Photographer’s dream

When you mostly do portraits  you always in hunt for nice background, some good place for perfect composition. Of course nowadays digital backdrops and manipulation in Photoshop make impossible to happened, but still nice place to do picture its a base.

One time I was just relaxing in bed when I thought how I might spend money if I win lottery or somehow have that amount of money to spent.

So I thought about creating natural  backgrounds for photographers in big piece of land.

I imagine this like that, first off all, some nice old barn will be perfect for country pictures, then some horses  for this style will be necessary to have, maybe few chickens and rabbits wandering around, old wagon and few country gadgets.

Beside this there will be a  house with few rooms with different style of settings, for example one room with modern furniture, other one with old style Victorian style sofa and decor, nice kitchen with all those gadgets for some food photography, room with all cute props for newborn and baby photography, big closet with maternity gowns another one with lingerie for sexy boudoir sessions. Comfy living room with nice fireplace with big window for indoor portraits using natural light.

Of course nice studio lighting everywhere….

Then in garage Cadillac from 50s for pin up style images… and maybe and old pick up truck.

Around the house beautiful garden with some fountains and colorfully flowers.

Then I see big orchard which blooms perfectly for spring images and then is so colorful for fall pictures.

Besides this for nice natural backgrounds I see often on images: field of lavender,  tulips, poppy seeds, canola flowers, some blue flowers field like blue grape hyacinth,  sunflowers and of course field of wheat, another of corn, and a pumpkin patch…

Oh, yes,  I see somewhere there  willow trees with swings by the small pond, and forest with pines trees for Christmas images.

Than maybe stone street  with old fashion lamps posts leading to the place.

Moreover some small waterfalls and a castle will be perfect to have but that might be a little too much to ask for perfection of that place.

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I can see this place full of photographers, lots of wedding and overall portrait images going on….  Some photography workshops, stargazing and astro photography sessions,  some family events…

Maybe I should find a sponsor to build such a a photographer’s dream place or post on “Go fund me” page? 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can I define my style…?

First you try many different kind  of photography… you do landscapes, portraits, HDR, macro, night, golden hours, B&W, composites…

Supposedly after sometime when you do photography, you are finding your style, or style finds you…. Its like style of your clothing or home decor.  Some people can have a look on pictures and they know who made them. I asked myself do I have my style?…. and hmm I thought maybe its not so clear like with my clothing style, but then I reviewed my favorite clothes and went through pictures and well I must admit there is something…

Not sure if that is a style to be proud of or thats what is going to make me famous 😉 but yes my style is probably a bit of Ktisch( you might see me wearing my colorful leggins  or pink pants combine with very blue jacket bought in a supermarket), and  yes for example I used blue ribbon with white dots for baby’s boy photo session. card 2 mniejsze

Maybe its a bit of a happy childish style (oh that fake rainbow that I put in Photoshop into B&W image) with a little bit of chaotic imperfection ( like my writing far from literacy perfection) and humor (yes,  I asked my model to put his finger in the nose and I photographed it)

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Of course I look through many pictures of other photographers and I look for inspiration but I’ve never copied  exact picture, I rather do my ideas, even though sometimes not all work the way I thought… and sometimes they aren’t super creative. That’s life.

What kind of pictures are do the most? Very likely portraits, especially kids. Beside the frustration of getting good pictures of active kids, I like run around and chase them as I like to be active, and I like to catch kids in action. Waiting somewhere for hours to get nice pictures of the wildlife might be just not for me…maybe not in that stage of life. But I sometimes like quiet, little less active  moments in the studio to photograph some objects.

So as I write about it, here is my tackiness fun  with pictures, I put  a baby in a bucket, not in reality  though, as this bucket might just probably fit only for baby’s foot. And oh well, I couldn’t resist to put that wooden wall behind, a must to have in a studio for lots of photographers…

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You also can try my bucket ( you can get the image here: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/decorative-bucket-594686768?src=Y3wWJPxon7HC6vFgxEaR-A-1-9

and put somebody or something in it…

if you try please share  your results 😉

 

 

 

 

 

If only I knew the things I know now and I could go back in time and redo it over again…

How many times when we revise our life we could not resist from thinking that we could make different choices and do things other way… But  also is the truth that we need a lessons to learn so we can do better in future. With photography when you go trough first pictures or even recent pictures you see that you could do things better. When comparing first pictures  to last ones you can see, that you’ve learn something, you develop, you actually better now, you compose other way and edit images smoother. With recent ones its just shaping and see even more things that you can master.

With life, well we can’t go back in time but with images, we can had a look on pictures did some time ago and edit them differently, have other idea for recreating that picture so its scored better in our and others eyes.

Like I had a look on this image:IMG_3832 mniejsze

I submitted the image to the contest and I it didnt get many votes so I thought I really like this picture, I need to show those emotions, relationship between mom and child, I wanted emphasized  little one eyes. So after it look like that

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Here is another example of picture  I went back to few times:lawka

I liked this picture already, there was so melancholic mood in it, but I thought hmm lets change in B&W:

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The tree on left side bothered me a bit, it was right in the middle of the view… So I tried to get rid of it and made the view look more cloudy and foggy. When I did it I kind of found it,  a bit empty, so I thought  I need something. So I put rainbow:lawka-3

And I called this image:”After every storms comes a rainbow”, because that’s how I feel about this image.

 

Some days you might think… that you stuck, that you not getting better, not learning enough,dont have enough creative ideas…

But then think about you life, made a list in you head, how much you went through, how many things you have done so far. If you think you haven’t then ring ring ring, your bell is ringing time to change that. Have a look on your pictures from the beginning, and you will see, you did a lot…. I’d love to master Photoshop, and know better other software, have more time for doing photography, have a better equipment, visit more interesting and beautiful places, have a wonderful big studio, have always amazing ideas…nice models. Do I feel bad that is not happening… probably sometimes, as I’m Polish and Polish people have that curse that they tent to be professional and perfect right from beginning they dont want showing anything between and be proud of their learning process, and we always complain that isn’t going to work and we aren’t confident enough.

