Retouching with GIMP 2.8

I came across some challenging situations with lights… I mean the lack of lights.

We just wanted to have a chat with my friend on a late Sunday afternoon and thought: if the weather and lights were fine, why not take some pictures of her just for fun. The last sunbeams were escaping quickly behind the buildings of the city park. I had no other source of light so I hoped that my non-existing retouching skills would save the not too well-lit images.

I chose gimp 2.8 – a legally free, Linux compatible software – to improve my editing skills on the picture below.  🙂


After brightening up the model, I had some ideas from the below tutorial to enhance the portrait a bit more.

Hackney City Farm and the Canal side

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Some pictures of East London were uploaded in my second Kiev test album. Now I’m completing the gallery with some photos taken with my digital cam.

My lovely friend, Jasmin took me to Hackney’s city farm then we walked down the canal side. No need for more words, the pictures talk for themselves: the East is full of hidden treasures and FUN. 🙂Continue Reading

Linda & Alex

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We’d been planning a photoshoot with my beautiful friend, Linda for a while. She texted me last week that she was ready for our project and she managed to convince her husband about it, too. 🙂

We spent a cheerful afternoon together. They were great models, excellent in posing, behaving so naturally as if they had years of experience in this. Thank you again, guys, you are truly amazing!

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Beyond visible – IR photography

I have always been “gifted” with the ability to recall my dreams. Those visions are clearly there in my mind. Beautiful, bad, peaceful, disturbing, vivid or dark… whatever. I’ve been thinking a lot how to depict them. Since I’m not good enough in painting or drawing, I’m trying to find a way through something else. So far, infrared photography seems to be the right step forward to reach my goal. 🙂 (Continue reading to see the gallery.)Continue Reading

Kiev 4 experiment

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There are advertisements everywhere about Father’s day which makes me feel somewhat miserable as my father tragically passed away 6 years ago. As I mentioned before, father was an important person in my photography history. He won his Kiev 4 on a scientific competition during university and was very proud of it. So I’ve been thinking about some vintage photography experiments with that camera recently to keep his memory alive.Continue Reading