269-2020 – Pineapple on a black background


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a pineapple on a black background. This image was taken in Ozgo Production’s small studio with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a manual macro lens (F22), an Elinchrom flash head with a snoot on a light stand shooting down from above, but the key light was from a Canon speedlight flash on camera pointed at the object, exposure, 1/200 sec, ISO 100. In Ozgo Productions studio we captured different fruits on a black background like this apple or a small Daddy Pig toy, to […]

267-2020 – Selfie Family Time


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about selfie family time initiated by our daughter. I decided to go with a blank & white treatment because I don’t want the variate colours to distract from the action, our daughter grabbing both of us by the neck while she is leaning towards the camera. Like, comment & share!

266-2020 – Cutting Firewood with a Chainsaw


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about cutting firewood with a chainsaw. I have no experience cutting firewood with a chainsaw, but our neighbour Gabi offered to help. He brought his own Stihl chainsaw and heavy duty wood log splitter. Tomorrow will have to stack all the firewood inside, next to the fireplace. Winters are harsh in Romania, and for that reason we have to prepare in advance, while the sun is still shining, because is not advisable to use wet or green wood in the fireplace. If you do, you might […]

265-2020 – Silver Metal Whistle


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a silver metal blowing whistle. In order to take this image I used my iPhone 11 Pro a piece of white tissue on the kitchen table using the available light. The edit was done in Lightroom mobile, white balance, cropping and masking the object with my finger to get the white background. I have to admit that is not perfect, but it’s amazing what can be done these days on a smartphone. Like, comment & share!

264-2020 -Tasty Apple


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of a tasty apple hanging in a tree in the orchard. Nothing compares with the action of walking through the orchard and pick up an apple from a tree, wipe it clean on your t-shirt and enjoy the divine taste of a simple apple. By the the way, did you know that an apple with skin on contains 50% more phytonutrients than a peeled one! Apple skins have exceptionally high concentrations of antioxidants. They also contain compounds (triterpenoids) with significant anti-cancer capabilities. Particularly so, when it comes to preventing liver, colon […]

263-2020 – Ripe Grapes


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about ripe grapes hanging from a vine in our vineyard, ready to be picked up. Apparently, among other benefits, black grapes are healthier, have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, containing a key ingredient in their skin: resveratrol, which is found to reduce inflammation and have a chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effect on cancers, according to a September 2017 review in NPJ Precision Oncology. Like, comment & share!

261-2020 – Giant Grey Moth


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a giant grey moth we found in the basement of our house. My courageous wife picked it up gently and brought it outside, where I found it on a patch of grass, and started taking photos. Below are some of the stages the moth was going through as I shooting. Like, comment & share!

260-2020 – Gentle Touch


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of my daughter’s gentle touch with the neighbour’s cat called Lemonade. Poor cat, sometimes I feel for her. She is dragged all over the garden and trained to walk like a human or squeezed firmly by the neck, with all the love in the world. On the other hand I don’t see her complaining too much, and only noticed a few scratches here and there on my daughter’s arm and face. Like, comment & share!

259-2020 – Aerial view of Sacele City Centre


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is an aerial view of Sacele City Centre on a sunny day. The city since 1950 is composed of former villages which now form the main sectors: Baciu (Bácsfalu, Batschendorf), Turcheș (Türkös, Türkeschdorf), Cernatu (Csernátfalu, Zerndorf), and Satulung (Hosszúfalu, Langendorf). In the image above I mainly captured Cernatu. Like, comment & share!

255-2020 – Aronia Berries


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about harvesting Aronia Berries also knows as Chokeberries. They are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and powerful antioxidants that may have heart-healthy, immune-boosting, and anticancer properties. You can add fresh aronia berries to many recipes, jams and syrops or use them as a supplement. I tried them in juices, together with peaches, bananas or apples. Really nice! Like, comment & share!

254-2020 – Two cute little cats


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about our two cute little cats, only a few weeks old. These two kittens were born on 26 August 2020 in a cupboard on top of a pair of winter fluffy comfy boots, and since then their mother hidden them until today. Currently we are debating how to call them…Roxy seems to be one name my daughter is using, but to be honest I not even sure if they are male or females. Like, comment & share!

252-2020 – Not Peter Rabbit


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my neighbours’ rabbit (Not Peter Rabbit) who escaped its cage this morning. I found it under the porch, grabbed it by the ears and put it back in its cage. Mission accomplished. To keep it busy for a while we dropped a bunch of dandelion leaves in the cage too. Like, comment & share!

251-2020 – Crying Vines


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the crying vines. I didn’t know about this vine tears phenomenon, which is a way for the grape vine to heal itself after pruning, preventing the penetration of bacteria, and finally closing off the cut wound.According to Botanical-Online this grape vine sap is one of the most important eye drops. It can be used to treat Skin Diseases or Conjunctivitis.

