Hong Kong's skyline is simply too amazing for words. You need to see with your own eyes and there's really no other way to do it. Featured is a traditional Sampan, 'native' to Hong Kong which takes you along the Victoria Harbour. There's probably no better way to see the symphony of lights in this incredible city.
Shot handheld with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 24-105mm lens at ISO 1,000. Long-exposure look was achieved in Photoshop CC 2015. Final grading was done with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
I used Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. As usual, I worked on a custom built PC (dual Xeon 5355 3.2GHz - 24 Cores - 128GB RAM - Dual Titan-X - Samsung Pro SSD 1TB - Pro AVIO Raid-6 SSD array 52 TB) powered by Windows 10 Pro x64
One of the things I cherish about my passion for photography is how it forces me to look, not just glance at the world around me. I've been to Kozjak Waterfall in Slovenia a few times during my life, but I never saw it through the viewfinder. This time, I went there as a photographer. I have to say, it was a revelation and it felt like I was experiencing it for the very first time. When I finally found the right spot, not too far and not too close to the subject, I waited for the sunlight to enter the canyon. I patiently waited until the sun found its way into this magical crevasse. When the spot of light appeared, the iridescent water for just began to glow as if touched by a magic wand. This special moment lasts barely 10 minutes during the summer days. The place lit up with colours and you could taste the fragrance in the air coming from the grass, the pines, the mountain flowers, damp moss, the fresh mist coming off of the waterfall and the glow of the summer light bouncing off the rocks above me. This, all of this, I wanted to capture with a single frame. The whole experience, not just what my eyes saw...This may be a controversial statement, but I believe that nobody walks away from a visited destination with as much as photographers. Because traveling to a new place shouldn't just be about ticking the mark next to its name and taking a few selfies for the road. It's about savoring its essence, feeling it on your skin, in your heart and in your mind and then, only then, capturing the moment for posterity. This waterfall is a sublime work of nature. Nothing less than a total surrender merits its existence.
More about this location:
The Kozjak brook, feeding the Soča river from the east (on the left), springs high beneath Mt. Krnčica (2142 m), and runs through many pools making six waterfalls. One of Slovenia’s most picturesque waterfalls, the Veliki Kozjak, was created in the outlet of the lower Korita of the Kozjak Brook.
Approximately 250 meters lower, the water falls again. Here, the waterfall carved an underground hall. Its bottom is covered by a vast blue and green pool, and its walls are reminiscent of those in the Karst caves. A 15 meter high white water column offers its visitors an unforgettable scenery.
Tech info: This shot was taken in a 2012 with Canon 5D mk2, Canon 24mm TS-E lens fit with Heliopan 82mm CPL filter and Tiffen 4-stop ND filter. I re-processed it in April 2016 with my current post-production techniques which never cease to evolve. I used luminosity masks to blend 3 various exposures into a much better controlled representation of light and shadows. I used Photoshop CC 2016, NIK Collection to turn the vision into the image. I worked on a custom built PC, powered by Windows 10 Pro 64 bit and Wacom Intuos Pro graphic tablet.
Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon TS-E 24mm lens lens in fully tilted, vertical position.
This image was processed with a combination of HDR tonemapping and hand painted luminosity masks (Dynamic Image Blending), using Photoshop CC 2015, Oloneo PhotoEngine, Google NIK Collection on a custom built-PC (Windows 10 Pro 64) with a Wacom Intuos PRO tablet.
I took this shot in the deep desert of Abu Dhabi, approximately 180 kilometers Southeast of the Capital. Some of the largest sand dunes in the world are to be found there, stretching for thousands of kilometers like an open ocean; just as vast and foreboding. It's important to visit places like these every once in a while. They tend to put your whole existence, and frailty of it, into perspective.
I used Canon 5d mk3 and Canon 70-300mm lens. This is a single exposure, colour corrected with NIK Color Efex Pro 4.
Hey, do not bother, I hope you have good moments, good work, thank you, if you would accept me as a friend, but with all due respect to you, I believe, architecture is my field of study, My main interest in design is 29 years old, with luck as much as you, I likes you, if I want to add the me
I lost time when I emerged from the belly of the maze that led me to its kingdom; I helplessly sank in the ink of its shadow. It knew I was here. I could hear its damp breath, exhaled in a rustling whisper. Then they appeared. The children in its roots.
Captured on the streets of Hong Kong in November 2015 with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 70-300mm lens. Processed with Silver Efex Pro
- University of Lifepresent
Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist
Beno is a Slovenian born time lapse cinematographer, photographer and visual artist. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE.
For 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the art of seeing as a 3D Computer Animation and Architecture Visualization specialist. As a veteran digital artist, Beno won numerous accolades and awards such as the rank of 'Autodesk Master' as well as the winner of the prestigious 'Tektronix International Design Visualization Competition' in 1993. For his continuous contributions to the art of architectural visualization, Beno was given a 'Special Merit of Excellence' award by Kinetix / Autodesk in 2005. Beno's 3D generated art was published in several international architectural visualization publications and books such as the '3DS MAX 2008 Foundation'. Beno was also a contributing consultant for Michigan State University at the Department of Forensic Science.
In 2008, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover the world of photography and time lapse cinematography. Having a solid foundation and decades of practice in related types of visual arts, Beno’s transition to his newly found passion was a swift one. By 2011, he had dozens of photographs and time lapse films specially featured across local and international media and publications. His body of work is recognized for its use of light and composition, drawing strong influences from the classics of cinema and traditional art.
Beno's comprehensive portfolio is defined by his profound love for architecture, engineering, science and the beauty of nature. His vast knowledge of digital imaging technologies is evident in every photograph. As an individual accustomed to dramatic profession changes, Beno believes in the power of a life-long learning process and feeding the child-like curiosity throughout adulthood. He tirelessly experiments with fresh styles of photography while refusing to box himself in any particular genre. Keeping the broad and diverse subject matters in front of his lens is the secret sauce to creative liberty and inspiration.
His list of clients include BBC’s Natural History Unit, the Discovery Channel, Canon Middle East, Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and many others.
He has recently been nominated for an Emmy for his achievements in cinematography. He is also a Silver Dolphin Award winner of the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.
Beno shoots for major image libraries such as Getty Images, Alamy and Trevillion Images. As a photo educator, Beno frequently hosts photography workshops and inspiration seminars on time lapse photography, fine art photography and digital image post-processing. He is a frequently featured artist and has made numerous appearances and tutorials on various blogs such as 500px.com, Scott Kelby One, Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour, Topaz Labs Blog and many others.
- Timesand StudiosExecutive Producer, Photographer / Filmmaker, 2008 - present