Posted on May 28, 2017
Regular visitors to my blog know that once a month on a Sunday (usually the last one in a month) I post a combined photo challenge theme for Black&White Sunday. It is called AFTER and BEFORE and it invites you to post the same image both in black and white and in colour. The topic and subject are entirely arbitrary. The only condition is that you post an image captured in colour and that you turn it monochrome in post processing. I enjoy this little exercise which permits me to see the same scene through colour and without it, and I hope that you will enjoy doing the same. The deadline is next Saturday. Have a great week ahead!
Sometimes I have trouble deciding which edit I prefer. Is it colour or black and white? The thing I like about black and white edit here is that there is no sight of the pink jacket in the right of the frame, and that the shapes of mountain are more discernible. Still, I like to think of nature in colour, its colours and shades are inimitable.
Please check out the entries to the challenge:
Category: B&W, Black & White Sunday, Landscapes, Photography, Slovakia Tagged: after and before, black & white photography, Black & White Sunday, High Tatras, landscape, skalnate pleso, Slovakia
Posted on February 1, 2017
Here is my recap for January 2017.
Reminder: there is a new Thursday’s Special challenge tomorrow with the theme: Pick a word.
Category: Croatia, Favourites, Italy, Landscapes, Photography, Slovakia Tagged: Istria, January recap, Lago di Braies, photography, San Gimignano, Slovakia
Posted on January 15, 2017
In an area of 49,000 square kilometres at the historic crossroads of cultures, religions and conquerors, Slovakia boasts more than 300 old castles and ruins. The castle in the photo bears the name Hrad Beckov and stands proudly on the Beckov cliff on the road that runs from Bratislava to High Tatra mountains. Many legends are told about the place, but nobody really knows who its first owners were. The fact we do know is that it was built to protect the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary and that it dates to the middle of the 13th century. In the 14th century Sigismund, the King of Hungary, gave the castle to Stibor of Stiboricz, a Lord of Polish descent. Stibor owned 31 castles, but he was particularly attached to this one. He took special care of it and rebuilt it in the Gothic style. A few years later Sigismund made Stibor the Duke of Transylvania (now in Romania), and the owner of Bran Castle aka the Dracula’s Castle.
This is Black and White Sunday photo challenge, today with the theme: ON TOP. If you’d like to join:
make a B&W photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday
link it to this challenge post and tag it #blackandwhitesunday
leave a comment under this post
P.S. If you missed some of the entries from last week’s challenge, you can find the links here. The themes for the next week’s challenges are already published on Scheduled challenges page.
Please check out the entries to this challenge:
Category: B&W, B&W, Black & White Sunday, Photography, Slovakia, Travel Tagged: Black & White Sunday, Hrad Beckov, old castles, on top, photo challenge, ruins, Slovakia
Posted on June 25, 2015
Standing on a 200 m high dolomite rock at the elevation of 634 m in the Spiš region of Slovakia Spiš castle (Spišský hrad) is one of the biggest European castles whose land area covers 41,426 m².
First built in the 12th century in Romanesque style at the site of an earlier hrad (hrad is Slovakian word for castle), Spiš Castle was the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of Szepes County of the Kingdom of Hungary until 1464. In the 13th century a two-story Romanesque palace and a three-nave Romanesque-Gothic basilica were added, and in the 14th century a second extramural settlement was built which doubled the castle area. In the 15th century while still in the possession of the Kings of Hungary the castle was entirely rebuilt and a late Gothic chapel was constructed. Three family clans took possession of the castle afterwards; the first being the Zápolya family (until 1528), which is really Zapolja family from Požega County of Croatia (imagine my surprise when I found that it had been once owned by a Croatian family), then by the Thurzó family (1531–1635), and the Csáky family (1638–1945). In 1945 the castle came into possession of the state of Czechoslovakia and as of 1993 after the split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia the castle’s owner is the state of Slovakia.
In 1780 the castle burned down. There are several theories about its unfortunate destiny that led to its abandonment. One of them says that the Csáky family purposely burned it down to reduce taxes, another theory says that it was struck by lightning, and some guesses are that some soldiers there were making moonshine and managed to burn the castle.
Whatever the case, after the fire, the castle was abandoned and gradually fell into dilapidation.
This is the second in the series of posts themed “Traces of the past”. In this series I am posting photos of structures belonging to different periods and countries. You are invited to join me and to interpret the theme as freely as you want. This challenge will appear again in August, and every other month after that. Waiting for your entries I wish you a glorious Thursday…
Don’t forget to click on the titles bellow to see participating posts:
Loveland Feed & Grain
My daughter’s yard in photos
An Old Barn
The Kaiwharawhara Magazine building
Skrik by Edvard Munch
Les Beaux en Provence
The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth
Capella d’en Marcús
A Mermaid in a Church?
A view of Colosseum
St. Raphael’s Ruins
Exploring the convict past
Victorian Industrial Past
The Irresistible Lure of Venice
The Twin Fishes of Ayodhya
Posted on May 29, 2015
Linked to the weekly photo challenge: on the way.
Posted on October 17, 2014
Few things are so exciting to see and capture as a rainbow, especially a double rainbow 😉 I captured this one during my holiday in Slovakian mountains Tatras.
I hope you will enjoy this remix too
Let’s see other entries to Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction
Posted on September 26, 2014
This is my entry for weekly photo challenge: Nighttime.
Posted on September 1, 2014
A 10 minute drive from Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, will take you to one of the best preserved castle ruins in the country. It is the famous Devin Castle or as Slovaks call it Hrad Devin (the word devin is derived from the Slavic word deva which means girl). Why the castle got this name I am not sure, but the most photographed tower within the castle complex is called the Maiden Tower and many legends are told about abducted virgins that killed themselves by jumping from the top of it.
The castle occupies an excellent position for defensive and lookout purposes, standing on a massive rock hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava at a stone’s throw away from Austria.
History tells us that the area was inhabited as early as the 5th century B.C., 400 years before Celts came to the area. In the 8th century it was a wooden fortification, and a few centuries later it was replaced by a stone fortress. During the Middle Ages it served as a boundary fortress, military station and a trade centre. It changed owners and they changed its appearance according to their needs. In the 19th century the castle was heavily damaged by Napoleon’s army, and in the 20th it stood at the border between the Eastern Bloc and the West.
Today, visitors to the ruins have an opportunity to see a permanent exhibition on architectural development of the castle from the 11th to 19th century, but I had to skip it since I was in Bratislava just for a day. Nevertheless, I think it was sufficient time for me to “sample” what I liked about Slovakia’s capital and its surroundings.
The last photo in the gallery is showing Devin from a few kilometre distance, from the site that translates as Sandberg which I am planning to show in some of my future posts.
The first glance of the castle
Here is the second
I took a turn towards Danube and the light got better
Do you recognise this tower?
I couldn’t resist taking another snap of the Maiden Tower
A bleeding heart?
A beauty, isn’t she?
This gives a whole picture 😉
This is my contribution to Jo’s Monday walk. Pay her a visit and see where her tireless feet are taking you today.
Posted on August 21, 2014
This is a castle called Hrad Devin near Bratislava, Slovakia. I will show you more of it in one of my forthcoming posts. The speckles in the image are not the sensor dust, but many insects that saturated the air by the Danube. As a matter of fact, the day I visited Devin will be remembered as the day I first swallowed a live fly.
If you would like to participate in Thursday’s Special themeless (non)challenge, feel free to grab my Jupiter widget bellow and provide a link to this post in your post especially designed for this occasion. More details here.
You absolutely have to check out the incredible entries for this week’s TS: