A contradictory vacation in Montenegro, pt.2

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Blog

A contradictory vacation in Montenegro, pt.2

During the mentioned bus trip almost the whole country around, we saw several places where I dream to come again. If you’ve never been to Montenegro, you should undoubtedly visit any place in the Tara river canyon… …including but not only the Durdevica bridge, Biogradska Gora and Durmitor national parks, and, of course, the Kotor sea bay. What personally I liked the most? I think the Crno Ezero (means the Black Lake), a glacier lake on the altitude of more than 1400 meters above the sea level. There’s a gorgeous silence. I don’t mean a complete absence of sounds of course. I talk about nature’s silence: the sounds of the wind, lake waves, and the seldom cry of birds. I’m not a real new dish lover, therefore, I don’t usually taste anything that never tried. But I strongly recommend you to take the dish called Jagnjetina ispod sača (means “the lamb from the big cauldron”). If you have ever heard about the meat that melts in the tongue, this is the exact case! You won’t regret! To conclude, a couple of words about the sea. It’s wonderful! Not as salty as the Mediterranean but very clean and warm. As a photographer, I also liked its color. Well, as said in the heading, that was a contradictory vacation from which I understood two things for the future: never buy a bus trip again and don’t try to combine the photo trip with the sea holidays. P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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A contradictory vacation in Montenegro, pt. 1

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Blog

A contradictory vacation in Montenegro, pt. 1

When in 2011, I and my wife came back home from our first abroad vacation in Croatia, we faced with our different friends’ multiple late advice: “You definitely should have to visit Montenegro!” In response, we both just kept silent because didn’t have anything to say. That was our very first abroad trip and we couldn’t compare it to anything! (Back to that Croatia vacation, I can say that we still recall it as one of the best adventures in our life so far). So, this time, in autumn 2019, we eventually decided to go to well-advertised Montenegro. And what have we liked there? To be honest, just three things: nature, sea (but not beaches!), and national cuisine. From all the places in the World we have visited by now, I would place Montenegro somewhere in between Croatia and Turkey. What do I mean? Croatia is one of the cleanest countries I’ve ever seen! I like Croatian’s attitude to their land, and especially its nature so very much! It’s very close to mine. Moreover, I think many nations should take an example from Croatians, and most of all it concerns Russians. Perhaps, that’s one of the sides which I didn’t like in Montenegro: they smoke almost everybody at any place including beaches, and cigarette buts are wallowing everywhere around. On one hand, the sea in Montenegro is clean and beautiful. On the other hand, in Kotor town, for instance, we couldn’t find a single working shower. A view from the mountain above Kotor sea bay is simply amazing but the entrance to the mountain is paid (only cash by the way!) and no single light on steps of the long stairs at all (that’s just wonderful during the night-time descending)! While the bus trip we purchased, we saw lots of amazingly beautiful places. But the stops they allowed us were too short. In the Tara river canyon, for example, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, we had five minutes to stop. I’m not kidding. Five minutes! I timed because we were told we have 15 minutes… Trifles but unpleasant. Well, I’m fed up talking about the cons! Let’s better about the good. To be continued… P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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Photo contest finalist

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog

Photo contest finalist

You may probably know such an international photo community called Viewbug. If not, I will explain it in a few words. That’s a huge community which unites a whole bunch of photographers of different level from around the World. They constantly run photo contests on various themes. Prizes vary as well. From time to time, these are very valuable items such as, for instance, Canon 5D Mark III camera. I can say that it’s quite cool to win any of these contests. A few days ago, I became a finalist of the “Interior Design” photo contest on this website. Yes, the finale isn’t a win, but still, I’m glad! For me, that’s another step further up on the road. P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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It’s been a whole year since you’ve been gone

Posted by on Aug 24, 2019 in Blog

It’s been a whole year since you’ve been gone

It happened already a year ago. Of course, I didn’t remember you every day. Ah, no, maybe I did. But you know, the farther away the day of your leaving the bit less pain I felt. More often I can recall you with a smile. I still feel a lump in my throat quite frequently but not every time already. I will always love you, my dear. Rest in...

