19 December 2014

Sunrise in Tatra Mountains

Daily photo - Sunrise in Tatra Mountains

High Dynamic Range Photo of sunrise in Tatra Mountains.

For today I chose this high dynamic range image taken during sunrise in Polish Tatra Mountains. It was really beautiful scene with very nice warm light and fogs lurking in the valleys. BTW that thing on the left... yes, it's a car. There was that much snow that very winter.

Unfortunately there is no camera settings info today as I removed them from the photo.

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18 December 2014

Angry Sky

Daily photo - Angry Sky

High Dynamic Range image of very dramatic sunset in Dahab, Egypt

Today HDR image from Dahab in Egypt is pretty old one and if I was to shoot it today I would probably approach it differently (but does it mean better is hard to say :) ) as I'm not really fond of composition which I find quite boring. However, what saves this photo is amazing sky. It was really dramatic sunset and I still remember that very feeling when I was capturing that image - I was afraid that it's some severe sand storm approaching from over nearby desert. But it wasn't.

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17 December 2014

Warsaw Skyline

Daily photo - Warsaw Skyline

High Dynamic Range image of Warsaw Skyline

For today I initially planned to share new tutorial about HDR photography with you but didn't manage to write it on time so instead I'm just sharing above high dynamic range photo I took during sunset in Warsaw earlier this year. I hope to share mentioned tutorial later this week so stay tuned (or subscribe to RSS feed of this blog ;) ).

If you would like to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial where I show how to do that.

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16 December 2014

Warm Cretan Light

Daily photo - Warm Cretan Light

High Dynamic Range image from Crete

It's getting cold and ugly outside so what about photo taken in a bit more pleasant conditions? HDR image from today post was taken in the middle of summer in Crete.

BTW in my recent tutorial about Contrast Optimizer in Photomatix Pro, I mentioned that Contrast Optimizer can be used with great results on single LDR images. And here is example. After tone-mapping and finishing above image in Photoshop, I ended up with an image that I liked generally but which had not that great contrast and clarity. So what I did was to open this image in Photomatix Pro, choose Balanced preset and clarity and contrast greatly improved.

If you would like to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial where I show how to do that.

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15 December 2014

HDR tutorial downloaded 10.000 times!

HDR tutorial downloaded 10.000 times!

Just a little more than a year ago, on 30th November 2013, I shared my free HDR tutorial eBook, which is basically offline version of my popular HDR tutorial. Just recently it was downloaded for the 10.000th time! Wow, that's really huge as it gives almost 1000 download per month! Thank you everyone for downloading it, sharing with others and providing useful and kind feedback on my blog, via email, on Google+ and Facebook.
Also some time ago I promised to myself that 10.000 downloads milestone will be a moment when I will start working on a completely new version of my HDR tutorial. So expect refreshed version in a few weeks from now (probably at the beginning of new year)! What will it contain? More samples, more tips and my updated workflow as it changed a little bit recently. I'll also add a few missing bits here and there based on feedback from you. Hopefully, even more.

But maybe there are particular subjects that you would like to see covered in that new version? If so, leave a comment here and I'll try to add them if possible.

Daily photo - Winter in Tatra Mountains

Winter in Tatra Mountains

For a daily photo I chose winter high dynamic range image I took almost 2 years ago in Tatra National Park, Poland. I thought that snow, clouds and dark rocks made it a perfect candidate for black & white conversion so I went with it.

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14 December 2014

Getting back on track

Getting back on track

This year was (in fact, it still is) pretty disappointing for me as far as blogging is concerned. First my blog disappeared from Google searches almost completely (in January I had several hundred visits just from Google search, now it's about 10 - 50 a day!), then my motivation to blog started to drop what resulted in even further decrease of visitors. I also didn't have that much time to take new photos as in the last 2 years what made my content of worse quality.

But I think I'm finally getting back on track. This week I managed to post a few new entries, including one tutorial about using Contrast Optimizer in Photomatix and another longer story about new HDRsoft's plugin. I have some posts waiting to be published next week (and ideas for a few more). I also have a few pending changes to the blog layout that just needs to be plugged in. So yes, I hope my blog will come back to live and good shape in a few weeks to months from now. That's my hope for 2015 :)

Daily photo - View from Saddle under Kondracka Kopa

Painterly photo of a view from Saddle under Kondracka Kopa


Today I would like to share high dynamic range image I took last autumn in Tatra mountains. The conditions were prett difficult with strong wind blowing all the time what made it too risky to use tripod (I shot this holding my camera).

If you would like to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial where I show how to do that. And if you would like to learn how to create such painterly effect, watch my video tutorial about creating such results.

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12 December 2014

3000 followers on Facebook

3000 followers on Facebook

It took me ages to achieve that but I finally reached 3000 followers milestone on my Facebook photography page. It had almost died several months ago but I resurrected it and it's doing pretty well recently. Thank you everyone for your continuous support and I hope you still like my work :)

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Daily photo - Snow Falling in Dolina Kościeliska

High Dynamic Range photo of Dolina Kościeliska during snow fall
Time for a daily high dynamic range image. It was taken one beautiful winter in Koscieliska Valley (Dolina Kościeliska) in Polish Tatra Mountains. I still hope there will be such winter at the beginning of 2015 but so far weather forecasts aren't very promising. It was a real pleasure to shoot in such conditions, despite cold, and I would really love to repeat that.

If you would like to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial where I show how to do that. Also prepare for some winter HDR shooting with another of my tutorials.

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