Sunny day, sunny day, daddy.

This is my favorite saying that daughter made up. She also made up “Rainy day, rainy day, Matevž”.

When I’m out with my camera on a sunny day, I often hear the comment “Oh, it’s good to be shooting today, isn’t it?”.

In fact, when there is too much sun I don’t actually shoot. I just go to check out compositions.

For classic landscapes what you really want is good elements in the frame and of course great light. Not just a lot of blue skies.  Checking out compositions at different times of the day gives me an idea of what I want to put in and out in the frame. In Bohinj, great light can come at anytime, even after the rain.

Being in the right place at the right time will get you a good shot (or two), but knowing where and when the right place is going to be is the “secret” of getting a lot more better photos.

Apsara also has another saying – “Snowy day, snowy day, mummy”. But that’s for another blog post.

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By | July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go big or Go Home

When I started out in photography I was always impressed with photographers with big cameras and even bigger lenses.

Today, I am no longer impressed, but I do have more big “professional” equipment than I can carry.

With the maturity of  mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) systems it is easy to see why they are becoming more and more popular.

The size and weight differences are clearly obvious. And the image quality from cameras such as the NIkon 1 system are now so good that unless I really need the extra details from the larger sensor sized cameras, mirrorless ILCs are what I take with me.

For travels with the family, mirrorless ILCs are perfect for both stills as well as video.

“Go Big or Go Home” maybe great for pumping iron in the gym but if you want to have some fun with your photography, then it’s gotta be “Go small and be happy”. Your back and neck will certainly thank you for it.

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Right: 24-70mm

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More photos from Cambodia here

By | July 15th, 2014|Categories: Mirrorless, Travel|Tags: |0 Comments

Messi, Photshop and Home

What do these things have in common?

The theme of Nikon’s 2014 photographer of the year is Home and I am working on my entry.

The thing about photography is that some people insist that it should be real. To me it is anything but real. A photo for me is a creation of my mind, just as a painting is a creation of a painter’s mind.

Here are two images (of 5) for my entry. The first is NOT photoshopped at all but it was completely staged. I had recorded the goal by Messi and put it on pause. I then got everyone to dress and be in a position of what we do at “home” on a typical evening. I then acted is if I am watching the game live and pressed the camera’s remote release as if the goal was scored.

Messi's goal

In the second photo however, it is Phoshopped. Dozens of images were taken, of which I used three to make a composite image.

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Whether a photo is staged or Photoshopped, Nikon is not going to care and neither should the viewer. Unless of course you are presenting a photo as evidence in a court case.

When presented as a form of Art, the only thing that should ever matter in a photograph is whether or not you like it.

 

 

By | July 10th, 2014|Categories: Photoshop|Tags: , , |0 Comments