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I was invited and participated in a photography plain-air in Edirne, Turkey. I was there for four days with friends-photographers from Yambol, Bulgaria…
We were talking in the hotel corridor while I decided to make everyone of them a portait – a real portrait blitz-shoot. I used a door and the wall for a backdrop and available window light. All was done in less than 10 minutes. And here is the result.
The photos are arranged exactly in the order they were shot.
NEF files processed in Capture One PRO 7, using my own “ND_Portrait_lowsaturation” style preset.
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This was a short shooting (approx. 2 hours including all preparations) with the beauty model Diana Stateva (Bulgaria).
The shooting was done in an old stone quarry. I used 2 strobes to achieve this type of lighting. Camera and lens by Nikon.
Flares were added intentionally while shooting, Photoshop used only for skin retouching. NEF files processed in Capture One Pro 7.2
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About the Kukerlandia fest and the Bulgarian “kukeri” custom.
Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian winter ritual. Masked people are called “kukeri”. Kukeri go from home to home to scare away evil. They do this usually in the night. After going around all houses of the village, they dance together in the center of the village and amuse the citizens. The ritual is very noisy, with lots of bells and music.
Here are some pics from the masquerade festival called “Kukerlandia” in the Bulgarian town of Yambol.
All the photos in the gallery are straight from the RAW converter (I use Capture One Pro), no Photoshop applied.
Well, I know I am late with this post, many of you have already seen these pictures on my Facebook or Flickr accounts, but better late than never. I am now posting here some of the best photos from the in-town fashion shooting with the young model Dimana kafedzhieva. Camera was a Nikon D3x, lens was (generally) 70-200/2.8VRII, I’ve used also up to three SB strobes with or without different kind of lighting umbrellas.
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Today I found somewhere deep in my computer some rather old photos I took back in 2007 in Sinite Kamani national park near Sliven city in Bulgaria.
I decided these photos will look nice in Black and White with increased contrast, so here they are.
The camera was a Canon 1Ds (1-st edition) which produces incredible detail and captures very wide range or tones, especially in the dark areas.
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Well, these are some of the best photos from a 3-hours shooting with the young model Dimana Kafedzhieva. This is her first shooting, and she did quite well, considering her 15 years and lack of experience in front of the camera.
She did her hair and make-up, I did the lighting, took and retouched the photos. Enjoy!
I love wild animals and I love photographing them. Around the village of Zheravna – the place where I spend my vacations, live many European roe deers. You can’t see them while you go on excursion in the forest because they are very timid and they usually can hear or smell you far before you see them. So, many people think there are no any animals in these forests… But they are.
Every day I go out, I see roe deers. Usually I see them from very far and I can’t take good pictures. I own a 300/4 lens, which is not enough long, so I have to go to the animals or I have to attract them to me. Stalking a roe-deer is not easy – these animals have very good senses. Sometimes I can do this, especially if the wind is coming from the animal’s side. Attracting an animal is not easier, and can be successful only in late summer, within the roe deer wedding period. To do this, I use a special whistle, making the same sound as the female, when she is calling the male.
Well, the trick with the whistle was working great last summer, and I was able to take some very good photos of male deers, but now it doesn’t. I don’t know why. Maybe the wedding period has passed too early this summer – I saw some roe-deer wedding rings very early this summer, in June. Usually, they appear in mid-July. For those, wondering what “roe-deer wedding rings” are – these are circles of trampled grass around bushes or trees.
Calling for a male roe deer with the whistle, a female came. (The sound this whistle makes is the same that the little makes, but the little is calling in a different way – in a higher register and too many times, while the adult female is calling some 6-8 times, then is keeping silence for some 5-6 minutes and calling again.)
Here are six photos I’ve chose from a series of around 20. Our meeting was just 3 minutes long. She was wondering what is this strange thing with the big eye looking at her :-) On the last picture, you can see the roe calling her little. She was thinking I am the calf :-)
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All photos taken hand-held with Nikon D3x camera and 300/4 AF-S lens at 400ISO.
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Well, please don’t kill the model (or the photographer) – she is just 18 years old and this is her first time behind the camera…
We wanted to obtain some fashion-style photos for the book of Hristina. She wants to be a model, and she could do this, I think.
We’ve had just one hour of shooting, including the time of real shooting and the time needed to change three locations, moving my car and all the lighting equipment. So, this is all I could get for an hour with my Nikon camera, 70-200 lens, two SB flashes and a beginner model.
Model: Hristina Parmakova
Photographer: Nikolay Dimitrov
Hair and make-up: as is :-)
These are 6 photos from my latest 1-hour test shoot with Pavlina Atanassova from VISAGES agency.
I was hoping to get some nice lighting on location, using two SB-800 flashes with remote triggers, but I ended up using one flash with box umbrella hold by the boyfriend of Pavlina, since I was in a hurry and forgot the stand heads in the studio. Using the assistant, I couldn’t rise-up the light high enough to obtain what I needed as light direction. Despite the problem, I was able to obtain some good images. Not what I initially wanted, but quite acceptable.
First three in color. These were shot using the PC Micro Nikkor 85/2.8 – one of my favorite Nikkor lenses.
And three more in B&W. These were shot using the AF-S Nikkor 70-200/2.8G, all at the widest aperture setting, first two at 200mm and the last one at 70mm.
I found an old house, walking in the village of Zheravna, in Bulgaria… The house is wooden, with some stone walls, and is rated to be a part of the Bulgarian cultural heritage and especially a fine example of the traditional architecture and building craftsmanship.
The house is maybe 200 and more years old (estimate based on similar houses age), and is very photogenic. I wish I had a fashion model on hand to shoot with inside this wooden beauty. I may bring one next time I go there…
Here are the photos. Not too interesting, but I hope you will like them.
All the photos where shot with my Nikon camera and converted from NEF to JPG using a trial version of Apple’s Аperture. I’ll try the software for some days (26 left) and will publish a comparison with other RAW processing software I use. For now, Aperture looks and works fine, as you can see with these (small size) photos.