Experiments with HDR pictures

November 27th, 2009 by UFO in Czech Republic, Tech

During the trip to Lysá hora i took a nice picture it and decided to try to tone-map an HDR picture from a single RAW. The intention was to try effects to make it look more artistic. Together with my roommate Pavel we produced the following result:

Lysá hora

You can also download the larger version, if you like it. It has a size of wallpaper for a wide-screen display, so it should fit your desktop quite ok.

Lysá hora with RAYNET people

November 26th, 2009 by UFO in Czech Republic

On Sunday me, my co-workers and their friends went to climb on Lysá hora, the highest peak of Beskydy mountains (in Czech Republic). The weather was not so good in Ostrava, but when we reached our starting point, the small town called Ostravice, we could see an almost clear sky. The attendance of people was great: nine came, most of them on time :-).

RAYNET people and friends

It was nice to go up to the steep hill in the warm weather with Sun shining and to look around to see the landscape. On the top we could not miss to go pub there, it is some sort of tradition, or maybe, a main impulse to climb that hill. I got a beer and famous cabbage soup and after some time spent chatting we went back home.

For me the trip was a very nice opportunity to stop doing stuff to school for some time and go to nature. I have to admin I should go like this more often, because sitting in front of computer does not contain „physical training“ of any kind. Soo, maybe in February, when the semester is over… :-)


Weekend in Oradea

November 18th, 2009 by UFO in Traveling

I had another of my traveling weekends to visit Alina in Romania. This time, we chose to see the city of Oradea. Czech railways did not surprise again. When I came to Brno trainstation, the train had already been delayed for almost an hour. That is why i missed the change in Budapest and had to wait three hours there. I think I am getting used to that.

It was raining heavily in Oradea, so we just went to the hotel and then to grab some beers in the pub nearby :-).

The Black Eagle Hotel in Oradea

Next day we walked in the city to see all of the important sights and also visited the Oradea Zoo. The animals were mostly taken from the forest and put into tiny dirty cages. I was quite depressing to see that. You can see that from the pictures.

We finished our day by going to the cinema to watch the Christmas Carol, which was a movie I liked very much. Before sleeping we went to the Cyrano restaurant for a dinner. The meal was simply delicious :-P. And the amount of food was so big, that I had a lunch for a journey home from that :-).

The way back to Brno was long, I had to wait in Budapest for four hours. I used that time to had coffee and cake in McDonald's and then go to Tesco to buy some souvenirs, e.g. wine and palinka :-D.


Autumn has come

November 1st, 2009 by UFO in Czech Republic

It seems that autumn has come. Leaves turned to yellow and weather in the morning is chilly to make them fall. See for yourself on the pictures from my home town Ostrava.