On The Paths of the Soul

Gustav Vigeland and the Polish Sculpture aroud 1900. An exhibition at Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie


Stables at Castle Książ #2

Behind the open door at the centr lies the subject of the previous post. This is a manual blend of three exposures @1.5 EV.


Stables at Castle Książ

30s F/9 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 23mm, tripod mounted 12-11-2010 17:13, Książ

We visited Castle Książ a couple of times before, but this time went inside to see the interiors - pretty disappointing, but good for trying high dynamic range photography. But the castle stables we visited at the end of the day were quite interesting. More photographs to follow.


After the rain, Suartone, Corse

0,8s F/13 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 17mm,tripod mounted, 
Suartone, Corse, 2008-09-12, 18:33


Ostrów Tumski in rain

While the last picture was from archives, todays post features a very fresh one - taken 5hrs ago. An umbrella came handy and I wish I had warmer trousers ;)

f 7.1 6s ISO 100, tripod mounted, umbrella


A couple of firsts

A first no. 1: this post is being published on an Linux desktop system (Ubuntu)
A second first: all workflow for the image below was made with opensource tools including RAW conversion.
A third first: I went out to try my new panorama head.

This park mosaic image was made using 50mm lens on EOS 30D, 9 exposures.
Some initial thoughts:
When light is changing, it is essential to work fast, because exposure parameters will change from frame to frame. ergo - use Wide angles, not short telephoto.

The resulting panorama was stitched in Hugin, and the process was automatic. The file is 500MB uncompressed...
The final image was cropped to taste (to roughly 6000 x 6000 pixels) and processed to resemble Technicolor. Web version is scaled to 1000x1000. Clik on the image to enlarge.
Park Grabiszyński, Wrocław. 03.11.2010 8:00 am



Ladies and Gentlemen, we're proud to let you know that a photograph by my dear wife has graced the cover of Z:A magazine. The photo was taken during an archi trip to Netherlands and features a printing works facade. And inside ... (judge the book by its cover) ... is her article on contemporary industrial architecture.


The Pilgrims

1/8o s F/6,3 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 55mm, handheld, 2007-07-08 17:27

J & his father ;) on top of the middle Pilgrim. The Pilgrims, Karkonosze. Photo by Magda


Grey Herons at dawn

Thanks to my mother's friend we get a chance to spend a weekend at this great birdwatching location every autumn. There's a birdwatching tower. At this time of the year the water is low and that attracts many birds. The author and his son enjoyed a frosty sunrise and saw many rare birds including a bunch of white-tailed eagles (Bielik)


Off to Stawy Milickie

 1/125o s F/6.3  ISO 100 EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 122mm, tripod mounted 2009-10-10 07:26:24
Stawy Milickie, Grabownica
A year ago


Palmiarnia Lubiechów - the architecture

What if buildings could heal themselves, be re-made every year like the plants can? Romantic and picturesque ruins would not exist, unless built on purpose. All man-made turns to dust when not taken care of and repaired, rebuilt.



1s F/8 ISO 80 G11,ND filter, tripod, 2010-09-24 16:52:28, Botanical Garden, Wrocław


Machines, machines

1/8o s F/5.0 ISO 80, Powershot G11, 2010-09-07 17:49:01;
MIG 24 detail, Army Museum in Świdnica
Last Tuesday I took my both sons and we visited the Army Museum in Świdnica and spent there about two hours lying under APCs studying suspension details, then jet engines, then...
All the things that boys love ;)

Jasiu amazed me when he sketched the jet engine from memory, after looking at it for maybe two minutes, I'll post it here later.
 I suppose not many of YOU are acquainted wit turbo jet design, so I tried to find a matching photo as we took none of that particular engine. As far as I remember the engine that Jasiu was studying was of MIG 19 fighter aircraft. Here's what I found on Flickr that shows some of the details of the front part.


Palmiarnia Lubiechów #3

Agave detail, Palmiarnia Lubiechów
1/10 s F/6,3 ISO 100 EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 122mm, tripod mounted,   2010-09-05 16:44:18


Palmiarnia Lubiechów #2

4s F/7.1 ISO 100 EF70-200mm f/4L at 126mm, tripod mounted, 2010-09-05 17:06:18



1/8000 s F/4 ISO 400 EF 70-200 f4 L at 200mm, 2010-07-16 17:23:16, handheld 
The 100th post. Dear readers (watchers ? ), as a celebration I'll offer an A4 print of your choice from this blog.


Little hitchhiker

At public beach in Gdynia, 2010-07-30 14:57:10


Black, Red, White

1/5o s F/.3 ISO 100 EF 70-200 f4L at 126mm,  handheld  2010-07-31 20:22:31
 Harbour at Hel peninsula

How fragile ...

These two were taken only four years apart at the edge of  Szczeliniec Wielki.

1/500 f5.0 ISO 80, Canon Powershot G11, 2010-08-21 16:20:02

1/500 f5.6 ISO 100, EF 50 1.8 Mk II, Canon EOS 300D, 2006-07-23 14:22:28



1/2500 s F/4.0 ISO 100 EF 70-200 f4L at 200mm, -1/3EV, handheld, standing chest deep in water, hoping not to fall

Last light

1/1600 s F/8.0 ISO 1600 EF 70-200 f4L at 200mm, -1 1/3EV, handheld  
Shot from the ferry from Hel to Gdynia. We spent all the journey on deck to watch the sun go down. The complex texture of water is hard to show at this scale. Having tried to replicate such surface in CG graphics makes me really aware how intricate it is.



Here a series of drawings by the Greatest Artist. To me they bring images of China to mind, mist covered hills and meandering rivers.
I was amazed, watching them appear and disappear. They were there, for a moment, no matter if anyone saw it or not.



1/320o s F/5.6 ISO 400 EF 70-200 f4L at 70mm, 15-07-2010 20:02
Baltic Sea coast, Karwieńskie Błota

Waves ascended. Stillness remained



1/800 s F/2.8 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 17mm,
Baltic Sea coast, Karwieńskie Błota, 2010-07-13, 20:04

For us, living way from the coast, the open horizon, that vast, living expanse of the sea has a truly mesmerizing effect. Regardless of age :)
More sea-centred imagery to come soon.


Back again

Upper Łomniczka river
2,5 s F/22 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 18mm, -2/3 EV, tripod mounted
2 July 2010, 14:19, Dolina Łomniczki, Karkonosze

I've been away from this blog for a while. That does not meat I was not taking photographs. This image was taken during our short trip to Karpacz, Karkonosze at the beginning of July. Our first hike was up the Łomniczka stream valley. I got prepared, took all lenses, filters, tripod. I knew where we would be going and approximate locations of interesting spots. When we stopped here I sat for a while and watched my sons play in the water. When I was ready to start photographing - I slipped the very moment I stepped onto the river boulders. I forgot how slippery they can be. I briused my leg quite badly and nearly dropped  the camera into water. A hard lesson...
I tried several locations, both on the way up and down, hoping for some good results, inspired by the water photography master, my friend John.

Upper Łomniczka river II
0.6 s F/13 ISO 100 EF-S 17-55 at 37mm, -1 1/3 EV, tripod mounted
2 July 2010, 17:22, Dolina Łomniczki, Karkonosze


Night watch

1/3 s F/4 ISO 800 EF 70-200 f4L @ 70mm, -1,3 EV, tripod mounted, daylight WB
Silver Hill Fortress, 2010-06-19 22:05