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Unexpected sunset

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As the snow and ice melt, interesting objects show up by the sea shore that the sea has brought during the winter. Old tree roots, logs, worn ropes. All of these can be used in interesting ways as the foreground for landscape pictures. Here in Estonia, we don´t have massive cliffs and powerful big stones like Spanish and British coasts do. General view of our landscape is nearly impossible to capture. That´s why I think it especially important to make sure the foreground has some interest. The boat on this picture has probably sailed enough and will not be used anymore. It was pulled to the shore in the Autumn and the sand slowly begins to bury it. However, it was perfect for my foreground this evening and I believe I will find ways to incorporate it in the future as well. That night didn´t offer spectacular light and we had finished already. But really unexpectedly, half an hour after sunset the sky filled up with rather intense color and we had to work quickly not to …

Remrants of ice

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Yesterday was probably my last chance for this winter to capture ice. It was an overcast day but towards the evening, sky cleared up a bit and I decided to go see what is going on at the shore, hoping the sunset would bring some color. It has been an extraordinarily warm February. Only western part of Estonia still has considerable amount of ice. So I did not hope to see any of it when I went out to shoot. But to my surprise, there were beautiful ice formation here and there, all lit up as the low sun shed some light at them. Usually the ice by the sea is muddy and dirty, but these were crystal clear. I picked couple of them for my foreground and waited for the sunset. The ice was light enough, which allowed me to take pictures even after the sunset. I used low angle as I wanted to get as close as possible, so the texture and patterns of the ice would be visible. The end result did exeed my expectations from that day, when I was certain there was no ice left at all. Now…

FAVORITE TIMES

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I love when weather is cold and I mean really cold - when thermometer shows 20 below zero and freezing cold wind blows, the kind that almost feels like it cuts into your skin. That's when it is highly unlikely to meet someone when walking at the beach. Maybe someone like myself, who enjoys these conditions, but that is quite rare. Of course, when conditions are difficult, that also means that taking pictures becomes more difficult. Getting the right composition, placing the filters - it all takes time - which feels much longer when adjusting setting without gloves in these temperatures. In this case, there was thick steam above water. When some of it fell on my filters, it froze immediately, so I had to clean the filters after every picture. Getting the ice off of glass was time consuming but the light changes with every minute and it is possible to just miss the perfect conditions. Not before looking through the pictures at home, I am able to tell whether I got som…

Making of

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The ground was covered with white frost this morning and it was instantly clear to me that the main character will be the foreground. Luckily the sky played along with beautiful colors and certainly made the scene even more attractive. It was moderately windy, which made the straws move in the foreground, so I had to raise the ISO higher than I would've liked – to 800. I decided to use F9 and take 3 photos for FocusStacking technique. I focused on the foreground straws and on the trees in the background. This made the shutterspeed faster and picture sharper. To avoid the sky burning out , I had 0.6 ND filter (graduated soft) in front of the lens and for different light diagonals I handheld the 0.3 ND Graduated Hard filter. The reflections in the water I neutralized with Lee polaraizer. I corrected the WB in RAW, did FocusStacking in Photoshop, used the Curve tool for slight contrast and saturation. Then final sharpening and placed my watermark. That´s it!
Body: 5DM2 …

My first Magazine cover

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Published every month, LPM and its accompanying website has over 256,000 unique visitors in more than 190 countries, making it a truly international photography magazine for the digital age. Packed with refreshing content, exciting features and stunning imagery from around the world – all provided by innovative professionals and enthusiasts  who share one passion – that of landscape photography.
One of my work has choosen the cover of the January. Thank You LPM!

Introductionofthemagazine http://landscapephotographymagazine.com/magazine/issue-35/

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HIGHLY COMMENDED

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I am pleased to announce that one of my images obtained XXIV 'Memorial Maria Luisa "World Mountains and Nature Photography Competition Highly Commended mention in Natural Landscape category. Founded more than 20 years ago, this contest has risen incredibly in popularity in the last decade, drawing every year more tens of thousands of images from the best professionals in the field of nature  photography of over 50 countries in the world. Memorial Maria Luisa is organized by friends of the late Maria Luisa Álvarez, a mountaineer who loved to be in the mountains and in nature. She died in a mountain accident on 18th November 1990.  Now it became one of the most prestigious, dedicated  mountain and nature photography contest.  It´s proud to be on the same list with Bence Mate, Atif Saeed, Jeff Mitchum, Rafael Rojas, Stefan Hefele and many others. Photo Gallery with all the winners is HERE

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Video of XXIV 'Memorial Maria Luisa" winners and highly commended mentions

Memorial Maria Luisa photo competitions winners


The prize-winners for the World Mountains and Nature Photography Competition. Great slideshow of images with very high overall level.  And one of my picture was also selected among finalists. Great honor!

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Cold morning in warm tones

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This morning I was lucky to even get a picture at all. Weather forecast claimed that this is the last cold (winter is not over obviously and I am sure there will be more) but the freezing cold receded for now.  So I was headed to the shore, hoping to capture some steam rising from the sea, as this happens with very cold weather and the morning before I saw exactly that. However, this morning was already a little warmer (-16 instead of -20 ) and no fog above water. I chose an eastern tip of a byland to get ready to photograph, because there was some good light and sunrise alredy started. The shore was full of beautiful ice formations. I was able to get some good frames before the light became too intensive. So I got up to move forvard towards the tip of the byland and this is when the view opened to the opposite side of the sky and I realized I had almost missed the most incredible colors in the sky behind me. Wow! I got up and started running - with all my gear and rath…