Vitosha mountain, the plateau above Kumata chalet — a short walk

Yesterday, it was Tuesday, just a regular day full of work and other tasks. But the kid suggested in the morning, “Hey dad, can we go see the nice plateau near Kumata chalet? After you have finished work?” and I said, “Sure, why not?”.

And so we went there — we reached the plateau right before sunset, after harvesting quite a few wild raspberries along the path leading up. :-) The air was clear and fresh, the raspberries were perfect, and the sunset was beautiful.

All in all, it was a very good idea to run away from the big city for a couple of hours! (And while high up in the mountains, we could forget all the bad news of late…)

While we were heading home, we saw a wild baby fox crossing our road carefully — we don’t have a photo proof of this but some things should better be kept in our hearts and memory, I think…

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Vitosha, the plateau above Kumata chalet

Soon, more “afternoon adventures” like this one, I hope. :-)

Two autumn photos made with Pixel 4 (or: “Good-bye Lumia 830”)

I didn’t write here recently, nor did I post new photos…

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I spent many years with Nokia Lumia 830 (Windows Phone 8.1). Lumia 830 has a brilliant camera! I especially like how it “paints” light (a.k.a. bokeh) when you shoot close-ups/macro. Here are two examples with Lumia 830:

Mini-roses in the hot summer afternoon
Roses in the hot summer afternoon… — 500px. (Nokia Lumia 830)

Little magical forest kingdom.
Little Magical Forest Kingdom — 500px. (Nokia Lumia 830)

Carl Zeiss optics, ’nuff said! (Of course, when you shoot portraits and make photos from a greater distance, things become much more ordinary — the limitations of the too small lens come into play.)

But the hardware and the software of the Lumia 830 became too old, this is a 5+ years old model. So time has come for something new

Google Pixel 4 (Google Android 11). Pixel 4 als has great optics! Here are two sample photos which I made with the Pixel 4:

Sunset
Sunset. (Google Pixel 4)

Little mushrooms
Little mushrooms. (Google Pixel 4)

In addition to the good optics of the Pixel 4 (which can be compared with the Lumia 830 optics), the Pixel has a powerful AI which is able to improve the dynamic range of the photos (shadows and highlights can be well balanced), it can shoot in portrait mode (put the subject in focus and “blur” the background), it can shoot stars, and more and more… But I’ll write about the Pixel 4 in more detail maybe some other time… :-)