Blast from the Past - Ewa Marzec by Tomasz Nowicki

I remember like this was yesterday - Ewa came from Poland to visit me in the UK.  She asked me if I can take few photos of her for her Facebook profile.  I have set one light in my living room + dark background and we did a short photo shoot.  We had loads of fun - she is a great person to work with.

You can see more photos of Ewa - here

A little bit of Wildlife by Tomasz Nowicki

Finally I took my new Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens for a "spin".  A beautiful Sunday morning - cloudy sky, with rays of light peeking through the clouds.  I found a spot where some deer were munching on the early Spring grass. 

I thought that they would be scared, but I was wrong - they allowed me to come quite close to them and I was able to get some great shots.

The Red Deer Stags also form separate herds for much of the year, when they live apart from the females and young.  These bachelor groups break up once the velvet has been cleaned off their antlers and they begin to establish their breeding territories.  They make themselves attractive and impressive by wallowing in mud.

The magnificent antlers, which the stags carry is formed entirely of bone and is grown in a period of only four months.  Each year the multi pointed antlers are shed in March and new ones grown again, often larger than before.

The Red Deer are more aggressive than the Fallow in defending their rutting stands and some fearsome conflicts between rival stags often ensue.

The female herd is led by an adult Hind and also will include the young Red deer calves and some of the yearling males.

Peacock sunbathing on the Ruins of Bradgate House.

A magnificent Tudor house, reminiscent of Hampton Court and other great houses of the period. Bradgate House was one of the earliest unfortified mansions to be built in England and one of the first houses of its scale to be built in brick. It was started by Thomas Grey, 1st Marquis of Dorset, in about 1499 and his son completed it by 1520.

Some technical information:

Camera: Nikon d800
Lens:  Nikon 300mm f2.8

Those photos are also available on my SmugMug site - click here to visit the gallery.

Happy Dancer by Tomasz Nowicki

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I have been going through photos that I took in Rome last year and I came across this one.  The Happy Dancer - he had just joined the band that was playing in the background and he started dancing.  It was really funny, because the band was getting a little bit annoyed that The Dancer was getting more attention from the crowd than they were.

This photo is also available on my SmugMug portfolio page - here.

Streets of Rome by Tomasz Nowicki

Two shots from the beautiful, vivid and busy city of Rome.  First image represents the famous Spanish Steps - The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe.

The second photo represents a Russian Accordion Player whom I was able to photograph in one the of many squares of which this beautiful city has plenty.  No matter which alley you take - you will always end up in a beautiful square filled with artists, little shops, fountains and accordion players :)

Inspiring story from SmugMug by Tomasz Nowicki

SmugMug just released a beautiful - inspiring video from their SmugMug Films Series.  This movie is about a great photographer - Ben Von Wong.  

"SmugMug Films is a new film series that gives a behind-the-lens look at the world's most epic photographers, our heroes. Ordinary people who--with camera in hand--capture the human experience, the impossible shot, the world beyond imagination. It's our hope that these stunning video shorts will inspire passion, ignite possibility, and encourage you to throw your own shutter wide open to the wonders of the world."

Make sure that you subscribe to SmugMug Films Series YouTube channel - there is more creativity to come!

Spiral Stairs - Vatican Museum by Tomasz Nowicki

Spiral Stairs - Vatican Museum, Rome.  This is a very famous place in the Vatican Museum - especially amongst photographers :)  

The Spiral staircase is located in the Vatican Museums and was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. If you go up this grand spiral ramp you will be moving from the street level up to the floor of the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are among the most important museums in the world. In the Vatican Museums the vast collections collected by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries are displayed. As seen today, the Vatican Museums are comprised of several pontifical galleries and museums that were assembled by several Popes. The display includes the Raphael rooms and the famous painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as well as other masterpieces.

Tip:  You can take your camera to the Vatican Museum - but there are some areas, where taking photos is not allowed - for example the Sistine Chapel.

Shoottokyo by Tomasz Nowicki

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Recently I had a chance to work with a great photographer Dave Powell on his new SmugMug portfolio site.  He was looking for a clean design with focus on his beautiful street photography.

I created a minimal design with full screen background images that change every time a person visits his homepage.  Thanks to the tools that New SmugMug is offering; this was very easy to implement on Dave’s site.  Within a few hours his site was ready to be published.

Make sure that you visit his SmugMug portfolio - http://portfolio.shoottokyo.com/ and his main site http://www.shoottokyo.com

Here are some screenshots of his SmugMug homepage:

Gabbie by Tomasz Nowicki

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Portrait of the beautiful Gabbie Bryan - Leicester based model.  I am a big fan of slightly desaturated colours on my portraits {as you can see in my portfolio}.  This time I was aiming to do something different - preserve the natural, warm tones of the skin tones.  After playing with Curves in Adobe Photoshop I was happy with the result.

If you like this portrait - you can buy it as a beautiful print - just click here.