Look for the colours!

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St. Stephen's Basilica center 

Interview with photographer Miroslav Petrasko 
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We are very happy to introduce our new interview corner, and as our very first guest we have chosen the talented Photographer, Miroslav Petrasko aka HDR Shooter. You might have seen his wondefrul and unique photographs on our Facebook page as we love to post them from time to time!

Miroslav is a 30 year old Bratislava based game designer/photographer, who is passionate about  beautiful architecture, cities and natural ladscapes. In his freetime he travels a lot, and of course, his travel destinations give a good source to the stunning HDR pictures of the European Quartet countries and many more. It even sounds incredible that he has been posting one new photo on his blog every single day for almost 3 years! 
He visited Budapest last week to shoot an exclusive photo series that will be showcased here on the European Quartet Blog especially for you! Please visit his website and Facebook page, and  experience the beauty of  his other works too!  Next month he will be sharing fabulous shots with us from his beloved Bratislava! Click to view larger image!

What was your first step on this journey? How did you start?
As it is with many things in life, it started with a girl. She was passionate about photography, so I gave her a camera as a present. She helped me with my first steps, reviewed my photos. When she left the camera and her passion for photography remained with me.

Budapest Central Market Hall
What is your choice of style?
I started photography about three years ago, directly with HDR. Before that I did a lot of abstract art in Photoshop, so the HDR style seemed really interesting to me, and as a Photoshop user I had enough experience to grab the editing skills quickly.

Budapest Chain Bridge
Your usage of colours is very impressive. Where would you place yourself on the ’artistic-realistic’ scale?
In HDR the grundgy style is also very popular, but I am aiming to take happy pictures. There is so much sadness and darkness around us, so I would like to make my viewers happier with my pictures, happier than they were before they saw the pictures.
For example, people say that Bratislava is a gray city. I don’t think so at all. You just have to look for the colours! Capture what pleases your eyes!

Budapest Café Gerbeaud

What do you consider most important when you shoot a picture?
I find composition the most important. If you succeed in taking a picture with good composition, it will be much easier to edit it later. I prefer using the golden ratio, and that is what I look for upon arrival to a location. I plan my shots beforehand and do a little research before visiting a location. I try to find out what’s intresting there, looking at Google Maps, Flickr, searching for pictures others took, etc.

St. Stephen's Basilica - center

You take mainly city and architecture pictures. What about people portraits?
Ah, people complain! People love to complain all the time! And also, portrait photography mainly takes place indoors and you have to use lights and flashes. I enjoy the feeling of photographing outside and I never use flashes. And last but not least, buildings don’t complain. (laughs)
On the other hand I wouldn’t want to limit myself to just one aspect of photography, so in the future I will take the challenge of shooting portraits as well.

Budapest Gellért Spa

What was your first ever picture you took?
It was a shot from my balcony, overlooking a big crossing.

What was your most dangerous shot?
It was in Central Slovakia, on the edge of a bottomless deep gorge at 4 am, so it was pitch black. I was shooting stars!

Budapest Opera House

What is your favourite subject?
I have quite many, but my most favourite is the topic of bridges. Bridges are grand, bridges connect places and people. The architecture is as impressive as it’s symbolism.

Budapest Liberty Bridge
What are your dream destinations?
Tokyo, including Akihabara! Hong Kong, Moscow and Dubai.

Budapest Gellért Spa
You have been posting new photos every day on your blog and Facebook page for three years now. What gives you the energy to continue?
I am stubborn. I think that’s the secret behind my daily posts, because there are days when things get busy and it’s difficult to find the time. Or there are days when the photo is just not good enough in my eyes. But I promised to post everyday, so I do my best. I try to maintain a week load in advance for cases of emergency, though. 

Budapest Opera House

What do you do with the pictures you didn’t like?
I always keep the original, but I scrap the edited versions. Keeping the original proved itself to be a good idea, because I try to learn new things as I go further, and the technology advances as well. So I already had some opportunity to edit and correct older pictures with the newly achieved knowledge.

Budapest House of Parliament

How about criticism?
I am very self-critical about my pictures, but I am not so much concerned by criticism from others. What I found over the years is that good photographers won’t discourage you, but give you really useful comments. That’s what I try to do too, when I am asked to review someone’s work. 

Budapest House of Parliament

You generously share your pictures with the rest of the world, what are your views on sharing?
I don’t see the meaning in taking pictures and not showing them to anybody. I license my work under creative commons, so as long as people don’t start selling them without my consent, I am happy to share and to be shared. It’s good to be active on the internet, you meet new people who share your passion, you get inspiration and information from each other. I consider this a good channel to send my work out to the world. That is the purpose of the internet and social media, isn’t it? 

St. Stephen's Basilica - center 


Album by Miroslav Petrasko for the European Quartet 

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