Truly most of things happen step by step (unless you win lottery then yes it is one sudden strike) even sometimes very small steps but yes you moving forward, if you only want to, you are getting better even if you feel you not.

 

Perfectly non still-to photograph with kids

Recently, beside  its still cold winter, I went few times for a walk alone. Why is so special?  Common thoughts about walking are that supposed be relax,  easy time for your mind, good exercise…Most of the times  I’m not alone but with kids, so here is how I see it:

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That’s how its look like. My eyes should be all around my head, my voice is getting tired from scolding, yelling and constantly calling my kids. I like the idea that they have active time outside, but sometimes two more hands will be great to have it or longer hands to reach them. Now, lets take a camera and do some pictures while on a walk with them…like I don’t have enough stress already.By the way, you have to see my face when my friend asked me once to do the pictures while we outside with kids…

Well, I still do pictures of kids outside, because first of all, would be nice to have some nice pictures of your own kids, secondly I do hoping to snap some good picture somehow…and pictures outdoor is something you can’t make in the studio. Unless you do them inside then Photoshop them nicely, yes, some people can do amazing things  with  editing images. But going back to scene: me chasing kids with the camera outside. Those pictures might be  not perfect images, with amazing, unique props, perfectly set, with great light.I see many of those… and I always think: wow great! That was possible to do with kids, somebody did it…(note:most of the time  with a help of  the Photoshop and other programs). Which it is a bit dangerous, because that might convince some parents, that it is possible  to do with their kids in every photo session and photographer can do magic plus he/she can hypnotize your child to do whatever he/she has in his/hers mind for a perfect picture, and of course photographer is not going to charge a lot for session…because what is the big effort just to do few pictures of their kids, right?!

Beside the efforts and mental exhaustion  while attempting photo session with kids,  sometimes it’s fun and almost everything works nicely. Like those ones, when kids wore clothes I want them to wear, even hats stayed on their heads, and they carried picnic basket patiently around, and the place was great.

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So some says it’s hard to stick what’s planned while doing photography with  kids, but I’d say its good to have some plan and vision, and just keep in mind  that it might not work exactly what is planned, so be elastic and try to catch what’s unexpected. Candid moments are priceless. If you just one team photographer and mom its like working two jobs in the same time, despite  its a challenging, there are some benefits, your models are always right here, and you know what expect from them ( forget about straight line from picture on the beginning). Editing images later  that’s  the stage of relax and reward.

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Its just from the phone

Hey mobile users, I would like to introduce my special glove.

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Really handy when you want to use a phone, texting or making pictures while its cold outside  and you don’t want to take your gloves off 🙂

Doing pictures just by using mobile device became very popular nowadays as lenses and applications on the phone became better and easier to use.

Lots o people don’t bother to buy camera when they can easy use just phone. Its is very convenient, as  its always with you, in your pocket or bag. Simple grab it and snap the picture, without thinking about all those settings, buttons etc. After all its easy to connect and share on social media.

Even photographers do pictures using just a phone, as some situations won’t happened again and you not always carry all camera gear around ( yes that dream might come true when gear will be simpler, smaller, lighter and  quality of pictures stays the same).

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As images from the phone became popular, there are some contests organized and even you can try to sell images. The quality of pictures don’t  matter so much if you just sharing them online with friends or do small prints.

Of course not  all pictures are the best, and its harder to get very good one just using a phone  but I think the key for good mobile photography is to have good eye for the composition and light as also steady hand (unless you carry little tripod wit you all the time, then you probably have quite big pockets :-)). As we can’t  manipulate aperture and  time of exposure ( well you can buy some lenses you can attach to the phone) you  have to  be in the right spot in the right moment.

Here  as some good tips

http://iphonephotographyschool.com/mobile-photography-tips/

https://iso.500px.com/35-mobile-photography-tips-thatll-help-you-take-incredible-smartphone-shots/

Moreover there are lots of applications that you can use to edit the pictures, right on your phone and make them better or more interesting. So why not have fun and play with images.  When I was a kid I even haven’t imagine that technology would be like that. I thought about photography as a quite complicated process, with films and all those things happening on the dark room, but now my kids can do it so easy.

I would like to share here more nice pictures from  my phone ( which is few years old, so not so amazing like new ones). Those images weren’t edit at all.

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Showing the beauty of woman and enjoying the photography- photographer from Poland/ Pokazując piękno kobiety i czerpiąc radość z fotografowania-fotograf z Polski

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Poland is one of the European country, situated between the Baltic Sea in the north and two mountain ranges (the Sudetes and Carpathian Mountains) in the south.

The name “Poland” originates from the name of the tribe “Polanie” which means “people living in open fields”. Poland  has been invaded or has fought for freedom in insurrections 43 times from 1600 to 1945. We survived.

One of the famous polish people is Pope John Paul II also known as Karol Wojtyla(1920-2005). He was the only Polish Pope to date and served the second longest. Other well known people are:

-Marie Curie or Maria Sklodowska (1867-1934) was the first and only Nobel laureate in two different sciences and first female professor at the Sorbonne University.

-Polish born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) was the first person to propose that the earth was not the center of the universe.

-Polish astronomer, Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) published the earliest exact maps of the moon.

-Famous musical composer Frederic Chopin was Polish

-The writer Joseph Conrad (born Teodor Józef Konrad Nalecz-Korzeniowski, 1857-1924)

-The cosmetics industrialist Helena Rubinstein (1871-1965)

-Lech Wałęsa, who got Nobel Peace Prize in 1983

-Roman Polański, great director and actor

If you want to learn polish language, well its difficult language to master for non-native speakers especially with its tongue-bending pronunciation, complex gender system and other grammar issue.

That’s not the only trouble you might have in Poland. The biggest section of any grocery store in Poland is the candy section, the variety and taste of offered sweets are amazing. Also its hard to resist from eating delicious cakes and The “Paczki” Polish doughnut.  So be careful if you worry about your weight while visiting Poland.

One of the places worth to visit is Wieliczka Salt Mine or “Kopalnia soli Wieliczka” build in the 13th century, one of the world’s old salt mines still in operation until 2007. It is also referred to as “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” due to its three chapels and an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by the miners and placed on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites in 1978.