250-2020 – Beautiful Butterfly


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of a beautiful butterfly hanging upside down on an apple tree stalk. Even with a damaged wing, this beautiful orange and brown butterfly was flying without any issues. In conclusion, being flawed doesn’t make you less beautiful. For most people you are perfect the way you are. Carry on … flying. Like, comment & share!

249-2020 – The Final Goodbye


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the final goodbye family and friends wished to my father in law. In many traditions around the world, the memorial of a loved one doesn’t end after the funeral. While the memorial service is the last chance to say goodbye to the deceased in many cultures and religions, some believe the mourning process lasts for 40 days. There is a belief that the soul continues to wander the Earth for another 40 days after the initial death. While wandering, the soul visits significant places from their life as […]

248-2020 – White House with the Red Rooftop


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the white house with the red rooftop I see everyday from my kitchen window. Because our houses are located in a valley, most days the top of the hills are covered with a white blanket of clouds and this is the view I see quite often. Spectacular I would say! Another interesting fact is that the white house with red rooftop was the only house in the Doftana Valley in 2003, when my in-laws started the construction of their house. Now there are more than […]

239-2020 – Happy Birthday Diana


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a group photo taken during my daughter’s birthday – Happy Birthday Diana! Today, she turned 4. Family and friends were next to her on this special day to bring presents and wish her a traditional happy birthday! Mini mouse was present too and was the highlight of the party. All the kids gathered around it and took pictures together. Shortly after, the Peppa Pig birthday cake arrived! A total success! Thank you all for making my daughter’s birthday special! Like, comment & share!

236-2020 – Fixing the ATV


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about fixing the ATV, by inspecting the spark plug. Apparently, it is not a good idea to have the ATV not being used for long periods of time because impurities in the gasoline clog the system and the ATV won’t start. We also believe that the problem is the spark plug because the ATV starts when gasoline gets pushed in directly in the burning chamber, but as soon you stop it, won’t start again. If any of you has an idea how to get this going, […]

235-2020 – Gulas


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a traditional dish in Transilvania: Gulas Our neighbours invited us to join them for lunch and they cooked a wonderful Gulas with chicken and polenta. They made it in a crockpot hanging over a wooden fire. Delicious! The food was wonderful, but the homemade cognac topped it all. Smooth and aromatic. Like, comment & share!

231-2020 – Hitting the nail in the head


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my neighbour hitting the nail in the head literally, while sitting on top of his future garage roof. In one day, two people managed to build a garage and a workshop enclosure. Cudos to them, impressive what skill people can do. Fair to say that a lot more work is required, but the main structure is up. Like, comment & share!

230-2020 – Circle of Fire


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the Circle of Fire. In order to achieve this image, I used a chain with a burning piece of wood at the other end and spin it for 60 seconds. I used the Slow shutter app on my iPhone 11 Pro and this is the end result. I have tried to use different illumination sources and settings and I got something like this… This small house was behind the circle of fire but it was very dark in the garden tonight. Like, comment & share!

227-2020 – Early Birthday Celebration


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my early birthday celebration. Tomorrow I’ll be 42 years old, but I feel younger than ever. Today we’ll start the celebration a bit early with a bottle of silver tequila “Patron” 100% de Agave – The perfect white spirit made from the finest Weber Blue Agave. Thank god these things don’t get spoiled, because it’s at least 5 years old. Like, comment & share!

226-2020 – Two Chickens Dust Bathing in the Garden


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about two chickens dust bathing in the garden. A chicken dust bath helps to remove excess oil, as well as external parasites like lice and mites. My mother-in-law has spread a handful of wood ash to create a dust bathing area for them to do the work themselves. When done bathing, the chicken will shake off any excess ash and dead parasites. As usual, I hope you’ve learned something. Like, comment & share!

224-2020 – Pallet Bench


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my first completed pallet bench garden furniture project. From start to finish the entire process took about 4 hours and the most time-consuming task was painting the pallets. Next, we will add a few pillows for extra comfort and rounding a few corners. For now, the bench found its place underneath a mulberry tree where my father-in-law used to sit. If anyone is interested, maybe I can make a short tutorial on how you can make your own pallet sofa. Like, comment & share!

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223-2020 – My Little Helper


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my little helper, who is painting the last pallet, soon to become a comfy bench. I still haven’t decided on the final design. My neighbour has a vertical rear panel, but I am thinking to have it on an angle in case I want to slouch. Any suggestions are more than welcome. Like, comment & share!

