This winter time we have chosen another hotel in Yaremche than we have done last time. This time it was Villa Iris.
Villa Iris At Night
The hotel is a really great place to spend your days off. It has a great location in a wood and the owner is so kind to pick you up on your arrival and get you to the bus station on your leave. This is really appreciated.
They have a really amazing cuisine. It is really the one of the best we’ve tried around. Although they do not have a restaurant and you have to order you lunch or dinner additionally. But this works fine.
The room we had was covered with wood and looks stylish. There is a balcony that adds more romanticism. The facilities are new and comfortable.
Villa Iris Room With Mirror
Villa Iris Room With Balcony
WI-fi is not strong but we had it enough to connect sometime.
The only thing we liked to add is the room cleaning (at least trash cleaning). I think that could be discussed but that would be great to have it included in the basic plan.
So, I’m really satisfied with the hotel and recommend it to everyone traveling in Carpathian.
As I was requested to share a photo of the interior of the St. Vitus Cathedral I’m ready to post the first interior of this great cathedral. Although I have a one from my previous trip, this one should be more interesting because (a) this an HDR vertorama and not a single shot and (b) my skills grew up that let me do this image better.
The interior of the St. Vitus Cathedral makes you feel the power. The constructors were success in their work and the result is very great. The only thing (for me as for a photographer) that was annoying is the crowd of tourists. But this cannot be fixed as everyone wants to see this beauty as I do :)
St Vitus Cathedral Interior Vertorama
This vertorama was merged of 5 HDR images merged of 3 hand-held shots each. Every image was shot using ISO1600. Then I processed each image in DxO Optics Pro 8 to remove chromatic aberrations and correct optical distortions (the best software to do this on my opinion). Then each image was processed in Photoshop using Dfine 2.0 by NIK Software (great noise reduction software). After corrections every 3 images (EX0, EX-2, EX+2) were merged in HDR image using Photomatix Pro 4.1 with manual settings to keep the image as much realistic as possible (I like HDR that look realistic). After I had all 5 HDR images they were merged together into a vertorama using Photoshop Photomerge function. The result of this merge was corrected using Transform function of Photoshop.
Here is the schema of this work to show all images involved in the process visually.
St Vitus Cathedral Interior Narrow Vertorama Schema
The first place where we stayed coming to Warsaw was Apartament Świętojerska 24. It is located in the street Świętojerska 24 (as seen from its name). This is only 15 minutes from the Old town of Warsaw walking by feet.
The apartment is not a hotel but a 2-rooms flat with a nice modern design and situated on the 5th floor of the old solid building. The door to the building is locked and secured by the code. There is an elevator so no need to go upstairs.
Apartament Świętojerska 24 Collage
This apartment can fit up to 4 or even 5 persons. There is everything you need to spend nice time here.
The pros are:
Very friendly staff (Maciek helped us much even with the trip organization)
Nice location (15 minutes from the Old town)
Convenient rooms and beds (there are even two beds)
There are all kitchen stuffs
The cons are:
The shower tube doesn’t have door or curtain to avoid watering the floor in the bathroom
Not good smell in the bathroom (but not too strong)
There is not breakfast but you can cook whatever you want
The total impression is extremely positive! I would recommend this apartment and Maciek when you are in Warsaw.
This image is a photo work to show the view on Tagus river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge at sunset.The Tagus river is the biggest river of the Portugal. It starts in Spain and lasts 1038 km (645 mi). The largest bridge of the Europe is built over this river. The bridge’s name is Vasco da Gama Bridge. Its length is 17.2 km (10.7 mi).
This image was made using layer masks and few shots with different exposures. You may see how it was before and after processing.