The best souvenir you can have from Poland is amber which transported along the Amber Route from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic coast for over 1000 years.

I’ve keep doing interviews with photographers around the world but finally it’s time to talk with photographer from my home country. Somebody I’ve known  personally for few years.

Between Tatry mountains and Baltic Sea I met  Adam Laube:

https://www.facebook.com/fotoadas/

https://500px.com/yoel_goether

https://www.instagram.com/yoel_goether/

How long have you been doing photography, what made you to take interest in photography?

I’ve been doing photography since I was 18 years old.That exactly happened when I got first camera on my birthday. My friend who also has interest in photography convinced me to start it. Soon after that I won photo competition and that was the point I thought that I might be good as a photographer.

Winning competion definetly can give motivation. Is photography your hobby or occupation?

I would say photography is hobby that allows me to earn money. Photography gives my life a sense, helps me in self-development  and create world seen through my eyes. I can show my vision of reality, that reality which might not be seen by the people I photographed. The reason of that  is we see ourselves different then somebody might see us.

That’s true we all have subjective point of view for reality and photography. I look on your pictures and see that most of them are portraits, is that what you like doing the best? Any other kind of photography do you like?

That’s true portraits is something I like the best. People are fascinating,  they can change depends on situation and moment in life. That’s why I like photo journalism too.

As we speaking about portraits, do you prefer working with kids or adults?

Doesn’t matter to me, in my opinion it all depends on experience, but usually I work with adults more.

If you can share, what kind of equipment do you use?

Well mostly I use camera, haha. But if we talk seriously, I consider what kind of effect I want to achieve and what equipment I need for that. Most often I use Nikon and I’m  in love with prime lenses, I like them because I think they give better quality of images and most often aperture  is wider which gives better bokeh.Those details you might not see on internet as resolution is smaller but you can see them very well on larger prints.

When you work with models, do you agree that with some  its much easier, like they can read in your minds and with some its just not working well…?

Yes, that’s true with some there is that ‘chemistry’ and I’m able to do what was planed and even more. But sometimes even if model and photographer are experienced that doesn’t guarantees successful session.

As a male photographer do you think its hard to keep the distance towards female model during session?

Well I tried to be professional, am I always…you should ask my models, haha.

As I follow your profile on FB I can see that you have lots of fun during your photo sessions. Which one do you think was the best?

I think every session is interesting and every is different. Various  locations, people, situations so it’s hard to chose which one is the best. All of them are important for me, as I put lots of efforts, and heart in my work.

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As an active photographer you attend  workshops, courses, which one do you remember the most?

Not only one but quite a few were interesting, those ones organized by Jurassic Photographic Workshops. I’ve learnt a lot, had fun during them and got amazing pictures.

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As we talk about working outside, how do you prepare to a photo session outside and how in studio?

Its all about planning ahead, I think first about concept and then gather everything I will need to bring idea to life. For an outdoor session I usually  check the place earlier and of course I check the weather. I have to adapt to those conditions and use them the best.

Where do you find inspiration for your images?

I talk to people, I look on pictures everywhere:  internet, magazines. Sometimes inspirations  come from art, movies… everything might inspire, you just have to find the way to show it on images, for me mostly on portraits.

Sounds interesting, I’m looking forward wait to see more of your work, as we speaking about, what’s your plans for future in photography?

My plan for future is simple, do pictures and don’t give up.

To conclude, if you can share your advice for beginners in photography?

Don’t worry about criticism, continue your way, learn and create.

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Polska jest jednym z krajów europejskich, usytuowanym pomiędzy Morzem Bałtyckim od strony północnej i dwoma pasmami górskimi (Karpaty i Sudety) od południa.

Nazwa “Polska” pochodzi od nazwy plemienia Polanie, co znaczy ludzi mieszkających na otwartym polu. Polska była obiektem napaści innych krajów  i musiała walczyć o wolność 43 razy w okresie miedzy 1600 a 1945 rokiem. Mimo trudności, przetrwaliśmy.

Jednym z najbardziej znanych na świecie polaków jest papież Jan Paweł II (1920-2005). Jedyny jak dotąd papież pochodzący z Polski i jako drugi, który sprawował tą funkcje najdłużej.

Inne znane osoby z Polski to:

-Marie Curie or Maria Skłodowska (1867-1934) była pierwszą i jedyną jak dotąd laureatką nagrody Nobla w dwóch rożnych dziedzinach naukowych, jak również była pierwszą kobietą profesorem wykładającym na Uniwersytecie Sorbona,

-polski astronom Mikołaj Kopernik (1473–1543)był pierwszym, który wysunął tezę, że to nie ziemia jest centrum wszechświata,

-inne wybitny polski astronom Jan Heweliusz (1611-1687) opublikował najwcześniejsze znane dokładne mapy księżyca,

-wybitny kompozytor pianista Fryderyk Chopin,

-znany pisarz Joseph Conrad (prawdziwe nazwisko Teodor Józef Konrad Nałęcz-Korzeniowski, 1857-1924),

-znany potentat firmy kosmetycznej Helena Rubinstein (1871-1965),

– Lech Wałęsa,  laureat pokojowej nagrody Nobla(1983),

-Roman Polański, znakomity reżyser i aktor.

Nauka języka polskiego dla obcokrajowców może być prawdziwym wyzwaniem, w związku z trudną wymową na której można sobie połamać język, jak również złożonym systemem wyróżniania rodzajów żeńskiego, męskiego i nijakiego i innymi gramatycznymi zawiłościami.

Język polski to nie jedyny problem jaki może pojawić się przy okazji wizyty w Polsce. największa sekcja w typowym polskim supermarkecie jest sekcja ze słodyczami, gdzie można przebierać w wyborze różnych pysznych słodkości. Jak również trudno oprzeć się smakowitym ciastom, ciasteczkom i pączkom. Także, jeśli martwisz się o swoją wagę, może być ciężko trzymać dietę będąc z wizytą w Polsce.

