Karel Kuran is landscape photographer living in South West of England. He is member of The Royal Photographic Society.
Why? Maybe it has something to do with expectation of a new day or the close of the day that has just passed, but what we know for sure is that a low sun produces a beautiful soft light that is pleasing to our eyes and makes us feel good. The Golden Hour!!
Things have been busy recently. I re-designed my website and now I’m displaying my images in a local gallery. This blog is about how I got involved with the gallery and what I had to do to be able to present my work to the public.
I have wanted to display my work in local galleries for a long time now but I never went any further than discussing it with my wife. One day Nicola (my wife) came back from town and put a business card in front of me.
After four years I decided that it was time for a new website. I liked my old website but there were always things that I could not do or features that I could not have. I’m using Joomla open source CMS so that I can edit the website myself. I have stayed with it but I have upgraded to Joomla 3 (from 1.5, which is quite old now).
For those of you who visit my website you will have seen that a couple of weeks ago I put up a new section on the front page called WEEK OF LIFE (WOL). This is a new project that I became part of in July. So what is the Week of Life Project? It is an international project where people from around the world post 9 of their pictures for each day for an entire week.You can do just one week or one month or you can do a whole year if you like. There are no limits on how many weeks you can post. The key is to capture your entire day in pictures.
A couple of months ago I was asked by a local NGO, TIDE, to go on the Light Hawk flight to take images of the Private Protected Area, Marine Reserve and National Park that TIDE is managing. The flight time was split between two, one and a half hour flights.
The first flight was concentrating on Port Honduras Marine Reserve with the Marine Park Manager on board and the second flight was over the terrestrial areas to record the Private Protected Areas and Payne’s Creek National Park with the Terrestrial Biologist with us. The images were for the purpose of monitoring any illegal deforesting, construction and activities throughout this vast land and sea area.
I just got married!! Well on 12th of June 2010. Last year my beautiful girlfriend Nicola and I decided that it was time to tie the knot and get married. It took us a year of planning, phoning, flying and arranging all the details with Nicola’s and my family in Czech Republic and now it is all done.
You anticipate the day for so long and then it goes by so quickly that you are left wondering if it really happened. It was a great day and we had a really nice guy taking our pictures. Zdenek Dvorak from Znojmo came to Velke Karlovice to document the whole wedding. He was great and produced a very beautiful album for us.
What a busy couple of weeks it has been at the end of May! Every year TIDE Tours (the company that I work for) organizes a 10 day trip to Belize for a Canadian Community Collage from Nova Scotia (NSCC for short). I’m responsible for organizing and implementing the trip. It is always a lot of work to set everything up with all the hotels, restaurants and tour operators throughout Belize but the busy part is when the students are actually here.
Making sure that 25 students get all the attention they need and that everything is running smoothly (in Belize it is quite challenging – the smooth bit at least) is almost a 24 hour a day job for those days they are here. Nevertheless the trip went well and everybody had a great time.
A couple of weeks ago I was reading one of my favorite blogs from X-Equals and I came across their post Harnessing the Lightroom Histogram. Of course I have heard about histograms and the way they work but like many new photographers I have not paid much attention to it. A lot of it had to do with not fully understanding the benefits of having the histogram on the back of your camera after each shot.
Last weekend I went for the first time to take pictures of the dog my friend Brian Holland and I rescued a couple of months ago. It was quite distressing when I found out from one of my customers that in front of the hotel (Sea Front Inn) where they were staying there was a dog that had been hit by a car.
I have always wanted a super wide angle lens. I love the images that it can produce. I had my kit lens that was 17mm to 85mm but with the small chip in my camera it really could not produce the effects that I always wanted.