BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE Y1-05

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!

AFTER

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.

BEFORE

©Paula Borkovic

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Please check out the entries to the challenge:

https://collinesblog.com/2017/05/28/measuring-area/

https://teepee12.com/2017/05/27/monochrome-or-color/

https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/after-and-before/

https://suejudd.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-2/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/05/28/reflecting-in-depth/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/05/b-sunday_28.html

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-2/

https://balance440.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-before-5

https://judydykstrabrown.com/2017/05/28/hibiscus-black-and-white-sunday-and-cees-flower-of-the-day-may-28-2017

https://restlessjo.me/2017/05/29/jos-monday-walk-belsay-hall-and-quarry

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/before-and-after-3

https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/bw-sunday-the-mussel-man-after-and-before/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/05/29/the-big-digger-driver-and-the-kindness-of-strangers

https://justinetaylorphotography.com/2017/05/29/black-and-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/

https://snailsearch.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/flowers-black-and-white-challenge/

https://alipatoblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/spring-reflections-black-white-sunday-after-and-before

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-04

Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge theme on this blog, which runs every month (for a third year now). This month we are doing it in black and white and next month this theme will be tackled in colour. You are free to choose whatever thing, building or place (even a person) that belongs to the past. It maybe a past long forgotten or a past very much present and incorporated into today’s existence.   

For this time I chose to display the cage of shame from Levoča, Slovakia. It dates back to the 16th century and it was used for public shaming, mostly for women who dared to go out unaccompanied after dark. They would be closed in this cage very often at the times of public gatherings, for everyone to see their crime. The public would punish them by name calling, spitting and throwing rotten vegetables or stones.

A sad reminder of a past when women were treated like lower beings. Luckily, today it is only a tourist attraction. They open it at times, and visitors may enter and take bunch of selfies… 

Cage of shame

©Paula Borkovic

This is Black & White Sunday photo challenge. If you want to participate you are supposed to:

  • Make a post containing a photo (or photos) of something that comes from the past (it does not have to be a distant past)

  • Link to this challenge post

  • Leave me your link in the comment section bellow

  • Make sure you post before next Sunday 

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Don’t forget to check out the entries to this challenge. There are some wonderful examples. Please, click bellow:

https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/lignum-draco-and-the-temples-of-doom-5/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/04/09/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-2/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-y3-04/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/04/09/traces-of-the-past/

https://teepee12.com/2017/04/09/the-beaver-at-boston-wharf-traces-of-the-past/

https://suejudd.com/2017/04/09/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-april-2017/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-2

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/04/09/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-5/

https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/traces-of-our-past-azaleas/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/04/10/in-search-of-lost-time-in-eyam-and-an-outbreak-of-plague/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/04/traces-of-past.html

https://balance440.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/black-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past/

https://postcardsedge.org/2017/04/10/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past-the-gate-of-magnificence

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/black-and-white-sunday-traces-of-the-past

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/traces-of-the-past-14

https://restlessjo.me/2017/04/15/six-word-saturday-231/

https://beckybofwinchester.com/2017/04/16/one-word-sunday-arch/

JANUARY RECAP

Here is my recap for January 2017.

 

Reminder: there is a new Thursday’s Special challenge tomorrow with the theme: Pick a word.

 

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: ON TOP

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.

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Hrad Beckov

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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:

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/01/15/on-top-edinburgh-castle/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/bw-sunday-on-top/

https://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/golden-statue/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/01/15/on-top-on-llanddwyn-island-black-white-sunday/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/01/15/bw-sunday-on-top/

https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/jewish-museum-warsaw-03/

https://teepee12.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-atop-the-steeple/

https://suejudd.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-on-top/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/01/15/black-white-sunday-on-top/

https://weaklythoughts.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/staying-on-top/

https://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/turtles/

https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/black-and-white-sunday

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/black-and-white-sunday-on-top

Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past 02

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.

 

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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…

 

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Don’t forget to click on the titles bellow to see participating posts:

Værnes Church

Loveland Feed & Grain

My daughter’s yard in photos

An Old Barn

Kinkakuji

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

Gallorus Oratory

Next Stop

The Twin Fishes of Ayodhya

Finchale Priory

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On the Way – Arriving somewhere, but not here

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Linked to the weekly photo challenge: on the way.

 

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past 01

In the 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.

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This is the first in the series of posts themed “Traces of the past”. I will publish 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 June, and every other month after that. Waiting for your entries I wish you a glorious Thursday…

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Check out the links bellow to see the entries for this challenge: 

Fort Fisher

Gramma’s Rocker

The Stave Church

Container barge

 Traces of the Past

 The Great Earthly Curves

Traces of the past

Perigueux and surrounds

Ancient Wonders

Ghosts of the past

Traces of the Past

Azalea Mall Remnants

Beautiful Ruins

Refraction

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

 

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Let’s see other entries to Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

 

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/category/weekly-photo-challenge/

Nighttime in Bratislava

 

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This is my entry for weekly photo challenge: Nighttime.

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/category/weekly-photo-challenge/

A Walk around Devin Castle

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.

 

 

This is my contribution to Jo’s Monday walk. Pay her a visit and see where her tireless feet are taking you today.

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Thursday’s Special: Enchanted

 

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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

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You absolutely have to check out the incredible entries for this week’s TS: