Sittard-Geleen – Stadspark (Shot In Autumn)

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
– Kurt Cobain

This message hit the nail on it’s head.

Be real…

When taking photos, be yourself!

Do whatever you want and enjoy the journey.

Photography may take you to places you had no idea they existed.

Be the best, forget the rest…

Later…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. If you want to learn how to shoot better landscapes and understand natural light, then check Frans Lanting and his “The Art Of Seeing” course.

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

Frans Lanting has been around for over 30 years, working for National Geographic and taught thousands of students.

(The link above is an affiliate link if you haven’t noticed. This means that I get paid a small commission if you click on it and purchase the course. It won’t cost you anything extra and it helps me to run this blog.)

Morning Secret To Shoot Better Photos

Are you a photographer who likes to shoot early in the morning?

If so, then you are going like what Frans Lanting said in his lesson…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

This little secret helped me substantially to take better photos and I think if you’re into sunrise photography you must know this…

In fact, it will change the way you shoot.

Be the best, forget the rest.

Libor Bednarik

P.S. The photo above is taken in Sittard very close to German border.

Fear nothing!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward” – Amelia Earhart

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Found this message few days ago and thought you might like it as well.

It addresses the biggest problem that holds people back… and that is FEAR…

After talking to so many photographers, I think the biggest fear they have or used to have is this…

“I’m afraid people won’t like my work”

Can you relate to that?

I can…

In fact, when I started with photography I was afraid to share my photos. I thought people wouldn’t like it.

But then, I got rid of the fear and things started to change.

I found this video quite helpful…

It got me thinking about fear differently…

Anyway…

Here it is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoN0D337GaA

Best…

Libor Bednarik

 

I just blinked my eyes and 6 years of my life is gone

“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think” – Kushandwizdom

Especially here in Sittard.

The time flying so fast!

I just blinked my eyes and 6 years of my life is gone.

But then… I reflect upon the 6 years worth of my work in my portfolio and I can’t help to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride…

It feels good!

In fact, I’ve just finished editing few of my timelapse and hyperlapse videos I shot earlier this year and last year.

Something I think you’ll like…

In fact, it will take you to some of the best places in Sittard-Geleen and as far as to Karvina, the Czech Republic.

Here it is…

Enjoyed it?

I hope you did…

Anyway…

Best…

Libor Bednarik…

P.S. Can I help you design your own place?

Recently, my friend was looking for a photo to hang on the wall in her living room. While scrolling through my photos, she found one that she really liked.

She ordered a canvas…

Before it was delivered to her place, she also painted the wall to match the photo.

A lot of work, but when it was done and I walked into her living room, I was blown away.

It’s one thing to see your work hanging in full beauty in someone else’s living room but to have the entire wall matching as well was another story.

She went the extra mile…

She designed her place to her liking using more of my photos.

In fact, her bedroom is like you’ve just entered another world…

…so connected to the nature.

I’m happy I was part of her vision…

Anyway…

If you’re thinking to redesign your own place, let me know. I can give you nice discount on canvases and prints.

Or you can choose your favorites and let me know whenever you’re ready…

Just follow the link below…

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

 

Sittard-Geleen – Sittard Garden Panorama Part 2

Stop fiddling around and start importing your images into Lightroom the right way. Not only you’ll save a lot of time but your photos will be named properly, copyrighted and backed up.

And the best thing is… Once you set it up you can literally forget.

To learn more about it, check this…

http://sittard365.com/ben-willmore-lightroom
Few days ago, I’ve visited one of the gardens in Sittard to test new panorama techniques I’ve learned from the “The Art Of Seeing” course.

When he talked about his gear and what he uses to capture the beauty of the nature, I’m getting super excited because that’s what I’m about as well.

Anything heavy I can get rid of and not affect the quality of my images, I’m happy to sell.

I hate caring heavy equipment which I know I’ll use maybe once or twice in the entire trip.

Last year when I was in Slovakia hiking the Tatra Mountains I had everything with me. Full bag of gear which I wasn’t even using.

It hit me big time!

I realized that this is redicilous.

I wanted to trow everything of the cliff but that would spoil the beautiful nature Tatra Mountains are famous for.

So swallowed my stupidity and carried that shit all the way.

And guess who went to sleep early that night instead of to enjoy the beaty and open fire.

I said to myself, never again!

So since then, I’m on the hunt to reduce the weight of my camera bag and everything I didn’t use for the last six months has to go.

And I must say, it feels fresh…

It feels so good now…

I have way more energy and I don’t miss 5 other lenses, second camera body, small tripod, big tipod and other junk…

I now go with a little Sony camera and I have fun.

You know what that feels like? It’s amazing to walk on the beach in the morning backpack free, with a small camera in my hand.

Anyway…

If you think your gear is killing your creative juices, then this course is for you…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

You won’t regret it…

Best…

Libor Bednarik

Sittard-Geleen – Sittard Garden Morning Panorama Part 1

“Adventure is calling, the question is will you go”

 

Just in the middle of planning a bike trip to Belgium for couple of days…

Something I love to do from time to time because it refreshes my mind and the photos I bring back home are worth the trip.

This time I’m going to a new place I’ve never been before so even better.

