Blog About Paris , Fashion, Food & Travel http://solli-kanani.com Solli's Lifestyle Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Graduated Neutral Density Filters from NiSi http://solli-kanani.com/2017/06/graduated-neutral-density-filters-nisi/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/06/graduated-neutral-density-filters-nisi/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:25:13 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40321 If you are into landscape, seascape or cityscape photography I’m sure you have heard of or are using GND filters. In this article I will introduce you to two different Graduated Neutral Density filters from the camera filter brand NiSi. Graduated Neutral Density filters allows you to obtain a more balanced exposure on your capture. Forget about ending up with a dark foreground when you capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset, or a great exposed foreground but with an overexposed sky. GND filters prevents an overexposed sky, you will succeed taking perfectly exposed captures where details in the foreground are visible. During sunset or sunrise when the sun is strong, you can easily cover it, with either a hard or soft GND filter and obtain the perfect exposure of your foreground and sky. I have had the great opportunity to try two different Graduated Neutral Density Filters from the camera filter brand NiSi. One Soft GND filter and one Hard GND filter. These GND filters are made of high quality optical glass with nano coating on both sides. The GND filters has an ultra low reflection and an ultra low color cast. They are designed in a way that will […]

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Wine tasting in Lavaux http://solli-kanani.com/2017/06/wine-tasting-in-lavaux/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/06/wine-tasting-in-lavaux/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:54 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40365 The vineyard Domaine de Daley is more than 700 years old and during a trip to Switzerland not long ago we spent the afternoon for a wine tour and a wine tasting. Did you know that Lavaux wine region, the area stretching from Lausanne to Montreux is pretty much covered with terraces vineyards? If you do a trip to Lausanne, you simply should not miss to visit one or some of the many wineries along the lake. It’s not surprising this amazingly beautiful area is an UNESCO world heritage. What makes this place so special? The fact that the region also goes under the name “Land of Three Suns”. Yes! Here the vineyards are spoiled by the sun. Firstly they grow with the sun from the sky, but as you have the lake Leman just below the sun is reflected from the lake towards the vineyards..and as if this is not enough, the vines gets a goodnight kiss through the heat from the stone walls on the terraces that has been absorbing the heat from the sun during the day. Not bad ;-) With three suns this UNESCO world heritage site facing the turquoise Lac Leman is therefore the perfect […]

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Rollei Rock Solid Tripod Beta 180 Carbon http://solli-kanani.com/2017/05/rollei-rock-solid-tripod-beta-180-carbon/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/05/rollei-rock-solid-tripod-beta-180-carbon/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 16:23:09 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40270 In landscape photography and especially in long exposure photography a sturdy tripod is a must. There is a jungle out there with different types of tripods, made of different materials, functions etc. Not long ago I had the great opportunity to try a tripod from the German brand Rollei. They sent me the Rollei Rock Solid Tripod Beta 180 Carbon for me to test on the field during my photo trips. Now when I have tried this tripod in different weather conditions and different surfaces and locations I’m happy to share my thoughts. The most important characteristics in a tripod in my opinion are: it’s sturdiness, it’s weight and construction. Before we move on to my personal review, here is first a short introduction to the tripod and some useful technical details: Rollei Rock Solid Tripod Beta 180 Carbon This tripod comes in both carbon and aluminium, I opted for the carbon version as carbon fiber is lighter (this tripod weights only 1,87kg!) and stronger than alumimium and also dampens vibrations better. Another benefit with a carbon tripod is that carbon is less sensitive to temperature so whether you are going to freezing Iceland or the hot Sahara deserts, this […]

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Sweet Break in Normandy http://solli-kanani.com/2017/05/sweet-break-in-normandy/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/05/sweet-break-in-normandy/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 18:49:55 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40272 Normandy is one of the regions I love to travel to and recently I went there together with my dearest. A road trip from Paris, around 5 hours by car (depending on the traffic). The aim of the trip, a part from spending some quality time in the nature and enjoying the sea was to capture the lighthouse Goury. Before our trip we found the seaside hotel L’Erguillère, located 5 minutes from the village Auderville, and where we made a reservation for two nights. L’Erguillère is a charming hotel in a peaceful setting facing the sea. Every morning a delightful breakfast is served based on carefully selected local products. In the afternoon you can endulge yourself in exquisite pastries on the terrace or in front of the fireplace for a cosy moment. At our arrival we had a warm welcoming by the owner Nicolas, he showed us to our room and we took the opportunity to ask were we could dine in the nearby area? All restaurants were to close just before our sunset shooting he explained, around 8pm – life on the country side ;-) However, Nicolas kindly proposed to prepare us a picnic bag with sandwiches. He shortly […]

