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Jun 2015

YESTERDAY, I SPENT A DAY AT SPANIA DOLINA, HIKING AROUND TAKING PICS.

Yesterday, I spend a day at Spania Dolina near Banska Bystrica town, hiking around taking some photos of this historical locality and generally enjoying my time there. Unfortunately, or luckily, it depends how you look at it, the weather was very stormy with dark, heavy clouds depositing tons of rain, hiding the sun and completely taking away any chances for fast and easy photography full of sunshine and blue skies.

   

But I like challenges, especially in photography and its post-processing, so although I was initially annoyed that the sun doesn't shine, finally I felt it as a good chance to practice some photography techniques that are very suitable during overcast or cloudy days. And ultimately, I think that not every photo should automatically have a bright blue sky. Also dark skies may have something to it and so they can positively contribute to the overall mood of the picture. The downside is that it is much harder to take photos in such conditions, when the sun doesn’t directly lit the scene, which is being photographed.

If you ever tried to take landscape pictures during completely overcast days you have perhaps noticed that they came out either with nice dramatic sky but too dark foreground or well lit foreground, but completely burnt out sky, being nothing more than one single area of white color. In either way, the results are usually not very pleasing.

The most common way to overcome these limits is to take at least 2 exposures of the desired scenery and combine them later during post-processing in Photoshop or other digital imagery software capable of working with layers.

Here is an picture I made that way using 3 separate exposures, where I exposed the sky first, than the center of the image where the background mountains are, and finally the foreground with church and trees around it.

This resulted in 3 separate photos recorded in camera that I later merged together in Photoshop, erasing the burnt out areas, while keeping the correctly exposed ones. And that's pretty much it. You can judge the resulting picture for yourself.

In case you are interested in some historical facts about this travel destination, here they are. The Spania Dolina is an old-time mining village where copper was mined since 2000-1700 BC and surely one of the top tourist destination in Slovakia, located just a few kilometers from the town of Banska Bystrica.

On this particular photo you can see the fortified Church of the Transfiguration, build in 13th century, surrounded by the Stare Hory and the Velka Fatra mountains. This church is surrounding by a small fortress with bastion from 17th century. A great attraction is also a covered staircase with 162 steps leading to a hill where this church is based.

If you will be nearby be sure to visit the Spania Dolina! This historical location has so much to offer, both for regular tourists looking for historical attractions and walks in the nature, as well as for photographers looking for some picturesque sceneries, even during the rainy days! ;)

 
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Sławek Przybylski - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 09:22 am
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ładnie
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 10:15 am
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Dziękuję +Sławek Przybylski!
Leyla A. Roberson - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 10:18 am
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Amazing...
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 01:29 pm
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Thank you +Leyla A. Roberson!
somi mirzaee - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 11:09 pm
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+Boris Jaroscak ????Like
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 11:11 pm
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Thank you +somi mirzaee! I am happy that you like it! :)
somi mirzaee - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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+Boris Jaroscak Be always happy my dear friend
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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Be always happy too +somi mirzaee! ;)
somi mirzaee - (commented via Google+)
June 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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+Boris Jaroscak Thank you my friend
Renáta Lukáčová - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 02:05 am
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Pozdravujem Boris - nádherná práca :-))) skutočne - vychutnávam si tie fotografie a držím palce pri ďalšej úspešnej činnosti, pekný deň
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 02:23 am
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Ďakujem +Renáta Lukáčová! Takýto pochvalný komentár ohľadom mojich fotografií ma vždy veľmi poteší. Taktiež prajem pekný deň a aj víkend! ;)
Vladimír Vocelka - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 02:58 am
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Velmi pěkný záběr kouzelného místa.
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 03:02 am
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Ďakujem +Vladimír Vocelka! Som rád, že sa vám záber aj atmosféra tohoto miesta páči.
Renáta Lukáčová - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 03:04 am
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+Boris Jaroscak veľmi rada :-))) - trošku požičané: "Zaslouží-li člověk pochvaly, dbejte, abyste mu ji neodepřeli" John Ruskin
Boris Jaroscak - (commented via Google+)
June 19, 2015 at 03:07 am
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Ešte raz ďakujem za milé komentáre +Renáta Lukáčová! :)

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