Jednym z miejsc, które warto zwiedzić jest kopalnia soli w Wieliczce, zbudowana w XIII wieku, jedna ze starszych kopalni wydobywająca sól do do 2007 roku. Podziemna katedra w kopalni,  wyrzeźbiona w solnych skalach została wpisana w 1978 roku na  Listę Światowego Dziedzictwa UNESCO.

Najlepszą pamiątką, jaką można zabrać z Polski jest bursztyn, który był transportowany bursztynowym szlakiem od Morza Bałtyckiego po Adriatyk przez ponad 1000lat.

Po wywiadach z fotografami z różnych stron świata, wreszcie nadszedł czas na fotografa z mojego rodzinnego kraju. A jest to ktoś, kogo znam osobiście od kilku lat.

Gdzieś pomiędzy Bałtykiem a Tatrami spotykam Adama Laube:

https://500px.com/yoel_goether

https://www.instagram.com/yoel_goether/

https://www.facebook.com/fotoadas/

 

Jak długo zajmujesz się fotografią i co spowodowało, że się nie zainteresowałeś?

Fotografuję od 18stego roku życia. Nawet dokładną datę można przybliżyć, wszystko zaczęło się gdy dostałem aparat właśnie na urodziny. Namawiany przez przyjaciela, który też jest pasjonatem fotografii szybko złapałem tego bakcyla. Wkrótce potem wygrałem konkurs co tylko mnie utwierdziło, że nie tylko sprawia mi to przyjemność,  ale i jestem w tym dobry.

Wygrana w konkursie na pewno jest sporą motywacją. W jaki sposób fotografia jest związana z Twoim życiem, czy jest ona Twoją pracą czy hobby?

Ujmę to tak, fotografia to pasja, która pozwala mi zarobić. Nadaje sens każdemu dniu, pozwala się realizować, tworzyć i pokazywać świat widziany moimi oczami.Tak właśnie ją widzę, jako pokazywanie pewnej rzeczywistości. Rzeczywistości, która często jest niedostrzegana przez tych, których fotografuję. Powód tego jest prosty, postrzegamy siebie i innych przez pryzmat własnych doświadczeń, a kto inny może dostrzegać zupełnie inne wartości, które są w nas.

To prawda, każdy z nas ma subiektywne spojrzenie na rzeczywistość i na fotografię. Oglądając Twoje zdjęcia, nie sposób nie zauważyć, ze przeważają w nich portrety, a więc jest to Twój ulubiony rodzaj fotografii? Jakie po za tym fotografie wykonujesz?

Tak, fotografia portretowa jest moją ulubioną dziedziną fotografii.Fascynują mnie ludzie i to jak się potrafią zmieniać w zależności od sytuacji i danego momentu w życiu . Dlatego,  też zajmuję się reportażami.

Co do portretów to  wolisz pracować z dorosłymi niż z dziećmi?


Myślę, że to kwestia doświadczenia, częściej jednak pracuję z dorosłymi czy to w ramach reportażu czy sesji portretowej.

Opowiedz, jaki sprzęt najczęściej używasz?

Najczęściej aparatu, haha. A tak na poważnie to dostosowuję sprzęt do tego co chcę uzyskać i na co będę miał czas. Wszystkie akcesoria, obiektywy a nawet aparat dobieram tak aby uzyskać zamierzony efekt. Aktualnie najczęściej używam aparatu cyfrowego Nikon. Mówiąc o obiektywach to muszę wspomnieć, że jestem zakochany w obiektywach stałoogniskowych. Wybieram je ze względu na jakość obrazu, które mi proponują. Oprócz tego często są jaśniejsze i dają możliwość zwiększenia rozmycia. Tych różnic często nie widać na zdjęciach prezentowanych na internecie,gdzie rozdzielczość i jakość jest mała. Na wydrukach bardzo często widać bardzo wyraźnie różnicę w jakości zdjęć.

Jeśli idzie o sesje z modelkami, czy uważasz,że z jednymi osobami łatwiej się pracuje, można porozumieć się bez słów, że tak powiem czyta w Twoich myślach, wszystko idzie gładko ….a z innymi ta współpraca wychodzi trochę gorzej?

To zawsze tak jest, że z jednymi łapie się tą “chemię” i na sesji wychodzi wszystko co było zaplanowane a nawet więcej. Często doświadczenie wszystkich stron nie rekompensuje tego jak idzie współpraca. Efekty sesji gdzie wszystko gra są piękne i co najważniejsze odczucia po sesji wszystkich uczestników są takie same.

Czy z punktu widzenia mężczyzny fotografa pracując z płcią piękną trudno czasem jest zachować dystans?

Co do dystansu wobec modelek, które fotografuję… staram się być profesjonalny, ale najlepiej pytać modelek ,  czy zachowuję dystans czy nie, haha.

Śledząc Twój profil na FB widzę, że sesje fotograficzne są dla ciebie często dobrą zabawą, jaka była najciekawsza z sesji jaką do tej pory udało Ci się zrobić?

Każda z sesji jest ciekawa, bo każda jest inna. Inne okoliczności, ludzie i miejsca, patrząc na to nie mogę wybrać tej naj. Wszystkie sesje są ważne i w każdej zostawiam kawałek serducha i ciężkiej pracy, więc do wszystkich czuję lekki sentyment.

Jako aktywny fotograf na pewno uczestniczysz w rożnych kursach, warsztatach, który zapadł Ci najbardziej w pamięć?

Może nie jeden warsztat zapadł mi w pamięć, ale cała ich seria połączona z plenerami a to dzięki ich organizatorom. Mówię o Jurajskich Warsztatach, które jak dla mnie przyniosły dużo wiedzy, ale przede wszystkim, a co dla mnie ważne dużo radości i zabawy. W takich warunkach o naprawdę fantastyczne efekty bardzo łatwo.

Jak już rozmawiamy o pracy w terenie, jak byś  opowiedział  o różnicy pracy w terenie a pracy w studio. Jak się najlepiej przygotować do obu?

