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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

Fireworks Live

Fireworks at Lake Bled Slovenia

The ancient Chinese invented this fascinating art of throwing fire at the sky, known as the fireworks. As a photographic subject it stands a bit on the “amateurish” side, whatever this is supposed to mean. In an essence this is a subject of pure enjoyment and amazement, but containing hardly any meaningful depth or message. It is an equivalent of your popular talent show instead of the sophistication and seriousness of National Ballet or Opera. It is no secret that the popular votes and “likes” will always go to the easy and the smart.

But on a technical side photographing fireworks is not an easy undertaking at all and requires quite a bit of “smart” and even some luck. Equipment such as a tripod and cable release is necessary, unless you are going for random unpredictable results. Choosing your location is of significant importance as well, if you would like to achieve complex landscape images instead of a simple one dimensional impression. And do I have to mention that you have to be completely ready and set before the display starts? Firework displays do not last. Try not to forget this fact and always keep in mind a quote from a 1986 classic movie Top Gun: “This thing will be over in two minutes! Get on it!”

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Blue Efficiency

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We are fortunate to be living in the most amazing place in our known universe, a blue planet called Earth. But this home of ours is being threatened and the most serious threat comes from none other than ourselves. Forget alien invasions, Cylons, Klingons, Kardashians and other outer space creatures. In reality we alone are the most likely makers of our doom. Once there were only a selected few that went globetrotting. The likes of Magellan, Shackelton and Captain Cook did it for us, but now individual experience seems to be everything. In our quest for the next greatest social network profile picture, we are willing to go to quite some lengths. We all have seen it. Our great virtual friends, they seem to be at all of the right places. Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Ipanema beach; just to name a few. But our mobile lifestyle does have its consequences. Even the tiniest of girlies, when traveling halfway around the globe, leaves behind an elephant sized trail of footprints. It’s the carbon footprints that I am talking about.

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