a24 March 2014

Getting older... My blog turns 3!

3 years of blogging!

Exactly 3 years ago, on 24th March 2011, I wrote my very first post here on this blog. It started quite funny for me because before that I had 3D graphics programming blog where I shared various game-related graphics techniques (and some very complex algorithms... I'm software engineer after all). On that blog I occasionally shared my photos too. But as I took more and more of them I decided to create blog dedicated to photography.

First post (which I would prefer to forget actually) here was just a simple "Hello world" kind of post where I introduced myself to my readers, that is to you. Initially I didn't have much to share and for this reason in the first year of blogging I wrote only about 20 posts in total. Not much... Also at the beginning I intended to share only images, without much text nor technical info... I thought as my blog as a backup for Flickr at that time... but all this was about to change pretty soon...

I was taking more and more photos and my skills as photographer were greatly improving (I think I made biggest progress in 2012) and so did my photos. As quite a few people seemed to like my style and asked me various questions about my processing, gear and alike I realized that I have some things to share with others and so I decided to share free photography resources. Why free? Because this way I can reach broader audience than with paid ones and besides I believe in the idea of sharing free resources. If I learnt something from someone who shared this for free, I shouldn't keep my knowledge as secret.

During these 3 years, I wrote and recorded about 60 free tutorials ranging from HDR to infrared photography to creating tiny planets effect, shared numerous tips, workflows and a few hundred of free Photomatix Pro and Lightroom presets. I also wrote a few reviews of photography software and equipment... And what's really important for me, some of this content seem to be quite popular - my HDR tutorial was viewed almost 50k times, my free Photomatix presets were viewed 35k times and my star photography tutorial was displayed almost 20k times! These are truly impressive achievements and I now may say I somehow affected photography :) and probably inspired a few people to try something different, something new :) I hope to continue to do this in the next years! With your help of course, because without you this blog wouldn't exist!

My plans for the next year of blogging? I have a few big tutorials planned and a few smaller ones too. I also intend to record more video tutorials. I have some other cool ideas too but it's to early to make promises on them.

Finally do you have any suggestions on what to add in the next months? Maybe there is some text you would like to read or feature you would like to see on this blog? Maybe there is something you don't like on this blog and would like me to change it? I'm really looking forward to your suggestions.

Daily photo - Rocks at sunset

Time for a daily photo - rocks at sunset. A truly golden hour with a bit of the blue in the sea. Hope you like it :)
Rocks at sunset

Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Sony NEX-6 (read my review here)
Lens: Sony E 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/13.0
Exposure time: 8 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: Cokin ND X variable density filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.3, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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