Winter Afternoon in Big Sur (California)

This photo is from arguably most interesting and photogenic travel photography destination in the world – Big Sur.

But it was really challenging to achieve this result. When you drive along California State Route 1 from South to North the sun always behind you and you try to photograph towards the north where colors are rich and the air is clear. And when you look back (South) you see washed out and flat landscapes with atmospheric haze.

In this case I had no choice but to shoot against the sun since one of the most scenic part of the shore was obstructed by cliffs and trees from south.

I took maximum number of bracketed shots(7) with exposure range from -3 to+3. Later I tone mapped 7 bracketed raw files for HDR in HDR Expose 3 but I did not apply and color correction or effects. My goal was to create 32-bit image with highest possible  quality so later I have more control and I could push HDR image further in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Travel Photography Blog - California. Big Sur

California. Big Sur
Loc: 36.21270, -121.74528

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Inspirations: Iceland – 25 Best of Travel and Landscape Photographs

Today’s theme for inspiration is ICELAND. It seems to me that Iceland is the ultimate location for travel photography with very unique landscapes and never ending sunrises and sunsets in summer.

Today I am featuring the best work of amazing photographers who captured Iceland’s mesmerizing landscapes which I have not had chance to visit and photograph yet.

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Photo Extract Weekly – Killer Resources for Improving Your Photography Skills #21

Travel Photography Blog - Photo Extract WeeklyThis is my weekly post; collection of the best photo related resources I came across in the last 7 days. I hope you can find something useful and interesting in the different fields of photography.

I included resources relates to: travel photography, landscape photography, HDR photography, history of photography, inspirational resources, humour and photo equipment. Please let me know if find my collection useful.

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Niagara Falls Illumination after Sunset (Canada)

Living in Eastern Canada (Montreal) puts me in close proximity to Niagara Falls. Over the years I visited falls on few occasions but somehow I never stayed  late enough to see them illuminated with the projectors at night.

On my last visit due to the time constraints I stayed at the falls for very short time, long enough to photograph sunset the day I arrived and sunrise the following day. After finishing with the sunset and being dead tired due to 7 hours drive from Montreal, I decided to wait for an hour anyway until illumination would go on.

But I was a bit disappointed with the lighting effect. It looked to me very fake and unnatural. If somebody just learned photoshop basics and started splashing most saturated colors in excitement.

I like the effect of long exposure in the water but I am not sure about overall effect of the illumination.

What do you think?

Travel Photography Blog - Canada. Niagara Falls

Canada. Niagara Falls
Loc: 43.09094, -79.06899

 

Deconstructing Featured Photo

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Covehead Harbour Lighthouse (Prince Edward Island)

I love lighthouses.  For me they symbolize fusion of pure landscapes, architecture and history which are also the essential elements of travel photography. At the same time lighthouses indicate proximity of the shore. As you may noticed the seascapes are my favorite types of landscapes and there is nothing better to improve your seascape composition then lighthouse.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada but it is probably has highest concentration of the lighthouses in the whole world. The island is only 200km long and 50 km wide but it has 63 lighthouses shuttered along its shore.

The featured lighthouse is Covehead Harbour Lighthouse which located in Prince Edward Island National Park. In my top image I wanted to convey feeling of simplicity and elegance at the same time, the same way I see at PEI. I used classical composition with predominant primary colors (red, blue, green).

Travel Photography Blog - Canada. Prince Edward Island National Park

Canada. Prince Edward Island
Loc: 46.43017, -63.1419

This photo is the view of Covehead Harbour Lighthouse from the sea.

Prince Edward Island National Park - Covehead Harbour Lighthouse

Canada. Prince Edward Island National Park
Loc: 46.43017, -63.1419

Deconstructing Featured Photo

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Sunset at Garrapata State Park Beach (California)

Garrapata State Park is one of the must-see and must-photograph travel photography locations along California State Route 1. Normally you hit Garrapata late afternoon just before completing Big Sur coastal drive.

Somehow I never had luck at Garrapata shore. There was always something interfering with my photography. I never managed to take any interesting photos at  Garrapata due to the bad weather or poor planning..

During my last Big Sur coastal drive in the beginning of February the weather was outstanding. While approaching Garrapata I was sure that luck was on my side this time and I would be able to capture beautiful sunset at the park. Here are some interesting photos I took on the same afternoon just before driving to Garrapata:

But that was not the case. Just few minutes after I arrived the  weather suddenly changed with heavy and cold clouds descended from the mountains, covering entire horizon.

I took featured photo minutes before heavy rain started and chased me from the beach.

Travel Photography Blog - California. Big Sur. Garrapata State Park

California. Big Sur. Garrapata State Park
Loc: 36.45381, -121.92597

I keep experimenting with HDR Expose 3 from  Unified Color (check my HDR Expose 3 review here). This photo was HDR processed (tone mapped) in HDR Expose 3 and later edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

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Photo Extract Weekly – Killer Resources for Improving Your Photography Skills #20

Travel Photography Blog - Photo Extract WeeklyThis is my weekly post; collection of the best photo related resources I came across in the last 7 days. I hope you can find something useful and interesting in the different fields of photography.

I included resources relates to: travel photography, landscape photography, HDR photography, history of photography, inspirational resources, humour and photo equipment. Please let me know if find my collection useful.

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Toronto Skyline in the Fog (Canada)

Somehow up until now I did not have any photos of Toronto in my travel photography portfolio even I visit it fairly often. All of my previous trips to Toronto were not not related to photography.

On my last trip I decided to change it and I reserved entire day in my schedule to wander around the city with the camera. But I guess Toronto was not happy with me for ignoring it for so long and threw at me fog, heavy dark clouds, thick haze and later rain. It was probably the worst day of the entire summer for travel photography.

First I wasted at least an hour navigating the maze of construction sites along the waterfront trying to find parking spot. And later I had only an hour at most before heavy rain canceled any photography opportunities.

Travel Photography Blog - Canada. Toronto

Canada. Toronto
Loc: 43.63344, -79.3641

Featured photo I took from Toronto Island ferry. At that point it was already bad but I managed to salvage few shots with the help of HDR photography processing.

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Calm Before the Storm at Bryce (Utah)

I took this photo early in the morning while driving along Scenic Byway 12 to ultimate travel photography destination –  Bryce Canyon National Park .The approach to the park was beautiful and photogenic but after stopping 10-15 times to take photos I realised that if I keep doing it I will not have enough time to spend at Bryce.

The air was fresh but it was not cold. I was wearing sweatshirt and no jacket. Nothing was indicating that in few hours this very same spot will be covered with 2 inches of snow and the temperature will drop below freezing.

I wish I could take picture of the same arch covered with snow and post it together with the morning photo but with zero visibility I hardly could see anything and taking photos was out of questions.

Travel Photography Blog - Utah. Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah. Bryce Canyon National Park
Loc: 37.74035, -112.29691

I used HDR photography processing to combine 4 bracketed shots into final HDR image.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

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Photo Extract Weekly – Killer Resources for Improving Your Photography Skills #19

Travel Photography Blog - Photo Extract WeeklyThis is my weekly post; collection of the best photo related resources I came across in the last 7 days. I hope you can find something useful and interesting in the different fields of photography.

I included resources relates to: travel photography, landscape photography, HDR photography, history of photography, inspirational resources, humour and photo equipment. Please let me know if find my collection useful.

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