Podstawą w obydwu jest przygotowanie się pod względem merytorycznym czyli inspiracji i tego co chcemy w ogóle stworzyć. Potem dochodzą kwestie praktyczne jak sprzęt, oświetlenie, obiektywy, blendy. W fotografii plenerowej często odwiedzam wcześniej miejsce gdzie mają być zdjęcia, sprawdzam pogodę na dany dzień. Warunki pogodowe i krajobrazu to w tym przypadku rzeczy, które trzeba nauczyć się akceptować i wykorzystywać.

Skąd czerpiesz inspiracje do zdjęć?

Inspiracje do zdjęć wychodzą z rozmów z innymi, z przeglądania zdjęć, oglądania albumów i magazynów. Do niektórych sesji inspiracjami były obrazy lub filmy. W pewnym sensie wszystko może być inspiracją kwestia tylko tego jak to przełożyć na to co chcemy zrobić, czyli w moim przypadku na portrety.

Jakie masz plany na przyszłość związane z fotografią?

Plan jest prosty, robić dalej zdjęcia i nie przestawać.

Kilka słów dla początkujących fotografów:

Nie przejmujcie się krytyką, idźcie swoją drogą, uczcie się i przede wszystkim twórzcie.

Mom got a score for getting the Halloween Costume

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The Fall is very exciting and colorful season, the sound of crunchy leaves when you walking, yellow, red, orange, brown leaves  sprinkled over the roads or  shaking with distinction  on the trees blown by wind. Woolen warm sweaters and comfy leggins, orange round pumpkins settled in front of the stores. Its nice and gently way of saying good bye to the summer and slowly bow to welcome winter. Its beautiful time to do photography outside.

The Halloween crowns all the beauty of the season, after that we step in to more gloomy November which we would like to skip just to be closer to the Christmas mood.

I went to the store to look for Halloween costumes for kids, not really hunt for them like crazy till I find the One, but just get over it and find something nice in affordable price. Luckily, alone visit in one store and I got it. Then I just had  the thrill if they will become kids approved…. I picked up my son from school and told him, that I got great Scooby Doo costume for him, I knew that he likes that cartoon. And I anxiously waited for respond…then it happened. His face didn’t look happy, he didn’t thank me, and I just heard complains, how he is going to look as a dog… and all those unhappy expressions…. So all my excitement was gone, but I  felt it still might the light of the end of the tunnel.

So after we went home, I told him if  he could at least have a look on the costume. And then after few minutes we was gone in his room.Miracle happened, he came to me said that he loved it! Ha! I was just standing there confused and amazed…

Kids always are going to surprise you. The same when you plan to do pictures with kids, never know how it will turn out. Its good to have some plan…but then amazing might happened not planed and in the moment you not expect.

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Are you ready for Halloween?

The photography world nowadays, are you frustrated enough to be in it?

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I’m sitting here in a washroom, with the dye on my hair,perfect quiet place, the moment when you have to sit and do nothing. I’m  tired after hard, long day at work. Finally kids are sleeping, dishes are not piling up in the sink,wash machine is on, toys are still everywhere but a little a bit of chaos doesn’t bother me much, its actually pleasant normality. And tomorrow all the same again, I know sounds boring. I try to keep up, write more, write something good, do photography, learn more, be creative…. and then nothing….my tired head its empty, my bank account is empty, and its hard to squeeze a minute to even think about being more creative. I’m finally sitting on the evening and what I see: all those amazing videos people showing things they made with simple stuff, see those wonderful pictures, art, those  ideas…those techniques! I read great stories when words just are put so good together. Great photographers, journalist, graphic designers, artists, bloggers,looks like  they have time, they manage do Things, they are so creative. Then I’m getting so overwhelmed with  all those things in Internet, so much…its too much.I’m hitting the wall asking myself,  can I create something new, unique, can I have different ideas then other people….  the world is just so demanding nowadays. Being out there in a cyber world can makes life easier, but can be so frustrating. I’m sometimes actually amazed by the people who are absent in the Internet, they don’t bother to exist here, hard to believe is possible… They are probably some great artist who are doing their art, hidden from world, although they might not discovered at all, but with so many of them on Internet, you might not be discovered at all either, feeling like a little leave in the forest.

I have such a days, that I’m scared to turn on the laptop, see all popping emails, notifications….advertisements, because then I’m lost in those…and my time is lost.I feel like I’ve been pulled in few different directions, and then I really don’t know where I’m going.  What’s truly the best to do, what should I do first…on what I should concentrate more?!

Thinking about photography, when there are millions of photos out there, lots of great photographers, I see next wonderful image and I’m asking myself, not only probably me,   Can  be anything else different done in photography? Can be something unique that will give me 1milion views?

You trying out ideas, you playing with the lights, searching for unique models, unknown places, new techniques, equipment…how far can you go? how far is worth to go? do you want to just please yourself or try to still impressed people who are fed up with nice images on Internet, magazines, etc.?

I asked that question to myself  when I saw this idea

http://www.vice.com/read/haruhiko-kawaguchi-vacuum-seals-couples-in-plastic-bags-for-art

Some might think: well new interesting idea, other will thing new idea, but isn’t that a bit too much… some will thing this is just disgusting.

That reminds me other picture on which people have split opinion,newborn baby lying on mom, her scarf after c-section is exposed.

http://www.helencarminaphotography.com/blog/2015/8/that-image

so should we exposed so much?

Another example on the controversial art in my min, where real dead human bodies where used for the exhibitions:

http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/exhibitions/current_exhibitions.html

Is that profanation of the human body, or might be excused that was used for educational reasons?

Then other trend I call “pictures on the edge” when people want to do the best selfies ever in dangerous places or situations.

The list is getting longer…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_selfie-related_injuries_and_deaths

So how far you will go to achieve the best picture? how creative you can be?

