Summer Is Ending

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We have spent the past few days in and around of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Soon, I will upload a gallery of what I have seen so far, but until then I leave you with this thought – the 1st of September is only 12 days away…

 

Depressing, isn’t it?

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.

 


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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

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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!

 

Life Through a Tinted Piece of Glass

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In this instance, the piece of glass being a Hoya R72 Infrared filter.

I got it for my birthday last year and so far I’ve barely taken it out of its box, simply because it seems like so much hassle to get good results when taking IR photos – there is so much post processing involved and the subject itself needs to be special in it’s own way as well. My boyfriend has used the filter much more successfully – as demonstrated here – but today I finally found a scene that in my view warranted the use of the filter.

The picture is taken in Luke Manor Park, a delightful little place, not far from Tartu.

For the past several hours I’ve been reading articles about how to process infrared images to get the desired results. After a bit of experimenting (Lab Channels being one of the keywords) I ended up with the image displayed above, which I’m quite happy with. The picture that came out of the camera can be seen here.

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First off: The satellite image for rain – nothing threatens us | CHECK (http://www.sat24.com/?ir=true&ra=true&region=eu)
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Secondly: The hourly forecast for the day – seems fine to me | CHECK (http://www.accuweather.com/en/ee/estonia-weather)

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Thirdly: No thunder in the area – no beeps or marks | CHECK (http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en)thunder

Life is hard and then you die.
To remember the days that pass, we decided to make a trip / hike / sightseeing tour.
Here we go – see you later.

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?
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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:
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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.
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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? 🙂

Oops!

Since the 20th of January I haven’t posted any pictures – WHY??? (you, who are still left, might ask). Well, it’s because

1) School sucks – you have to study and shit (fortunately I passed enough exams to stay in school (for free – YAY!!)).

2) My laptop died – my only device that could process *.RAW files (Actually *.CRF). Huge thanks to my relative who donated his old PC for me to use (massive gaming animal). Two days later that PC died as well. I now even know how a burning motherboard smells. Then my fiance had a great idea (yes, my girlfriend became my fiance – that has happened as well.) – we should combine her “kind of not working pc” and my burnt “kind of a gaming pc”. Considered, done. Unfortunately something real buggy is going on in our new soft- and hardware. At random times the pc just shuts down. I believe I have visited every site that have any words of wisdom, but still no success. I have a kick-ass IR picture that I’d like to show you, but every time I try to edit the photo in Photoshop… guess what – the PC shuts down at some point.

3) I kind of gave up on photography for a short time, because I watched youtube videos of some pro photographers and I felt disheartened – quite a lot. I felt like I had no chance of getting anything nice on my sensor. Then I found some tutorials, reviews and uplifting videos – also from youtube. I also found some interesting photography books from my fiance’s bookshelf (I actually haven’t red them yet – just watched the pictures 🙂 ), stopped drinking, tried to quit smoking (I failed miserably, but at the moment I’m trying again – it has to happen at some point).

I feel that now I’m ready again to share my photographs and take some new ones. But I have to tell you – I feel like I’m still learning, experimenting with different ways to take a picture, learning how does lightroom and my camera work. There is so much I’d like to try out and test. I don’t take pictures and share them because I live for “likes” – that’s actually why I deleted my facebook account. All the feedback I’d like to get is – What DO and DON’T you like, What could be better, what is the story that my pictures are telling you, do you think that I’m a lost cause and should donate my camera to my other half, or do you believe that I have some potential? I know that I have posted pictures with gross misuse of HDR programs, ND filters and photoshop but I promise that I’m trying to grow out of it.
As Henri Carties-Bresson said: “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” I hope that my first 10,000 will be full soon. Lets make it like this – the first 10,000 photos I have selected from my other files and uploaded to this Blog are the worst. I’ll let you know when I post my 10,001th photo (it might take some time), but I hope that you will bare with me.

Oh I forgot – I went to London in April? I broke my lens 🙁 My Canon EFS 17-85mm is dead – as soon as I change my aperture it will display an error message: “Error 99, shooting not possible”. I haven’t had time to get it to a repair shop, but I’ll do it soon.

Here are some pictures as an award of reading this long and winding post:

Who and Why should leave their boat docked on such an beautiful day?
Who and Why should leave their boat docked on such a beautiful day?
Wich is older? An very old tree or and very old wall? Who has followed who?
Which is older? A very old tree or a very old wall? Who came after whom?
A cliche "RED SKY" and "SUNSET" and "The Arrival of the Dark Side" photo.
A cliche “RED SKY” and “SUNSET” and “The Arrival of the Dark Side” photo.
Mirror mirror on the ground in the middle of the forest is not a mirror.
Mirror mirror on the ground, in the middle of the forest, is not a mirror. WTF?
Kind of lonely
Kind of lonely
Who is on whos way?
Who is on whose way?

Man Down

DSC_0416_1024As the snow conditions are so good (there barely is any) we went skiing on lake Pühajärv. Let’s just say some of us are more used to skiing than others.

Today we had a busy day.
Weather was nice though 🙂 .

Here are some pictures I took today (Canon EOS 400D 17-85mm, no filters, no tripod).

Small pieces.

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Joy.

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Sunset (picture taken from window).

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Industry

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A Sunday Stroll

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Winter has (finally) arrived. Today the sun was out, the sky was blue and the light white dusting we’ve had so far (about 5 cm’s of snow, usually by this time of the year we are stuck neck deep in that white nuisance) painted a rather pretty picture. So out we went, armed with our cameras, to see if we could capture some bits of it.

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Catch Me If You Can


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My (now) 13 year old dachshund, on her birthday, doing her old tricks. Age may have slowed her down slightly, but it has not changed any habits 🙂