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"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.  


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. 


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.

I talk to you tomorrow.

Libor Bednarik 

Stadspark In Sittard Under The Water

This morning I woke and Sittard looked grey.

It was raining like crazy.

What do you suppose to do in such conditions.

Well… there is still a lot you can do.

I went to Stadspark and saw huge paddles everywhere. It seemed like half of the park was under the water.

You could see people struggling to go from one side to the other with dry foot.

There was a girl taking her shoes off and walking across it.

But anyway…

The point is that no matter the weather, you can always come up with ideas for interesting photos.

Like the one I’m sharing with you today… I was standing in the paddle taking photos of people walking by.


Just recently I watched one of the video from Frans Lanting course and he talked about it as well.

Actually what he said was that many professional photographers prefer to shoot in overcast conditions.


Because the light is more settled. The atmosphere is more interesting and it’s just different.

There are of course many reasons why, but I won’t go into the details because that’s what Frans teaches in his “The Art Of Seeing” course he did for CreativeLive.

Want to know why your photos look so dull, uninspiring? Then get his course and you won’t have that problem ever again.

It’s mind blowing how little things can change the course of the final photo.


Here it is…

Gotta go…

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

Sunrise In Stadspark Sittard-Geleen

Sometimes, no matter what you do, it’s difficult to take exciting photograph. That’s the fact.

You can’t pretend that every time you go out shooting it’s easy.

It’s not!

It’s hard, even when the conditions are perfect.

You still need to know your camera. Know about light and have a descent understanding about compositions.

And the better you know it, the better chance you have to shoot beautiful images.

Watch this quick video to learn more about the fundamentals in photography.

It might surprise you how little you know…

Learn something everyday my friend.

Be the best, forget the rest.

Libor Bednarik

P.S. This photo is from Stadspark in Sittard.

I must have been to this park at least 200 times but every time I go something new happens and I have to take a photo.

This time I liked the composition. And the colors as well.


Enjoy it.

The Art Of Wildlife Photography

Let me tell you a story.

When I was in New Zealand, one of my birthday present was a set of DVD’s from BBC nature series which had a short behind the scene section with photographers talking about the techniques they used to shoot certain elements of the documentary film.

For me that was more interesting than the actual documentary. I was blown away by the gear some of the videographers and photographers used for the job.

Since then… I dreamed about big lenses and camera gear for wildlife photography.

Back then I didn’t have my 70-300mm lens and Canon camera. I was shooting with Nikon D90 which was just an entry level camera but great for beginners like me.

I then moved to Sittard and settled down for couple of years and found satisfaction in shooting sunrise and sunset photographs.

I’m more landscape photographer but when I was on my morning walk in Stadspark and I saw this Heron sitting on the bank of the pond I had to grab my 70-300mm lens and take the photo.

And was glad for everything I’ve learned from Tom Mangelsen when I watched the BBC series.

For those of you who don’t know, Tom Mangelsen is a professional nature/wildlife photographer who travelled throughout the natural world for around 40 years. He’s been featured on National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Newsweek, Life and others.

(By the way he’s got an amazing course on CreativeLive called “The Art Of Wildlife Photography” Which is just wonderful to watch.)

Even I’m not into wildlife as much as I was before, maybe because I now live in Netherlands, I think for anyone who is passionate about it, must watch this course.

The videos are well shot, well organized and the way Tom teaches is easily digestible even by the beginners…

If it sounds like you might be interested, then follow the link below.

(Yes… This is an affiliate link. This means if you click on it and decide to purchase the course I’ll get paid a small commission which helps me to run this blog.)



All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. If you want to learn how to capture wildlife in their natural environment no matter if you’re a beginner or not, then this is going to be the best course you’ll ever get your hands on… I promise you that.


Because it’s packed with knowledge that Tom gathered for over 40 years.

Here it is…

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…

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.

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

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“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…



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…


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…


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…
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.


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

You won’t regret it…


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…


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.


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

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…


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.


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…


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.

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


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.

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