Tihomir was born in Belogradchik in 1991. He presently studies building and facility construction at the University of Architecture, Construction, and Geodesy in Sofia. In his spare time he walks around hills photographing his experiences.
I love taking photos, because it makes me happy. It fills me with positive emotions and energy, it motivates me and teaches me perseverance and patience.
My first photo I liked a lot … actually, it is not really the first photo by me that I liked, but it was the first I liked so much I decided to reproduce in larger format on photo paper and hang on my wall. It is a photo of a nameless waterfall in the area of the Kopren waterfalls. It is part of an incredible adventure, which also included climbing atop the Kopren peak.
I get inspiration from world-famous photographers such as Marc Adamus, Chip Phillips, Ian Plant, Ryan Dyar, and others. To succeed you must always strive for the best.
I shoot with Canon EOS 450D and Tokina 11-16, Canon 15-85 и Canon 70-200 lens. I also use polarizing and gradient filters.
The best frame is the one that leaves you speechless. A frame I would add nothing to and would take nothing away from.
I started shooting seriously several years ago. I started treating things more seriously, plan the photos, and not just rely on luck. I also started setting myself objectives to fulfill, ideas began to appear in my head and I try to make them happen.
My most extreme frame.. hmm, come to think about it, there have been quite a few of these. The case I remember off the top of my head is a nocturnal picture of The Mushrooms in Belogradchik during winter. I stood in one place for nearly three hours in -10C. I had put on half the clothes from my closet and was nevertheless cold. It’s one thing to go to the store for 15 minutes and a completely different cup of tea to remain for 3 hours next to the stand, silently counting the remaining minutes.
My best known frame is probably the one on the cover of the January issue of National Geographic (2012). I think it’s far from being my best one but it was the one they had selected.
Color or black&white? As regards landscape – definitely color! Nature is colorful and brimming of colors – from blood-red sunsets and sunrises, through the turquoise lakes and seas, green forests and meadows, to the motley flowers and insects. Everything around us is colored!
Landscape or portrait? Landscape! At least for the time being. I would like to be able to shoot people too, but I find that harder. I do wish, however, to start developing in this direction soon as well..
When I’m taking photos I’m thinking about … I am actually trying not to think too much. I just give in to emotions and immerse myself into a different world … a world where everything is beautiful!
My longest wait was for a sunset in the Pirin mountain. I and a friend had gone to the mountain to shoot the Djangal peak. We stayed 3 days on the shore of one of the Valyaivtsa lakes waiting for the right light. Yes, but nature pulled a joke on us – during the day amazing white cloudlets would race through the sky but just as sunset approached the sky would clear and screw things up. During nights lightning would strike around us, attended byhuge downpours. And this scenario would repeat every day. In the end we failed to make our desired photos but would return imbued with a lot of emotions.
The best time for photos is is the moment right before and right after a storm. It all happens incredibly quickly then and each photo becomes unique. If the moment coincides with a sunrise or sunset, it becomes simply unique! In the sky the clouds would break and give incredible dynamics and drama to the scene and the colors are very saturated because of the clearer air.
Photographing taught me that it is important to treasure every moment! As in photography, in life every moment is unique and peerless and must not be wasted.
I dream of shooting somewhere in Norway. The incredible fiords full of countless waterfalls pouring down from dizzying heights. This is Paradise for me. Other coveted destinations are the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the Alps, New Zealand… there are many of them! Not forgetting the Aurora Borealis!
I learn by looking at photos and reading articles on the internet. Then I would test what I’ve learned in real situations and analyze my error, attempting not to repeat them again.
I like to be outdoors in nature and observe beauty with my own eyes. Before you learn to take photos, you need to learn how to see! Because sometimes the minor details that slip by are the most important ones.
Whenever I am not taking photos I dream of being somewhere in the open and taking photos! There are times when you can safely say I am addicted. (laughs)
SeverozapazenaBG.com is a site with a tremendous intent behind it! I hope it will develop and emerge fast and become a leading guide and source of information about the region. To the entire crew behind the site I wish a lot of success and countless fans!