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Ancient road through olive garden, Frascati, Italy

Frascati (Italy) is an ancient city, which is situated on the hills above Rome, in the South. It’s famous by its view on the Rome. The view is especially beautiful at night, but there are other unknown sight-seen – ancient villas and gardens.

An ancient road in the olive garden by Vaycheslav Isaev. Frascati, Italy, 2015.
An ancient road in the olive garden by Vaycheslav Isaev. Frascati, Italy, 2015.

I’ve been there many times before I discovered this side of the city and its surrounding. Many villas are private and their gardens are closed, but some of them are a national heritage and gardens of such villas are open for the public. You can smell a mystery and history in such places. Villas are full with the underground passages and hidden rooms for secret society meetings. On the villa, which I visited, Lions Club still meets. Some gardens still have parts of an ancient paved roads which were leading to Rome.

These hills are also famous by the city named Castel Gandolfo. The summer residence of the Pope is located there, but this is a story for another post.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled lake is situated in the North of Slovenia and in southern foothills of Julian Alps. This is a popular place among Slovenes and tourists.

Evening_view_on_bled_lakeThere is a walking path around the lake which offers the best views of the lake. The views are marvelous at any time of the year.

A medieval castle dominates over the lake. It is simply named after the lake – Bled castle. It opens a beautiful view on the lake and surroundings.

Castle Bled, Slovenia
Castle Bled, Slovenia

The calling card of the place is an island in the middle of the lake. The island is crowned by the ancient monastery . Its church rises up in the middle of the island.

Church on the island of Bled lake (Slovenia)
Church on the island of Bled lake (Slovenia)

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Walking around the lake you will collect new perspectives of the church.

Church_on_the_island_of_bled_lake_by_vyacheslavYou can use a rowing boat to get to the island.

The lake became a popular photography place. That evening I was sharing my location with 3 Hungarian photographers, who were equipped by high end cameras (Nikon D810), heavy tripods and Lee filters.

See you on the photo tour,  Cheers!

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Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Canon nFD 80-200
  • Benro Travelmate

Real estate photography.

Photographing real estate is one of my  favorite tasks. It allows you to apply your creativity in many things: lighting of the subject, composition and post processing.  This real estate was photographed in Ljubljana in 2 sessions: First session is to scout the place and second is the photo session. I choose the evening time for the session to be able to highlight the subject.


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Late evening view on the exterior of the real estate.

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Equipment:

  • Canon 7d
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II (BHPhoto, Amazon)
  • Speed light: Yongnou 560
  • Remote: Youngnou YN-622C
  • Remote: Pixel TW-282TX

Minolta MD 24mm & Sony SEL2870

Minolta MD 24mm can be easily used on Sony a7, thanks for the adapters. Adapter represents simple piece of metal – metal tube which is attached to the lens.

Size comparison of Minolta MD 24mm equipped with MD-NEX adapter with Sony SEL2870.

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Minolta MD 24mm & Sony SEL2870 for Sony a7.

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AdA – the world’s first electron–positron storage ring

The story of the world’s first electron–positron storage ring, the Anello di Accumulazione (AdA), starts in the hills above Rome. In a small city named Frascati. It is famous for many things, but first above by its beautiful view on Rome.

frascati-01727AdA was built in Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), under the leadership of Bruno Touschek, it stored its first beams in February 1961. A year later it was transported to France, to a small city in the neighborhood of Paris named Orsay.

Article in CERN-courier (eng).

AdA first electron-positron storage ring.
AdA first electron-positron storage ring.

ADA first electron-positron storage ring (outcome).

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AdA first electron-positron storage ring (vacuum).
ADA first electron-positron storage ring (vacuum).

ADA in twilight.

Ada-electron-positron-ring-frascati_04And for the end surrealistic night look of ADA.

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Soaring cupola, St.Pietro, Rome, Italy

The story of Soaring Cupola photograph begins in 2009. That year I was spending my vacation in a beautiful Italian capital – Rome. Late at night as we were walking from  Saint Angelo castle (Castel Sant’Angelo) in the darkness I was stunned by the beautiful view of the bridge and azur cupola of St. Peter’s basilica floating above the Tiber river. I could not  resist and took a picture. The Rome nights in March chilly and I managed to take just a couple of shots before the wind pierced me. (You can notice the wind even on a long exposure photographs below.)

