Clouds and mountain image.

Cloud Formation and things to do in Geneva

Lake Annecy, France: Cloud Formation

 

A trip to lake Annecy was a complete accident but an unforgettable one; it is a MUST for anyone visiting the Rhône-Alpes region and also one of the  places to visit near the city of  Geneva.

We literally got stuck in Geneva for 4 days without doing the “things to do in Geneva” preparation before the trip and then the most wonderful thing happened: we went back to the airport, rented a car and spent 4 days exploring the Alps, getting lost in little mountain villages and seeing things no “things to do” list could ever prepare us for.

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Protea flower image

Protea Flower

King Protea flower?

Looks like a  Queen Protea  to me (sorry Proteus).

This beauty is originally from the banks of Limpopo River in South Africa and is also known by the name of sugarbushes.

I find it simply stunning; what a privilege to add it to my flower collection.

King Protea Flower

Protea

Image of Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes


Sunset in Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

As much as I love this shot I can’t help but remind myself of a very significant photo-life lesson I learned that day:  see a sunset – bring a tripod.

Some mistakes you only make once (I hope this is one of them).

 

 

 

 

Iris flower image

Iris Flower

How to take a picture of an iris flower (or any flower)

Seemingly a monster, it  might look  like one up close,  an iris is a contradiction in many ways. I chose to see  beauty in this flower, but most definitely an edgy one.

So, to accomplish my vision, I went against the most common advice in flower photography, as one of the first words you would normally read is “defuse.”  In this case I say: CONTRAST; every shot is lit from underneath and against a dark background.
My vision, my rules.  Final result: a beautiful iris flower with attitude.

Beautiful Iris Flower Collage

Old train going through a solar windmill farm, changing California landscape

Windmill Farm California

Windmill Farm, California

Sometimes things just come together: the light is amazing, the lines are perfect….. and an old train just casually rolls into the frame.

 

Camouflaged Building, Budapest

Camouflaged Building

Budapest, Hungary: Camouflaged Building

I came across this cleverly camouflaged building on the trip to Budapest back in 2011.  Major restoration work was taking place behind the wall and I found the finishing touches delightfully entertaining.

Of course I used Exposure 5:  600-Yellowed from the Polaroid panel at 60 % opacity.

 

Kodak Ektachrome 100G Simulation

Exposure 5:   Kodak Ektachrome 100G Simulation

Today, I unintentionally told a lie: the words “no, this is pretty much out of the camera” left my lips and it was not until hours later that I realized that I was talking about a very different image then the one I was asked about. It was the puzzled look that I could not quite place and then it hit me as I set down to work on this image. Whoops.. .

I love to process just as much as I enjoy shooting and today I found a new favorite filter for a sunset scene: Kodak Ektachrome 100G simulation  filter which is part of the Exposure 5 package. Slightly modified to remove noise as the original had an ample amount due to 1600 ISO, it’s an instant preset. I kept wondering why this was “the one” and after a little poking around, I learned that this was the one used by National Geographic for years in low light situations.

Familiarity…. film nostalgia satisfied once again.

 

Brandt’s Cormorants

 Three Brandt’s Cormorants, Pismo Beach

I’m not a wildlife photographer but these three guys were just hard to resist.

Beautiful birds with a funny name.

Found a great article on California coastal birds and very much enjoyed reading about these guys, turns out we have a lot in common: we both like fish and squid.

Three birds

Smoky Water Effect

Creating Smoky Water Effect

Alas, so little time for fun! I did manage to get to some images from our Pismo Beach trip this year and quite a bit of fun working on this one.

Creating smoky water effect takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice; sure, I’ve gotten lucky sometimes and got a beautiful shot withMotion Blur, Ocean Waves

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Developing Your Photography Style

Making a Statement, Developing your Style

Developing a style is probably the hardest thing to achieve in any form of art; there are always expectations, comparisons and endless criticism. Self imposed more than anything and constantly wanting  more.

I say: use it.  Push yourself, do more, do better and settle only if you’re happy;  let others judge your work but listen and if you disagree strongly, do it anyway!

I settle for reaction; love it or hate it.

Viktorya by Milieux Photography

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