Boško Martinović Photography

Posts Tagged ‘Belgrade’

Another time

One of my common paths through the city leads me next to this magnificent building I take photos of from time to time. Here is a detail. It is the Museum of Vuk and Dositej. The architectural style is eye candy. Here I finally returned that brilliant 50 mm lens, for the last two rolls of film had some unsuccessful photos due to lens focusing issues (the other 50 mm lens I tested at the time).
Going back

At The Barber’s

An old barbershop caught my eye last summer. Right from another time, but still open. Downtown Belgrade is a place of franchise stores and coffeshops today. I’m glad at least certain spots and people preserve the spirit of old times. I’m so happy that I had my old SLR instead of the D-SLR camera with me at that moment.At The Barber's

Fog over Danube

One of my old photos, from January 2008, shot on the banks of the Danube river. The photo came out rather dark (the whole series), so it needed some light correction later on. If only I knew then what I know now… There are a couple more photos of these boats, I might add some later on if I get around to editing them.


Old Passage

I love using Belgrade passages. Some of them are closed, some are restored and repainted, but some of them still reflect some other times. This is the view up from a passage downtown, named Nikola Spasic’s Passage. It has been a common target of many photographers for years, because of it’s rustic appearance. Today, as I strolled through it, I decided to give it a try all the same, and capture the part which was not restored. (Photo taken in March 2010)Old passage


In June 2013, I remembered to adjust the white balance on my camera in order to avoid the reddish tone of the photos.

The story was the same as in 2011 take. Shooting photos from my hand and getting lucky. But, this time I tried a completely different approach with the parameters. I used ISO 800 (as opposed to ISO 100), which enabled me to shorten the exposure time. I set the exposure to 1/4 seconds (as opposed to 5 seconds) to avoid getting too bright photos due to high ISO.  Last time, 5 seconds allowed for shaky photos and a higher risk of mistakes. This time 1/4 second exposure is still rather risky (without tripod), but definitely more stable. The problem is that I didn’t have the 5-second time window anymore, to wait for the lightning. When shooting at 1/4 exposure, there is no margin of error, you need to take the photo at exactly the right time, immediately before the lightning hits. Win stability of the image but be ready to lose some really great moments due to shorter exposure.

And… I made it! The photos came out great. Check out my favourites below:







Catch the lightning 1.0

This series of posts does not represent a true Project. It was more of a stubbornness mission and a learning curve. In June 2011, I  wanted to learn to take nice, clear lightning photos. So, I just needed to stay tuned at my window/balcony for a really flashy summer storm :D.
This was my first successful take on this subject, it was June 2011. I was confused about the reddish tone of the photos, totally forgetting about the white balance! 😀 Oh, yes, there is another thing – I wanted to do it without a tripod. The idea is always to get lucky and take a shot at the exactly right time. I used the daytime ISO 100 to achieve contract and then set the exposture to 5 seconds. So, 5-freaking-second exposure without a tripod. What you get is many photos for deletion and a couple of very nice ones. Several seconds is enough time to catch 2-3 lightnings at the same photo, if the storm is severe enough, and you don’t need to stack several photos and edit stuff in Photoshop.

Check the shots out!