PHOTOGRAPHER

Marcin Konkel

We're not going to Georgia..

Let's go outside! (Galicnik, Macedonia). Copyright (C) by Marjan Lazarevski. Used without modifications under CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

We planned on going to Georgia this year to trek in the mountains and take a swim in the Black Sea. Instead we decided to go to the Balkans. Cobblestone streets, fairy tale forests, wine regions, medieval towns, sandy beaches, ancient ruins, cosmopolitan capitals, spice bazaars, haunted castles and a couple of thousand islands. - this is how Lonely Planet guide describes Southeastern Europe. From the popular Greece and Croatia to a bit less known Kosovo, Albania or Serbia, this part of the world is famous for it's great and hospitable people, abundance of vineyards and relatively low prices.

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Treasures of Zakynthos

4 trips, 840 hours spent on Zakynthos, 2000 km travelled on the island, 28 days of shooting, 3TB of timelapse footage, 380 hours of post-production, 100 kg film equipment weight. These are behind the scenes details of "Treasures of Zakynthos" - a movie by Maciej Tomków. Maciej has beautifully portrayed the Greek island of Zakynthos. Lots of effort has created a mind-blowing effect. Be sure to visit Maciej's webpage and check out his other works.

Kamchatka and Japan 2016

Koryaksky volcano rising above Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Photo copyright by Vfp15. Published under CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

There are many interesting places in the world to see and experiene. Prolific writers produce reportages in the form of books, essays, podcasts and others. Not many of them, though, have been written about Kamchatka Peninsula. It is located in the far east of Russia (see map below) with more than half of the population living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The peninsula contains around 160 volcanoes of which 29 of them still active with climate ranging from temperate to subarctic.

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The land of volcanos 

Not only the land of volcanos but also abundant in fish (same as Alaska, USA was 50 years ago), wild animals (especially bears) and in pristine state, not polluted by human due to living conditions and it's remoteness. It's Kamchatka - a far away land in Russia located between Alaska on the East and North Siberia on the West.

This video tells the story of Maxim Balakhovskiy who is living his life on the road in his homeland. Each year exploring new elements of this peninsula and experiencing it somehow anew. Expect beautiful aerial views, volcanos and wild bears and more.

Photograph like a pro

Photography on one hand is simple - you just aim the camera and push the trigger. On the other hand, you should, for instance, know how to aim it in the right direction and under the right angle. There are few tips (nine to be exact) that can help you to do the above. They are based on the work of Steve McCurry who is a photojournalist. Learn them, use in every possible situation and, after mastering, break the rules and do it your own way, in your own style. 

Adventure is calling

A fantastic time-lapse movie featuring USA and Canada's beauty of nature made while traveling for several months this past summer by Shane Black. Shane is a photographer based out of central Ohio and this is his second movie from the series "Adventure is calling".

14th floor

WARSAW | City center landscape with Palace of Culture and Science being the tallest building.

Warsaw has many skyscrapers around. Most of them in the strict city centre and most next to each other. There are some though that let you experience great views without anything in their way and just vast amounts of space limited only to where your eye can reach.

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Mind the gap

Tourists or locals, all that use the tube, know this announcement when stepping out or in the train. This warning has it's own history and it goes deeper than just the recording itself. The story you are about to witness happened in real life. It's writer-director Luke Flanagan tells Londonist.com:

The actual mind the gap announcement is as iconic a part of London as the double decker bus or the post box. For Londoners it goes deeper — many of us remember the actual voice of Oswald Lawrence on the Northern Line, so when we hear it now we have a recall to that time. There’s a kind of nostalgia for growing up in London and using the tube.

Warsaw in neon lights

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Far north

Located within the Arctic Circle this archipelago is one of the untouched lands that lives by what the nature dictates. This movie has been shot in January with the shortest daylight hours and strong winds are common. Look at the breathtaking sceneries, small cottage-like houses in this remote place with it's mountaintops on the north of Norway.