project 52 | week 8 – reflections

This is 2 x 2 reflection post. Well, reflection itself is about having one subject presented twice (usually). And as both my kids gave me this week a great opportunity to photograph them in a reflection, I have no other choice just to share both great shots. First picture is Vi riding her orange bike around our private garden lake. OK, you got it probably now. No, it’s not a lake, just our small mirror, laying down at the ground. Following picture (in the article) can describe it better, “how I did it”.

do not touch

Have no fear! A lot of fun in the abandoned/forbidden chamber of old castle with flash off the camera. Simple set up, with Monika’s hand in front of the flash. It took a while to find a right angle, so fingers would create a proper scary effect. But we had to hurry up, as ground was freaking cold and some delicate parts of the model’s body didn’t really enjoy this part of the session…NIKON D90 with lens 24-70mm, 1/200 sec at f/18, ISO 200, slightly enhanced in ACR only.

project 52 | week 7 – love

I’ve got mail! It has arrived on 14th of February, well hidden in my laptop! And it was a beautiful Valentine’s card from my beloved one. So finding an object for this week’s theme wasn’t an issue. It was more a question of finding THE right angle… Thank you sweetheart! I love you too! All pics taken with 105mm macro Nikkor and “who cares” appertures between f/8 – f/11. And here’s the card in its full beauty. The simpler, the better, right? πŸ˜‰

less is more…

As often it is a case – to show less is more. Would you agree? What is your imagination seeing?PS: And yes, I do have also a front shot too…

red hot chilli … shoes

My winter shoes, dark room, long shutter speed for 30sec… and laser pointer. Voila! Try walking in my shoes πŸ˜‰ PS: Credit goes to Monika as well, as we played together. So co-authoring as usual…

ladies in red (aka tokyo’s cemetery)

One of my “deviation” is that I really like visiting cemeteries… In my opinion it’s a very very quiet place, where man will be remembered, how many things in life are really not not important (Memento, Homo, Quia Pulvis Es, Et In Pulverem Reverteris…). I love just a walk there, roam, read the tombstones, think of beloved ones who are not with us anymore – and it doesn’t matter they might be resting somewhere else… Once actually I did jogging at a cemetery, as it was the nearest park with nice tracks near my hotel. I know, a bit sick, right? πŸ™‚ Anyway, during my November’s trip in Tokyo when I’ve spent a half day walking with a camera, I was pretty tired, looking for a place to chill out and just by an accident I found a small tiny cemetery in the middle of the Shinjuku district.   First thing me I noticed immediately at the entrance was those statues with fascinating red decoration – old style hats and kind of bibs. I have no idea what does it mean or represent, but I would love to know. If you have any Japanese friend or family member who might know about it, please let me know! So I’ve just stayed there for more than hour and enjoyed companies of speechless ladies in red. There were few visitors coming and leaving, but either I looked really harmless or just too much “monkey”, that nobody asked me to leave… BTW, once I have to tell you our (Albino and I)  Monkey story from Japan… What is your “deviation”? And do you “like” cemeteries? Let me know! Patrik PS: more pictures inside the article Here I like a lot the effect of  saint glory. Back lightning with off the camera flash with the orange […]

project 52 | week 6 – lines

And here we go with another assignment! This week is is all about the lines. I was pretty sure to meet some nice line elements. And voilΓ‘ – I didn’t have to wait too long. It came actually at the nice and quite unexpected place, when we went last Sunday with kids to Magic house. (if you are not familiar with St. Louis Magic House – it’s THE coolest place to go with kids, where I’m playing with them all the time!).  And there, next to giant Lego blocks and tiny mouse family house, right after a mirror maze was the board, where my kids played for an about 15 minutes and myself for another 30 minutes (but with the camera only;) Going out to “playground” only we didn’t fetch any serious camera equipment, but thankfully our little pocket size Leica was with us. That’s why all shots have been taken (again) with “point and shoot”, in RAW, handheld only. Mostly in full manual mode, especially those with motion. So much fun!!! πŸ˜‰ PS: At the end of the post I’ve enclosed a picture how this playing board really looks like, so you can get a perspective of the size and what the heck those colorful spots really are.   Yup, that’s it. Colorful hard plastic rolls, which you can take as much as you want and stick them inside a holes of  metal plate. Behind metal plate is a strong light, which illuminates plastic rolls and make them glow! Easy and so cool, right?

project 52 | week 5 – opposites (2/2)

I can’t thank enough Monika for involving me into a project 52! I’ve kicked myself out twice this week – just to go shooting for fun and pleasure. I’ve tried live models – Chocco and Willis and I got quite decent result, but I still had one more good “opposite” idea, so Friday afternoon I’ve grabbed my son’s toys and went few blocks away, where our city is reconstructing Baxter road. And I’ve just played. HDR, single shots, with flash, without flash… Coool! Just a time for myself πŸ˜‰ And this is my the most favorite one… Few more are inside the article. BTW – Two neighbors stopped by questioning me, if I’m from union (I was in orange hoody πŸ˜‰ or what the heck I’m doing in the construction area on Friday afternoon with tripod! πŸ˜‰ Don’t you love being photographers? This one is not HDR in a typical HDR meaning. It’s a composite of three shots. One layer of very underexposed one, to get details of upcoming storm sky. Normally exposed bulldozer in the middle and the third one is an additional picture, with a small toy on a boulder lighted by flash with orange gel. A bit too artificial, but hey, what the heck… I said I was just playing πŸ˜‰ Pin It

prague – city of 100 towers

Do you also wonder why Prague is called city of 100 towers? Well, do not anymore. Browsing through my summer pictures I found one which is a clear proof of it πŸ˜‰ Shot early morning at Petrin hill, few moments before sunrise. f/16 @ 1/60 seconds. How many towers you see? πŸ˜‰ Let me know… Pin It

project 52 | week 5 – opposites (1/2)

I should probably rename this post to “I will never become a pro pet photographer!” πŸ˜‰Silly me! I’ve asked my two colleagues in our pet friendly office (thanks again Sarah and David!) if I can photograph their lovely dogs Willis (bigger one) and Chocco (smaller one) for my Opposite theme. It shouldn’t take more than half an hour… Ha! You bet!!! At the beginning, I’ve started with fixed 85mm lens and tried to give instructions to the owners, how I envision to get dogs posed! Ha ha! I quickly replaced lens for 24-70 zoom trying to get any snapshots… And after an hour spent with patient owners and their pets, which din’t care about taking nice pictures, neither my 52 photo project, I was glad to take at least few panning shots towards the end… But hey, this one worth the effort, huh? πŸ˜‰ Well, mission accomplished. They are opposites, right? πŸ˜‰ Thanks again Sarah and David. And of course Willis and Chocco! Pin It