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How to photo retouch your pale shots into real black&white art

artborghi boost black and white comparison
Let’s say you had a wonderful day on the snow, though without too much sunlight. Most colours in your pictures look like 70s’ toilet paper (pale blue, pale green, pale brown and so on). Pity, you could have had so beautiful shape/contrast silhouette with those black trees, people and white snow background.

It is time to open your photo retouch software and pimp your snow day:

– convert to black and white
– choose maximum whites
– enhance the contrast with blacks
– level blacks and whites up

In this way you get real black and white pictures and not boring shadows of grey. Dare with dark blacks and white whites the more you can and let the atmosphere you enjoyed pop out of your art!

And click here to see other shots we took on our “winter hike” on Uetliberg, the natural terrace on Zurich.

Best time for night photography in Zurich: Christmas!

xmas zurich artborghi

Christmas time is best time for shooting wonderful pictures: magic lights, nice feelings .. and especially no need to wake up before dawn to take the “only good light of the day” (professionals love to say this) … And Zurich (Switzerland) is probably one of the best places for shooting Christmas pictures. Maybe because of the old buildings of the centre, or the warm lights in the narrow streets, or Santa Claus driving his tram across the city …  Enjoy them in the first artborghi picture set on flickr.com.

20 mm eyes on Zurich day and night

Nobody on the shores of Zurisee today

Nobody waiting for the ferry boat back to Zurich

Nobody in the city centre but a couple of tourists

Nobody by the Limmat … is everybody at Expovina tonight?

Each picture shot with a Sigma 20mm f/1.8, thanks Thiago! Amazing how much stuff can be shot in a single picture with a 20 mm. Click on pics to zoom

Night life: an alternative wide point of view



Trees from the top of Zurich shot with a Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 – nice wide field but some distortions on the right borders, like probably with any other 20 mm. From Utliberg to Zuriberg, enjoy a big version of the full panorama here

Swiss reportage with true Russian folklore

Reportage: Matrjoshka 10 years jublee, Zürich, Switzerland

Two cameras (450D and 60D) mounting two different objectives (70-300mm and 17-55mm), battery backups for each camera and 32 GB total SD card space.

Ready for another Russian folklore event in Zürich!

This time I was asked to shoot the 10th jubilee of the Russian school Matrjoschka. I know what you could have in mind: shows good only for kids … but it was absolutely not the case. Music and costumes and dancers and singer and players and actors made the big difference! I got quite crazy shooting with two cameras at the same moment for 2h and a half, the 450D got stuck in guru meditation (aka busy) several times for the amount of saved data but everything went smooth. Judge it for yourself by clicking on the post picture or here. My favorite ones are kids waiting to perform on the stage.

My own picture of the next 107 years!

This morning I woke up quite early to shoot Venus passing over the sun. On my 300 mm zoom I mounted an empty 50 mm ring filled with single wavelength filters. The 750 nm filter worked good enough to let me shoot the sun and Venus without burning my retina.

However nothing else than the sun could be visible of course, as every wavelength different from 750 nm was filtered out. Therefore, let me publish for this time also  a picture patchwork somehow recalling this once and for ever 750 nm morning. The 446 and 650 nm filters, although too bright to picture the sun, were useful to produce some experimental panorama. I have some ideas in mind, I will come back with some new filtered pictures sooner or later!

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