Lukas Rychvalsky's Atmospheric Photos of Road Trips and Rainy Days

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By day Lukas Rychvalsky is a design engineer, shooting photos in his spare time. "Photography is only my passion, but I can imagine myself as a professional photographer someday," Lukas says.

The Slovakian photographer loves rainy days and gloomy scenes, creating especially captivating shots of road trips; from foggy nights to bright sunrises, he perfectly captures that unforgettable feeling of travelling without a clear destination.

We talked to Lukas about capturing the feeling of road trip freedom in photographs and the importance of atmosphere.

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Pexels: How long have you been taking photos, and how did you get started?

From a young age I was interested in photography. We had always at home a few analog cameras, so I started shooting with them. Then I switched to compact digital cameras and my first DSLR I bought in 2014.

What camera gear do you use?

Currently I'm using Sony a7ii with Sony FE 28mm 2.0 and Sony FE 50mm 1.8 lenses. I like the compact size and lightness of mirrorless cameras.

What's your favorite type of photo to shoot, and why?

My photos are often moody, but I am also interested in lifestyle, travel, and street photography.

Also, rainy days are my favorite. When it's raining outside, I cannot resist and I want to go somewhere to take photos.

What inspires your photography?

For me it's the realization that every day is different and it gives us a lot of opportunities. Every moment is unique and I want to capture the right moment for me.

Music inspires me too. When I edit photos I love when music matches the atmosphere with photos.

Tell us about your favorite photo on your Pexels profile. Why is this one your favorite?

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It's a foggy day on one of my road trips with my fiancée. I love that feeling of freedom and that I don't know where I am going exactly. It has a great moody atmosphere.

Who are some other photographers or artists who inspire your work?

I admire work from @andrejosselin.

He is great in capturing atmosphere. His stuff is mostly spontaneous and that's what gives his photos feeling.

What is one goal you have for your photography?

I don't have an exact goal. I am looking forward to what life brings me.

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Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky · View Photo

Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky · View Photo

Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky · View Photo

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Written by the Pexels Team · Apr 19

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