My favorite photo from Kollenberg

Few weeks ago, I walked down from Kollenberg when I saw a strong beam of light coming out from Rosa chapel.

My curiosity level was shooting through the roof. I have never seen Rosa Chapel light up like this before. 

Then I came closer and realized it was just a regular light illuminating the inside of the chapel. 

However... the light gave new dimension to the scene and made me to come up with few other compositions I wouldn't otherwise think of. 

Like the photo below: 

https://goo.gl/dHBms3

Anyway...

Back to the important stuff...

I've got something special for you...

Can you imagine yourself flipping through the pages of the book "The Best Of Sittard - A Journey Through The Lens" and listen to a very specific music used by world class motivational speakers, linguistic experts and students around the world to increase your cognitive brain function and help you focus better?

If yes, then I have something very special for you...

For years, I've been experimenting with certain music that has the power to calm you down naturally and take you on a journey you won't easily forget. 

I've been listening to this music everytime I go out to take new photos and boy it's a completely new experience. 

I don't know exactly what it is but it helps me to concentrate better. 

I feel like there is nothing that can distract me. 

If you would like me to send you a list of this music, then simply reply to this email and say... "yes, I want it" 

I'll then send you the list of the music...

All the best. 

Libor Bednarik 

P.S.  Here is what most professionals agreed on... 

The music will...

- calm you down.

- Rejuvenate your body and mind.

- Make you feel good. 

- Help you focus better.

- Help you get rid of stress

- Energizes you.

- Improve your concentration

- Improve your cognitive brain function 

...and more...

There are lot of benefits listening to this music. 

I'm still exploring it but from what I have experienced already, I'm not going back to what I used to listen any time soon.

The epic 10 images that didn’t make it

Hear this...

"In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand."

I don't know from where the story of ostriches burying their heads in the sand came from but it was cooked up well. Until today, I thought that's what they do when in danger but it's not true.

I was tricked.  

Anyway...

Yesterday, I was cleaning up my files, photos and videos and tried to organize my computer when I stumbled on a collection of photographs I previously thought will go into my new book - "The Best Of Sittard - A Journey Through The Lens"

Check these 10 photos. Was I right to not include them in the book?  

I've got nothing against them. In fact, I love these images but not for the book. 

Over the last 4 years I took better ones. 

More importantly the ones that evoke strong emotion, make you think and keep you engaged. 

Those were picked, instead of just randomly picking any photo. 

And to me, the most important thing was to tell a story from the first page to the last. 

Anyway...

If you want to know what the the story is and see all the other 50 photographs, inspiring quotes and hold this majestic book in your hands, then swing by to the link below and get the loving book.

https://gumroad.com/l/the-best-of-sittard

I talk to you tomorrow.

Libor Bednarik 

Which of these two photos shall I pick?

Please… look at these two images below and tell me which is better.

I keep looking at them and can’t decide which one to include in my new book.

 

 

There is an interesting story behind each of them I’ll tell you about later.

But for now, I would love to know what do you think?

Just hit reply and let me know…

I won’t go anywhere… (patiently waiting for your reply)

Best,

Libor Bednarik…

P.S. The problem is that I’ve got space for only one photo.

It is a last photo and I can’t decide. Perhaps with your help I can finally finish the book and send it to the printing company.

Talking about the printing company, there are some amazing designers helping me with it.

Isabelle is one of them. She’s so kind, so helpful, willing to go that extra mile to make sure you guys get the best quality possible.

I believe, I’m dealing with the best printing company in Netherlands.

We agreed on the size of the book which is going to be 310×265 mm. This means, it’s going to be way bigger than my previous book “Sittard365 – One Year Photography Project” I published in 2014…

…which also means much better viewing experience and even higher quality.

In 2014, I chose 135g MC paper which is a fantastic paper but this year I’m going for the best quality possible with 200g MC museum quality paper.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this one-of-a-kind book.

Anyway,

As soon as the book is my hands (the first test) I’ll cancel the 30% discount and the book will go back to the original price, so if you haven’t ordered yet, now it’s the best time.

You can do so by going to the link below:

https://gumroad.com/l/the-best-of-sittard

Use the code sittard365 at checkout.

Geleen – Along The Rails

Geleen – Along The Rails

Sony NEX6 – Sigma 19mm lens

So, here is the truth:

If you want to take better photos, especially in low light situations like sunrise, sunset, or at the blue hour, you better have the following:

Tripod, good camera and fast lens…. and of course the most important from them all, knowing what you’re doing!

Because if you don’t know what you’re doing, none of the above will matter.

Not even the best camera in the world is going to take the photos for you. It will help, but I’m sure I’d do better with any basic, entry level DSLR.

Why?

Because I know how to spot great compositions, light, and I know how to set up the camera for the best result.

Luckily, there is an amazing course you can get your hands on and start learning immediately, if that’s what you desire.

It’s from Marc Muench and it’s called Landscape Photography.

I went through this training few years ago and I must say it’s really good!…

…and that’s because the information is pure, specific and doesn’t overlap.

