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Thessaloniki International Art Fair

I am inviting all of you to join me at the “Art Thessaloniki International art fair”. My photograph was selected for the exhibition:

“Hi Slava,

Congratulations for your achievement at the “Centered” exhibition!
You can find GuruShots’ invitation on Facebook page..
The exhibition will be a part of “Art Thessaloniki International art fair” taking place at the Helexpo exhibition & congress center
If you’re around, it will be great if you arrive on Thursday the 23rd at 20:00 for a GuruShot meet-up and get to know some of the names behind the lenses… ”

The photograph itself:

Church on the island in Bled lake (Slovenia)

See you!

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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.

Spring rain on lake Bled, Slovenia.

I was spending a spring evening on lake Bled (Slovenia) in hope to witness beautiful evening light. The sky was covered with clouds and the rain was falling on and off. Even when the rain threaten to become a shower and all tourists found their way to shelters, I was waiting…  And my hope wasn’t in vain,  a couple of minutes after beginning of the rain the sun started piercing the  clouds and light quickly movined towards the island. I knew, I will only have a couple of seconds to catch the island highlighted. I had my setup ready for the shot so I was just waiting for the moment when the light would come to the island to make it back lit. My expectations were exceeded, backlight gave this beautiful glowing of fresh leaves on trees. I just made a shot and the light, glowing of the trees and the moment were gone… But It was captured inside my camera for me and now I am happy to share it with you…

Glowing island under the spring rain, Lake Bled, Slovenia
Glowing island under the spring rain, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Cheers!

Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Canon nFD L 80-200mm
  • Benro travel mate tripod

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