architecture, art, culture, photography, street, travel, world

Wanna go shopping

610_8461-s_wToday, I want to make you along trough the narrow alleys of the Old town of Corfu Town. Many, many tiny shops are on the sides. Some for the inhabitants and many more for the tourists. You can buy gifts, food, alcohol (ouzo and kumquat liquor), olive oil, soap, clothes, wooden stuff, sponges and many, many more products.

I’d recommend, going in the old town not before 2 p.m. or so. In the mornings the alleys are very crowded. The harbor is not far away and Corfu is a common station for the huge cruise ships. So, the cruise ship passengers can walk from the ships to the old town of Corfu town in a few minutes. But, in the afternoons the alleys are less frequented and you can walk around more easily.

The old town is quite big for such a small town and island. A few impressions you can get in my gallery below.

Take care!

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art, people, photography

Monochrome Madness 2-51

mm51-610_0096-ep2_wIt’s time for Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

This image would also fit in last weeks photo competitions organized by “The Daily Post“. The theme was ‘half-light’ and we were asked to show an image, that is inspired by some kind of poem, very or song lyric. Here we have the line “When a man loves a woman” by Percy Sledge or “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal.

Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,

This idea behind this image was to create a monochrome image with a silhouette. So, even the color image only has very few colors. I love the result.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photography

WPC: Half-Light

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “Half-Light”610_1532-ec_w

Today’s post should be inspired by a poem, very or a song lyric.

My post and image are inspired by the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. The simpleness of the scene Robert Frost describes in his poem, impresses me. I came in touch with the poem during the movie “Telephone” with Charles Bronson, many years ago. Recently, I googled for it again and it still impresses me.

“Miles to go before I sleep” is the anchor for my image. Although, it’s ‘to drive’ nowadays and a car instead of a horse pulled wagon or sleigh.

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

art, landscape, photography, seasons, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 2-50

 

mm50-610_1032-ete_wAnother week of Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

I took this image of the night sky while waiting for the Aurora in northern Norway (literally in a short pause). Here, where I live, we can never see so many stars at night. All the big cities around with their bright lights pollute the sky. So, you can only see the brightest stars. You have to be at least 70 km away from the next city to see all the stars. The farer, the better.

The mountain line in the image is about 2 km from my position. They are approximately 1,000 m high.

14mm, ISO 6400, 5 sec, f2.8, manual focus, full frame
29.02.2016 21:29h

Take care!

landscape, nature, photography

WPC: dance

610_2312-s_wThis week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “dance”

Ben told us, not to stick with the word literally. So, I picked this image taken two weeks ago in northern Norway, when the Aurora Borealis danced above me! What an experience!!!

This is one of my absolute favorites from that trip.

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

culture, landscape, street, travel, world

On the road again

610_7461-e_wToday, I only have a short post. Some impressions from Corfu we found right and left the roads.

The nice house stands in a very prominent place with a fantastic sight. Unfortunately, the owner seems to have run out of money to finish it and move in. Thus, it is abandoned. What a pity.

Enjoy!

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I’m back …..

lofoten…. from the polar circle. During the last 2 weeks I was way up in the North: about 300 km north of the polar circle in northern Norway. You might ask, why does one goes up north during winter voluntarily. That’s easy to answer: for seeing the northern light or polar light or aurora borealis.

This special light is only visible during the dark winter nights around the polar circle. That’s during November – March in the North or June – September in Antarctica. In the polar regions it isn’t visible either.

Eruptive material from the sun flows through the outer space. This is called solar wind. The ozone layer in the upper atmosphere saves us from these dangerous rays and the magnetic field directs the rays around our planet. But, in the region around the magnetic north pole and the magnetic south pole the rays are able to come down inside the atmosphere and stimulates the atoms to shine. It’s a fantastic sight and an amazing experience.

The natural cycle of the solar activity has a run time of about 14 years. The last maximum was reached in fall 2013. Thus, we are in the waning part of the last cycle and the next waxing period is expected to arrive in about 10 years.

I got the opportunity, to join a small group to see the polar lights and it was fantastic. Kind of a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Beside the fantastic winterly landscapes in northern Norway. There was less snow than I have had expected to see and it was warmer than expected: from -9 to +4°C. That’s similar to the conditions in my home region during winter. (Expect the amazing landscapes 🙂 ).

During the two weeks we have had 7 viewings in quite good conditions and 2 bad ones, where the sky wasn’t clear but covered with translucent clouds, where the aurora was able to shine through like light coming through fog. The other nights the sky was completely covered by clouds. So, summing all of this up this is a very good result in my opinion. Putting the waning cycle also in account (where we have had to expect only quite weak auroras), the results are very fantastic (especially for me as a freshman).

Photographing an Aurora is very hard. You have to have a camera, that is able to work well in high ISO (> 3200) without or at least with low noise. You need a sturdy tripod because of the long exposure times and fast wide-angle lenses (f2.8 or faster – the faster, the better). And, you have to be able to control your camera blind in complete dark. But, the most complicated thing is focussing! Especially with the modern auto-focus lenses. They don’t have a fix infinity point anymore.

In the gallery below, you can see a few impressions from both landscapes and auroras.

Enjoy!

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Old Venetian Village

610_7541-e_wIn the northern hills you can find a hidden gem. Somewhere in the wild you can find the remains of an old, abandoned village. It was built in the age of the Venetian Empire, several centuries ago.

Today, the village isn’t lost anymore. Someone started to reconstruct the ruins some years ago. Some of them are already renewed, while others are still broken. Although, it’s an interesting place to visit. Three of the houses are restaurants, now. You can sit in the lovely veranda and have a fantastic meal (at least in the restaurant I was in). They use local, traditional receipts for cooking.

To come here, you have to take a small road with only very few signs for several kilometers. I guess, it was about 30 minutes from the main road. I knew about this village in advance and the visit was planned. But, I didn’t got any map with directions to get there. I also didn’t see any hints in the streets. So, I drove in the assumed direction and asked in a shop how to get there. Here I got the necessary hints to find the first direction sign and got it managed to get there.The whole village is hidden in the hills and a small road brings you there. The roads here are in very bad conditions. The tiny parking lot for about 4 or 5 cars isn’t paved. Instead it looks like a digger has only removed some soil to make a bit of room for cars. You have to park your car on the bare ground. Also the sides of the road. Here you have soft shoulders. Thus it is quit risky to park here in case the parking lot is full. And, the road is only a little bit broader than a car. I guess, you got the idea. The whole road is very small, just like many others we passed on our trips on Corfu. Small and narrow roads, soft shoulders and only in extremely dangerous places a railing. As I already mentioned, the island has many very steep mountains. So, the streets are carved in the mountain sides and they are not broader than absolutely necessary. Every now and then you can find coves where the street is a bit wider and you can give room for the opposing traffic to pass you (or vice versa).

Take care!

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