I was hoping to get a good shot of Warsaw’s city centre on the return flight from Turkey and I started to have my doubts on the approach, still a good fifty kilometres out — the plane was facing the wrong way and the light was terrible. Luckily for me, we did finally swing around so that my seat was facing north, towards the city. Nothing’s perfect however — my seat was a little too far back, the wing blocked some of the view, and the air was rather dirty. I do love how the sky lit up in the last moments before landing — this was something I wasn’t expecting.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/2.8, 1/60, ISO 400.
While sightseeing around the marina in Bodrum, I saw this cute cat, lying down in front of a Harley-Davidson (or whatever it was). The bike’s owner was just getting ready to ride off, but the cat was in the way. Even after a huge roar from the engine, it didn’t budge.
Arrogant? Definitely. Very trusting though.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/2.2, 1/6000 s, ISO 100.
I finally found the time to finish the edit of all of my GoPro diving footage. This video shows the most interesting scenes from two dives, around St Pierre and Ave Marie dive sites, which are close to Praslin and La Digue. Hope you like it!
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We had a 7-hour layover in Abu Dhabi, on our way back from the Seychelles, so naturally, we had to go see the city, with the Sheikh Zayed Mosque being our first stop. I still remember when I first saw the city over 30 years ago, basically, a village in the desert — the contrast is amazing — but this place of religion is simply stunning to behold.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/6.3, 119 s, ISO 100.
I waited 18 days and 18 nights to get this shot. I was planning to do a lot of night sky photography before arriving on Mahé and Praslin, but unfortunately, my plans were for nought. Firstly, the full moon was a huge problem — it was bright enough to cast a shadow. Secondly, the night sky was almost always covered with clouds, which usually dispersed in the morning. Lastly, there is a surprising amount of light pollution on the island — I did not expect this at all.
The shot above is unfortunately far from perfect — you can see one of the ends of the Milky Way on it. Had I waited for the centre of the Milky Way to rise above the horizon, the bright moon would have joined it, ruining the shot. Hope you like it nonetheless.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/2.8, 15 s, ISO 3200.
While I consider the beach on Curieuse island to be the most beautiful in the world, there is one in the southwestern part of Mahé — Anse Intendance, home of The Banyan Tree — that comes in second place. Absolutely stunning.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.
Having spent two weeks over here, I have been fortunate enough to see many beaches on the islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, and Curieuse. All of them are beautiful in their own way, but the southern beach on the last of the aforementioned islands is my favourite — calm and peaceful, with crystal clear waters, lazy and colourful fish… It’s as close to perfect as I could imagine.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.
Giant tortoises can be found on two islands (that I know of) in the Seychelles — on La Digue in a closed off park and running wild (not the perfect phrasing, but you know what I mean) on the small island of Curieuse. They can be fed with various leaves and other shrubs that grow on the island and are quiet friendly. Just don’t put your fingers in their mouths — they will bite it (off?).
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/2.8, 1/800 s, ISO 100.
We took the scenic route through one of mountain passes on Mahé today, the one second closest to the capital city of Victoria. Since my Sony FE 28 mm wasn’t wide enough to capture the scene above, I decided to try to make a panorama, consisting of 12 individual shots. It came out better than I expected and has around 102 MP after cropping.
Since the JPG at full resolution weighs in at almost 100 MB, you can view the original on 500px. I also posted a 100% crop after the break below.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 1/250 s, ISO 100. Total of 12 shots.
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The biggest culinary difference between Martinique and Mahé are the many takeaway restaurants on the latter island. While we had to settle for expensive restaurants or our own cooking on our previous trip, the Seychelles (Mahé especially) have many small places with awesome Creole and Indian cuisine.
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I am currently traveling and away from all forms of communication, which I have come to consider ubiquitous. I was a bit surprised that connecting to the internet is no simple task over here, despite me being in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I did however want to share this amazing sunrise — one of many — to which we awoke a few days ago. The beauty of this place is that the sun and sky give a unique and equally grand performance every single day.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/10, 30 s, ISO 100.
