Пусть в нашей стране не бывает вечного лета. Пусть наши дороги оставляют желать лучшего. Пусть на улицах Риги в пятницу вечером так же пустынно, как утром в понедельник в центре Парижа. Но зато у нас наша страна усеяна разными “интересностями”, куда можно приехать за какой-то час с небольшим и провести весело время с семьёй, детьми или друзьями. Этого у латвийцев не отнять, согласитесь. Мы знаем в этом толк.
Category Archives: Riga
Early September days are perfectly warm this year! So why not to spend those outside?
We woke up to this beautiful scene yesterday. Snow in March? Nothing unusual for us. Though, we would prefer it in December and January.
Back in November, I planned a personal project for December 2015. I asked local fellow photographers on my personal Facebook page if they would like to exchange a photo shoot with me. I offered them one hour meeting, when both, them and me, would be a model and a photographer. The truth is, I failed to make the project in time. The project evolves much slower than I would like it to, but the good thing is that it didn’t stop at all. And now I’m ready to show you the second part of it. I’ll remind that the first part was devoted to Yuliya Shumskaya.
This time I was meeting with a photographer, based in Salaspils, but working with her clients mostly in Riga, Yulia Kovalchuk from ArtMelange Studio. I’ll start from telling you how we almost didn’t meet. Like I usually do it, I had been recharging the camera battery pack before the shoot. But this time, I forgot to insert it back! I swear, it’s the first time something like that has happened to me! The moment I realised that it had been left at home I was ready to get on the tram. So I had to return to fetch the battery pack. Luckily, Yulia agreed to wait for me for another 40 minutes!
Wow, this post took me so long! I haven’t mentioned it on my blog, but there was a project planned for December. I made a call for my local photographer friends on Facebook and offered a free session in exchange for their free session. I had 3 requests (yeah, I’m not that popular and/or I don’t have that much local photographer-friends or acquaintances). I was really worried about how it would go and if it was a good idea at all. I named the project “A shoemaker without a shoe” (there’s such Russian proverb).
I made a fabulous discovery today. I found out that my EF-S mount 30 mm lens (the Sigma Art), which is made for crop-factor cameras, actually CAN be attached to my full-frame! And it works totally fine. It’s fast and accurate, colours are as bright as they should be. The only issue is a tad of vignetting in the corners which, in fact, I LOVE! So it’s more like an awesome effect to me rather than a drawback. And I also love the distortion I get and the wide angle. It’s a totally new opportunity for my full-frame, and I’m over the moon about it! I feel like I have one more perspective with it!
My youngest totally monopolises my time right now, so I’ll be quick. I’ll only say that I have no clue where Veronica left her nice gloves that match her outfit. Though they did match great these violet flowers.
Brace yourself, it’s going to be a long share. Here is how we spent July.
There is a place in Riga where spring always comes first. I would even say, it never leaves this place. Something is always blooming there any time of the year, as far as I know. Have you already guesed what place am I talking about? No, I’m not speaking of the flowerbed of our neighbour old lady (though, if she had a winter house for her plants there, it would be another correct answer). The place is the Botanical Garden of Riga. I was in some other botanical gardens in other countries and I must say that after comparing it with the others, I am quite proud of ours. Maybe it doesn’t have such a variety of plants, maybe it’s old. But it’s treated with a big care and it’s really neat, beautiful and stylish. It also has some benches, so you can make a picnic there.