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Viktor Elizarov
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Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada
Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada

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Book Review: Mastering Composition by Andrew S. Gibson
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Learning Aperture With F-Stop Chart


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Fallen Tree at Cook's Meadow (Yosemite)
Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/fallen-tree-at-cooks-meadow-yosemite/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )

When I visited Yosemite National Park first time couple of years ago I had two surprises waiting for me there; one is pleasant and another not so. The first unexpected surprise was the weather. I did not really know what to expect in the beginning of May in the mountains of California. According to the online research, I could face anything from heavy snowfall to summer-like weather. I got +24 C with some clouds, the best possible weather for travel photography.

The unpleasant surprise was that even in offseason, the valley was full of tourists. It was crowded. If you check today's featured photo you can see in the distance the string of cars parked on both sides of the road.

PROCESSING

I never managed to processed this photo earlier because it had 2 flaws and I was too lazy to deal with them. The first flaw was the strong blue color cast over the mountains. I fixed it by changing the color balance, making it warmer, in Lightroom before tone mapping 3 images in Photomatix.

The second flaw was the composition. There was a big hole between the top of the mountains and the clouds. To fix this issue I had to replace the sky. I used sky from the photo I took from almost the same spot but from a wider angle. You might call it cheating but you would not guess it if I have not told you. That's my defense.
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How to Choose Best Travel Tripods – A Practical Guide
I bought my first tripod—the sturdiest model on the market—based on a recommendation I found in a photography magazine. It was big, heavy as hell and, inevitably, mostly stayed in the trunk of my car because it was too awkward to carry around.

Since then, I have learned my lesson. Now, I approach each tripod selection methodically. I have even created my own system to streamline the selection process which, so far, has never failed me.

I'm eager to share my system of selecting the best travel tripod to meet your photography needs and am confident that it will help you make the right choice.

My method is simple—it's a short questionnaire. As you plug in your specific data, the range of available tripod options becomes more and more limited.

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Famous Portrait Photographers and Their Photos


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Cypress Cove at Point Lobos (California)
Check how the photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/cypress-cove-at-point-lobos-california/

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a relatively big place and you can easily spend couple of the days exploring distinctive sections of the park. It also has 15 different trials and each one provides unique opportunities for travel and landscape photographers.

The Cypress Grove Trail is by far my favorite one. It loops through the cypress forest along the beautiful rocky coast. I've already featured Cypress Grove Trail twice on my blog (Point Lobos Magic Forest and Path to the Magic Forest) and after visiting Point Lobos again in the beginning of 2015 I will definitely do it once more.

The featured photo displays the view from Cypress Grove Trail on Cypress Cove and Carmel Bay.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

The only challenge with the shooting was to find enough place to setup the tripod. The spot looks much bigger on the photograph because I used wide angle lens (10mm) and it tends to exaggerate the distances and the sizes, especially in the foreground elements. In total, I took 5 bracketed shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2).

I used standard HDR processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop
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How to Become a Travel Photographer – the Blueprint

A simple 4-step process for becoming a travel photographer

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15 World Famous Photographers and Their Photos


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Pecho Valley Road (California)
Check how the photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
https://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/pecho-valley-road-california/

I know that a lighthouse can improve any landscape or seascape composition. It serves as a strong symbol of guidance, the forces of nature and the danger that open waters bring.

I have also learned that the impact of a lighthouse in the composition is proportional to the distance from where you photograph it. The larger the distance, the stronger the impact. When you begin approaching a lighthouse, it becomes less and less impactful until you recognize that it is an old, rundown structure.

The featured photo is of the Swallow Tail Lighthouse on Grand Man Island. I have featured it multiple times on my blog.

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Blueprint to Backup Strategy for Travel Photography

The process of bringing your photos home and storing them safely after you are back is not always straightforward. It takes research, planning and discipline. But, when you have a plan in place it becomes second nature and a habit.

I hope my backup strategy will inspire you to develop and implement a system of your own.

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