Category Archives: Thoughts and Opinions

My thoughts and opinions about photography in general.

More Findings on Photographing Birds

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Another year has almost passed with all the good and the bad stuff. Time runs faster and faster, its flow never stops. And neither do the birds! Well they stop from time to time to rest on a branch, on sidewalks or roofs and then they fly again. Or they keep swimming into lakes and seas in search for their precious food. Either way for me it is a delight both watching and photographing them. For improving my bird photography results, this year I even bought a new lens (Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3) which is both faster (in autofocus) and longer than the old one (a 70-300mm Tamron). After using it more times I came to some conclusions both regarding settings and taking bird pictures in general, some of which might apply to other photographic genres as well.

Let me share my new findings with you.

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The Beauty of Dobrogea (Romania). Two Places Worth Visiting

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Let me tell you a few words about my last trip. Three weeks ago my fiancee and I travelled to Jurilovca which is a small village in Dobrogea (Dobruja – south-east of Romania) standing close to the Danube Delta and the Black Sea. It’s a beautiful and quiet settlement founded and inhabited by lipovans (Russian ethnics). If one looks for relaxation this is the right place to arrive. The only thing to be aware are the mosquitos, one really needs to bring a good spray for protection (we found out this fact in most of the evenings!). The village itself does not have many sightseeing attractions except for the mini-port. However it’s an excellent starting point for exploring the area.

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The Game of Light and Shadow

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Photography is about light. It literally means drawing with light. For this reason the light quality is the primary factor of getting a good photo. There are two scenarios that come into play: the indoor scenario where the light is controllable (say studio) and shooting outdoors. In the latter one the situation is completely different as we are talking about lots of sub-scenarios: morning sun, noon/afternoon, overcast sky with clearly defined clouds, continuous clouds with no clear boundaries, magic sunset, fog, sky after rain and so on. The quality of light gets influenced by many factors which proves to be quite a challenge for the artist. Actually some photographers first carefully check the weather forecast in a specific region prior to going out in the field. A little pre-work might really make the difference!

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Meet the Ringflash (2)

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In previous post I presented you some indoor subjects photograhed during the two months quarantine that was imposed in Romania due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this I promised you a new article about the ring flash usage. Now it’s time for me to fulfil my promise. So let’s get to the subject!

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Pictures Taken During Quarantine (Lockdown)

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This is my first post after the “official” end of quarantine in Romania. As in many other countries the pandemic situation caused a lockdown so all inhabitants had to stay in their houses unless a good justification was in place to go out. And of course photography was not accepted as a reason. 

I won’t comment much on this situation as the internet is full of opinions and to be honest I’m pretty fed up with this subject. What I would like to talk about instead is how I handled this from a photographic point of view.

As probably mentioned before I consider myself an outdoor photographer and taking nature pictures is almost synonym with “get out of the house”. Consequently by being forced into a “house arrest” my options were severely limited so I had to find more opportunities indoors. Let me present you the ones I found and took advantage of.

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My View on Post-processing Photos. One Touch Editing vs. Extensive Editing

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In this post I will continue to write about my vision regarding post-processing of pictures. There is much to say about this subject and indeed countless books have been written. However I don’t intend to “teach” you how to do this but instead only strive to share my personal experience.

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The Beauty of Malta. Nine Places that are Definitely Worth Seeing

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In this post I will write a few words about my last trip abroad which took place in September this year. I went to Malta and had the opportunity to see both larger islands (Malta and Gozo) and also two of the smaller ones (Komino and Kominotto). There are many things to say about Malta but I’ll try to focus on the essential stuff here, namely the places that impressed me the most.

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D500. Further Impressions and My Findings about Setting It Up

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In this post I wrote about my first impressions regarding the Nikon D500 camera. At that time I was just beginning to discover this “beast”. Now after almost eight months of using it (in which I took over 10000 pictures) I can say I have a much clearer view (and I’m not talking about the optical finder here!). So I would like to provide you more of my findings hoping that they will be useful for the ones purchasing or owning such a camera. But before I do this I must mention following: this is not supposed to be a professional review but more like a (subjective) opinion based exclusively on my field experience with the camera. It is addressed primarily to the enthusiastic segment as the the full time pros are supposed to know their needs well (to quote Ken Rockwell “you people know who you are”). But if this post is useful to them too I can only be glad. Regarding absolute beginners I simply don’t recommend D500 as it is way too advanced and the attempt to master it might cause a lot of frustration and disappointment. In my opinion there are more appropriate cameras for beginners namely each consumer camera up to the Nikon D7XXX series.

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Meet the Ringflash

Hi again friends!

In this post I’m going to write a few words about my experience with the macro ring flash. To be honest it’s a pretty limited experience as although I got this flash as a present one year ago I have only used it 4-5 times (indoors and outdoors) since then. However I would like to share with you some impressions.

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