) Rally Estonia 2014

Test number two – moving cars, flying rocks and dust. By the way – A historic Porsche that passed me during the 2nd stage threw a rock at me … and broke my glasses. Fortunately they are still usable. Maybe I’ll add a picture of my glasses too.

Ville
Ville
Copter 1
Copter 1
Copter 2 (Eurosport?)
Copter 2 (Eurosport?)

Something else

Boat on river "Emajõgi"
Boat on river “Emajõgi”

Trolley

Something I saw during lunch break
Something I saw during lunch break
Coat in the wind
Coat in the wind
Bored, tired, bossy.
Bored, tired, bossy.
Got grip? 1
Got grip? 1
Got Grip? 2
Got Grip? 2
Boss of the bosses.
Boss of the bosses.
Hot hot hot
Hot hot hot
Movements
Movements
They don't give a shit
They don’t give a shit

 

That’s it. Stay tuned!

Playing with lights

Yesterday night I tried a thing called “painting with lights”.
Unfortunately I can’t draw 🙁
Long exposure + LED flashlight

This is the *.RAW file, nothing has been changed, only UV filter was used.
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Today I took a walk in the city I currently live in. Believe it or not, but these are the only traffic lights used here.
As I haven’t had any quality sleep time lately I nearly fell asleep behind the tripod.

I took 7 different photos and then layered them all together.

Used ND4 and ND8 filters + UV filter

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For this photo I took 5 different ones. Unfortunately we don’t have much traffic here, so not many vehicles passed during the time I camped on the spot.

ND8 + UV filter were used.

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