This blog is a labor of love. The photography hobby of mine is a labor of love. I try to post a new photo at least every other day, sometimes more, sometimes less. It requires a lot of time investment and unless I didn’t really liked to take photos and share them with everyone else, this blog would not be here.
So thanks for stopping by and taking a look at different places that I had a chance to visit. Every photo was taken because I thought it was cool and unique in its own way. You can look at different categories on the right side of the blog, pick your destination and see what I saw. I get a chance to travel only a few times per year, vacation is precious time, and I try to pick places where I have not been before or visit the same places during different season.
I think as most people, I always liked to take photos, ever since my aunt got me and my two cousins basic 35mm cameras for our birthdays – we are a few days apart from each other, I started taking photos. I was probably only about 10 or 11 years old. They were not by any means spectacular, black & white with self processing in our bathroom converted into the dark room. Then, about 20 years ago, when I was living in China, I got my first point and shoot 35mm camera. Everything was in color, no self processing was required, as Konica and Kodak processing machines were on every corner. I still have hundreds of those 4×6 prints. Good memories. About ten years ago I bought my first digital P&S, new world opened up of shoot as much as you want with no price tag attached photography. I was still shooting people, like my daughter, with occasional landscapes and flowers. Over the last 10 years I tried a few different digital P&S, but they all missed one critical feature – I could never take a photo at the exact moment I pressed the button. You know, there is always about one second delay and I could never control the shutter speed, so many photos ended up blurry.
In mid 2009 we were planning on taking vacation in Costa Rica and I decided to invest into better camera to record our adventures down south. This is how I got my Nikon D90. This camera is great and I took a lot of great photos over the next year. But there was always something missing in it when I took landscape shots.
In summer of 2010 I discovered the wonderful world of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. From that point I decided that I had something to share with you and grow with my mastery of fine art photography. This is how this blog was created.