Thursday, May 31, 2012

Effort

Effort

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Panning - bikes in Copenhagen

Some weeks ago we tried to shoot some panning. Nikon D7000 has great AF continuous mode so it was not that difficult to shoot some moving bikers. The difficulties were the low frequency of bikers in the Nyhavn area in a Sunday afternoon and the large amount of cars that were entering the frame. Funny topic, we will definitively try it again in the future.
The processing has been done with Topaz B&W effects, a great way of converting an image in monochrome or sepia. Majority of people are considering Nik Silver Efex as the leading in the market, but Topaz B&W is a very competent choice at a fraction of price(60$), so if you are looking for a good B&W Photoshop plugin, give it a try as it allows free trial for 30 days.

Panning

Panning

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Göteborg harbor at sunset

Goteborg harbor at sunset

Yesterday, while digging into old photos with the scope of freeing up some space on an external hard disk we found some old photos taken in Göteborg, from our pre-DSLR period. We spent an weekend in the second largest Swedish city and since the weather was pretty fine, we walked a lot. We were pretty lucky to see a beautiful sunset in the harbor, with amazing colors, and these were the best images from that set. Unfortunately at this time, we were shooting JPEG so not much post processing was possible.

Goteborg harbor at sunset

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Palace of Parliament - part2

Stairs
Stairs

This is the second part of this post.

Stairs
Stairs

Chandelier
Chandelier

Columns Gallery
Columns Gallery

Corridor with white marble
Corridor with white marble

Friday, May 25, 2012

Palace of Parliament - part1


Today we visited the famous Palace of Parliament from Bucharest. The huge megalomaniac building ordered by Ceausescu in early eighties. We lived so many yeas in Bucharest without having any interest to visit Palace of Parliament, but now we decided to give it a try. Its quite interesting to see how huge amounts of money have been spent by the communist regime on luxurious interiors while the people were starving. Probably this is why so many Romanians are not keen to see the current house of their parliament.
The palace itself is impressive by its size, being the second largest administrative building in the world as surface, after Pentagon and the third largest as volume. However it is the heaviest. We will not continue with many numbers, as they can be easily found on wiki. Ceausescu was planing to build the center of Bucharest as a replica of Phenian, the play ground of his dear friend Kim Il-sung. The price paid was the demolishing of many historical building from the old city center.

Nicolae Iorga hall
Nicolae Iorga hal

I.I.C. Bratianu hall
I.I.C. Bratianu hall

Columns Gallery
Columns Gallery

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fredragsrock in Tivoli - Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Next one in the series of Tivoli concerts: Joey Moe. After that, some break as we are in Romania for a while. So who is Joey Moe would ask a non-Danish (and maybe a non-Hawaian) person? As you guessed from the previous phrases, he is a Danish-Hawaiian singer (is there any pure Danish singer?), quite known in Denmark for his collaborations with various other artists. Listening just one youtoube video of him, before the concert, we decided to give it a try. Tivoli was very crowded (not at Medina level though), mostly teenage girls waiting for their idol.
The concert was surprisingly good, with mixtures of Joey's songs with pieces from famous bands (Nirvana, Backsteet Boys or Toto). He had couple of bands playing with him. The most expected point of the concert was the moment when he took off his shirt, showing a white "marcel" (sleeveless t-shirt or in american slang "a wife beater") and throwing the shirt to the fans. We left pretty early having a plane to catch in the morning but we had some good time at the show.

