a26 February 2014

No more daily posts

No more daily posts

When I started blogging here almost 3 years ago, one of my many goals was to write a new blog post every single day (apart from holidays where I usually don't have internet access). However, the longer I run this blog, the more obvious it becomes for me that it wasn't the best idea. Preparing interesting and good quality content everyday is virtually impossible, so I sometimes end up uploading photos that I don't like that much or just write a sentence or two because of lack of time. And I don't like sharing boring content.

So from now on, I won't be blogging everyday. But fear not - I still hope to write new post 3 to 6 times a week (sometimes 7, sometimes only 2 maybe) but without forcing myself to do so when I don't have anything interesting to share. I also hope that this way I will have more time to prepare interesting tutorials as when I'm writing daily I don't always have enough time to share tips. And there are so many subjects that I would like to write about!

Daily photo - Sea at Midnight

Time for a daily photo, today is titled Sea at Midnight. It wasn't really taken at midnight (it was 10 PM or so) but this way it sounds more dramatic, doesn't it :) ?

It's a long-exposure HDR image created from 6 exposures. Shortest one was 5 seconds (to restore details in brightest highlights) and the longest one - 120 seconds (to properly expose for rocks and sea and sky).

By the way, night landscape HDR photography is one of my favorites as you can't really predict how the final photo will turn out. It's a bit of a guessing game. The colours our eyes see at night are completely different from what our cameras see - we see in monochrome; cameras - in colour. For us everything has this very dark blue tint, but not for the camera. For us everything is very dark, but with long exposure a lot of details are restored. You can see other night high dynamic range photo from me here.

If you want to learn how to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial. If you prefer to download it or print, I suggest you take a look at the PDF version.
Sea at Midnight

Finally some EXIF information:
Technical details:
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure time: 30 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 6
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: long-exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Adjust

Where was this photo taken:

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