Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Italian Riviera 2006

Ok... All this photos are from 2006, the year when I moved to the US. In the first moth after settling in Kansas City I went to Italy to participate in the Paganini International Competition which takes place every two years in Genova, the hometown of Paganini.
It's a wonderful city with stunning scenery! There is that much beauty over there that it's hard for me to express it in words.
All the shots were taken with a Pentax Optio S50 point-n-shoot. Needles to say that at the time I haven't had opened yet any photography book, website or listened to any photo podcast. It's all the way I saw it and captured the best way I could imagine.
The shots with me warming up are taken by the official photographer of the Competition.
I'm dreaming of going back there someday! What an experience that will be...

Friday, February 19, 2010

The 18th Amendment & the Ford Rulez

Today I went through my photo library and I stumbled upon this interesting shots taken back in 2008 when I've got my first DSLR, a Nikon D60. All the shots are taken in a parking lot with very bad light.
Soon I'll post some very exotic photos from the Italian Riviera. Stay tuned and have a nice weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Mongolian Poster - Session 2

You know how sometimes things just happen? Well, for me today it was one of those days when things just happen right. First, I found out my car's electric system is not broken, yay, $0 payed at the service. Second, I had a very good performance in the run through for tomorrow's concert and have a good video which will go on YouTube. Third, went to Olga's in the evening for Sauna (feel like a million bucks) and..Four, had another photo shoot with this good looking people from Mongolia.
I'm very happy with the results. Much happier than last time. I think the inspirational goddess was nicer than usual with me. Shoot everything with a 50 mm. Very proud of that. I was a bit doubtful about doing the the job with a prime lens but, guess what... it worked perfectly. Just had to use my feet instead of the zoom ring. This 50 mm lens is sharp, sharp, tack sharp.
Enjoy the photos.

Serafim's Recital

This is Serafim and if you're like me, he is the most awesome cellist you're friends with (except for Yo-yo:). This is his graduate recital where he displayed a ravishing virtuosity coupled with a rare feeling for the inner color and depht of the sound he was shooting out through the f holes of his awesome 200 years old cello. I feel obliged to mention as well about his talented pianist Gulrukh who was a perfect match for the musical evening.
I was the guy who pushed the buttons tonight. There were two video cameras and one still camera I was put in charge with. I felt powerful :) Just kidding.
I'm sure Serafim will post videos from this A W E S O M E performance on his YouTube. If you're interested Google him. He is the one and only Serafim Smigelskiy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Creek - Park University Trip

Hi everybody! Yesterday I went to ski with my fellow Park University international students and it was a w e s o m e! I think pretty much everybody had a blast. Here are some shots from the trip.
Believe it or not, the landscape evening shots were taken with a 3 years old Canon point and shoot. I couldn't think of anything better when it came to extreme temperatures and weather conditions as the ones from the slopes. For the rest I used my workhorse Nikon D90 which I simply love. It is such a great camera and it offers more than I can possibly ask from a DSLR.
I like to keep it simple and to be able to focus on the message the shots I'm taking convey rather than spending time, loosing the moment, lost in complex menus and settings modern DSLR have these days. Anyway... keep shootin

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Mongolian Poster

Today it was a nice day with snow in Parkville. Recently I've been asked to shoot some photos for a Poster for Park University that will feature the Mongolian traditions. So, here we are, me and some nicely dressed students from Mongolia on a lawn covered with snow. I wish it would have been warmer for my models. However, everybody was great and I think we all had a good time!

Concert Rehearsal

Rehearsal for the Concert on February 7 @ 3 pm Graham Tyler Chapel, Park University, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO.

Basically, for the last few weeks we're rehearsing for this concert which features the Park Chamber Orchestra and soloists from the ICM. The photos, you're seeing are from one of the rehearsals where I had my small point and shoot Canon. I thought it will be fun to make a story telling exercise and try to capture a bit of what was happening on the stage at the time.

If anyone lives in the US and even better, in the KC area, please come to our Concert. The program is exquisite: Vivaldi - The Seasons, Tchaikovsky - Pezzo and Shostakovich - 1st Piano Concerto. You can't have better than this!