Can’t wait…

Anyway…

The the photo above is from one of the secret gardens in Sittard. I took this panorama from no other reason than to try new settings I’ve learned recently.

I hate using tripod. I think tripod is heavy and it slows me down when I’m hiking, biking or do other things. So this was a brilliant test.

I’ve also learn a good albow technique to lock the camera in place and rotate around it.

In fact, I hate tripod so much that I’ve spend months figuring out the best way to get rid of it…

…and still being able to bring home images that are worth the trip.

Anyway…

If you hate caring tripod around for whatever reason, then check ” The Art Of Seeing” training.

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. One thing… When you shoot without the tripod and you do a panorama, use your body and the camera strap to stop any movement…

I’ll show you what I mean next time. It’s a great technique.

The best thing is that I can leave that monster at home and not be worried that I screw up…

For now… go out and shoot amazing photos.

Talk to you later…

The Misterious Box

Few days ago a postman delivered a package to my address from friend of mine who send me a little exciting gift.

It was a large box. I had no idea what was in it.

In the past, we would do this kind jokes where we would fill up a box full of paper or whatever and send it to the other side of the world like to New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.

Usually with some kind of message, short saying or whatever that came to mind. Sometimes just an empty box.

But that was a long time ago.

When I received this gift I looked the address and it came from New Zealand so I immediately knew that there is going to be something interesting in it.

I opened the box and got shocked… WOW… I said to myself and needed to sit down for a while because this was something I didn’t expect at all.

My hair on my arms stood up and I couldn’t swallow. I picked it up and and immediately went online and wrote back a massive thanks for such a gift…

Anyway…

I gotta go now…

So I’ll tell you more about it later.

But man I’m so happy!

Here is quickly why you should be excited as well. This little gift is going to get your mind working and challenge you in your world of landscape photography…

But more later.

Best…

Libor Bednarik.

P.S. If you’re into Lightroom presets like I’m, then check this fantastic collection of landscape presets. I use them everyday.

Well… the adjusted version of it. I like to put a bit of my soul into my photos so I’m using them as a starting point only.

They are excellent for instant image boost.

Here they are…

http://sittard365.com/lightroom-presets

 

Sittard Kollenberg In A Beautiful Light (Morning Glory)

Few months ago I found this amazing collection of Lightroom presets. If you’re into speed editing then these presets are definitely something to look at.

http://sittard365.com/lightroom-presets

I took this photo when I was walking to Kollenberg. One of those mornings which were perfect for taking photos…

Why?

Because everything was there… The morning was a bit foggy, the light was perfect and It didn’t take long before I took my favorite photo of the day.

Anyway, enjoy it.

All the best…

Libor Bednarik
The Sittard photographer.

P.S. If you want to learn how to take better photos but you don’t know where to start and what to really look for, there is a course I highly recommend you check called The Art Of Seeing

I wish someone handed me such training when I was starting, I could have been somewhere else today and not wasting my time searching the information on Youtube, Google or whatever and then get confused along the way because one says one thing and the other another thing.

Here is where you can get your hands on it.

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

Ditch The Tripod

Ditch the tripod… You don’t need it!

It makes me crazy when I see someone in the middle of the day taking landscape photos with the tripod…

Why would anyone do that?

Especially if you have recent DSLR with stabilization build in. Or lens that can handle your shaky hands.

Like the other day when I was walking to Kollenberg. There was a guy shooting the surroundings with his Canon Mark 3 and Manfroto tripod…

Right in the middle of the day…

I mean, come on…

Shooting in the middle of the day sucks anyway… and using tripod? (laughing)

It becomes a snap shot. I can take better photo with my phone and without tripod.

Landscape photography is all about the atmosfere, light and the composition.Shooting in the middle of the day it’s just boring.

I told this guy to ditch the tripod…

As long as you don’t go below 1/50s, you should be perfectly fine.

I often think of it as three leg monster that could be used as a hanger for your dirty clothes.

If you understand the dynamic range, then you don’t need the tripod.

Anyway…

Ever heard about Frans Lanting, the National Geographic photographer?

He’s got an interesting opinion about it in his training called “The Art Of Seeing”…

Check it out if you want to learn more about it.

He goes into details and some of the tips he shares are simply amazing.

Anyway…

Here is where you get it…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Watch it… learn from it… and send me some photos… Would love to see what you’ve been up to.

P.P.S. There is no way I would carry heavy tripod with me on a bike trip. Never. There is no reason for that if you know what Frans is teaching in his course.

You’ll do great without it. No sweat my friend.

 

Time To Have Fun

This morning I was in the Ligne Library working on my photography project for one advertising company in Amsterdam.

They sent me an email asking if I can shoot ten photos of Sittard-Geleen and capture the historic sights.

I have a pretty descent archive of photos from Sittard-Geleen, so I knew that this is going to be a piece of cake.

And it was…

I’ve done my research, asked few questions and based on that I picked ten photos pretty quickly.

I sent them the license agreement and was on my way to do my own things.

MTB bike trip to Belgium and then overnight stay in Monshau.

Yeah!

What can be better than that…

Enjoy life, my friend…

Best,

Libor Bednarik

P.S. When you know these 5 powerfull techniques Frans is sharing in his magnificent course…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

You can literally say goodbye to frustrations… I mean it!