From bridge to the Sant Angel Castel
Saint Pietro, Vyacheslav Isaev, 2009

Since then I was planning to retake this shot in a more appropriate time to eliminate dark areas and high contrast.

5 years later in 2014 I finally found time to retake it. I came to the place to find that this composition doesn’t really work for me, doesn’t communicate my filling of the place.  The sense of the depth was lost  and there were some distracting elements.  I found a new position which I liked more and started to wait for the perfect light, but that day light show was happening above my head – not above the selected subject. So I had to wait longer.  When the lights were switched on clouds start organizing to an interesting structure.  I was hopping that one of the clouds will emphasize structure of the cupola and this did happen. I like how background clouds are separated behind the cupola on the final shot.

St.Pietro, Sunset (Rome, Italy) by Vyacheslav Isaev, 2014
Soaring cupola of Saint Pietro (Rome, Italy) by Vyacheslav Isaev, 2014

I spent around 1.5 hour in my ambush on the bridge, talking with tourists and Pakistani guys selling souvenirs. I had a nice time patiently waiting for the shot.

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Light painting

If you like the subject, but not really happy about the light on the subject – use light painting.

This chapel is on my usual stroll route. I have passed it so many times, but never could get a good light on it. Finally I decided to create my own picture of this place and put the mood which was almost from the first time when I saw it. I would like to create  a mystical filling.

Сomparison of long exposure photograph with the final result of artificial lighting you can see here:

Desktop wallpaper (1920×1080).

I think the long exposure photograph (before) looks flat. Everything is equally lit. Glass gives a reflection and hides the beautiful statue inside of the chapel. Using light painting technology we can create a picture which we visualized. Here you see the chapel how I saw it in my head.

There are 2 kind of light painting: single frame with long exposure and composite.

The goal of first type is to get final photograph directly in camera. Such pictures used by  medias which doesn’t allow photo manipulations, like National Geographic. Usually exposure starts  from couple of minutes and so on. There are 2 types of light source could be used: continues and flash lights. Bare flash is used rarely. Usually it is covered by some light modifiers: gobo or/and greed. Main challenge during exposure is to prevent having a light source in the frame. This technology is complex and requires strong skills, planning and time, but it pays off by its value and experience.

The simpler method is a composite. Composite requires many shots with different parts of subject lit, then all the frames a composed in editor. I have used this method to create this picture. I have spent around 1 hour to get the right lighting on all parts and then used Photoshop to combine them. Totally I shot around 50 frames.

Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Youngnou YN-560, YN-600
  • Youngnou YN-633C
  • Pixel TW-282TX

The Moon photography

Thinking about the Moon photography?
Watch this inspiring video:

The Moonshot by National Geographic Live

Let’s apply reverse engineering to the photograph.
Which lens is used to achieve such magnification?
I would use a full frame camera for this shot (35mm).
To get the Moon of this size the lens must be more then 2000mm.
Such lens covers angel of 2° the average angular diameter or apparent size of the Moon is 0.5°.
So the proportions obvious.

Through the proportion the size of the foreground objects and distance to them could be calculated.

BTW: Do you know that your little finger covers approximately 1° on a stretched arm.

Harsh light. Baroque in photography.

Many times I’ve been asked – What to photograph in the middle of the day or how to use the harsh day light.

I think many of us were trapped by the harsh light in the middle of the day during a travel. Same happened to me in Rome, when I was enjoying a walk to an evening location, which I have selected couple days before. The sun was still above my head and light was quite harsh. Passing  Fountana di Trevi I noticed how beautifully the light was falling on one of a figures.

Fountana di Trevi is a famous touristic attraction in the center of Rome. Literal translation is a fountain in the Trevi district of Rome (location on Google map). It is surely one of my favorite places to spend an evening, but I am rarely passing by in the middle of the day.

The scene reminded me of baroque paintings tecnique with  the main characters advancing from a dark background. Actually the figures of the fountain were created in the baroque period and the fountain is the largest baroque fountain in the city.

So, I had a baroque figure and a baroque light, I only had to find a composition which would work.

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

There are following elements which make the picture work for me:

  • Rhythm in shadows and highlights
  • Diagonal rising composition

I believe this is a good example on how even the harsh light can assist in bringing out a special character of a picture.

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Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Canon nFD 80-200 L