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Evgeny Tchebotarev

Evgeny Tchebotarev



Explorer of this world. Founder of 500px. Now VP of Growth, Asia at Skylum.
  • Nikon D810
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8
  • Nikkor 24-120mm f/4
  • Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R
  • Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
  • MacBook Pro Retina 13"

How I finally switched to Nikon after 10 years ...

Published May 29th, 2013

Last year about this time (it was early June) I took a trip to the West coast, thinking of exploring the coast from Seattle all the way down to Los Angeles. It's not uncommon to me, as I happened to travel to the West Coast a few times in prior years, visiting Yosemite, Death Valley and other majestic places to practice my landscape photography.

As it happened, I was shooting Canon back then. I've been a Canon user since 2001, when I first bought my Canon Elan 7 film camera with an eye control, which was just amazing. Since then, I have gone through a number of bodies and amassed a nice collection of L lenses.

I have now switched to Nikon, trading my cameras and lenses for Nikon D800 and a few lenses. It's not cheap, and switching the whole system is something you research quite extensively.

Anyway, on my trip, I took my old Canon 5D Mark II, bunch of lenses, filters and so on. But, packing last minute, also decided to check out BorrowLenses, and, in doing so, thought about testing ...

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On the Top of the NYC — Part II

Published April 2nd, 2012

First few days we were in the room in and out, so I only grabbed a few photos from the window, which were pretty breathtaking anyway, but on the last day, right after breakfast, while waiting for an elevator to take me down, I decided to venture around the floor a bit. And stumbled on an open roof access. Bingo!

I’m not a roof topper by any chance, but I get the thrill of it. It is genuinely exciting! One thing to remember, though, is that I was born in Moscow, Russia, and I, as all ex-USSR kids are, used to be in thousands of forbidden places — and really scary places even for an adult to venture in.

So I glanced around, came back, got down the elevator, and hid my excitement during a coffee chat with Oleg over daily business and routine. Once we got back from the cafe up to our room, I said — “Come on, get your iPhone out, I have something very special to show you”.

We got to the stairs and climbed up the roof. You can see everything around! The roofs or windows of other building ...

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On the Top of the NYC — Part I

Published April 2nd, 2012

New York is a huge city. You might feel it, when you are walking in the city among the skyscrapers, but you don't feel it, until you are on the top of the roof of the 44-story building. You cannot feel the vastness of the city, or the greatness of the human intellect, powered by the massive ideas and dreams of construction... You don't feel all this, until you are on the roof. Only to find out that 44th floor is, rather, not that high, when you are in New York.

We came to New York on March 29th, 2012 on a business trip, and lodged in a Double Tree by Hiton, located on 8 Stone Street in lower Manhattan. To be fair, lower Manhattan is one of three my favorite places in New York city — other being SoHo and Central Park, of course.

Luckily for us, we were able to quickly check-in, got warm and very tasty chocolate chip "The Cookie" (I usually hate those but this one made me want more!), and got the plastic cards within a nice paper wallet, saying 44. Well, we’ve got the room on the top ...

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The Art Project

Published March 9th, 2012

I love when some contemporary 'artists' impress the public with some obscure and unusual art installations. I always find them too grotesque to be even considered art. But, well, we live in a society that loves to be engaged, loves to be impressed. And that's where the contemporary forms come from. So, consider this to be my own 'The Art Project' with all the lavish titles and consequences that go with that. Yeah, I'm gonna accept all the awards you are about to throw at me in awe.

PS: What's even cooler is that you can hover over every photo and purchase it as a canvas print or as HD download. It's art, for art sakes!

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Taking Pictures in Mexico

Published February 26th, 2012

A month back our 500px team went to Mexico for a short vacation before the launch of the new 500px. We knew we wouldn't get much sleep before the launch and after it, so it was a great getaway to get out, get some tan and shoot some photos for fun. It's not the whole story yet, and I have yet to unpack my gigabytes of photos to upload here, but I hope you'll enjoy a small scoop into the atmosphere of Mexico :)

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