Friday, November 21, 2014

There is a certain simplicity but also dramatic vibe in black and white imagery. Maybe it's the lack of color, maybe it's the fact that these type of images are more open to interpretation then others. There so much you can do with light and shadow, that just wouldn't work in a color image.

So for today, we are visiting some places around the world, and taking a different look at them through these black and white images.

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1. The Old Bridge, Mostar

The Old Bridge in Mostar is a common photo subject for tourists and locals here in Mostar. Taking a look at the familiar scene in black and white somehow transforms you back into the past, as if the sight is from another era.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kovaci is the main cemetery for soldiers from the Bosnian Army who were killed during the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 1992 - December 1995). The majority of the people buried here were killed during the siege of Sarajevo.

Besides that, the cemetery today is a war memorial and houses a small war museum right next to it.

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Around the main site, you will find very old gravestones, dating back to the 16th century.

The hills around the city of Sarajevo host many muslim cemeteries where victims of the siege are buried.

It was a tragic time in our history, now dating almost 20 years back since it ended. Much happier sights can be seen in Sarajevo, when you follow the streets down the hills where the cemetery is located. After a 5 minute walk, you will enter the old town of Sarajevo, called Bascarsija. But more on that another time.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today we are taking it easy. When the cold autumn days get that one bit too grey and rainy, I yearn for the comfort and relaxation of the green from nature. So for today I chose to post 15 relaxing nature images that I have collected over the years. If you are stressed or simply in need for some relaxation, I truly hope that these will do the trick.

Feel free to share the beauty of nature in this post with others (share buttons are below).

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1. Golden fields

2. Little White and Yellow Dots

3. The Calm from Within

4. Ruby in the Sky

5. The Grandness of Nature

6. Fruits of the Season

7. In the Orchard

8. Solitude

9. The Busy Stream

10. Overlooking

11. As the cold closes in

12. Plump and ripe

13. In the Mountains


14. Arrival

 15. Piercing the Green

Thank you all for stopping by! I wish you a relaxed day.

Let me know in the comments below, which sight from nature you liked the most!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I figured that I haven't done a tutorial in a while, and while this post isn't strictly a tutorial, but more a list of rules for how to take stunning landscape photos, I still think it will be of use to you. These are the guidelines I go by.

You know these stunning landscape photos you see all over the internet? The ones that are perfectly framed, have great color and look like a painting? Well, there are a few tips and tricks how you can achieve this specific type of landscape shot.

Friday, November 14, 2014

These locations are found far from towns and main roads. They are places that I have either discovered by accident or by venturing far out into uncharted territory (and sometimes both).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When the darkness rushes over, things change. Gone is the light of day, that shines brightly and gives away everything. As the night takes over, mysteries are born.

Another dark season is ahead of us, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we have to dread it. In today's post I want to share 7 Pictures from the Night, that will hopefully showcase the charm the night possess.

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1. Lines of Gold
The night was in full swing, as we crossed the Danube, on the Budapest Chain Bridge. In the distance the amazing glow of the Hungarian Parliament could be seen. Left from it, a trail of light from the approaching bridge. More from the night in Budapest can be found here.

2. Peaking Out
The night was very cold. Crisp air grabbed my cheeks, as I went outside to take this shot. The full moon was peaking out behind the local hills, and the whole surroundings were dunked in a foreboding green and blue tint.

3. A Moment in Time
As I was standing on the balcony of our apartment in Korcula, during our summer vacation, and gazed out onto the sea, I noticed a fishing boat departing from the harbor. I grabbed my camera, and took this long exposure shot, that tracked the boats movement for one minute. The full moon on this night helped as well, and lit the whole landscape beautifully.

4. Lights in the Distance
A walk on the Vilsonovo walking lane in Sarajevo proved particularly fruitful, when I took this next image. I was standing on a small bridge, overlooking the river Miljacka. The lights from the buildings in the distance were reflecting in the water. I had luck, since there were no other people on the lane.

5. A Sleepless Night
You know the feeling. It's the middle of the night, and sleep just won't come. The light from the moon is shining into your room, and you just have to stand up. On such a night, this image was taken.

6. Budapest at Night
Budapest at night is amazing and that's why I had to include it again in this post. This time the scene is not minimalistic, but in fact very happy and full of night life. If you look closely you will spot the car trails moving through the streets like laser beams. This shot was taken from the Buda Castle.

7. A Night Swim
While visiting the Solaris Beach Resort I came across this rather beautiful beach setting. The sea was welcoming us for a nightly swim. There is something special in taking a plunge into the blackness, opening your eyes deep in the water and swimming through the sea.

I hope you enjoyed these night time images. 
Do you like to take photos of the night and night sky?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recently, one of my favorite travel bloggers, Brooke Saward from "World of Wanderlust" posted her 15 Best Travel Destinations for 2015, and guess what, Bosnia and Herzegovina is Nr. 1. I was very surprised when I read that, and not because I don't think that there isn't much to see or to do here (in fact there is a lot), but more, that she choose this country (and the 14 others) from a huge list of places she has traveled to.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

This is one of my favorite pasta recipes. It's easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients that you need already in your kitchen. Of course, pasta is well liked everywhere, and I think that this version of marinara sauce that goes with the Spaghetti is just perfect.

You can omit the cream (but why would you?) in the marinara sauce and have a regular marinara sauce. It's not much cream though, and all in all this is not a heavy dish. 

Also, I want to touch upon some rules when making pasta, that most people overlook. But more on that later in this post.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Our visit in the local mountains comes to an end. For the rest of the day, I decided to take a walk in the woods with Beni. The autumn colors were present everywhere, and a cold breeze made the woods speak.

A walk in the woods can be very calming. It makes you decompress, is good for your body and spirit. I want to leave off this series with some fall impressions from the woods. If you are not able to go out today and enjoy them yourself, I hope that these images will help a bit.

This is a multi-part series. Other parts are:

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Before you start exploring this second part in the "Visiting Mountain Rujiste" series, let me preface it by saying that I knew the road I was traveling on was not finished. I also had no intention driving all the way to Boracko Lake. But what did take me by surprise, was the fact, that the finished part of the road (from afar) seemed much much longer.

So here I was driving, car windows rolled down for Beni to smell the fresh air, and after 5 minutes this happened...

This is a multi-part series. Other parts are:

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