Saturday, 29 March 2014

Dubrovnik in a Day

I went on a Mediterranean cruise in September last year which I had chosen partly because I had always wanted to visit the Adriatic in general and Dubrovnik in particular. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed, my only regret being that I could only spend a few hours there.

While the weather was not great, I hope you will agree that I took a few reasonable photos. which I would like to share with you. The easiest way to show the images will be to walk you through the day.

I decided to walk into Old Dubrovnik from the cruise ship terminal as it gave the opportunity to view the local town. It looked quite an easy walk on the information map I had, and it was - apart from the very long and steep hill between the port and the old town!

It did prove worthwhile however, as during the walk I came across the Love Locks of Dubrovnik

Thirty five meters above the sparkling blues of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik lovers are pledging their love with Love Locks – the declaration of eternal love. On a three-metre-high fence where the padlocks engraved with hearts and lovers’ initials have been put as a symbol of eternal love to which the lovers have pledged.

The locks of love started appearing in February 2012 and they are interpreted as the intention to change Boninovo into a place of eternal love. The padlocks are placed on the fence secretly over the night and the keys to the locks are flung into the sea – the pact of love sealed with the waves.

I then proceeded to the Old City, which I entered through Pile Gate from where I took the main entrance onto the City Walls, from which you can get the very best views of the city. The full circuit of the walls is around 2 kilometres and involves climbing many steps but it is well worth the exertion!

From the walls I had a great view of the main street of the city, Stradun Dubrovnik.

Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town, the historic part of the city, surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik from where this is taken. The Franciscan Monastery is on the left with the city Clock Tower at the end of the Stradun.

The Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the citizens of Dubrovnik, since the city's founding prior to the 7th century. With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, they have been considered to be amongst the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period. In 1979, the old city of Dubrovnik, which includes a substantial portion of the old walls of Dubrovnik, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

    
 Walking along the walls in an anti-clockwise direction we passed the coast and then came round to the Old Harbour, or Gradska Luka, one of the oldest parts Dubrovnik, which provides a very pleasant area in which to have a short rest, before continuing on round the other half of the Walls, which have even more steps than the first half!
       
Walking around the walls gives some great views over the rooftops of Dubrovnik.

After circuiting the Old City I took a walk into the town and found an excellent bar in one of the side streets for a drink and a snack, before making my way to the lower station of the Cable Car, for what I expected to be stunning views of the city. 
               
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and had been out of use for almost two decades before being rebuilt and reopened again in July 2010. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century.

By the time the cable car had reached the top however, the clouds had rolled in and visibility was extremely poor.

My first thought was to walk round to the way back down, but decided to wait to see if the clouds cleared and within ten minutes or so visibility was good, giving stunning views over the city and surrounding area. 
     
A view of Dubrovnik and outlying Islands from the top of the cable car. The new harbour is seen to the right with the small island of Daksa and the larger island of Kolocep.

All too quickly it came time to leave Dubrovnik but as we sailed away I took this image of the Franjo Tudman Bridge, which provided a total contrast between the architecture of Dubrovnik Old Town and a magnificent example of modern design and bridge building.

Named after the first President of Croatia, the Franjo Tudman Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge crossing the D8 State Road over the Dubrovacka coastal inlet near the port of Gruz (a neighbourhood of Dubrovnik, Croatia).

Design of the original bridge was completed in 1989, however construction was halted at the onset of the Croatian War of Independence. The bridge was ultimately completed in April 2002 and officially opened one month later, at a cost of US$ 31 million -- making it the most expensive bridge in all of Croatia.

The bridge is 518 m (1,699 ft) long, consisting of a pier on the Western side of the inlet supporting a pre-tensioned girder and an anchoring pier on the Eastern side. The girder’s overall span is 325 m (1,065 ft), and the single pylon is 142 m (464 ft) tall.


I hope that this short essay has given you a taste of Dubrovnik and will encourage you to visit. I certainly hope to return and spend more than a few hours in Dubrovnik and to explore the many islands.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

New Lightroom Video Tutorial

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Our friends Rob and Lauren at Photography Concentrate have just launched a great new set of videos to help you find your way through Lightroom.

The concept for this tutorial is really simple, there are 11 videos and in each video Rob walks through editing one photo from start to finish. You should check out the before and after photos on the landing page! 

Here is a sample of a couple of them:


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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bokeh - Creating a shallow Depth of Field in Landscape Photography.

Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths is an eBook written to inspire photographers to think beyond the confines of a deep depth of field. It’s is focused on guiding landscape photographers of all levels to widen their aperture and see the environment as light and shapes, and to create abstract, ethereal images that have a deeper meaning and interpretation.

By using a shallow depth of field and thin slices of focus, you can completely transform a landscape, manipulating an environment that usually can not be changed or controlled. You can create a complex or simple photograph by changing your depth, and this extensive guide can show you how.

This is the first of four new eBooks from Christopher O'Donnell  which combines the content of two previous eBooks dedicated to using shallow depths in the landscape, with some additional information and new images. The layout has been completely modernized for easier readability and navigation, and the content reorganized for a better flow of learning.

