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Riders on the storm


It seems that proficient landscape photograpers avoid shooting frames where there is only sky and nothing else, even if the scene is amazingly picturesque. One of the reasons I guess is that such shots are considered to be too obvious, so that you won’t be able to impress anyone with them. Indeed anyone who is used spending their free time outdoors, could take such a shot. But I suppose the main reason is that a shot like this always comes too easy – there’s no need for photographer to jumble along the shoreline or up and down the foothill in a search for a suitable point of view. All he or she needs is to press the shutter button and the result is going to be beautiful anyway, which finally makes you feel an odd dissapointment. One may think there’s nothing from you in such picture. But of course it’s not like that, and what motivates us to press the button varies a lot differentiating our photographs in the end. Perhaphs other people may not see anything very peculiar in this frame. Only the clouds. But for me it’s completely different. For me this simple shot retains my memories and feelings I got in a contact with nature. It’s amazing to stay alone in the field and watch, as if you were the only spectator of the show, as a furious battle rages on in the sky. To watch as the clouds pursuit the wind and the low settling sun paints them pink making an enchanting performance out from the ordinary rain. At such moments I keep wondering at how beautiful our nature is. Landscape [...]
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Northern shore of Teletskoe lake

Lacking the habit, I rarely shoot panoramas. I find it too alluring to see how the image will appear immediately, and too hard to convince myself that everything will turn to be right in the frame not now, but sometime later. So I get down to panorama, only when I feel the angle of view is not wide enough and with a wider lens the shot might have been better. It was one of those cases, when I realized that either I will make the image out from multiple shots, or won’t make it at all.

By that time I had already shot all the obvious scenes around the second camp of our Altai journey, so I was searching for other interseting subjects. This little gulf on the shore of Teletskoe lake turned to be the one of them, but none of the single shots I made had a perspective that good landscape photographs often demonstrate. The perspective that pulls you into the frame. And at this moment I realized two things:

I will have to buy wide lens some day, There’s no other way than merging panorama for this scenery.

Landscapes and scenery photo. The panoramic image of the northern shore of Teletskoe lake. Altai, Russia.

I have to admit that I’ve been delaying the processing of this image as long as I could, but it’s been finally finished.

On recent affairs

I completely gave up on this blog. Time that could have been used for publishing something or just post processing of new pictures vanishes treacherously. I suppose it’s all because of my stupid perfectionism, or probably a simple laziness. But I’m sure I’ll overcome that, seen it all. Anyway, what really pleases me is that we’re having great weekends in the village this summer.

Portraits photo. A self portrait of Aleksey Kozlov. Fishing on the river Vetluga one summer evening.

Ilyinskaya Street

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of the historical part of the city of Nizhny Novgorod at sunset. Ilyinskaya Street.

The river Aktru

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of the river Aktru and Karatash peak in the morning sun. Altai Republic, Russia.

The Azov sea at dawn

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of the Azov sea, seacoast and breaking waves at dawn. Kirillovka, Ukraine.

The moonlight path

I suppose everyone who is interested in landscape photography was once stuck on some fantastic seascape shot. For me it were photographs of talanted bulgarian photographer Pavel Pronin, that first showed me how beautiful the sea could be. It was since that moment, I guess, that I began longing to shoot someting alike, that’s why long before my vacation I knew that this time I’m going to the sea not for swimming and sunbathing, but in search after photographs. And now, looking through the material I was able to obtain, I’m very pleased that I was there and that my efforts didn’t go in vain and I could bring home about a dozen of rather appealing picutes of the Black Sea as well as a couple of the Azov Sea.

That particular day I scouted the way to the top of Karaul-Oba mountain, so I came back down to the seacoast much later than I usually did, and while I was searching for a good shooting position… It was dark, the moon lit up and began moving slowly across the sky. After a couple of testing shots I realized that it’s too dark for shooting: the shutter speed needed for proper exposure had already crossed 30 sec., and it was still getting darker, so, suffering from the fact that my remote cord got broken, I had to increase ISO speed to be able to catch the last remains of scattered sunlight. Although the best moment was gone, at least it was what I though then, I decided to shoot this scene with the moonlight path unfolding on the surface of the sea. Realizing that I couldn’t avoid noise anyhow, I took four shots to be able […]

Going to the Azov sea!

That’s it! The last working week has ended, which means that the Azov sea is starting to get closer. We have packed our things, prepared our camping stuff, and we’re ready to go. There was such a hurry in our preparation though, that I think we might forget something. Yeah, we will definitely forget something. At least I hope that won’t be anything important.

I will try to find mobile internet in the places we’re going to stay, so the blog shouldn’t fall into deep hibernation state. Lastly, I will show you this Altai landscape, that was shot near the confluence of the rivers Chuya and Katun. Stay tuned!

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of the valley and mountains at the confluence of the rivers Katun and Chuya. Altai Republic, Russia.

Lake Teletskoye

I’m still fighting Crimean photographs, but it seems my work is having a slow down. I guess one of the reasons for that is the heat, which has finally settled in our city, as it’s constantly dragging me away from Crimean photographs to the photographs of rives and lakes, each of which is now looking more attractive than ever before. And the other is probably my longing to change the subject and check my archive for some good photographs of other locations. That’s why now I want to put in the blog this photograph of lake Teletskoye, to swim in which this time of year I guess would be awesome.

This lake, attracting hundreds of hikers every year, is considered the jewel of the Altai Republic and is definetely one of the most famous places of the region. Conceding only to Lake Baikal, Teletskoye is the second deepest freshwater lake in Russia, and is included in the list of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of lake Teletskoye at sunset. Altai Republic, Russia.

The spirit of summer

I always thought of beginning of June as a special time: the hills are covered with young green grass, there are wild flowers everywhere, the sun warms the air, but at the same time cool breeze and frequent storms prevent the heat from settling in. And for a landscape photographer it is a time to pursuit every single sunrise and sunset, because it gives you a great opportunity to make exciting photographs that particularly well convey the spirit of summer, when everything in nature is blossoming and basking in soft and warm sunlight.

Landscapes and scenery photo. A view of the Oka river from the top of the high hill in Nizhny Novgorod.