Some strange, different ideas for pictures involved models, some of them are well paid for posing… but then still the sacrifice and working conditions are sometimes quite extreme:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/craziest-model-stories-shoots-photos_n_3534373.html

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Again in my head appears that sentence: the world is getting more demanding, photography world is getting more demanding. Should that stop you from getting pictures, because they might not be winning pictures of world wide competition, they might not be shocking or amazing enough? No, don’t stop,forget about that jungle, do just what you like, relax, and think that creative ideas are just waiting around the corner, or perfect capture is just going to happened, and being a master or expert in  something doesn’t happening in one day…

Just enjoy your photography, whenever you can, even  doing simple nice picture of child,   think, mother is  going to look on it often with a smile…

 

 

 

 

 

Because a school is not about a picture with an apple.

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When I have looked through the  social media for the last few days full of pictures of kids going back to school, I thought as a photographer I should probably stand by the school and offer to do professional pictures of kids, along with an apple for each child, as apple is a must for back to school photo sessions.It might be great business idea…

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Most of parents are excited that their kids are going back to school, some of them will save money on daycare, some will have more time for themselves,  peace and quiet home(lets have a party during the day!). Other might think that its exciting  and important moment for kids to start school or back to school  after summer. Am I happy to see my kid going back to school? Well, summer fun together will be gone, days will get colder and shorter…and mornings wouldn’t be so lazy anymore.  I was observing  him as he was walking in the building… with a little a bit of sadness and  mixed feelings.

He is out of my sight, I know he is big boy now… I’m not all his world anymore, he needs to explore life and learn things, he needs to  socialize,  get to know people, coexist with them. Yes,  he might find beautiful friendship there, but also might meet not nice people, he will be exposed to hate, and bullying, disrespect and misunderstanding. He will learn the life is not perfect,that might have to do things because you has to not necessary because he likes to….and he might have to deal with lots of things  by himself. He will find out that not everybody likes each other, and  we aren’t the same, he have our own opinions, thoughts, likes, dislikes. I encourage him to do the best, stay creative, stay strong, be himself and don’t worry about small things.  I believe in him, but I’m not jumping  from excitement, I didn’t do pictures with backpack… The school system is not perfect… I read the letter what is expected from the child, what achievement he should meet, all those rules, tables, points.lists….I feel overwhelmed,it just rattle  in my head:  they will put him in the box.

Ok, I might be just an overprotective, different  mom… I also know that school is a part of life from which good memories came from. It might be meeting the teacher who’s going to be your role model, who inspires you, maybe the the friend who will be your lifetime friend, maybe all the fun you can share with others,maybe those  simple chats everyday about everything and nothing.

Running away from mosquitoes- photographer from Germany/Uciekając przed komarami-fotograf z Niemiec

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Germany the most populous European country, with a population of 82 million is surrounded by Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

The country is well known as producent the best cars like BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and some  of world’s most famous inventions were born there, like  light bulb, the automated calculator, and the automobile. That’s not all – the Germans are also credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile engine, differential gear and other important devices, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman.That why is not suprising over 100 Germans have been awarded the Nobel prize in their field, including Albert Einstein, who was born in Germany.

Moreover great classic music composers came from there: Bach, Händel, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and R. Strauss, also great poets and philosophers:Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger.

We can’t be bored in Germany as there are  nearly 700 zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, bird parks, animal reserves, or safari parks, including 414 registered zoos. Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world, both in terms of number of species (1,500) and animal population (14,000). What’s more to see,  there are 5,752 museums and the tallest  cathedral in the world in Ulm, also the world’s two biggest cuckoo clocks which both are located in Schonach im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg.

While in Germany it isnt possible to not try beer and currywurst, as it is specialty in Germany.Over 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany each year and there are 1,300 beer breweries in Germany, making some 5,000 kinds of beer. German people are the world’s second biggest beer drinkers after the Czechs. Definitely lots of beer is served in Munich’s Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest folk festival.

Besides enjoying the beer, national parks in Germany include the Bavarian Forest National Park, Jasmund National Park, Harz National Park, and the Wadden Sea National Parks,  are worth to visit.

My next guest Benjamin Wende knows them well:

https://500px.com/bwende

https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.wende.photography

 How long have you been doing photography for? what made you to start it?

I have been photographing since I was a young boy. My father brought me to it. I used his analog camera in the beginning. It was not much more than point and shoot. Later then I got my first own digital camera and started to get more serious with it. I started to get interested in photography as an art and educated myself in image composition, colors and I experimented a lot with it. As a geek (I studied computer science and I work at a big tech company) I always have to fight with my demand for new technology and getting new photo gear. So I tried to concentrate on photography itself and not the technology behind it. That is a great balance to my job.
How photography is involved in your life? Is it your occupation or hobby?
It is a hobby, but actually I invest a lot in terms of time and money. It is not always easy to balance between my job, my family (I have a wife and a 1,5 year old son) and my photography enthusiasm. But that’s life, a big compromise.
I know about it very well, as I have kids, no babysitter or helping grandparents, work, and still I try to do photography, learn more about it, write a blog, connect with other photographers….I wish day last longer and I’m less tired. But lets go back to you, what kind of photography do you like the best? what kind of techniques, lenses do you use the most?
I concentrate on nature photography. It allows me to go outside and see things that other people don’t even know exists. For example I recently made a photos of a Kingfisher by a small lake nearby. When I showed them on Facebook, several people asked me about it and did not know that these colorful exotic looking birds can be found in our german cultivated landscape. If I can bring people closer to their home country, I find it pretty rewarding.
I also like abstract subjects, like architecture, forms and colors. This is a great opportunity to concentrate on the key of good photography: forms, shapes, light  and colors.
The gear I use is a Canon 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II. For landscape photography I use a wide angle zoom 16-35mm f/4 and a stable tripod. For wildlife I use a heavy 500mm f/4 lens and converters for getting even more range.
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500mm its a  heavy lens, your backpack might  have quite a weight, what other things do you usually carry with you when you go for a trip to do wildlife pictures?
Besides the camera and many lenses, it is important to have good outdoor clothes and shoes, water and some snacks. Also for some animals you need camouflage, like a mesh or a cape to hide yourself. Many wild animals, especially in Europe, you cannot get very near before they try to get away. Also for hiding spot you need a camping seat, as it might take long time to get  an animal on the picture.
What else you should prepare before you are going to do pictures of a wildlife and  when is the best time to do such a pictures?
Photographing wildlife needs good preparation. First you need a good location. You need to do research on the internet or reach out to other photographers and build a good network. Most of the people are very cooperative in my experience. Also nature reserves are well documented (at least in Germany) by the public authorities. Especially for wild animals, you need to learn about their typical behaviors  and adapt to that.
I mostly go out in the early morning or late evening to catch the best natural light. That also suits my family needs, because the best dad is the one that comes home with fresh baked goods for breakfast.
I have to say recently I did pictures for the first time at sunrise and I fell in love with this light and the time of the day. As  you prefer pictures of nature, animals, landscapes do you think this type pf photography  is easier than doing pictures of people?
I think both are hard to achieve if you have high goals. I only do portraits in my personal space, for example my boy. Working with people and especially children is challenging and needs a lot of empathy and patience.
Nature and landscape photography needs a lot of preparation and research to find the good spots and then you are always depend on the natural light. You have to be outside at sunrise or sunset to get the best light. And if the animal decides to not show up, you can do nothing than going home without any pictures.
That might be very disappointing. But is there any special moment, picture do you remember the most? or maybe any funny moment?
I remember that Kingfisher photo a couple of weeks ago. So I hiked to the lake, where I was attacked by the mosquitoes (about 50 bites on hands and arms). I waited a couple of hours, observing the lake and hearing them with their typical sounds. And finally I got a couple of good pictures and had a big smile on my face when I finally went home. It was very satisfying experience besides very itchy hands.
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We talked about challenges might be in wildlife photography , what else can be difficult being a photographer?
Personally I like the challenge of finding the best location, looking for wild animals and so on. I think for professional photographers, it is difficult to earn enough money from their art. For me it is sometimes difficult to juggle with my job, my family and my photography.
You sacrifice a bit for a photography, have you ever  get any awards, expositions?
No, but I plan to get more into photo competitions soon. Most of the nature photography competitions start in winter, so stay tuned 😉
On the end can you share any tips for beginners in photography?
Do not concentrate too much on gear. Invest more in workshops and learn from experienced photographers. Photography needs a lot of experience, so go out and have fun getting it!

