Photography

It’s all about the moment isn’t it? The search for that perfect picture that will make your effort worthwhile. Well, everybody is striving for something, and for me that would be the search of that excellence behind the lens.

Photo gear – Canon 6D, Canon 20D geared with Canon EF 17-40mm/1:4,0 L USM, 50mm/f1.4 and 18-55 lenses and a Speedlite 430EX II Flash.

Now, I’ve heard from my friends that I shoot great pictures… I love them for that, but you should first consider the fact that they are my friends and kinda have to like my stuff, or at least tell me so. You don’t really have to! So, if you fancy a look, check the galleries below! Just click on the links below the photos.

The world in my eyes (lenses)…

Southern France – La Joie De Vivre

Southern France is definitely among the places one has to visit at least once in a lifetime. And if you get lucky, you will take away more than you ever expected. But I’ll explain that a bit later.

Our trip was planned in advance. This certainly played a huge role, given we were travelling around Easter when the prices were spiking. The great thing about the trains of SNCF and the hotels is that you get really good deals if you book them at least couple of months in advance. Keep that in mind.

We set for Lyon as a first stop. The city is the original french gourmet capital. One can get to savour the local cuisine at best in Vieux Lyon quarter. On top of that, the local wines are simply amazing. Don’t go for the bottles, ask for vin de la maison (the house wine). For 10 days, we were not mistaken even once. Restaurants cater to their customers in the best way possible and wine plays a huge part in the whole user experience with the service. They know it and you will know it.
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Italia, Italy…

It is always hard to write about experiencing Italy. One returns from a trip to The Apennines thinking that photographs will be worked on immediately, the text for the blog post will be written, and the frames to go with it will be exported and ready for upload. Then life strikes and one is carried away…

Two years later, here it is – the proof an epic ten-day journey starting in Bologna and finishing in Naples. That very trip that took us to Florence, Siena and Rome on the way to our last stop. And the exploration of places, architecture and tantalising culinary wanderlust.

Visiting Italy is beyond seasons. The weather cannot stop you from seeing and tasting. She only asks you to keep the cap off you lens in your pocket and the eye on the viewfinder. She teases with salami and bread, wine and cheese, salty and sweet desserts… She is not at all only about pasta and pizza. She can offer you experiences you expected and some you have never suspected existed.

It is hard to put it all on paper. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I wouldn’t know how to do justice in describing the small family restaurant with four tables in Siena. The Egyptian waiter in Napoli, who made everything possible to make us feel good, or the mother and daughter from Salerno, who were giving us tips while dining next to us. I certainly wouldn’t know how to describe seeing a good friend from my time in Shanghai… after almost a decade of being apart.

Naturally, the endless walks among the archaeological bonanza in Rome, stomping around in old Firenze, browsing the narrow streets of Bologna and Siena, or discovering another Europe in Naples, all these experiences can only be lived.

And since I am not able to put Italy on paper, I’d like to do that through my photographs. Tell me what you think! Your comments are more than welcome.
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Maravillosa Sevilla

Two weeks ago we took a weekend trip to wonderful Sevilla – a treat for the senses. The architecture is simply amazing, the food is more than delicious and witnessing a flamenco performance is simply extraordinary.

Upon arrival, the Sevillian heat hit us hard. It was nothing like the one I was used to in any other places on this earth I’ve visited or lived in. It was dry and persistent, embracing you with no way for you to escape its hug unless you get inside with the AC fights it successfully off. After all, Sevilla is the second hottest city in Spain and in Europe, I think… However, it was not strong enough to even make a difference while we were exploring the city.

Again, I found it difficult to pick up the camera and take a picture of everything that caught my eye. Besides, the sun was so strong, that I hardly doubt any photograph would do justice to anything I would try to picture. Alcázar de Sevilla, Plaza de España, the Catedral de Sevilla, la Giralda, and Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla were all visited during the day when the sun is high in the sky. I took, however, some pictures.
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Emilia-Romagna Bits

This is not the usual photo gallery from a trip to the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna. It is really hard to stay away from the historical and architectural sites of cities like Bologna or Parma, or the world-famous lasagna and parmesan cheese, both so famous about these two places, for that matter.

I tried to point my camera at the unusual, while I was there. I was looking for frames that will either capture a moment or something showing the feeling one gets in Emilia-Romagna. I think I managed to do so, at least for my own benefit in the days to come. As for you… I’ll let you decide on your own.
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Cesky Krumlov – A Day Trip

Cesky Krumlov (Český Krumlov) is yet another proof that Europe is old. This southern Czech city is an exhibit of times long gone, but yet preserved for the generation to come to see and admire. And it justifies completely itself as a UNESCO heritage site.

One autumn day, we have joined forces with a fellow traveller – Emil Stefanov, and hit the road bound northeast of Munich through highways and small roads, hills and valleys and the picturesque golden clothing of the woods. It was simply a fantastic day trip.
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