Opening of farmers market in Lukovica

To soboto sem bila povabljena, da na otvoritvi prve rokovnjaške tržnice v Lukovici naredim nekaj fotografij. Vas in njena okolica imajo kar nekaj kmetij, vendar do sedaj niso imeli svoje tržnice. Koncept te tržnice je prodaja izključno kvalitetnih slovenskih izdelkov, zato tu ne bo tipičnih prodajalcev, ki dobrine kupijo drugje in jih nato pripeljejo na tržnico. Tokrat so prodajali meso, salame, zelenjavo, sadje, domačo marmelado in sokove, sir, zelišča in drugo.
Nismo pričakovali tako pozitivnega odziva in toliko prodajalcev in obiskovalcev že ob otvoritvi, ampak tu so bili, prodajali, kupovali in uživali ob kvalitetnih produktih. Bilo je prijetno in z veseljem sem naredila nekaj fotografij, čeprav se skušam ogibati fotografiranju dogodkov. To ni ravno moje področje fotografije, ampak tu in tam naredim kakšno izjemo.
Dolgoročni načrt je otvoriti tudi pokrito tržnico, ki bo delovala ne glede na vreme in letni čas, a zaenkrat bo potekala na odprtem, na glavnem trgu, vsako soboto dopoldan.
Skratka, tu je manjši izbor fotografij.

This Saturday I was asked to take some photos of the opening of farmers market in Lukovica, Slovenia. It’s a village that has many farms in the area but until now they didn’t have their own farmers market. The whole point of this market is that they plan to sell only quality Slovenian products, so there will be no typical sellers that simply buy their goods somewhere else and then bring them to the market. This time there were people selling meat, salami, vegetables, fruits, home made marmalade and juice, cheese, herbs and much more.
We didn’t really expect such positive feedback and so many farmers and visitors at the opening, but there they were, selling, buying and enjoying quality products. It was nice and I gladly took some photos, even though I try to avoid event photography. It just isn’t my type of photography, but I make an exception here and there.
Long-term plan is to also open an indoor market that will work no matter the weather or season, but for now it will only be outdoors, on a main square, every Saturday morning.
Anyway, here is a smaller selection of photos.

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Hairdressing salon in Šmarca

This time I took photos of a hairdressing salon in Šmarca (near Kamnik), Slovenia. This particular salon is quite new, probably about a year old and it is quite nice and equipped in modern style. Salon owner has another salon that changed few locations until now, and just recently it moved again, this time next to Lidl in Duplica, but I didn’t do any photos at that location.
Ok, now let’s focus on my photos. =) It is the first time I did a Dynamic Range Increase (DRI) photo (the one with outside view). Until now I just knew how to do it in theory, but now I had a chance to do it in practice as well. I think it turned out quite nice. For people that don’t know what DRI means – it’s when you merge two photos with different exposure. That is usually used in case where indoor space is much darker than outdoors, so you take one photo that makes indoors bright and another one that makes outdoors dark enough so you can actually see what is outside the window.
I must say, I am disappointed every time when outside view is beautiful, maybe it’s even a million dollar view, but photographer didn’t capture it – mostly because they didn’t know how, or they didn’t take time to work with flashes or in post-production. Views matter!
So, here they are, photos from today. =)

Apartment in a house

As I wrote in one of my previous blog posts I am building my architecture and real estate photography portfolio. This time here are typical real estate photos that are usually used for different promotional reasons.
I must say, it really annoys me when I check different websites for real estate selling and I see horrible, dark, cluttered and crooked photos of buildings. Do sellers think those photos will actually convince me into buying or renting? Well yes, ok, I might get some idea about the place, but for sure I will not be like: “Yes, I want to live here!” Let’s be honest, photos are the first impression and it should be a good one.
It’s kind of sad that most agents and sellers don’t think that good photography should be worth the money and they don’t invest in that, but I am certain that many homes would be sold so much faster if they would start thinking about quality photos. And no, simply buying an expensive camera and not knowing how to use it correctly will not help (I heard that a few times…).
So this time here are some photos of a apartment in a house, no bedrooms for now. I hope you like it anyway. =)

Inside Technical Museum Bistra, Slovenia

As I said in my previous post, I visited Technical Museum in Bistra this weekend and I must admit, I was more fascinated by the old building itself than by things exhibited in museum. Though it was really fun to stop at the computer history department where you can play three old games – Space Invaders, Prince of Persia and Pac Man. I haven’t played those games for such a long time, so it was pure fun! =D
Well I took some photos inside the museum, but not so many… And I didn’t have my tripod with me, so I had to use quite high ISO, and to be honest, I didn’t really bother making cool photos… Though those old cars were quite photogenic… =D
Anyway, just some photos to finish this post. =)

Outside of Technical Museum Bistra, Slovenia

We spent Saturday at Technical museum in Bistra. Last time I’ve been there it was probably more than ten years ago, so why not revisit it and see what is new. This building complex used to be a monastery, so it’s old, it is huge and it has some typical medieval elements that I simply love. So perhaps I wasn’t so excited about visiting the museum, but maybe more about the building itself. =)
Well in case you are planning to go there I recommend it’s on a day without rain, because otherwise it can probably be annoying to walk from one building to another, since not all of them are connected. We were lucky that it was just cloudy. And I think museum is worth visiting, though for us that visited it as kids is probably a little bit boring, since we’ve seen most of the stuff already… But the price is good and the visit is worth the money. =)
Anyway, for now here are some photos of the buildings and a park that surrounds them. I might post some photos of different exhibited objects next time.