Mereannid restoranis City Marina. Seafood restaurant City Marina.

City Marina is one of the few seafood restaurants in Tallinn, Estonia. It's located near the passenger port and is open only in summer.

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Everyday Magic

It's a story of transformation in 8 frames and in 3 minutes 30 seconds. I was waiting for a wedding ceremony to start at Tallinn Town Hall when I saw what was happening in front of the building. There was this guy making soap bubbles, speaking Italian and smiling. He took me to travel in time and space. For a short while I felt like I was in Italy. Everybody looked so happy around me chasing bubbles. The moment was fragile like a soap bubble - now it's here and now it's gone! Still makes me smile.

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Tallinn Street Food Festival 2014

Telliskivi Loomelinnaku õu oli eile head lõhna, särisevaid panne ja uudishimulikke inimesi paksult täis. Kõrvuti endale juba nime teinud rahvusrestoranidega leidus selliseidki, kelle tähelend alles alguses. Esimene laine külastajaid tundus eelistavat klassikalist burgerit, mida pakuti eri variatsioonides kõige arvukamates kioskites, kuid sellest hoolimata said need festivalialalt esimesena otsa. Järgmisena hävitati kõik muu, mis saia vahele käis: burritod, tacod, falafael, döner jne. Seejärel kõik pannil ja vardas särisev: kanasüdamed, kana-teryakivardad, currywurst ja lõpuks pisteti nahka ka riisi-, nuudli- ja taimetoidud ning jäätis ja magusroad takkapihta. Paar tundi enne sulgemist jäi küll mulje, et kõik kauplejad võisid päevaga rahule jääda. * * *

Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) was filled with sizzling grills and food trucks yesterday as the Tallinn Street Food Festival took place. It was the first ever street food festival in the Baltics with more than 40 vendors. It seemed like the burger classic was the most common bite on the site, but hungry crowd finished it in no time. A few hours before the end of day there was nothing much left. Must have been a successful day!

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Beckstead wedding photography workshop

The annual I Am Photographer Festival was held in the beginning of April in Tallinn. For me it's the most interesting and inspiring time of year because of many seminars, workshops and quality time among friends and colleagues. In comparison with last year when I was eager to learn some new tricks, it was more about getting to know myself thorough other people's work and ideas. David Beckstead used to be one of America's top 10 wedding photographers. He now shoots weddings and teaches workshops all over the world as he likes to travel. He described his approach as conscious opposition to trends, always trying to find something new. Here's my catch of the day.

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Iga-aastane I Am Photographer Festival ajab mind elevile ja teeb õnnelikuks, sest mitu päeva järjest on võimalik kuulata fotojuttu ning suhelda sõprade ja kolleegidega. Olen avastanud, et koolitustel osalemine on omamoodi sõltuvust tekitav nauding. See paneb ajukäärud mõnusalt surisema, võimaldab omasugustega mõtteid vahetada ja tekitab igasugu mõnusaid mõtteid edaspidiseks. Ma ei looda enam nii väga mõnd võtet või trikki õppida, vaid otsin inspiratsiooni ja seetõttu tuleb pettumusi harvem ette.

Kui möödunud aastal Joe McNally koolitusel oli peategelaseks valgus, siis David Beckstead'i lähenemine oli kardinaalselt erinev. Tema lähtus ruumist ja valgusallikaks võis olla kasvõi taskulamp. Detailidesse laskumata ütleksin, et see kontrast oli minu jaoks äärmiselt vabastav. Andis kinnitust, et ei ole olemast sellist asja nagu õige või vale lähenemine fotograafiale. Allpool mõned näited, mis ma selle teadmisega peale hakata oskasin.

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Üleõlavaade > looking back

CAL2013_katrinpress For the past 3 months or so I've been trying to figure something out. I was rather confused after a very busy spring and summer, finishing the summer's projects through the autumn and trying to find a peace of mind. This being the main reason for not blogging. I didn't know what to say or in which language.

Language choice in this blog has been a question for me for at least a year. (Or more. For example I didn't change the menus into Estonian from the very beginning.) I've written a couple of drafts in english, but never posted. This scares me out of my pants (or skin)! (See how helpless I am.) So from now on I'm officially going to look stupid. A tough choice. But if you bother to read further you'll notice that being brave is one of my New Year's resolutions together with reaching out, meaning being more open, communicating my thoughts and feelings e.t.c.

The English voice has always been in my head when blogging. I had to silence it in order to write in Estonian or translate my thoughts back into Estonian sometimes. Unfortunately the voice knows very little about English grammar and syntax. So be it. I'm tired fighting it. Main argument against English was being real and talking to my potential clients - Estonians - rather than to god knows who. Doing this I constantly felt cut off and kind of lonely. Most blogs I follow and people who's work I admire speak English irrespective of their mother tongue. Even my web stats backs up this change: more than one third of my page views come from other countries, most of them probably understanding Estonian, though.

I'm old enough to know that all those questions: what, why, how and for who keep coming back from time to time. They mark change. Knowing the pattern makes you less anxious, but rarely helps to get any answers. So you just wait until it settles. Today, ironically, it finally felt right. So, in order to be even more cliché, her are my New Year's resolutions:

- Be brave, reach out.

- Blog more, Facebook less.

