31 July, 2011

Black Sea Summer Resorts - Nessebar

Hi all
I would like to share with you some impressions from 2 adjacent places located on the west shore of the Black sea - Nessebar and nearby Sunny Beach
Nessebar (also appears as Nesebar)
an ancient Bulgarian town, located on a small island which is connected with a narrow bridge to the mainland
Very old, well preserved, unique atmosphere. This is claimed to be the oldest house in the town, located almost at the peak with windows at all 4 directions:

There are numerous souvenir shops, practically located everywhere, some offer unique local art, many are just "tourist traps"...

and some local crafts:

The town is famous with its churches, there are about 40 that survived the time, which makes Nessebar the town with the highest number of churches per capita. The most famous one is the Church of St Sophia dated from the 5th century. Due to its unique acoustics, the church is used for hosting open air music events

Here are several more photos of the Church of Christ Pantocrator, see the fine details in the 2nd photo:

The Church of John the Baptist (HDR On/Off)

In addition to the remain of the churches, there's also a fortress that protected the town from the mainland

and finally, let's have a view of Nessebar from Sunny Beach which will be described in part 2

09 July, 2011

Human Statues Festival

Hi all
Visiting the Human Statues Festival was indeed a good photographic opportunity. Here are some of the photo captured there.
All Photos were taken with Sony a55 + 18-250mm lens, most of them with no flash
The festival took place in Rehovot for 3 days. It was awfully crouded as you can see in the following photo, so shooting what quite a challenge...
There were about 150 presenters coming from all over the world + locals, spread in a relatively narrow street.
Here are some of the photos:

A Roman Soldier


The facebook kid Clown

Riding on bikes

Taking a rest A couple

Cupid Playing Chess

The cleaning lady and the statue An armchair

Got you! A Mexican guy

A painter

And the festival's key show!

That's all for today's blog...

02 July, 2011

Close up Filters and Macro Lens - Do they work together?

Hi all
I found in my drawer a kit of close up add-on filters, manufactured by Cozo. It consists of 3 filters:+1, +2 and +4, so one can have a close up from +1 up to +7.
I wanted to see how they work (or don't work) with my 50mm/2.8 Sony Macro lens.
I started by taking a close-up photo of an handkerchief. Here is a crop from the original photo

Then, I put a +4 Close up lens, and tried to take a photo. The AF didn't work - I seems it doesn't like adding optics to the lens, so I had to tune manually. Here is the result:

No change in size, as I had to tune back the lens, so eventually the distance of the tip of the lens from the object remained the same. The only difference is that the photo is somewhat darker due to the addition of the filter.
Next, I tried to see if I can extend the maximal magnification of this Macro lens using this close up filters. Here I tuned manually the lens to the closest point it focuses (1:1)

and after adding a +4 close up filter (I kept the same lens settings) I received the following photo:

Well, here we have a change, I succeeded in magnifying the image by ~30% by using the +4 close up lens. Does it worth the investment - I doubt it does, you can always crop the photo to get a larger image.
To conclude - If you have a high quality Macro lens - adding close up filter will not help you :(
PS: I found this article after getting some feedback: