Eliska

Eliska is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. Her real name is Hyundai Elantra but we call her Eliska. Today I took several photos of her. In the morning the weather was perfect, no clouds and temperature was below 0°C, but before we could get to the place where I wanted to take photos the sky was little clouded. During winter all cars are very dirty and therefore we stopped at the carwash before going to the shooting spot.
Extra useful equipment  : Thermos, warm gloves, something to protect my nose from the smell of nearby composting plant.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/160sec; Aperture: F/4.8; Focal Length: 40mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/400sec; Aperture: F/3.5; Focal Length: 16mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/400sec; Aperture: F/3.5; Focal Length: 16mm; ISO 200)

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Photographing Food

After some time I decided to take some macro photos and as I was preparing dinner in the kitchen, some ingredients caught my eye. I didn’t expect that pasta would be so difficult to take photos of. They were instantly spreading onto the kitchen desk so I had to use a rubber band to hold them together. The spices didn’t make any problems so this was good and it smelled so nice. There was also another thing, that made shooting harden. I don’t have any macro lens but I use extension tubes and with these it is necessary to be very very close to the photographed object so I needed to be carefull not to touch the spices with my front lens otherwise I would have there nice colourful spots. The first two photos show spaghetti pasta, on the third photo there is turmaric spice and on the last one there is sweet paprika spice.

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(Shutter Speed: 1 second; Aperture: F/18.0; Focal Length: 78 mm; ISO 200, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 3 seconds; Aperture: F/18.0; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 200, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 2 seconds; Aperture: F/16.0; Focal Length: 78 mm; ISO 200, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 2 seconds; Aperture: F/11.0; Focal Length: 78 mm; ISO 200, extension tubes, tripod)

New Year in Prague

In previous post, I showed photo of fireworks fired by regular people all over Prague. Now it is time for Prague’s official New Year Fireworks which took place on the 1st of January 2013 in heart of the city on a island in the middle of Vltava River. Before this event I checked the map and find a good spot for photography on one of several hills in Prague, in Park Letna, near Hanavsky Pavilon (map). I came an hour earlier and it was a good thing because this place was becoming crowdier and crowdier. Extra useful equipment: brave bodyguard that will keep away stupid people that hit my tripod, Thermos.

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(Shutter Speed: 4 seconds; Aperture: F/16.0; Focal Length: 45 mm; ISO 200, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 3 seconds; Aperture: F/16.0; Focal Length: 48 mm; ISO 200, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 3 seconds; Aperture: F/16.0; Focal Length: 35 mm; ISO 200, tripod)

New Year’s Eve

The first photo of a new year cannot be anything alse than fireworks. This photo shows how people in Prague (Czech Republic) are celebrating the New Year’s Eve. This panorama is made of three photos.
The photos were taken at Divci Hrady in Prague, there was few people and the view from there was amazing. Unfortunately this place is not very easilly accessible due to steep slope that is usually icy during this time of the year. Extra equipment that I found very useful: flashlight, good hiking boots, Thermos, climbing irons.

New Year Celebrations - Panorama

(Shutter Speed: 7 seconds; Aperture: F/22.0; Focal Length: 48 mm; ISO 200, tripod)
(http://amrodel.deviantart.com/art/New-Year-Celebrations-345968382)