One thing I used to hate a lot was when I bought a new course and realized that a lot of the information was overlapping with a course I bought from another photographer.

And so… Landscape Photography from Marc Muench is different and very unique.

Anyway…

If you want to level up with your photography, Marc will give you a lot of “aha” moments and put you on the right path… and answer your questions.

But it isn’t cheap…

It’s more than I like to pay.

But It’s worth every penny!

It’s that good!

Click the link below, It will take to the course where you can get a short glimpse before you decide to purchase.

Marc Muench – Landscape Photography

All the best…

Libor “learning everyday” Bednarik

Listen To The Sound Of Sittard Gardens

Few days ago, on Sunday morning, I got up early and went to the Gardens in Sittard with my Zoom H6 to record the sound of the local birds.

It’s one of those things in our busy world we seem to ignore and I wanted to have recordings in case these gardens will get destroyed by the City Hall.

If you want to hear it, here is short version: https://soundcloud.com/libor-bednarik/430am-sittard-gardens-birds-singing 

I recommend you listen with headphones for better experience.

Until the next time…

Libor Bednarik

In Stadspark Early In The Morning

Took this photo on my morning relaxation walk in Stadspark in Sittard.

When I walk around the park I like to plan my day. It helps me to get more things done.

Since I started planning, I’ve seen my productivity skyrocket.

Anyway….

Do you plan your days?

If not, then start right now! I guarantee you, you won’t regret it.

Here is why…

With a good plan you’ll have more control in your day. You’ll move through the day much easier than without any plan.

That’s a fact… and it is less stressful as well.

I found the best time to plan early in the morning but yours might be different.

One thing I like to do is sit down on the bench and write at least five things I’m gonna do for the day.

There is a positive feeling associated with knowing what you’ve done at end of the day.

How else do you want to track your progress?

Anyway, plan your day.

Planning will make you a better person – more aware of your life.

It works like magic.

If you want to learn how to plan your day and get a lot more done in a shorter period of time and with ease, I recommend you to click the link below and sign up for Brian Tracy’s new book called: The Power of Habit: 7 Steps to Successful Habits.

Do that…

You’ll thank me later.

http://sittard365.com/brian-tracy

It’s FREE by the way!

If you’ve never heard about Brian Tracy and you’re curious to find out who he is, then check this short description I copied from wikipedia:

“Brian Tracy is a Canadian-born American motivational public speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over seventy books that have been translated into dozens of languages.”

Get more info here

This guy is a true wizard! He knows his stuff.

Sign up and read that book…

You’re going to love it…

Sittard-Geleen – New Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge

Couple of months ago, a new pedestrian bridge was built in (Sittard-Geleen) connecting Sanderbout with the south west of Sittard.

As you can read it here “http://www.zja.nl/en/page/3703/the-bicycle-and-pedestrian-bridge-sittard-geleen“, the bridge simplyfies the contact with the city’s Fortuna stadium and Sports area Limburg…

It’s a blast cycling on the new path since there wasn’t any before and the only access to the Stadium was by going around.

But anyway…

Right after it was completed I took few photos of the bridge when the light was the best.

Hope you like the photo…

Greetings…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. If you’re looking for a nice photo to decorate your home, office or your favorite place, then I’ve got over 400 photos to choose from. Some of them might be from your favorite location here in Sittard.

https://sittard365.pixieset.com/store/

And if you can’t find any you like, then stick around anyway as I’m uploading new photos on this blog almost every day.

Sunrise In Sittard Stadspark

I’ve been living in Sittard for almost 6 years now… so I kind of know where to go if I want to take photos like the one you see above.

Sittard Stadspark is my favorite location to go to. There is everything down there.

From time to time you get to see beautiful sunrays when there is enough morning fog in the air. If you live around, go there early in the morning for a walk…

…and don’t forget to take your camera.

Anyways…

Yesterday I got some people calling me asking if I do prints on canvas.

Yes I do… If you go to: https://sittard365.pixieset.com/printstore/

and choose any photo you like, you’ll be presented with two printing options.

Either you can have it printed on a premium quality paper called… Fuji Professional DPII Glossy Pearl

Or on canvas in various sizes…

totally up to you…

Here is the link: https://sittard365.pixieset.com/printstore/

Anyway…

I took this photo because it looked peaceful and I can imagine to hang this photo in a room where there is lot of light, a place where one can relax. If you have a place like this, then this photo could be perfect fit…

Just saying…

Actually I might print this one myself as this is one of my favorite photos from Stadspark.

All the best…

Libor “time to relax” bednarik

Maas River Morning Fog

  • Maas

Every year I keep visiting my favorite places along the Maas River.

There is cycling path that goes all the way to Maastricht which I really like.

This morning was super foggy with the Sun barely shining through.

Perfect atmosphere.

I took dozens of photos from along the Maas river and here is one of them.

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If you’re interested in having this photo printed, then go here…

https://sittard365.pixieset.com/store/

At the moment I giving away 25% off. Just use the coupon at the checkout.

All the best…

Libor “the Maas River enthusiast” Bednarik

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