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Ancient castle courtyard.

Courtyard of the ancient castle is especially pleasing on the evening after the sunset. The noisy tourist groups, accompanied by guides in a hurry, left it already and slow passage of time came back inside the ancient walls.

Ljubljana castle, entrance
Ljubljana castle, entrance

Many friends told me that they filling presence in the courtyard when they are looking at the picture. They asked me how I created this filling and which post processing have I used. I have to say, at the begging, that this photo is not a composite or HDR and I didn’t use any advanced post processing in this case…

I have spent multiple evenings to catching the right image. Under the right I mean the picture how I was imaging it and how I would like it to be, so it would communicate my filling from the place. My eye was caught by the color contrast of warm yellows and cold blues. So it became obvious that picture must be composed around that. To increase depth I found a place where my foreground would be darker than main scene. I also blurred the nearby background on the right so it would be as our eye expects. That forces the eye to travel from the corner up to the mild ground where the ivy is brighter and sharper. On the left, there is a repetition patter of columns from the side to the middle. This receding pattern just confirms the filling from the right side. Bluish-ness of the pavement beneath and foreground on the right side is in contrast with warm yellow openings of the gallery on the left. I think that also stretches the space. When our eye reaches the portal there is again play of shadows and lights which creates extra depth. There is another element which forced me to spend one more evening catching the right moment… It is the sky which you can see behind the portal and tree silhouettes. I would like them to be exactly as it is depicted here and that brought an issue, either the sky was too dark on the moment when external lights balanced with embedded light or lights were coming later than I need it, but finally I succeed…

I have a strong feeling of accomplishment and excitement in such cases when everything goes as I anticipated and planned it to be 🙂

Cheers!

P.S. The look of the courtyard was changed shortly after the shot has been taken. Framing tree was totally cut off. The wall was cleaned from the ivy. So, it recalls world known phrase – “You could not step twice into the same river.” (Heraclitus)

Equipment:

Sony a7, Sony SEL3528Z, tripod.

Utilizing power of Sony RX10 III: Animal photography

I visited Ljubljana Zoo to give a try of Sony RX10 III zooming capabilities and I was really pleased to have a 600mm lens :).

ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000019It gives you ability to make a tighter shots and compose far away subjects in a pleasing way.  This shot reminds me my visits to grandma place  she had a carpet on the wall with the very similar composition. I personally would like one of them to stay, I think that would improve the composition even more.ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000039 ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000042Please, don’t leave me!

ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000080 ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000092Siesta 🙂

ljubljana_zoo_20160709-000056Shooting through a fence. You can notice the fence was blurred out by the lens.  I especially positioned the frame in a way that the blur emphasize the subject.ljubljana_zoo_cheetahAnother shot through the fence, here again the fence helped to make kind of a framing  it blurs out surrounding allowing to focus you on the subject. Photo should communicated the cool of the shadow on the hot summer day :), please,  tell me if I succeed…

ljubljana_zoo_elephantFinally I was able to catch some movement on this hot summer day…

As far this session was relaxed and animal activity was low I am going for the “Duck hunting”, will find some pond full of birds on early morning and test focusing speed and ISO performance. Also If I find a gap in my busy schedule I will go for birds in flight photography.

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Sony RX10 III: Lightening photography

During my stay in Salzburg I was lucky to witness remote storm whit light strikes. I was testing Sony RX10 III camera that day, so I am happy to offer you test shot which was made.

Salzburg thunderbolt with Sony RX10 III
Salzburg thunderbolt with Sony RX10 III

To be frank it wasn’t a pure luck, the weather forecast was predicting some rain over night so I knew that something interesting  might happen on sunset. The sunset itself was amazing, sun pierced clouds just before the sunset and highlighted roofs of the city, but this is a topic for another post.

I was using manual approach to photograph thunderbolt in the meaning that I haven’t used any special device to register lightening. I have defined exposure which I would like to use and was firing exposures in a row. Some some of the frames got thunderbolts exposed. I am quite satisfied with the result taking in to account sensor size of the Sony RX10 III.

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Sony RX10 III hands-on: Wings for Life

It happened I was visiting Hangar 7 in Salzburg with Sony RX10 III camera. I would like to say thank you, Martin Todtling, who made this visit happened for me.

I was attracted there by the bolide which has a nice texture made from thousands of photographs.  Texture was made as a part of the charity program called “Wings for Life”.

I always like to reach unreachable and see hidden so Sony RX10 III ultra zoom  (24-600) complements my style very well.

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That is why I like to have 600mm lens, without carrying a lot of kilos. It allows you get so close and emphasize the subject to which you would like bring the attention. Note, the maximum aperture at 600mm is 4.0. It’s just amazing.

More is coming, stay tuned!

Cheers!

P.S. I would like to thank you aganin Martin Todtling, he is the amazing photographer and  my friend from Salzburg, who made this visit happened.

P.S.S. This post is a part of review series of Sony RX10 III bridge camera.

Notre Dame de Paris.

Notre Dame de Paris is a famous cathedral known by many since child hood through world know literature. One is definitely going to visit it once in Paris, it is a must see. I couldn’t resist to spent one evening on the Siene embankment, waiting for the sunset light during my visits to Paris. Sunsets are especially beautiful at Autumn in Paris, before or after the rain.

Last day light on Notre Dame de Paris
Last day light on Notre Dame de Paris

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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