Emotions. HDR photography: Before and After. And My Summer Portrait:-)

I think about emotions. How people are able to speak using a non verbal language, language of emotions. How people can express their emotions through the pictures, and other people can feel the same. It’s a very interesting subject. Isn’t it?

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” ~Dale Carnegie

“It shows the truth – that the real meaning of a word is only as powerful or harmless as the emotion behind it.” ~Sarah Silverman

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” ~Roger Ebert

“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.” ~Irene Claremont

What emotions do you feel when you are looking at this picture?

I feel beauty, calm, and pacification. And something which doesn’t have words to describe, I can only feel it:-) Do you feel it too?:-)



Oh, It’s me:-)  There was very hot and humidly; noisy, prickly, and a lot of bugs.

Do you feel it?

But… I tried my best that nobody feel it:-)


p.s. If you find my English mistakes pleaaase let me know!!! I appreciate any help.

Iphone Jewelry Photography: Incredible Result. Before and After retouching.

I was very skeptical about shooting jewelry with Iphone. But when Alex Koloskov showed me the test result I was impressed! More about Jewelry Photography with iPhone.

I just wanna say: It’s unbelievable!

Now, if you need your jewelry pictures for web, you don’t have to buy an expensive professional camera, even more, you don’t have to buy a camera at all…if you have Iphone of course:-)
And with some Photoshop skills you can get a great images for web sites.
Look at my examples of before and after post-production:


I’m reading the book by Betty Edwards now: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This book opens my eyes. Highly recommend to everyone.

My pictures become better and better. I’ll show it some day here:-) My dream is to combine retouching, painting and drawing in Photoshop. Should be fun:-)

“The purpose of your daily sketchbook drawings is not to produce finished drawings, just as the purpose of jogging is not to get somewhere.”

~ Betty Edwards

What are you reading now? Can you draw or paint?

Fractal “Beauty Awakens the Soul to Act”. Little Bunnies post-production: Before and After


My “Little Bunnies”:-)

To get such warm toning I’ve used Gradient Map with Blending Mode “Color” and Layer Opacity 44%
To see the bigger photo click here.

Photographer Alex Koloskov

Credit for the bunny goes to Vic-The-Raccoon

Don’t Sit Still, Move! Fractal Art “Bubble Flower”. Before and After Images “Sunflower Friends”:-)

“Don’t follow, lead.
Don’t copy, create.
Don’t start, finish.

or even,

Don’t sit still, move.
Don’t fit in, stand out.
Don’t sit quietly, speak up.

Not all the time, sure, but more often.” ~Seth Godin


Before and After Photo “Sunflower Friends”.

For post-processing of this image I’ve used some elements from this tutorial: 3 Minutes Effect to Make a Difference for Your Photo

You can Learn to Enjoy Everything. Friday’s Fractal and HDR Before and After.

You ca learn to enjoy everything. You can learn to enjoy sleeping, and waking up, and making breakfast, and going to work. The more things you make pleasant, the happier life will be.”

~ Richard Bandler “Guide to TRANCE-formation”

The more I understand myself the more I like to create pictures:-) Here they are:


Before and After from Yosemite National Park:


And for those my friends who are still here:-) … some personal stuff…

Continue reading You can Learn to Enjoy Everything. Friday’s Fractal and HDR Before and After.

Power is never given. Power is taken. “Birth of Diamonds” Fractal. HDR Outline Tut #1.


“Power is never given. Power is taken. … what “taking power” means. Not needing anything from another person in order to be the best in the world.”

  Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity  by Hugh MacLeod


“Birth of Diamonds” Fractal

Do you know how diamonds appear? Here is my version:-))


HDR Outline, Tutorial #1

Now I am happy to announce the First HDR Outline Tutorial. I created it as for myself: how I like to see tutorials. I believe that simple visual materials are more understandable way to learn.

What people are saying about this tutorial:

Alex, I love the techniques in the PDF. I did a couple tweaks aside from it just because the shot I took wasn’t that great it was just for testing purposes, However I like the results alot and I can definitely see a difference from the way I was processing my HDR’s. Now I just need something worthy of posting to show others the results of your outlined technique. ~Marty Mar

I looked through the PDF and applied some of the techniques to one of my pictures. It helped a lot. Thanks so much. ~ Nathan Olmstead

Now available for iPad (iBooks) and PDF format!

Your Creativity is a Gift to the World. Red Satin Fractal and Traditional Before and After.

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.”

~The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Red Satin Fractal:

Retouched ring: Before and After:

Nikon D800E v.s Hasselblad H4D40: the end of medium format superiority? Round two

Find Your Own True Voice. Lily Pond Fractal. Traditional Before and After.

“A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being master is learning how to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own. Every artist is looking for their big, definitive “Ah-Ha!” moment, whether they’re a master or not. That moment where they find their true voice, once and for all. …

Was it luck? Perhaps a little bit.

But it wasn’t the format that made the art great. It was the fact that somehow while playing around with something new, suddenly they found they were able to put their entire selves into it. …

Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple.”

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

Do nit miss this test: Nikon D800E v.s Hasselblad H4D40: the end of medium format superiority? Round One
Round two will be publish today on WWW.PHOTIGY.COM!!!

About Self Esteem, Purple Fractal, and Before and After Picture from San Francisco

Who is responsible for your thoughts, health, and life? Who is controlling your behavior and actions? Who is choosing your friends and relationships?

The answer is ONLY YOU!

“You can’t become jealous if you maintain high self esteem.

If you begin to feel jealous or envious of others, do not try to control, manipulate, or negotiate with them to appease these feelings. That is a childish and ineffective approach. You will only encourage people to lie to you and hide things from you so they can avoid having to deal with your “Poor me… I’m not good enough… make me feel better about myself” script.

Instead, focus on setting and achieving your own goals. Start with the basics such as simple physical goals (like specific exercise targets) to restore a sense of self control, and then gradually build towards self mastery. Rebuild your sense of self-worth and confidence by asserting control over how you use your time and how you maintain your space. Restore order, cleanliness, and neatness to your home, your workplace, and your body. Create an environment that reinforces the belief that you’re in control and that you’re responsible.

The belief that you are not enough will simply attract proof of such. Prove to yourself that you are enough, not by seeking validation from others but by creating the evidence for yourself. Strive each day to grow towards your potential. If you do that, then others will tend to respect you more, and other high self esteem people will want to connect with you. Hence you will seldom have cause to feel jealous or alone; you will graduate from this problem and move on to more interesting challenges.”

~ Steve Pavlina

Happy time in San Francisco. Before and After Photoshop.

Monster Bees in Hot Atlanta: Before and After. Everyone is Born Creative!

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.”

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

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