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Category: Europe

THROW BACK PHOTO GUIDE TO SANTORINI (PART1)

You know that Greek little village with the white washed buildings sitting in the caldera? If you’ve seen any of those photos, they were very likely of Oía, Santorini. The place of magical sunsets. But also a place of mass tourism. Heaven and hell at the same time.


BASS ROCK – PICTURE PERFECT LOCATION

I’m in love. In love with the Scottish coast, the rough nature, the lively winds. If you don’t mind a bit of wind, walking along a golf field, or trespassing for a photo, you should definitely get a shot of the Bass Rock. You’ll fall in love with it too. Promise.


BLOWN AWAY BY LIGHT ON CALTON HILL

Visited Edinburgh and was blown away. Literally. The city is magnificent – history, architecture, seven hills and stunning views. And quite a bit of rain. Don’t forget the wind either. Perhaps not the best preconditions for being outdoors with a camera. But the hopeful traveller doesn’t dive up that easily.


BAD WEATHER: IT’S NEVER OVER TILL IT’S OVER

What a dreadful rainy overcast day. Autumn is here. Bad weather’s here. Although the season brings a cascade of warm gold colours to landscapes, it often sucks out the light of them (pun totally intended). What I mean is that there’s more often than not a thick cloud cover blocking the light. Everything seems so grey. And on top of that it’s even windy. Dreadful weather. This can’t be good for photography. Or can it?


GLOWING GALWAY – WHY I LOVE RAIN

After the rain is before the rain. That surely is true for Ireland, even more so for the West coast of the island. Drenched more than once, you wish your camera was weather proof. Which it obviously isn’t. The times I had to swipe raindrops from my lenses, each time hoping not to completely smear the glass. And the times I was trying to dry the camera from the water, each time hoping it didn’t actually enter the body. But the rain brings something wonderful, too. Dramatic skies and vivid colourful sunsets and sunrises.


WHEN YOU SHOT IN JPEG – DREI ZINNEN / TRE CIME

I’ve made a terrible mistake. I finally had the opportunity to hike up to the magnificent Drei Zinnen, the crown jewel of the Dolomites. I was fortunate enough to experience a sunset and sunrise there. The light was fantastic, clouds wrapped around the peaks. Magic. A dream come true. I took so many images. The horror came in the morning; I realized I shot all of them in basic JPEG.


PIER INTO THE SUNSET – BRIGHTON

Bright, brighter, Brighton. A small beach town in England, only an hour away from London, but worlds apart from the bustling city. Brighton is an idyllic seaside paradise with pebble beaches, a pier topped with an amusement park, and old historic pier (my personal favourite), the i360 and, to much of the displeasure of the locals and tourists alike, without a Ferris wheel (more on this maybe some other time). But still with lots of greasy fish and chips. Yummyumm. Mostly. Depends. Have rather mixed feelings about eating fish.


VELVET SUNSET – VÅGSØY

Velvet sunset • Nikon D5300 • 16mm • F11 • 1/8 sec • ISO 100

Velvet sunset, silky sea, and crispy rocks. Can this be Norway? Not the Bahamas, not the Caribbean, nor some other exotic beach. This is indeed a white sandy beach in Norway. Along the majestic fjords of this paradise for landscape photographers there are some stunningly beautiful beaches. One of them is in Vågsøy.


PICTURESQUE PHOTO LOCATIONS: BLED

Imagine the Alps wrapping around a small idyllic town called Bled. Imagine crystal clear turquoise rivers rumbling below your feet. Imagine an adventurous hike that would lead you to a magnificent waterfall. Imagine being lost on a hillside in a forest but  rewarded with a breath-taking sunset. Imagine taking photos in the crispy-cold morning to catch the first rays of sunlight and the rising mist over a blissful lake. Sounds splendid, doesn’t it? Now imagine we’re going to Slovenia.


ICONIC PHOTO LOCATIONS IN VENICE

Tourists. Tourists everywhere. On the streets, at Piazza San Marco, on the gondolas, in the churches. Everywhere. The city is extremely crowded, even in low-season. So much so that at certain times of the day the police have to make sure the masses can pass through the narrow alleys. Venice is a pulsing with life, but if you’re dreaming of taking photos of tranquil Venetian scenery, you might find it’s not that easy.  But, there is definitely a way to take some impressive shots. Here’s how.