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Photography Gloves For Cold Weather http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/photography-gloves-cold-weather/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/photography-gloves-cold-weather/#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:26:06 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40206 Before my trip to Iceland I had found almost everything I needed except a pair of photography gloves to be used in cold weather. After a lot of research and asking photographers around me for advice I was recommended to have a closer look on the gloves from the Heat Company and their Heat3 Layer System. The Heat Company is an Austrian company producing high quality outdoor products since 1994. The technology and design of the Heat 3 Layer System Gloves spoke to me and I had the great opportunity to bring a pair of tactical liners and Shell Smart gloves with me to Iceland to test them on the field! The worst thing I know is to stand in cold winter weather freezing my fingers while trying to capture a beautiful scenery. With the Heat3 Layer System gloves from the Heat Company, frozen fingers turned out to be a fade memory…. Heat3 Layer System Gloves Let’s have a closer look on what this technology means and how it’s beneficial for cold weather. With the Heat3 Layer System you configure your own glove! How does it work? Well, as the name reveals, your glove will consist of three layers : […]

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Rent a 4×4 in Iceland http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/rent-a-4x4-in-iceland/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/rent-a-4x4-in-iceland/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:10:51 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40217 Rent a 4×4 in Iceland If you want to have the freedom to travel wherever you want in Iceland, a car is obligatory. Further, if you intend to travel there during the winter season, a 4×4 is highly recommended! Before my trip to Iceland in mid March I was actually hesitating between a regular vehicle and a 4×4. The 4×4 vehicles are quite expensive to rent, but on the other hand you are better prepared and can explore Iceland in a more comfortable way. I would advice to check with your car rental, provide them with as much as information as possible about your itinerary on Iceland, based on that, they will recommend you what car type to reserve. My roadtrip in Iceland was about exploring the southern part, and this is more or less what I did: Keflavik-Jökulsárlón-Höfn-Jökulsárlón-Vik-Reyjkavik-Keflavik. However I would not recommend to do the route Keflavik-Jokulsarlon in one go, it’s quite long and remember that in Iceland the speed limit is 90km/hour on the highway. However, due to that my flight was cancelled, I had to cancel my planned night in Skogafoss (between Keflavik and Jökulsárlón) in order to keep up with the rest of the itinerary. […]

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Iceland in Winter, bring a balaclava! http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/iceland-in-winter-bring-a-balaclava/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/iceland-in-winter-bring-a-balaclava/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 20:50:10 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40208 Iceland in Winter, bring a balaclava! When traveling in Iceland you don’t only want to keep yourself warm but also protect your head and face from the strong and cold winds. When I was planning my trip to Iceland I realized I needed to invest in a high quality balaclava as I knew I would stay at least 1 hour in the cold while doing either a sunrise or sunset shooting. After some research I found the Icelandic outdoor clothing brand, Cintamani. The name of this Icelandic company, Cintamani, derives from ancient Sanskrit and means a jewel of good wishes. A jewel that can only be found by those who treat nature with respect <3 Cintamani’s products are all designed and tested in Iceland, developed for all types of weather and are technology advanced and functional. When traveling to Iceland, why not wear clothing designed in Iceland? :-) Balaclava in Merino Wool from Cintamani I had the opportunity to try Cintamani’s Balaclava, the model called Torfi, on the field during my trip in Iceland in the middle of March (=winter season in Iceland). Torfi Balaclava is made of 80% 220g/m merino wool and 20% polyamide. This mix of fabrics ensures […]

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NiSi Landscape Polarizer http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/nisi-landscape-polarizer/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/nisi-landscape-polarizer/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:28:08 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40169 If you are a landscape photographer you probably already use a polarizing filter. But if you are new to this type of photography this article is for you! Thanks to the Chinese brand NiSi, with 10 years of experience of making filters, I have had the great opportunity to try and test their latest polarizer, NiSi Landscape polarizer, on the field. Included in my NiSi V5 filter holder that I bought less than a year ago was a polarizing filter. However NiSi has developed an improved version enhancing saturation, vivid colours which is perfect when you do sunset or sunrise shootings, no color cast nor haze thanks to the ultimate high polarization. A difference that you will see further down on my test shots made with NiSi Landscape polarizer and without, in order to understand what impact it has on your photos. It is also important to know why a use of a polarizer is beneficial for landscape photography so I have listed some of the main benefits of a polarizing filter and why you should make it your best friend on the field! Enhance the tones during sunrise and sunset, no color cast, haze. What is a polarizing filter? […]

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