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Christmas story

Published November 27th, 2011

Imagine being able to step back into time and be a witness to a Croatian Christmas story. Right in the heart of Croatia, near Cazma, is one of the world’s most stunning holiday displays. Every evening, from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, one million lights will set the scene for the Christmas display at the Salaj family farm in village Grabovnica, which, additionally features lights, stables, and mangers. During the event, the family offers a re-enactment of Christ’s birth with lambs and mules.

Visitors from all over the world come to see the beautiful holiday exhibit, which includes a million multi-colored lights all around the house and yard. There is not one tree, bush, shrub, or building that is not a-glow with colorful lights. Guests are able to walk through the yard, over bridges, and down paths lined in bright red, green, blue, and white.

And then, there are the culinary delicacies crowning the evening: traditional drinks like hot teas and mulled wine to warm the heart, and Croatian specialt ...

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My experience with HDR photography

Published July 2nd, 2011

Why HDR?

I love the natural beauty... but today's ordinary cameras (like mine) "see" less than the human eye.

The camera sees the dynamic range of approximately 5 exposures, and the human eye sees 9-10 exposure.

I want to show the viewer what I really saw, not what my camera managed to capture, so that is why I use HDR.

Types of HDR photos

1. True HDR made from multiple differently exposed photos

2. Pseudo HDR made from one photo

Important tips

For true HDR it's very important to use a tripod when taking a photo, and to use a remote trigger.

For pseudo-HDR (HDR made from one photo) it's important not to have any part of the photo over-exposed (because the over-exposed parts are permanently lost).

Always shoot in RAW format, especially for pseudo HDR

For scenes with a lot of movement use pseudo HDR

In the processing always use TIFF format because there is no loss of quality.

HDR

For HDR I use Photomatix.

For a true HDR I use 3 differently exposed photos (2, 0 -2)

Sometimes I make ...

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