 

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Niemcy to najbardziej zaludniony kraj w Europie z liczba ludności 82 miliony, sąsiadujący z Danią, Polską, Czechami, Austrią, Szwajcarią, Francją, Holandią i Luksemburgiem.
Kraj ten jest znany z produkcji najlepszych na świecie aut takich jak Audi, Mercedes-Benz,Volkswagen, czy BMW, to tu, również narodziło się wiele wynalazków jak żarówka, kalkulator, auto, zegarek na rękę, parafina, telewizor(częściowo), mechanizm różnicowy, silnik odrzutowy,wyświetlacz ciekłokrystaliczny, insulina,  Walkman.Nie dziwi więc fakt, że Niemcy zdobyli ponad 100 nagród Nobla miedzy innymi Albert Einstein, który urodził się w Niemczech.
Co więcej to z Niemiec pochodzą wspaniali kompozytorzy muzyki klasycznej:Bach, Händel, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and R. Strauss jak również, wielcy filozofowie i poeci:Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger.
Nie sposób nudzić się w tym kraju, jako, że znajduje się tam prawie 700 ogrodów zoologicznych i botanicznych, parki z dzika przyroda, ptakami, akwaria, rezerwaty przyrody,parki safari. Berlińskie Zoo jest największym na świecie, znajduje się tam 1400 gatunków zwierząt, których liczba wynosi 14 tys. W Niemczech znajduje się 5752 muzeów do zwiedzenia, a katedra w Ulm jest najwyższa na świecie. Nie można też pominąć największych na świecie zegarów z kukułką znajdujących się w Schonach w Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg.
Przebywając w Niemczech nie można nie spróbować piwa i pysznych kiełbasek, które są specjalnością tego kraju. Ponad 800 milionów pieczonych kiełbasek jest zjadanych w tym kraju rocznie, a na terenie kraju znajduje się 1300 browarów, które wytwarzają 5000 rodzaji piwa. Z taką ilością piwa, Niemcy zajmują drugie miejsce zaraz za Czechami, pod względem jego spożycia na świecie. Z dużą pewnością spore ilości piwa są serwowane na największym festiwalu dożynkowy Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Po za smakowaniem piwa, warto zobaczyć parki narodowe jak Park Narodowy Lasu Bawarskiego, Park Narodowy Szlezwicko-Holsztyńskiego Morza Wattowego, Park Narodowy Harzu, Park Narodowy Jasmund.

