Day 121 – Long exposure

Playing with long exposures can be fun. I didn’t have the tripod with me since I was on my way from work, but the walls can be used as tripods too in case of emergency.

Good night!

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Day 76 – Went to the grocery store

Yeah, went to buy some tomatoes. Since it was late and I was going to the grocery store, it was a good time to practice “hip photography”. I had only few shots, almost everybody went home and there were only few left in the market selling. Now I can see that I still need practice with framing and maybe a little more confidence when getting close to the people on the streets. Oh, I almost forgot. In few days I’ll be leaving for a trip to Barcelona and I am in a big dilemma. To bring the big guns or stick with the little one, the Nex5. Until now, the Nex is my favourite.
See you tomorrow!

Day 71 – Getaway

Day 71 - Getaway by Alexandru Georgescu
Day 71 – Getaway, a photo by Alexandru Georgescu on Flickr.

There is a park in Bucharest near a the office district where many people go to work. Often some of us are stopping by to relax from a hard work day and spend some quality time with people we care. As you guessed by now I am one of those people so until tomorrow, relax and put things in order.

Day 67 – Need some wings

Day 66 – Need some wings.

Today I finally had a serious trip with my mountain bike. Me and Mihai, a very good friend of mine went to Sinaia to climb up the Bucegi mountains (between 2000-2500m high). After a 2.5 h drive we arrived at 1400m where you can take the cable up to 2000m. We set up our bikes, and at 11 o’clock we were up in the mountains and the adventure begins. It started with a good old rain because it seems that this year all we have is rain. We were lucky that it didn’t last much and we had rain covers to protect us from the rain. We had a long way ahead of us, since we needed to get to Vf. Omu 2507m elevation, the highest peak in this area of the mountains and one of the tallest peaks in Romania. It was a 13 km one way trip and the road wasn’t easy. We arrived there after 3.5 hours after climbing very steep slopes both uphill and downhill. Many times we had to do it off bikes because it was very dangerous in some portions. Just before we arrived, another rain welcomed us, but now with hail. We raised the pace and arrived at the peak where a chalet is, so we had a place to stay to get worm and ear. After a good rest and with batteries recharged we started to head back. Since it was mostly downhill, it took us a little more than half of the time we needed to arrive to the car. We had many little adventure that I won’t mention right now but here is some learnings from today:

  • watch the weather like a hawk. Google Weather is the best, the other are useless. Accuweather or others are not accurate by far, mostly on uncommon places.
  • take risks, but don’t be stupid. We were lucky with just the rain showers, but in the mountains usually it’s a thing that you should take it very seriously. The rain forecast was accurate, we expected some rain showers. That’s why we didn’t head back and it was a good choice.. We could see that it won’t be a storm otherwise we wouldn’t continue. 
  • be very well equipped. We had rain covers, backup t-shirts, tools for the bike (mandatory), GPS., food, water, money and good bikes
  • double check you luggage so you won’t wake up without your sport shoes (yes, it happened but we solved it quickly by buying a new pair)

As for the today’s picture, since I knew that will be a very long trip and a hard one I decided to use the phone as a camera. It takes decent photos in good light so I decided to give it a try. The picture is taken at approximate 2300m elevation point and the Red Bull was needed for a last boost.

Tomorrow most of the day I will probably recover from today so see you then!

Day 66 – Deserted

This is how it’s like after a heavy storm hits Bucharest in the summer. Very deserted and empty. Also, since it was a short one and it’s in the summer, you can see that the water has evaporated quickly.

See you tomorrow!

Day 63 – Meet the Stig

For some days now, I am in searching for a macro lens. I am still not certain what should I buy, but firstly I wanted to try several macro lens. After work, I went to f64, the most popular photo store here in Romania. They have a big showroom and they let you try all the gear they have. I have requested three lens, a 60mm f2.8 and two 100mm f2.8 (one L and one non L lens). Unfortunately the L lens was out of stock so I tried only the non L lenses. Overall they feel similar in use and I cannot say that one is over another. I didn’t try them with a tripod therefore all the shots I have start from ISO 1600 and above so I cannot really do a mathematical comparison of sharpness between them. That’s why I won’t say that one is better than the other, at least for macro work. The autofocus is fast for both of them. Neither one can be used as for general purpose because of the long focal they have (on crop sensor even bigger). For portrait work, maybe the 100mm is more suitable because it’s more tele but the 60 wouldn’t be behind either. Approximately 96mm or so on crop and that’s very okay. As a final word I think I would go with the 100mm since It is more tele and can be mounted on a full frame too. That’s right, the 60mm is an EF-S lens meaning that it works only on crop.
Going back to the picture, this is one of the shots I tried with the 60mm lens. The Stig was very proud posing near a Ferrari.

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