Monday, April 26, 2010

The last loft from Wichita

You gotta love old buildings and good lookin clouds!

The Steel Bird

Let me say it: I love photography!
Isn't it amazing to walk on the street, see something as cool as this "steel bird" and have a blast taking photos of it? I can't express what a satisfaction I get looking at this shots and saying, I made them. You may disagree with me and that's fine. But I'm so happy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Flowers...

Hey everybody! Yesterday I went to the Plaza in Kansas City (very popular area of the city with fancy shops...) and couldn't resist to this gorgeous tulips. I don't know about others, but when I see beauty I feel beautiful. When I see kindness I feel kind... Looking at this flowers I felt fresh, vibrant, full of life and eager to conquer the world (maybe a bit too much optimism on my side:)
All the shots were made with the Nikon D90 and the 50mm f 1.8 The weather kinda ruined it since it started raining after I took few shots. But it also reminded me I need to go to work, to teach violin.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Needless to say, Spring is definitely my favorite season. I love color, I love flowers, I love the sun and I love the fresh air that brings life.
Today, I had a wonderful time taking photos and experimenting.
About a week or so ago I figured out there exists an adaptor that will allow me to use other kind of lenses on my Nikon. It's called a M42 Screw Mount Adaptor. I ordered it on Amazon and today it arrived.
All the tulips were shot (as in photographed:) with my trusty D90 with the 50 mm f 1.8 Pentacon prime lens. This is a lens made in Germany which came with my Praktika film Slr.
I used manual focus since the adaptor makes useless any auto-focus.
I discovered that this lens gives best results around f 4 and overall delivers a gorgeous creamy bokeh.
The rest of the shots were made with a great sharp little zoom lens from Nikon 55-200 VR.
My next project, experiment with different lenses using adaptors!
Enjoy the shot and happy shooting.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shokhrukh the great

Shokhrukh or the soul of the king as it might be translated in uzbek language is a very fine lad. He plays the viola and like me, came to the US to study music. We shot all this for my international exhibition which is happening at Park University these days until May 8th.
It was around 11 am and there was plenty of window light coming through the stained glass. I bumped up a bit the ISO just to make sure I'm getting enough highlights and here is around 640. The first shot is a bit more fancy since I used off camera flash, triggered with $40 chinese "pocket wizards" from Amazon which turned out to work flawlessly.
I just love the colors and patterns he is wearing. I was immediately attracted by the colored light shining through the stained glass and tried to capture his poise. Keep close...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Violin Girl...Allie

Allie is a student of mine. I know her since last year when she started taking violin. She is a very bright, happy and talented little girl. She'll be one of the stars of my little photo exhibition next week.
This photos were taken last Sunday in a beautiful park here in Kansas City. She came together with her mom Amy and younger brother William.
We had so much fun!!! and I believe you can see that in the shots.
I shot everything with my Nikon D90 and the 50mm f. 1.8 stopped down at f. 2.8 and than post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.