This is probably the most fantastic architectural marvel I have ever seen. Its sheer size is truly breathtaking, while the design details in the inlaid marble are exquisite.
Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8G: f/8, 1/320, ISO 200.
The Lotus Temple is a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of race or religion. The building itself was constructed in 1986, has a height of 35 metres, and a diameter of 70 metres. There are only nine Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world.
Shot with Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100 mm f/2: f/11, 2.5 s, ISO 200.
The Frauenkirche in Dresden has an observation deck. It is quite a climb, but — as usual — the view is completely worth it, especially of the city. I did like the architecture of the church itself though.
Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 35 mm f/2: f/8, 1/50, ISO 1600.
The Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museums was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 — we spent only half a day inside, which was definitely not long enough. I suggest putting aside at least a full day, if you’re planning on going there. Two preferably.
Oh, and buy a ticket online, on the Vatican Museums’ webpage (beware of intermediaries!), to skip the line completely!
Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8G: f/8, 1/50, ISO 1400, 14 mm.
We spent three days in Bergen with our friends. Our wives and their boy were out taking in the sights of the city, looking for a restaurant, while we jumped on the Fløibanen to get some shots from the hills above the city — Fløyen to be precise. Hectic, but completely worth it.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/5.6, 30 s, ISO 200.
I still remember the brisk, half-asleep walk at dawn, to get to the Spanish Steps before the crowds. Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely successful, but this was one of my favourite shots from that trip.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/13, 18 s, ISO 400.
The weather was definitely not friendly — it was raining most of the day — but the sun did come out for a short while, and I chanced upon this bright green bicycle in the street; couldn’t pass it up.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/2, 1/1000, ISO 200.
A stag, shot in the beautiful forests surrounding Białowieża in Poland.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM: f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 160.
The day was freezing cold, windy, and I felt terrible, but I managed to get my favourite shot of Wrocław’s Town Square. It was taken from the observation tower in St Elizabeth’s Basilica — it’s a rough climb up some very narrow steps, but completely worth it.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM: f/16, 13 s, ISO 100.
This is probably my favourite shot from Venice, from our recent four day trip during the summer of 2016. It was taken from the Ponte dell’Accademia towards Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. I used a x400 ND filter to get the two-minute exposure.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/8, 125 s, ISO 200.
I took these two photos a few days ago. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible — Wrocław experienced intense smog and barely and wind.
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We spent today’s evening on top of one of Warsaw’s best vista points, near the Royal Castle, waiting for the sunset. Before that happened, I snapped this panorama (total of 8 shots) of Krakowskie Przedmieście, with Warsaw’s ‘sky scrapers’ in the background.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/8, 1/125, ISO 200.
I have been lucky enough to visit Paris many times in my life, but I never had the opportunity to capture the Eiffel Tower at sunset. The sky on that day was strangely amazing and definitely not a typical sunset.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/8, 1/25, ISO 200.
The monkeys would come down from the trees every morning to feed on the lush greenery on the ground. On this particular day they were much less shy, which allowed me to approach them. The wisdom in their eyes is astonishing.
Shot with Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100 mm f/2: f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 360.
We drove down to Bielawa today, which is more or less south of Wrocław in Poland, for the Balloon Festival. I did not expect to get the shots that I did, despite the weather not playing nice. The sunset, some two hours after the above photo was taken, was close to perfect.
Shot with DJI Phantom 4 @ f/2.8, 1/640, ISO 100.
I travelled to Las Vegas in 2009 for NAB. The trip there took close to 24 hours from Europe, and I went straight to bed when I got to my hotel room in the evening. I woke up around 5:00 in the morning, surprisingly fresh after the long journey, and looked out of the window — the sky was already showing a hint of blue, and things to come. The first rays hit the Encore hotel at 5:47, and I got the shot above four minutes later. I’m partial to it because of the missing three windows, creating an anomaly in the otherwise serene mirror of the Encore façade.
Shot with Canon 50D + Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS — f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 1250, ~168 mm.