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At the same time last year I started preparing for my Japan trip in March – April later that year.

One of the main goals of the trip was to see beautiful phenomenon known as sakura or cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are found in many countries of the world but only Japan is so crazy about them :)

As planning trip for the sakura might be a bit difficult, here are some tips on how to increase your chances of photographing and seeing this beautiful phenomenon: http://hdr-photographer.com/2017/01/tips-chasing-sakura-japan/ 

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Year 2016 is coming to an end so it's time of summaries. I'd like to start with a list of my best photos taken this year, which you can find on my blog: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/12/best-photos-2016

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Do you like New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017? I don't and I wrote short tip on enabling legacy window instead: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/12/old-new-document-window-in-photoshop/

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Today I’d like to share my first image from amazing city of Havana. In my first post from Cuba, I wrote it’s a great city to do some street photography – wherever you look there is something worth photographing – from street artists to colorfully dressed people to the poor fighting for better tomorrow. Photo below shows a traditionally dressed Cuban woman smoking cigar. It’s one of those photos you simply have to take when being in Cuba.

What I really love about this portrait is color – blue doors behind her contrast so well with the reds and oranges of her clothes!

http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/11/cuban-woman-smoking-cigar/

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Camera info, before & after comparison are on my blog: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/11/sunset-cienfuegos/

Even though I found Havana city the most interesting and picturesque place in Cuba (and that’s not surprising I guess), there are a lot more to see there. And before jumping to photos from Havana I would first like to share an image from Cienfuegos – small city around 250 km from Havana.

In the image below you can see Colegio San Lorenzo located in the Jose Marti square. Colorful clouds were exactly behind the building creating some very nice background for it. I hoped for a different car to be in foreground (some American classic would be great) but unfortunately that red Lada didn’t want to move 🙂 And well, it’s a classic vintage car in its own way! Maybe the reason I don’t find it that interesting is that Lada (though different model) was the first car my parents bought when I was a kid so I know it too well :)

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I'm back from Cuba and on my blog today I shared several unedited shots from that trip. Let me know your thoughts :)

http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/11/back-from-cuba/

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HDRsoft has just released Photomatix FX for iPhone and you can get it from App Store for free: https://hdrsoft.com/fx

It’s a free and easy to use app which uses powerful prioprietary Photomatix Pro technology to enhance single photos taken with your phone (or ones that are stored in its memory). Additionally it lets you make some basic edits like contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation adjustments, crop and rotation. Once you’re happy with your image, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram or save it to your iPhone memory.

Full post on my blog: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/11/photomatix-fx-for-iphone-is-out/

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Before & after comparison and post-processing details are available on my blog: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/10/warm-sunrise-light/

Today I would like to share with you HDR image taken during sunrise from Pico do Arieiro, 3rd highest peak of Madeira island. It was beautiful (but very cold!) sunrise with some wonderful light.

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Better quality and camera info: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/10/the-layers-2/

Landscape photos aren’t always about showing wider picture or whole scene. Sometimes it’s good to focus on some details, textures instead. And that’s what I did in this case. This image was taken in a beautiful Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Madeira island. And it’s so different from another image I took there! Instead of showing whole scene I chose just a small bit of it and photographed it through tele zoom lens.

And I’m really happy how this one turned out. There are a lot of lines, layers and nice color contrast. And besides that – fantastic textures.

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Camera info and better quality: http://hdr-photographer.com/2016/10/adventure-begins-artificial-light/

For years I’ve been shooting natural light only. As I’m landscaper it isn’t very surprising. There are techniques of using off camera flash to lighten up foreground in landscape photography but I used them very rarely as I never really needed them.

Anyway for a long time I wanted to try to tame artificial light. I already know theory very well. I did a lot of reading and am former 3D graphics programmer so not only do I know how the light ‘behaves’ but I also understand the physics behind it (and also know various maths models describing it). But theory is one thing. Practice is completely different one – all my previous attempts at studio photography were complete failures.

Recently it’s been raining quite a lot so there wasn’t much of good light outside and so I finally was determined to start learning this very difficult type of photography. So I bought some small studio kit – I got 2 lamps, a softbox, several tripods and a background and started shooting (and some other accessories as well). I didn’t want to spend fortune on that so I got gear from Quantuum. It’s not Bowens or Fomei but honestly speaking so far I don’t see any difference (I feel similar to getting first camera ever – at that time it seemed fantastic!).

As soon as the new equipment was delivered to my house, I started experimenting. I spent probably an hour trying to figure out why wireless controller doesn’t work as it was supposed to do. But after I managed to get it work, real fun began.

Here’s one of the first attempts. I know it isn’t perfect… but hey – it was my first photo.
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