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Doing what I love

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Blog

Doing what I love

A couple of days ago, I and my wife gathered to go to the spot that I noticed about two years ago. At that moment, I just drove by and couldn’t help but notice this absolutely amazing tree! Back then I firmly decided to visit it again with my camera. Finally, we did it. And I was photographing it with rapture while Polina (my wife) has captured me during this. By the way, as I wrote in my previous post, she’s a wonderfully creative person. (And I say like this only because she’s my spouse. Just kidding! She’s really immensely talented. You can check it by yourself just visiting her Instagram account: @polina_po_kudelkina.) And here’s what I got at that moment: And another photograph that I took then: I think it was a great photoshoot despite we shouldn’t go to another country or somewhere far in ours to get it. Therefore, I can repeat the words of one of my favorite photographers: you don’t always have to go far from home to catch something amazing. P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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Throw pillowcases with the prints photoshoot

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Blog

Throw pillowcases with the prints photoshoot

A few days ago, I photographed throw pillows with prints on pillowcases, and also beads, and felted toys by Polina Kudelkina (here’s her Instagram account – @polina_po_kudelkina). I should say that Polina is a remarkably talented person. She’s not only an artist and a designer but also a craft-art master! In addition, considering her modesty, intelligence, charm, and a sense of humor I can safely say that this photoshoot was one of the most pleasant in my life! So if you like to decorate your home with different beautiful and exclusive things, you should definitely visit her page on Etsy online-store: etsy.com/shop/PolinaPoPrints P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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Sometimes, it’s useful to look back

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Blog

Sometimes, it’s useful to look back

Any real professional, a self-respecting specialist no matter his field of activity besides continuous developing, increasing of qualification, from time to time, takes a look back on his previous works. That’s the easiest and simultaneously the most visual way to estimate a self-progress, to inspect a direction of moving. So and I do it periodically. Another such verification wondered me a lot. The case is that I occasionally found the photo from my very first interior photo shooting which was 3.5 years ago. And since I just a couple of days ago shot a similar plot − a kitchen with its main object, a table − so the comparison appeared maximally objective. Here’s my first interior photo: And that’s my most recent one: Frankly, I’m proud of my progress! P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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My photographs are in the showcases of The State Russian Museum

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Blog

My photographs are in the showcases of The State Russian Museum

Recently, I have passing by the Stroganov Palace which is on the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Just three years ago, I photographed facades and interiors of several State Russian Museum’s branches including the mentioned palace. At that moment, I’ve noticed that my photos of this palace’s interiors are in its showcases. Of course, not as just printed photographs but as advertising posters which show the beauty of the palace’s halls. Nevertheless, at least 90% of the poster’s square is exactly my photos! So, if you passing by, take notice! And don’t pass away, come in, this museum is worth of visit! P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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The worn-out heritage of the Soviet Union

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Blog

The worn-out heritage of the Soviet Union

When I was a kid, our family every year went to the village by train. It was still at the end of the Soviet Union. I don’t know why but I always loved to go somewhere already then especially in the case of a railroad trip. I eagerly absorbed the impressions: railway terminal with its bustling, a platform with its locomotive smells, changing of landscapes behind the window, hot tea with a shortcake… When we settled in our seats, I looked forward to the train moving off. I was overwhelmed with a sense of promising “unknown” − for some reason it seemed to me that something exciting and remarkable is ahead. When a conductor brought a hot tea in a faceted glass with a tin or steel glass-holder it was a whole task: to drink a tea with pleasure but simultaneously don’t get burnt and don’t pour with boiling water sitting in a swaying wagon. I remember very well how I burned my palms by these glass-holders! Recently, my mom showed me one such glass-holder. Not the new copy but the original Soviet one. And I got the idea to take a photograph of this item, moreover, it turned out a bit more interesting than the ones that came across to me in the trains. It has a volumetric drawing of the Kremlin. At the same time, I practiced once again in advanced product photography! P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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Product photography. A new level

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Blog

Product photography. A new level

Some time ago, I finished a tutorial by one of the product photography masters, a student of famous Igor Sakharov. Just like in any studying, in photography, all the theoretical knowledge should obligatorily be consolidated in practice. Otherwise, all the learning time would be spent in vain. And I decided to start my practical training from my old familiar – jezveler which I photographed for the first time almost four years ago in order to pass the Shutterstock exam. Here’s that photo: And here’s the result I got using new way mentioned above: Agree, the difference is significant! My cousin seeing these images even didn’t believe that this is the same object on both photographs. I should say that this method of photo shooting is much more complex, time and labor-consuming. I even decided to capture the process by my smartphone: One of my mates seeing this photo said: “You’ll soon need to buy a van to bring it all!” Nevertheless, the most important thing for me is that the result is much better as well. So, now I can say that I shifted my product photography skills up to the next level! P.S.: Follow me on Instagram –...

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