221-2020 – Mushrooms Stew


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the mushrooms stew I’ve made out of the mushrooms we got yesterday. I’ve used Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) mushrooms only. I chopped two red onions, 5 garlic cloves, 1 bell pepper and 1 tomato. After a few minutes I added the mushrooms and a bit of stock. I forgot to mention that I boiled the mushrooms beforehand and simmered them before adding them to the stew. I seasoned the stew with a bit of salt and cayenne. On a second pan I boiled some water and […]

220-2020 – Mushrooms


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a bunch of fresh mushrooms from the forest. I have to admit that I don’t know which are good to eat and which one are poisonous, but the guy who brought them to us is an expert on mushroom, plus my mother-in-law knows a lot about mushrooms too. Like, comment & share!

218-2020 – Yellow Flowers


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about an interesting phenomenon I noticed in my garden in regards to these yellow flowers. In the morning, these yellow flowers were covering a good chunk of the garden, as seen in the picture above, but in the afternoon they were gone. On a closer look, it seems that these yellow flowers don’t like the sun’s heat too much and they close up, as you can see in the image below. Like, comment & share!

214-2020 – Killer Claws


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the “killer claws” that struck our family today. My father-in-law passed away this morning at 4 am after fighting for his life for 1 week due to a cerebral stroke which rendered him unconscious. God blessed his soul!

212-2020 – Bucegi National Park


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is an aerial image of Bucegi National Park in Romania. Initially we joined the queue to hop on the cable car from Busteni to Babele, about 2200 m altitude. After 1 hour in the queue, we realised that we were almost not moving, so we end up taking a taxi to “Cabana Piatra Arsa” via Sinaia. From there, it was a nice climb up all the way up to “Babele” aka “The old ladies” and “the Sfinx”. Like, comment & share!

211-2020 – Starting a Fire


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about starting a fire, either because I had to start the fire in the wood burner to make hot water for shower or get the BBQ ready. I spent most of my day cleaning the wood burner and the BBQ both full of ashes after years of use. Happy to report that both are fully working as intended. Initially the wood burner stopped working and lots of smoke was coming out until I cleaned the chimney. It was full of residue. Also I had to remove […]

208-2020 – Maternity Photoshoot


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is an extract from a maternity photoshoot with Tatiana, a beautiful 37 weeks pregnant lady. The entire session was around 1 hour long and included 3 different backgrounds (white, brown and black) and a short session on location. If you are pregnant or you know someone who is and looking for a fun and creative maternity photo session please let me know. Like, comment and share!

207-2020 – Sword Lily


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of sword lily, a flower I didn’t know I have in my garden, also knows as garden montbretia. We’ve been away for 10 days and beside the sword lilies we also enjoyed a few ripe strawberries from our garden. Let’s not forget about the tomato plants. Before we left some of them had flowers and today I saw this… Soon we’ll enjoy our own tomato salad. I can’t wait for it. Like, comment & share!

206-2020 – Family Reunion Photoshoot


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is one of the few images I managed to capture during our ad-hoc family reunion in Preston. What is not visible in the photo is heated debate we’ve had in regards to where is best location to take the photo. A few things to consider: my mum just had hip surgery a week before, my stepfather had a stroke a few years ago and can’t stand up still for too long, my daughter started crying, one of my sisters hate having me taking her photo because 10 […]

205-2020 – Homework Time


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my daughter doing her homework. She is clearly missing her nursery, teachers and friends. From the technical point of view, this image was captured on iPhone 11 Pro, on 52 mm lens and portrait feature, dialling the F number all the way down to 1.4 to get the blurred background. I only used Lightroom mobile app to make the image smaller for web use. Like, comment & share!

199-2020 – Harris Museum


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a long exposure shot of Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in Preston. Throughout the entire exposure, a person in an yellow T-shirt crossed the square from left to right in front of my camera. A yellow and orange wavy line has been recorded in the final image. Like, comment & share!

198-2020 – Tom Finney


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about Tom Finney’s statue outside Preston North End Stadium in Preston. It looks better when the water fountain and the lighting is on. Sir Thomas Finney CBE was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the sport’s greatest-ever players. Like, comment & share!

195-2020 – Freshly Squeezed Fruit Juice


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my breakfast, lunch and dinner for today, a freshly squeezed fruit juice. The reason I didn’t have anything else for breakfast, lunch or dinner today was because I can’t swallow, due to a condition called tonsillitis, which I developed a few days ago, apparently because I took antibiotics a few weeks ago to prevent a bladder infection. Like, comment & share!

