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…

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

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.

Anyway…

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.

Why?

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.

Anyway…

Here it is…

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

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.

Anyway…

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.

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-wildlife-photography

(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.)

Anyway…

 

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.

Why?

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

Here it is…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-wildlife-photography

Perfect conditions doesn’t mean perfect photos

Yesterday I’ve stumbled on an interesting article from a landscape photographer who was describing what it’s like to be outdoors shooting.

Here is what he said… (taken directly from the article)

“The wind in your hair, a camera slung over your shoulder and a great location in mind: nothing beats getting out into the great outdoors to shoot landscapes”

And he’s right…

Nothing beats that… especially if the conditions are perfect and you get some interesting light, clouds, fog, beautiful scenery, mountains, etc… and your batery is fully charged, you have your tripod and filters with you. Backpack stuffed with food and water and nothing is missing.

Ever experienced situatuion like that? Me multipple times.

In fact, just recently when I was in the Czech Republic in the mountains of the north east, I had perfect conditions and was glad that it stayed like that the whole day because the photos I took that evening and after the sunset were some of my favorite I’ve ever shot!

Anyway…

What boggles my mind is when I hear stories from other photographers that describe perfect conditions for shooting but the photos don’t really show for it.

In fact, the opposite being the truth…

I’ve seen photos that looked so dull that one would fall asleep while looking at them. Others being over sharpen to death. Some underexposed (which can easily be spotted in the shadows) and some even had wierd artifacts in them. And some looked like the photographer was color blinded with the white balance being out of whack!

Anyway…

The perfect conditions won’t do a shit if you don’t know how to use your gear properly…

The same applies to post-processing. If you’ve been convinced that switching to RAW will give you better quality photos, then I want you to wake up from this illusion and start paying a close attention to post-processing.

Why? Because post-processing if done right, can take your photos to another level and make other photographers wonder how the hell did you do that…

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of terrible photos that literally had no life in them, but I’ve also seen a lot of good ones.

And some were so good that I would never get sick of them even if I look at them every day.

Comparing them to the actual RAW file, you’ll be blown away what you can achieve in Lightroom and how easily you can turn average photo into a master piece.

There is a great saying that goes like this…

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams”

And with some of the skills you’re about to learn you can go far beyond what you thought was possible and shock not only yourself but friends and familly and other photographers will start following you.

Anyway…

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m super excited about one partucular training that was created by the only Ben Willmore called “Lightroom Mastery” which in my opinion is the best Lightroom post-processing training you can get your hands on and start using the techniques almost immediatelly.

It’s that good…

In fact, what you get is 30 lessons packed with golden nuggets that will transform your workflow forever. His worflow made so much difference in my post-processing that I’ve changed just about everything, including how I name my photos and back them up.

He is also big on file managment which was a life saver when I started working with clients and shooting tons of photos and I need to find particual photo.

With my old workflow I would be still to this day lost in the desert.

Anyway…

This email is getting too long so I better finish it up with saying this..

You better know how to post-process your RAW files if you ever want your photos look great.

It’s simple as that…

The “Lightroom Mastery” will get you going fast.

Here is how you get it.

http://sittard365.com/ben-willmore-lightroom

All the best,

Libor Bednarik.

Bridge In Sittard Stadspark

Bridge In Sittard Stadspark…Originally I went to Kollenberg but because the light shining through the tress was so good I stayed in Stadspark and took some interesting photos there. Here is one that stood out to me and so I wanted to share it. Hope you like it…

The light that came through the trees gave the bridge an awesome feel. Also I was there in a good time. I just took the photo and wanted to take another one but then the light was gone.

If you would like to have a print version or get a commercial licence, please Contact Me, or visit my Print Store.

Or if you are you looking for a specific photo from Sittard-Geleen or surrounding villages like Limbricht, Munstergeleen, or Puth or others you can search through categories on the left side.

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Sittard Stadspark In Autumn

Sittard Stadspark In Autumn…Stadspark in Sittard is one of my favorite places I like to visit quite often. It seems like I always find something cool to photograph down there. Today I tried panorama of this little corner. Hope you like it.

Anyways, If you like this image and would like to have a print version or get a commercial licence, please Contact Me, or visit my Print Store.

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349/365 Sittard Stadspark – Sunrise

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 100, f/16, 1/250 sec, Raw

Sittard Stadspark – Sunrise

The new reconstruction of Stadspark seems to be almost finished. It’s really new looking there. I hope they are going put a lot of trees and make it look pretty. It took me while to get used to when they cut some trees that I really liked…But anyway I was there at the sunrise and took this image. Hope you like it…I’m experimenting with shooting directly into the Sun without HDR technique or multiple exposures and tripod. Looking for that sweet spot in between overexposed and underexposed. It’s different for every situation and I like to play until I find it…

Enjoy this sunrise image…and thanks for great comments!!!

If you like this image and would like to have a print version, please contact me.

Also see the pricing list

 

81/365 Stadspark Lake Sittard At Sunset

81 Stadspark Lake Sittard At Sunset

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Stadspark Lake Sittard At Sunset

Quote of the day:

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. – Kurt Vonnegut

This quote has been with me since I started this project. It is simple to understand and it motivates me to stretch my vision, dreams and ideas. It reminds me that it doesn’t matter the outcome but the experience along the way. Knowing that, If I come up with a bad picture today, it doesn’t mean that I should pack the bags and get discouraged for tomorrow. It should be taken as a lesson. Keep trying, learning and exploring new ways until you nail it. This way you really grow! Practice makes perfect, period!

I’ve learned a lot since I started this project. There is this beautiful thing happening whenever you practice over and over. First, It becomes easier! Second, I can now picture the outcome! Doing it over and over it becomes your second nature! Whenever I’m shooting, I now know from 95% what I have to do to achieve the result I want. Something I wasn’t able to do a few moths ago, at least not as clearly as today. You start seeing all stages of the image capturing, processing even before you take the picture. You know exactly where you want the camera to be, what to capture and how it is going to look like when it’s finished. This is in fact very rewarding. It feels like you understand your craft. In my case, I went from beginners approach to leveling up with some of my hero’s in photography and now the whole process feels like I’m in the middle of a game, playing and having fun!!!

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