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Invention needed

Here’s something that I need invented, if anyone gets the chance: a time machine that fast forwards me to the last ten minutes of a photography trip, and then adds all the preceding time onto the end. The reason for my request is that whenever I go out and about with my camera I spend the first part of outing either taking no photos at all, or taking bad shots. Then, when I have about ten minutes left, either I light upon something that I would be happy to photograph for hours, or suddenly... continue reading

How to make a difference for just one day

It is so easy in this hectic world to forget to stop occasionally and look outside ourselves for ways to give our fellow man a hand up every now and then.Since 1992, the fourth Saturday of October has been set aside as a National Day of Service meant to encourage average Americans to commit this one-day out of their lives to helping others.Make a Difference Day will be observed on October 28th this year.            And while service can be done by anyone at anytime, having... continue reading

New England Fall Foliage

           It's that time a year again in New England when trees put on a colorful show of brilliant yellows, reds, greens against a vivid blue sky.There are so many places to see autumn in New England and you won't be disappointed.Pick a day, charge your camera batteries, make sure you have an empty SD card and then plan your route.Start early to take advantage of the morning light and plan on stopping near a lake or pond to capture the mist coming off a warm lake into... continue reading

The pe(a)rks of Vienna

Vienna was chosen 2017 as the most liveable city - for the 8th year in a row. For those, who wonder why, in my humble opinion, parks are a major factor. Vienna has many and big parks, for every season. Let me show you some:This is Volksgarten with the Burgtheater (National Theater) in the background. Very popular among the tourists and locals, because of the closeness to the city center - Burgtheater, Rathaus, the Burg are all very close, in early summer the smell of roses..   The park... continue reading

Romanian comfort food (part I - the ingredients)

If I should make a count about Romanians' favorite ingredients or foods I would get to a very simple conclusion: meat (a lot of it, mostly pork), mamaliga (polenta), telemea (a Romanian cheese, a bit similar to feta, but better in taste - sorry Greeks, but it's true), tomatoes, fresh onion and garlic.You might think it's simple, but we, Romanians, are taking our tomatoes very seriously. Almost everybody with a garden or even a small corner in a balcony or kitchen or yard, will plant... continue reading

Bokeh - behind the lens

So wikipedia says: "In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens" ...that was a part of the article and I believe everyone can find and read it :)I won't write here about usual bokeh without the main object in focus. And I won't write about simple blurs that can make everyone at every time. No one wants to have portfolio with thousands of such images with a few sells, right?I want to write about three related... continue reading

Art and Photography

A recent conversation with a photographic colleague brought up an interesting topic.What do you see as art in your photography?My answer was everything.How did I come to this conclusion?The photography medium has been described as documentary, but I beg to differ.A few years ago I was lucky enough to become acquainted with an artist who helped me shape my way of looking at my craft.He asked me once where I saw art in the world and I listed a few examples, to which he said yes, you are... continue reading

Happy Diwali 2017

 Diwali is festival of lights. Though a Hindu festival, in India people across all religions celebrate Diwali enthusiastically. Diwali is generally considered of main 5 days but officially begins on Vasubaras day and ends on the Tulsi Lagna day. The 5 main days in Diwali are1. Dhanteras2. Naraka Chaturdashi3. Lakshmi Pujan4. Diwali Padwa5. Bhai DoojSometimes two of the days (above specified are hindu calendar days) can be inclusive as one in our normal calender because Hindu... continue reading

Creating quality images

Quality: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.      It has taken a while for me to create quality in my images. All the usual elements that help achieve quality are education, experience, research, time, repetition, and a certain level of gear. Not necessary but extremely useful are tilt-shift lenses for still life photography.I guess this is obvious. If the quality of your image looks out of place when you... continue reading

Trekking story

In the previous blog I wrote about things that make us recharge our batteries. So, here is a short story about a trekking escape that I have done recently.The most convenient (time and distance) trails are in the Bucegi Mountains, which are part of the Romanian Carpathians.  Whether by car or train, we can reach the bottom of the route in two and a half hours. This is a pretty fast way to escape to nature, leaving behind the city tumult.  So, there I was, with my friends, in Busteni... continue reading

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