190-2020 – Daddy Pig


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a portrait of Daddy Pig on a black background in the Ozgo Productions Studio. This image was taken with the iPhone 11 Pro with the 55mm lens and Slow Shutter app using a torch swinging from above as a main light. In post, I cropped the image 1:1 in Lightroom and adjusted the levels a little bit. I am not very happy with the reflective surface I used as the floor and retrospectively I think I should have extended the black background and let the toy […]

189-2020 – Ideal Combi Boiler Repair


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my Ideal Combi Boiler Repair experience. The long story short, my boiler was taking a long time to make hot water and recently developed a rumble noise, usually after I used the hot water, but not exclusively. See below video. I service my boiler every year and this year the hot water issue it happened just before the service day, so my hopes were really high that will be solved. It didn’t. Instead, Jake the boiler engineer said that the Plate Head Exchanger is the […]

186-2020 – Football Tennis


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about Football Tennis, a sport I used to play in Romania in the 1990s. On my way back I noticed how people were enjoying a pint of beer in the newly opened pubs, under the supervision of two police officers. Too bad they are not allowed to drink while on duty – not fair. Venues are told to “assist (NHS Test and Trace) by keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data […]

184-2020 – A Stubborn Bird


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a stubborn bird eating from one of the feeders. I was fascinated by the perseverance and as always the reward is well deserved. The poor bird was standing on a tiny branch, just thick enough to hold its weight, plus was leaning forward and towards the bird feeder, hopping to find a treat inside the hanging pine cone. I am not a specialist, but I believe this bird is called Magpie, from the Crows birds family, one of the many British Garden Birds protected by […]

183-2020 – My Aneroid Barometer


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my aneroid barometer, which until today was hanging on my wall as decor and not used for its intended purpose-predict the weather. I just learned how to calibrate it and from now on I will try to see how accurate is compared with the main weather channels and the actual reality. I am starting to appreciate old technology. I am blown away by the simplicity and craftsmanship and unlike our today gadgets don’t require electricity to function. Next, I will try to get myself an […]

182-2020 – Great Deal


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, might be useful to you if your car is due for and MOT and Full Service, and looking for a great deal. Please note the * which basically means that most likely you will end up paying more. I paid £213 (when I booked it online) not £188 and the entire process took 2 hours not 1 hour and 30 minutes as advertised. Drop the car and wait or comeback when ready. The staff is very knowledgable and overall I had a pleasant experience. Definitely recommend the […]

181-2020 – Higher Mommy, Higher!


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about one of the few fun activities my daughter can enjoy during our daily walk around the block. As I was taking the photo Diana wouldn’t stop laughing and shouting: Higher Mommy, Higher! Like, comment & share!

180-2020 – Tomato Flowers


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the first tomato flowers shooting out of the plants I transplanted 6 days ago. The flowers were splashed with mud hence the black spots here and there. As you can see in the images below, the plants are not very tall at the moment but happy to see the first flowers already here. I took the photos with my Canon 5D Mark 3 and Oshiro 60mm, f2.8 Macro lens, but when I edited them in Lightroom I noticed that lens profile is missing for this […]

179-2020 – Perfect Pose


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a perfect pose of Diana, which technically she took it herself. The camera was setup for a group photo of our family, on 10 seconds timer when Diana suddenly pushed me aside demanding to take the photo. She pressed the shutter and quickly run in front of the lens and stroke this pose. In Adobe Photoshop, I extended the background a little bit and exported it as *.jpeg full resolution and smaller version for web use. Below are a few more images captured during the same […]

175-2020 – Kidney Stones


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my kidney stones who woke me up at 4 am today and made me check into the hospital. After 3 hours of continuous pain, the stones finally came out and the pain suddenly stopped. The IV paracetamol they gave me had little or no effect in taking away the pain. To make sure, the doctor send me to do an MRI scan and confirmed the stones are out. At 8:40 am they sent me home, but before that the nurse removed my IV from my […]

174-2020 – New addition to the garden


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the new addition to the garden, 20 tomato plants. It took me about two hours to dig and plant all 20 tomato plants. Each plant cost me £1 and I spent another £1.99 on Bamboo Stakes and £4.49 on Levington Tomorite, a tomato food ready to use. Like, comment & share!

172-2020 – Healthy Breakfast


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my healthy breakfast recipe with Gluten Free Oat so Simple by Quaker, warm milk, grapes, sliced banana and raspberries from my own garden. I hope my recipe will inspire you to live a healthy life closer to your friends and family and start growing your own fruits and vegetables. What you see on TV should be for your entertainment only. Sooner or later we are all going to die, let’s live this life to the fullest. No regrets!Like, comment & share!

171-2020 – Pigeons on a birds feeder


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about 2 pigeons resting on a birds feeder. I’m very impressed about the zoom capability of my phone. The birds were at the other end of the garden, about 10m away and the 10x zoom on my iPhone 11 Pro managed to bring them in the frame. In Lightroom mobile I cropped the already cropped image as 1×1 aspect ratio and still looks great. I understand that the image resolution is not the same, but for web use is more than enough. I forgot last time […]