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What it Takes

Regularly I stumble upon photography evangelists repeating over and over again a false mantra, saying that equipment doesn’t matter. I’m sure that it really doesn’t matter what type of gear you are using, but in a way it is similar as saying that money doesn’t matter … As long as you have it.

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It is reasonable to expect, from skilled masters of the craft, ability to easily compensate for potential inadequacies of equipment. On the flip side, some mediocre shooters might be propelled a step forward by the payed for artificial intelligence of their latest toy. To easily understand relationship between the craftsman and his tools, we can simply visualize this as a combination of a vehicle and a driver—one can be better than the other.

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Enchanted Castle

No mather what technique do I use to aquire and finalize the image, be it old school film photography or some complicated multi exposure digital sorcery, I consider a job done best only when the final result conveys the exact mood and feeling of the place at the time it was captured.

Bled castle and moon.

In this particular instance it was so and every time I take a look at the photo, memories of the place and time come alive. I remember a slightly uncomfortable position, when I was reaching low to my Olympus PEN camera, at the time placed down on the Bled castle parking lot, sitting on a tiny little tabletop tripod, equiped with a lightweight telephoto zoom.

The strange darkness was about right, the bright moon was not quite full, but it was placed where it worked best for my purpose. What I remember most, and it eventually “made” this image, were those unpleasantly cold and violent bursts of wind, that were pushing the dark moonlit clouds with incredible speed, right above the castle rooftops and while doing so, they were constantly alternating the visible denstity and appearance of the moon.

Since camera was placed on the floor, and I am not one of those enthusiastic guys and girls prepared to get themselves comfortable at lying down on a freezing asphalt, I was rather sort of crouching, with a thumb on a cable release, while observing the actual spectacle instead of peeking at the small non-tilting LCD screen. It was probably the latter, the act of watching with my bare eyes while the scene was unfolding, that made me more emotionally attached to the image itself.

© 2014 The Unpublished Journal by Peter Mlekuž, All Rights Reserved

Vengeance of Anteros

Greek god Anteros, the avenger of unrequited love, is doing his thing since 1893 on top of the Shaftesbury Memorial fountain, now placed on the side of the always crowded Piccadilly Circus in London’s West End, a part of the Westminster City.

© 2014 The Unpublished Journal by Peter Mlekuž, All Rights Reserved

 

Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle

A picturesque Predjama Castle (slov.:Predjamski Grad) is built high in the stone wall under a natural overhanging arch. It was a fortress difficult to reach and conquer. Castle sieges could last a very long time, thanks to the existence of a secret supply tunnel, linking the castle with the Postojna Cave system.

© 2014 The Unpublished Journal by Peter Mlekuž, All Rights Reserved

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