My very first year as a photographer, and it was an amazing one – I must say!
I hope 2012 will bring better creations and inspiration..
Here is a series of the best photos I shot this year:
Happy new year everyone
After “my very first HDR experiments”, I thought it’d be logical to make a post for the new versions of these same photos and compare the progress – Although I have already published a whole HDR collection: “The road”..
So here are the new versions of those photos:
And a bonus!!
I remember when it was summer,
I remember the laze and the soft pouring rain,
I remember the pink flower,
I remember the daisies chain,
I remember that breeze like a feather,
against my dry skin, soothing the pain,
And when I leaned against the wooden fence
and when I felt the sun kiss my cheek
And when I breathed the scent of grilled grass
and when I watched the bees playing hide and seek.
I remember when it was summer, I remember the ocean blue,
I remember The laughs I had, I remember the smiles I drew,
I remember the road trips, I remember the colors of the rainbow,
I remember the summer haze, I remember that it was “yellow”…
Click the Photo above for a better view of each photograph!
A new collection from my summer trip
It’s been almost a year now since I bought my DSLR camera and started playing photographer!
Ten wonderful months full of excitement and lessons, I must say that I have learnt a lot, it took me one small step forward to achieving this dream I’ve always nourished and drawn in my mind.
Up to now, everything I know about photography is self-taught, and since I’m experimenting a lot of techniques here and there, I still don’t have a specific or a defined style.
But I do know very well what I want my photography to be like in the future. I just think that I still have a lot more to learn and to experience to deliver a much professional and unique work.
I went through the hundreds and hundreds of photos I have taken so far, noticing the details and rethinking the editing. Reconsidering what I once decided to be a final version of this picture or this one. And it occurred to me that I still have a lot of good pictures I didn’t publish, nor even edited.
And that’s what I sat my mind to be doing for the next couple of months; before I start over and before I decide on what my style would be or what should be changed, I will simply go over the old pictures, re-edit them and reorganize them and create a first collection..
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira glass
These words inspired me a lot and I think these are exactly what every beginner needs to hear, to keep doing what they love and to pursuit their goals. Thank you all for your support
HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing method of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.
I’ve tried two techniques to create my HDR photos, The first one by taking 3 shots of the same scene with three levels of exposure then merge them using photoshop. And the second method based on a single RAW file from which I generate the 3 exposures and then merge them with Photoshop.
Now the thing is, I still can’t reach the results I was expecting.
I used Photoshop CS3 to generate these photos, but according to some tutorials, Photomatix generates better results.
So these are my first trials, and I hope the next ones will turn out better
Dolce Far Niente! or sweet Idleness.
I read this phrase some time ago in a book, and watched how sweet it could be in the movie interpretation.. Not that I loved the book anyway, which was sort of boring really, but that’s a whole other story!
So I started daydreaming about this Italy where people are drowning into pleasure.. And that’s how I packed and went to discover my Italian dream..
It was A trip through time where I drifted in this time machine back to renaissance days..
From the land of fashion, and love, of masked balls and Gothic churches..
From the country of pleasures..
The pleasure of idleness!
A collection from my trip to Italy.
Canon EOS 450D
[Italia] Dolce Far Niente, a set on Flickr.