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Joey Moe

Friday, May 18, 2012

Aikido

Aikido

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beach houses - before and after

Move the mouse over the image to see the before (normal exposure)

This image is another before-after example. It was shoot while at Gilleleje, chasing the beautiful colors of sunset. For a second I turned my head to the beach and noticed the beautiful light that was reflecting in the windows of the small houses and the beautiful color in the sky. So having the camera on the tripod, it just required a turn and the 3 exposures were immediately captured.
The plan for the processing was to pop up the colors in the sky and to bring back the details from the shadows area.
Photomatix was producing an overly saturated image even with 50-60 on the saturation slider, so we had to move it down to about 40. Next step was Color Efex pro using Details Extractor filter (for details and contrast) and White neutralizer for the sky.
Final tweaks in Photoshop were doing the trick: slightly saturation of reds and yellows only for the colorful clouds and a Color Balance layer for the tint in the sky. Noise reduction was applied using Topaz Denoise on the sky. In the end, some of the unattractive sand has been cropped out.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sofiero - Veteran motocross


As part of the Sofiero cars exhibition, we had the chance to watch a veteran motocross race. Veteran meaning that the participant were over some age (see the guy in picture number three who was actually quite good and in a great physical shape). The track was not very large or extremely complicated, hence no bikers defying the gravity or flying into the mud.
For this set we used the mighty 85mm F1.8 (again), since nothing longer was available. It is on its way of becoming a favorite lens.

Sofiero - Veteran motorcross

Sofiero - Veteran motorcross

Sofiero - Veteran motorcross

Sofiero - Veteran motorcross

Monday, May 14, 2012

Give racism the red card - Folk festival in Nørrebro

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

This images were taken last Saturday, in a rainy afternoon. That day, Dragos woke up early in the morning because he had to attend a photo workshop at Folk festival in Nørrebro. So he went there, but since the presentation was in Danish, he watched some amateurs playing basketball in Nørrebro sports hall (no pictures). The workshop was actually to describe the theme for the photo contest organized by Grundtvigs Højskole: environmental portrait. The environment was the folk festival organized in the most multicultural neighborhood of Copenhagen: Nørrebro. The purpose was quite complex: gather money for youth involvement in democracy and sustainability in Nepal and Jordan, protest against the abuses in Syria, freedom for Tibet and Kurdistan or just to give racism in Nørrebro a red card.
To come back to photography, the photos we submitted are the first five in this post, while the rest were shortlisted for our selection (apart from last one which is definitely not a portrait :D). Why we chose those images? Just because they show people doing something instead of only being spectators. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather (rain and wind), there were not so many activities and people to photograph, so the selection was quite simple. On a technical side, we used again the wonderful 85mm F1.8 lens that proves to be a very competent choice for such an event and low light conditions.

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Folk festival in Nørrebro - Globalt Forår

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sofiero Classic 2012

Sofiero

Today we attended the yearly Sofiero Classic in Helsingborg, Sweden, the feast of the cars of all times. Vintage cars, sport cars, classical cars or modern cars were exhibited in the huge gardens of Sofiero castle for everybody to admire them. The main subject of the show was prince Bertil of Sweden, born 100 years ago, and a big fan of cars and races (he even competed on a Bugatti 37, a similar model being exposed today as well). But the attraction of the day was the long queue of AC Cobra race cars, most of them in perfect shape, shiny and good looking. The weather was surprisingly good, very sunny and decently warm, comparing with the rain showers from last year.
As a funny side note, we were puzzled to find out that its quite tough to buy a bus ticket in Helsingborg. The drivers do not accept neither cash, nor cards while there is no selling machines or vending kiosks in the stations. So...where to get the tickets from? The drivers were not able to answer this dilemma so let us travel for free. Of course is more lucrative then selling tickets :-).

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Sofiero

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fredragsrock in Tivoli - Medina

Medina

Last night it was probably the most expected concert from the Fredragsrock in Tivoli series: Medina, the famous Danish pop diva. Medina Danielle Oona Valbak started her ascension to the top of Danish music in 2008 with the single "Kun for mig". Since then, many other of her songs became famous: "Ensom", "Synd for dig", "Addiction" or "Gutter". The audience in Tivoli was huge, many people of different ages were there to see their favorite artist. The entrance queue was huge, but since we have an yearly ticket, we entered there pretty fast. Most difficult was to get a spot with a pretty good view of the stage.


Medina

Medina

Medina

Medina

Medina

Medina

Medina