Simple post update with my recent works focused around Manchester. You can find all those images as usual on my Instagram. However I would want to post them one by one on this blog therefore I decided to make periodic updates containing batch, share worthy images gathered throughout recent trips and assignments.
by Tomasz Kozak
I spend few days relaxing, breathing fresh mountain air and photographing beautiful polish Tatra mountains. Even though it’s one of the places I’ve been frequently visiting throughout the years I’ve made images I really like. This time my focus was on quality of light therefore most presented photos in this post were taken during golden or blue hour. I even manage to wake up for sunrise what doesn’t happen very often 🙂
When I first start photography I was taking pictures of anything that wasn't moving or taking back to me. Now I'm finding myslef enjoying taking portraits of people more and me. Here are shere few images I recently captured with lovely model Caoimhe.
After few gloomy weeks of cold and snow, finally first touch of spring came upon northern England. It was perfect moment for little cycling trip around Heaton Park. Armed with freshly purchased Capture Pro plate for easy camera access whilst cycling I was ready to go. I must say that in past 3 year I’ve visit this location many times however never shoot there at 200mm focal length. At this time of the year park don’t look quite as nice but it was going to be my challenge. Also this will be part of my side project I started for this year of photographing few of my favorite parks around Grater Manchester.
I met with my good friend Greg who also like cycling around however if anyone want to join for the shoot let me know in comments or email me.
When I discovered basics of shutter speed as new photographer, long exposure immediately fascinated me. Whether it was creating silky water effect or transforming traffic into red and white lines those kind of photos were most enjoyable to take and retouch. I've started caring tripod everywhere. After while however, smoothing waterfalls or creating light beams wasn't enough so I bought my first ND filter and start experimenting with daytime long exposures. Trapping time, movement of clouds or water into one frame creates surreal feel of images that I like very much.
Here are few photos taken by using this technique at Media City UK, popular Manchester location.
Small addition to my architecture / Manchester / urban gallery. Mostly taken within last week in several places around Grater Manchester.
Blue hour is the period of twilight during dawn each morning and dusk each evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists.
Yes. I'm not actually that smart to write such nice lengthy sentences, explaining visual occurrences happening in nature on our little blue planet. Therefore I'm using whats already written on wiki page to explain for those who don't yet know what blue hour is. If you like night/long exposure photography this is the time you want to have your tripod and camera ready.
Idea for this was to catch light left by passing trains during previously mentioned blue hour.
Few shots from my urban explorations taken last week or so at random locations around Manchester.
On Sunday 15 November, the inauguration of Timeless Elegance, new Christmas Lights design by ATC Lighting Design was organized at the iconic street of the British capital, Regent Street. The Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, played a musical piece by Pierre Mussche from Musicom, composed specially for the occasion. Grand opening was followed by a party held at Lights of Soho gallery. Clearly, this event was all about the lights!Read more
When gloomy and rainy days arrives to Manchester. Time comes to revisit summer shots and perhaps fish out an image worth some attention. I've started my search from photos taken during hikes in Tatra Mountains. After short while I found candidate that had really boring, cloudless sky. Everything else about this shot was quite appealing so I had starting point into new composite. First move was to replace sky with better one from my stock collection that I intensely trying to build every time weather present a chance for it. Lighting, colours and tones on the foreground were very similar therefore I had easy job matching it with my new sky. While working on first photograph idea for second one was born. I end up with two completely new landscapes never seen before by anyone. Dreamlands created by photoshop and imagination.
Composites enables me to create anything I can dream of, giving me limitless possibility's to make something from nothing. Nowadays when I take photo I don't ask myself that it is... But what could it be.