Life Through a Tinted Piece of Glass


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 (


Secondly: The hourly forecast for the day – seems fine to me | CHECK (



Thirdly: No thunder in the area – no beeps or marks | CHECK (

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.

The Gherkin


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.

Old Castle Ruins

So… Seems like I have taken “Picture a Day” challenge very “seriously”.

Well… Next year I will take part in all of them (In my hopes and dreams).

Few days back me and my girlfriend took a walk in Old Castle ruins located near the town where I grew up.
In the ruins we found a very well lit suspension bridge and fortunately I had my camera with a tripod handy (the best gift for christmas this year).
There should be EXIF with the file, but in case you are wondering:
HDR bracket: (-2;2)
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2 ; 1/2 / 8
Aparture: 8
Lens used: Canon EFS 17-85; 1:4-5.6 IS USM (Manual focus, Stabililizer off). Focal lenght: 17mm
Camera Used: My PrEcIoUs Canon EOS 400D with firmware upgrade.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop + NIK filters (Boosted Red layer, removed some noise, merged HDR).

And here is the result:

A suspension bridge in Old Castle Ruins located in the town near which I grew up.
A suspension bridge in Old Castle Ruins located in the town near which I grew up.

In case I won’t get here before it’s time: Have a nice New Year’s Eve!

Seasons change

seasons 1

The first one was taken on 29.11.2012, the second one on 12.10.2013. The angle isn’t quite right, I will try to fix that when I take the Spring and Summer pictures.

Catch Me If You Can


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 🙂



Living here you do forget what sunshine looks or feels like, however, when you do get one of those days, it’s magical. This was taken last week, but today the sun almost felt slightly warm.

68 days till April.

Photo a Day November #5 – 5 O’Clock

It’s only 5 o’clock and already it’s almost pitch black outside and pouring with rain. Gotta “love” winter.

P.S. I know the EXIF says the picture was taken at 18:00, that’s because I can’t be bothered to change the time on the camera so it remains on summer time all year round.