Mój kolejny gość Benjamin Wende zna je dobrze:
Jak długo zajmujesz się fotografią i co spowodowało, że się nie zainteresowałeś?
Fotografuję odkąd byłem małym chłopcem, ojciec mnie w to wciągnął. Użyczał mi swojego analogowego aparatu fotograficznego, który był niczym więcej jak zwykłym kompaktem. Później zakupiłem lepszy aparat cyfrowy i wtedy też, zająłem się fotografią na poważnie. Uczyłem się o kompozycji, kolorach i eksperymentowałem z robieniem zdjęć. Jako komputerowiec (studiowałem informatykę i pracowałem w tej dziedzinie) zawsze musiałam walczyć z pokusą kupowania coraz to nowszego sprzętu fotograficznego i różnych gadżetów. Próbowałem znaleźć balans i skupić się bardziej na samym obrazie i komponowaniu dobrych zdjęć wykorzystując sprzęt.
W jaki sposób  fotografia jest związana z Twoim życiem, czy jest ona Twoją pracą czy hobby?
Fotografia w tym momencie jest dla mnie hobby, ale inwestuję w nią wiele czasu i funduszy.
Nie jest łatwo znaleźć balans pomiędzy fotografią, rodziną ( mam żonę i 1,5 rocznego synka) i pracą. Takie jest życie, trzeba iść na kompromisy.
Znam ten problem doskonale, jako, że sama mam dzieci, nie mam niani ani dziadków, którzy zajęli by się wnukami czasem, do tego praca, ale mimo wszystko zajmuje się fotografią, udoskonalam się w tym,  pisze bloga i nawiązuje kontakt z fotografami na całym świecie….Chciałabym, by dzień trwał dłużej, a ja czułabym się mniej zmęczona….Wracając do Ciebie jaki rodzaj fotografii preferujesz, jakiego aparatu i obiektywów używasz najczęściej?
Koncentruje się, na fotografowaniu natury. Pozwala mi to zobaczyć rzeczy, o których wiele osób nawet nie zdaje sobie sprawy, że istnieją. Na przykład ostatnio udało mi się sfotografować Zimorodka, w okolicach pobliskiego małego jeziora. Kiedy wrzuciłem zdjęcia na Facebooka, ludzie zaczęli mnie wypytywać, nie mieli pojęcia, że taki gatunek ptaka jest spotykany u nas. Jeśli mogę przybliżyć i pokazać ludziom środowisko ich rodzimego kraju jest to dla mnie satysfakcjonujące.
Po za tym lubię także, fotografować abstrakcyjne obiekty, architekturę, jej formy, kolor.
Uważam, że jest to świetna okazja do skoncentrowania się na kluczu do dobrej kompozycji w fotografii: formie, kształtach, świetle  i kolorach.
Aparat fotograficzny jaki uzywam to:Canon 5D Mark III i 7D Mark II.
Do fotografowania krajobrazów używam obiektywu szerokokątnego 16-35mm f/4 i stabilnego statywu, dla detalów przyrody, czy dzikich zwierząt używam obiektywu 500mm f/4 lens jak również konwerterów dla uzyskania szerszego zasięgu.
Obiektyw 500mm nie jest lekki, Twój bagaż może nieźle ważyć, jakie jeszcze rzeczy mogą przydać się na takiej wyprawie?
Po za aparatem fotograficznym, obiektywami, statywem, na pewno należy odpowiednio się ubrać i założyć wygodne obuwie, zabrać wodę i coś na ząb. Należy też mieć ze sobą  jakiś kamuflaż: siatkę, pelerynę, czy nawet mały namiot w kamuflujących barwach. Zwierzęta są podejrzliwe, więc może trochę minąć zanim jakieś podejdzie bliżej.Dlatego też, warto zabrać małe krzesełko turystyczne, żeby można było w ukryciu czekać wygodniej.
W jaki sposób jeszcze należy się przygotować do takich zdjęć i o jakiej porze dnia najlepiej je robić?
Fotografowanie natury to wiele pracy przygotowawczej. Należy znaleźć dobra lokalizację, wyszukać informacje na internecie, warto porozmawiać tez z innymi fotografami, wielu z nich bardzo chętnie udziela pomocnych wskazówek. Po za tym rezerwaty przyrody, parki narodowe, są dobrze udokumentowane przez służby leśne. Ważne, jest by zapoznać się z typowymi zachowaniami dzikich zwierząt, by wiadomo było co oczekiwać. Zwykle wybieram się wczesnym rankiem lub późnym wieczorem na taka sesję fotograficzną, bo wtedy jest najlepsze naturalne światło. Co też współgra dobrze z moim życiem rodzinnym, jako, że najlepszy tata to ten, który przynosi na śniadanie świeże pachnące bułeczki.
Niedawno po raz pierwszy wybrałam się na sesje o wschodzie słońca i muszę przyznać, że zakochałam się w tym świetle i tej porze dnia.
Preferujesz wykonywać zdjęcia naturze, krajobrazom, zwierzętom, czy uważasz, że jest to łatwiejsze niż fotografowanie ludzi?
Myślę, że i jedno i drugie nie jest łatwe, zwłaszcza jak się ma ambitne cele. Wykonuję portrety, ale głównie do moich osobistych celów, jak np. zdjęcia mojego syna. Według mnie, do fotografowania dzieci potrzeba dużo empatii i cierpliwości. Do fotografowania przyrody potrzeba dobrego przygotowania logistycznego, znalezienia lokalizacji, zebrania informacji i do tego, jesteś zależny tylko od światła naturalnego. Zwykle musisz być na miejscu o wschodzie słońca lub w porze zachodu. Oczywiście  nie ma gwarancji, że jakieś zwierzęta w ogóle się pojawią, więc bywa,  że wracam do domu z niczym.
Można, się czasem rozczarować…Ale pomówmy o ciekawych  czy weselszych momentach, które zostają w pamięci na dłużej?
Wspominałem już o zdjęciu Zimorodka, jakie udało mi się zrobić. Ale nie było łatwo, podczas tej wyprawy zostałem zaatakowany przez komary ( około 50 ukąszeń na rękach). Czekałem tam dobre kilka godzin, kiedy wreszcie usłyszałem typowy dla tych ptaków dźwięk. Udało mi się zrobić kilka dobrych fotek. Wróciłem do domu z wielkim uśmiechem na twarzy i usatysfakcjonowany, mimo swędzących bąbli  na rękach.
Rozmawialiśmy  już o trudnościach związanych z fotografowaniem natury, co jeszcze według Ciebie jest trudne w byciu fotografem?
Fotografowanie natury nie jest takie straszne, osobiście lubię to wyzwanie, wyszukiwanie informacji, poznawanie zwierząt. Moim zdaniem, dla profesjonalnych fotografów wyzwaniem, może być  zarobienie wystarczająco  na ich sztuce. Dla mnie trudne jest znalezienie czasu na wszystko, fotografia, rodzina, praca.
Poświęcasz się dużo dla fotografii, czy zdobyłeś jakieś nagrody, czy wystawiałeś gdzieś swoje fotografie?
Na razie nie, ale planuję, bardziej zaangażować się w wystawianie moich zdjęć na różne konkursy. Większość konkursów organizowanych jest zimą, więc zobaczymy co się będzie działo…
Na koniec, jakie masz rady dla początkujących w fotografii?
Nie koncentruj się za bardzo na sprzęcie, zainwestuj fundusze w jakieś kursy i ucz się od bardziej doświadczonych fotografów. Fotografia tworzy się przez zdobywane doświadczenie wiec idź fotografuj, baw się i zdobądź je!