The eBook has increased in page numbers when compared to both previous eBooks (an additional 30+ pages), and the sleeker design has reduced the file size to 1/6th of the combined original, making for easier downloads and minimal storage space.

To celebrate this new edition, Christopher is offering a 50% discount from now until April 1st with the discount code BOKEH.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Which Websites do you post your images to?

Nowadays many photographers post their images online, either to share them with friends, or to try and sell them, or often both. With the every increasing number of photographs being taken, whether on a mobile device, a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, it is becoming increasingly difficult for an individual photographer to get their work recognised.

I would really like to know what your favourite sites are, especially for selling your work. I principally post to four sites, but have dabbled with several more. Here are the four:

500.px - they describe themselves as "a photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling inspiring photography powered by creative people worldwide." They have three levels of membership, Free; Plus - $25 per year and Awesome $75 a year. The images are presented very well and viewers can favourite and vote for images as well as share them on Social Media sites. While I have not sold anything on 500.px, my image of the "Three Headed Giraffe" was picked up from there by a photography agency, resulting in it being published in the national press in the UK and Australia and in various other publications around the world. 
Three Headed Giraffe
Fine Art America are one of the largest, fastest-growing art communities in the world. They are an online marketplace for both photographers and artists to sell fine art prints, greeting cards, and originals. It's also the easiest way to network with other photographers and visual artists and stay in touch with your local art scene! Their interactive website is designed to bring together artists, art galleries, and fine art collectors by providing power online tools to all three groups. They offer a free standard membership and a Premium service for $30 a year which offers extra services including your own website, to help market your work. There is a very active community with numerous groups to join. I have sold a few images on there, my favourite being of the Houses of Parliament looking over Westminster Bridge.
Houses of Parliament
Photo4me are primarily a UK site, although they do sell worldwide and there are an increasing number of international photographers joining there. At present the site is totally free for photographers and it has an active members forum. While most of my sales here have been from England, the last one was of the Forum in Rome.
Roman Forum
Flickr - along with many people I post many of my images on Flickr. Whilst Flickr isn't a sales site, I was approached by a Professor who is writing a book about the wildlife of Tanzania that he is publishing to raise funds for conservation in the area, asking if he could use an image of mine of a black backed jackal as it was the best image of the animal that he could find!
Black Backed Jackal
There are dozens of other sites one can use to publish your images and I really would appreciate your feedback on your favourites!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Just in at Jessops - New Canon EOS 1200D

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sparrowhawk in Garden

Looked out of the kitchen window earlier today and saw a sparrowhawk sitting on the fence, and he very kindly moved over to the birdbath and sat their while I got my camera and opened the door and he posed for me to get a few shots in before flying off.
Sparrowhawk
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Sparrowhawk on Birdbath
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As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Warwick

On Wednesday went to Warwick for the day, and here are a few of the images I took.

The first is of Dean's Chapel located, within the magnificent St Mary's Church. This small chapel has fancifully painted Gothic vaulting painted white, with blue between the vaulting ribs. Squints look through the wall of the Dean's Chapel into the much larger and grandiose Beauchamp Chapel.
Deans Chapel
Dean's Chapel
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Next we have a couple of images of the ruins of the Great Bridge over the River Avon, taken from Mill Garden below the walls of Warwick Castle. The Bridge originally connected Mill Street on the north of the river to Bridge Street on the south.
Great Bridge, Warwick

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Great Bridge, Warwick
Great Bridge
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Finally for today, we have an image of Mill Street, one of the few spots to survive Warwick’s Great Fire of 1694 undamaged. Today, Mill Street is a residential street that retains some of the town’s medieval architecture. The houses were built mostly with timber-frames in the style of the Tudors.
Mill Street Warwick
Mill Street
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As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Exclusive to Jessops - Olympus OM-D E-M10

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The new Oympus OM-D is now in stock at Jessops and is available with a non-power Zoom Lens Kit.
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Monday, 10 March 2014

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

What is the Slowest Shutter Speed You Can Use for Handheld Photography?

An article from our friends at Picture Correct written by Amy Renfrey in which she gives some useful advice on shutter speed when holding your camera. Amy writes for DigitalPhotographySuccess.com and she has photographed many things from famous musicians (Drummers for Prince and Anastasia) to weddings and portraits of babies. Amy also teaches photography online to her students.

Once you start taking photos, many things become clear. The first is that light is vital to creating a nice photograph.

The second thing is that digital photography has made things much quicker and simpler. Third, we understand that proper camera usage is crucial to getting good quality photographs. As soon as these three things meet, we can start to feel pleased with our images. Once we recognize that various subjects and distinctive scenes need different adjustments, we can then go ahead and take beautiful shots.

Shutter speed and aperture (f-stop) are the two main things we must concern ourselves when aiming for sharp pictures. Shutter speed is responsible for the amount of time that the shutter is open. Aperture is responsible for depth of field and the amount of light coming into the sensor. Once you start exploring this closely you will realize that there’s more to the shutter than letting light in.

Follow the link to read the full article.............What is the Slowest Shutter Speed You Can Use for Handheld Photography? – PictureCorrect