Jun 29, 2013

Midnight at the seaside

Yesterday night I was out for photography with friends. This time at the seaside. Nice weather and a nice sunset.

To take the photo bracketing is used, and I merged 4 of the photos with different exposures manually in PS and then edited in Capture NX2.

It was my first time shooting with fantastic 24mm Nikkor lens, which I borrowed it from +Aziz Nasuti and I thank him for it. The lens is really great.

Photo of Midnight Sunset
Midnight Sunset

Photographing dance of Northern lights

December 2012 two friends of mine came to visit me here in Norway. But in December it is cold and dark. I should show them a beauty of nature that is not possible to see everywhere, but it is possible in Norway. So we traveled to the north, Tromsø, a city in Earth's polar region, to watch northern lights, also called Aurora.

First thing you need is that the sun has enough activity to make northern lights happen. Next, a clear sky is demanded and it highly depends on your luck. Our trip was only for two nights, and believe it or not, we have been so lucky that we watched fantastic Aurora show both nights. There was a man in our hotel waiting to see northern lights for two weeks. It was such a joy and strong feeling of natures' beauty and it's magics. Watching the northern lights is a wonderful unique experience.

Photographing northern lights is not that easy. Recommended gears are those with low noise profile, like a full frame camera/DSLR, with a wide/ultra-wide angle lens (objective) that has a large aperture opening or small f-number (e.g. f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8). I had none of these that time. My gear was a Nikon D80 with a 35mm f/1.8G lens (f-stop is fine but it is not wide angle, on D80, 35mm is equivalent to 52.5mm on a full frame camera, i.e., x1.5). Nevertheless trying it was worth. Every moment of this happening is so unique that should be captured. 

Here I share some of the photos I took and developed. I will hopefully post more of these photos later.
I hope you enjoy these photos. Your comments are very welcome!

Have a good time!

Jun 27, 2013

Sunset at 11 p.m.

Two nights ago I was out with my great photographer friend for a short photography tour. No! we haven't been out to shoot long shot night sky full of tiny stars. We shoot a big star, the sun at 11 p.m. Well, here is Norway and in summertime days are so long and lovely. This midnight sun is so pleasant and even after it sets it is not really dark, it rises again in a short time.

To take this direct shot towards the sun, I used bracketing. The camera was set on a tripod and I took 5 bracketing shots with 1 EV stops, 2 down, 2 up, and the middle is the given manual exposure. Manual focus is important. I don't have a remote shutter release, so I set the camera on self-timer with 5 shots each time. To merge the photos, only 3 of the shots are used. I applied the first enhancement to the RAW files by Nikon Capture NX2 and exported them as TIFF files. Then I merged the 3 TIFF files using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.

I hope you like the photo. As always, comments, critics, and tips are very welcome.

p.s. Many thanks to my friend, +Aziz Nasuti for his tips and company.

Photo of a sunset
Sunset at 11 p.m.

Jun 25, 2013

Grand Bazaar

As I wrote in my previous post, I had a trip to Istanbul some time ago. Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is a fascinating place. This photo is taken in open part of the Grand Bazaar which is on the ways that ends to 
the Grand Bazaar building. All the way there are shops side by side, you cannot find a centimeter that is not used  for selling their goods. The part in this photo has only clothing shops and it is a big sea of colors.

Light and contrasts of this location made taking the photo challenging with a single shot. Too bright sky and sunny areas on one side and shadows on another side. Using gradual ND filters, bracketing or HDR could be the way to go, but I didn't do that due to limitations and I only took a single shot. Then I tried to fix it in post processing. 

A sad thing has happened to all my Istanbul travel photos during the files transfer. I have lost the original quality of the RAW files :-(( . It means that RAW files are available to me with only 1632x1080 pixels instead of 7630x4912 pixels, reducing the post processing quality with a great extend. Puff! Sigh! And I figured it late when I had no more the originals on my SD card. This problem was due to the use of older version of Nikon Transfer software.
 So, if you are using Nikon Transfer software or you plan to use it
  • make sure to launch Nikon Transfer from View NX2 or Capture NX2 file menu.
Finally, here is the photo:

Photo from Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Jun 24, 2013

Here it begins!

I have created this blog (blog.hemnik.com) mainly to write about my photography, show my photos and to hear from you :)
However, I don't limit the contents only to photography. For example, I may record some sounds and share that here. And that is the reason of this title, 'Light and Sound'. Still other topics are possible, see how precise it is! I hope I can keep up with what I have just started and post as often as I can, and I hope to hear from you and receive your comments.

So let's start. For this first post I would like to share a portrait photography. Some time ago, not very far, I had a short trip to Istanbul, Turkey. That time there was no protests in this beautiful city. I have found Istanbul a great tourist destination, great city with very nice people. Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is a major attraction. As the name says, it is grand and crowded with unlimited shopping choices.
While I was touring around the Grand Bazaar I saw this man pulling a cart with a noticeable effort. His face called me and I followed him, reached him and asked him whether he lets me to take his photo. Well as you might guess, he kindly let me to do so, thanks goes to him. 

I appreciate your comments and/or photo critics.


Photo of a Turkish man
A Turkish man