- Cook more, eat less.

- Shoot personal projects.

- Keep fit, but don't waste your energy.

This said, it's time to analyze the year gone by. For those curious and fluent in Estonian, here is the overview of 2012 with some hopes and expectations. Had to scroll it over myself as well to recall and compare.

2012 was a year for lots of firsts: first wedding, first newborn session, first months of being entrepreneur e.t.c. Expectations for 2013 were actually higher than I dared to say in my blog post - energy level was high and everything looked promising. 2012 was a year hard to beat. Therefore maybe I'm not so overwhelmingly happy with the year 2013. It was a year of stabilization.

My main hope was to establish the photography business and to shoot a couple of weddings. Those goals I achieved. Second half-year got so busy that I recall buying a memory card for every new shoot, because I had no time to download and backup the files. This led me to some other workflow related issues: slow computer (had to buy a new one), trouble to meet the deadlines, silence in blog e.t.c.

Another aspect I recall is a large variety of photography jobs I took, some of what I had no previous experience with (corporate portraits, fashion). It meant uncertainty and learning new things as you go. It was a necessary step in order to gain experience, but this also led to hesitation and lack of energy towards the end of the year. The lesson I take with me to the upcoming year is to choose my jobs more carefully, be even more self-conscious and specialize. There is no particular goal, financial or other, that I aim to achieve. I'd rather be kinder, less cynical and true to myself. Let's see where that takes me...

Most important gift of the bygone year for me is knowing myself a little better and knowing that photography still makes me happy. It's a nice, solid feeling to go on with.

Happy New Year my dear friends! Thank you for stopping by! Now that I'm healed and not yet overloaded with new projects, there will be more posts soon.

 

Koolitus: lillede pildistamine

Eile andsin kodukandis oma esimese fotokoolituse. Rääkisin Karla küla aiandustalude korraldatud Lillerallil lillede pildistamisest.Kuna aiahuviliste seltskond oli kirju ja erineva tasemega alustasin A-st ja B-st ning katsusin teha nii, et jutt sobiks ka kompaktkaamera omanikele. Et kohapeal näitliku materjali kasutamise võimalust ei olnud, panen koolituse slaidid (Klikka linki, lae alla ja paki lahti. Slaidid on pdf-failina.) ja näitliku materjali koos kommentaaridega sellesse postitusse. Mainisin koolitusel ja kordan ka siin üle, et lilled ei ole minu spetsiifiline huviala. Kuna elan maal ja mulle vahel lihtsalt meeldib kaamera jalutama viia, siis on ka mõned lilled kaadrisse sattunud. Lisaks kõpitsen vähehaaval majaümbrust ja dokumenteerin vahel, mis peenardes toimub. Kolmandaks põhjuseks lilli pildistada on naisteajakirja Mari aiarubriik, mida ma toimetan ja kuhu lugude tarvis pilte teen. Nii et see, mida ma jagan on lihtsalt vähene elu jooksul kogunenud üldine fototarkus. 20130623-_DSC1880_WEB_katrin_pressDSC_7524_ed_WEB_Katrin_press Selle pildivalik sai siia illustreerimaks mõtet, et enne nupule vajutamist võiks teadvustada, kas meid huvitab üldplaan - maastik, taimede grupp või üksik õis. Samuti leiab siit rõhutatult staatilist, tsentraalset kompositsiooni. Ja kui meil mõlgub meeles mõni pildilugu, siis tasuks pildistades hoolitseda selle eest, et leiduks nii detaile, keskplaani kui üldisi kaadreid. Kompositsiooni teemas oli juttu kuldlõikest, mille olemuse avamisega ma toime ei tule, kuid praktikas on mu meelest piisav ka teadmine, et selline asi on olemas. Fotograafias kasutatakse laialdaselt kuldlõike printsiibist tuletatud kolmandiku reeglit, mis lihtsustatult soovitab mitte paigutada foto peamist objekti/subjekti pildi keskele, vaid kuhugi kolmandiku peale. Pildi komponeerimisel on abiks ka geomeetriliste kujundite, korduste ja mustrite tähelepanemine. Lisaks sai mainitud, et diagonaalid tekitavad liikumise muljet ning et staatilisel kompositsioonil ei ole iseenesest ju ka midagi viga, kui see on taotluslik. DSC_7667_WEB_katrin_press_DSC2721-2013-07-03 Kaevandi-KatrinPress_WEB _DSC6857 copy_WEB_Katrin_press Lühidalt puudutasin pildi tekitamise peamisi muutujaid: ava, säri ja ISO. Rääkisime "õigest" säritusest: millistel juhtudel seda on tarvis. Näiteks pildipaar, mis on tehtud mõnekümnesekundise vahega, kaameras erinevalt säritades ja pisut muutes kaamera nurka (valgusallika suhtes). _DSC7099 copy_WEB_katrin_press Ava puhul tuli jutuks teravussügavus - kuidas ava kinni või lahti keeramine pilti muudab ja kuidas lahtist ava kasutades objekti taustast eraldada. _DSC8584-Edit copy_WEB_katrin_press Et head näited said otsa, leiab ülejäänud märksõnad slaididest.

Tänan kõiki koolitusel osalejaid ja ka teisi, kes viitsisid selle postituse läbi lugeda!

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