Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rapture

Rapture, Moscow HDR photo

(4000 * 3000)


Revisited House of Music. I really like this building and it's environment. With new processing, it reminds me some place of underwater city Rapture from great game Bioshock.

Moscow, august 2014. Simple HDR processing from 5 exposures (i used averaging of source exposures for better clarity and colors: 4 shots for brightest and 8 for each other exposure, 36 shots total).

Print available at: deviantart.com, 500px.com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The keys to december

Decided to change name of blog. New name taken from amazing short story "The Keys to December" by Roger Zelazny, one of my favourite writers. This story, though takes place in cold world, in distant future, have strong relation to our world and our time.
During their last month of duty, Sanza asked him, "Will everything die here but us? The green birds and the big eaters of flesh? The funny little trees and the hairy caterpillar?"

"I hope not," said Jarry. "I've been reading back through the biologists' notes. I think life might adapt. Once it gets a start anywhere, it'll do anything it can to keep going. It's probably better for the creatures of this planet we could afford only twenty Worldchangers. That way they have three millennia to grow more hair and learn to breathe our air and drink our water. With a hundred units we might have wiped them out and had to import coldworld creatures or breed them. This way, the ones who live here might be able to make it."

"It's funny," she said, "but the thought just occurred to me that we're doing here what was done to us. They made us for Alyonal, and a nova took it away. These creatures came to life in this place, and we're taking it away. We're turning all of life on this planet into what we were on our former worlds - misfits."

-- Roger Zelazny. "The Keys to December"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blue hour

Blue hour, Moscow HDR photo

(6740 * 6660)


This picture is panoramic stitch of 6 images: 4 for ground part (HDR from 3 exposures) and 2 for sky (single exposure). Moscow, district Teply Stan, august 2014.

Print available at: deviantart.com, 500px.com.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Molten glass

Molten glass, snowflake macro photo

(1363 x 1022)


Yet another hexagonal plate from january 2013. This crystal was big for it's type, slightly larger than 1 mm. I like it's details (especially that curved "four-leaf clover" pattern) and how crystal volumetric surface distorts background behind it.

12 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (clouded sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, Moscow.

This example shows averaging technique benefits:

averaging technique benefits - gif animation


More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Radiant green

Radiant green, snowflake macro photo

(1236 x 927)


This is tiny snowflake, around 1 mm. In center of the crystal can be seen subtle green color, caused by thin film interference effect. 8 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (clouded sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, march 2013, Moscow.

More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Alioth

Alioth, snowflake macro photo

(2228 x 1671)


Medium size snowflake, around 4 mm. 9 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (clouded sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, march 2013, Moscow.

This snowflake as desktop wallpaper in wallpapers section.

More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pretty fly

Pretty fly macro photo

(1780 x 1780)


My first insect "studio stack". This is large fly of some common species.

Gear: "snowflake" macro setup, containing Canon Powershot A650 and reversely mounted Helios 44M-5 as magnifier (here its description and photos) + small desktop tripod (Continent F7).

Light: ambient daylight in room + direct sunlight from left side through sheet of white paper. Background: light blue book cover.

Source images: serie of 64 photos (16 groups with different focus, and each group contained 4 identical images for averaging). After RAW processing, i averaged images in groups and then do focus stacking.

Eye details without resizing:

Pretty fly (eye details)

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