In mid-octobe 2018, I made a one day trip to Banska Stiavnica to see how the city looked during the peak of autumn colors. I was not disappointed. This time, my focus was on photographying the morning views of Old Castle and city itself, the well known antiquarian store on the main square, the underground “Love Vault”, which was featured on BBC International and of course the newly restored calvary complex, that was listed among the World’s Most Endangered Cultural Sites. I hope to be back to our UNESCO World Heritage Site jewel soon, hopefully during the upcomin winter season.
At the beginning of August 2007, I visited Venice for the first time. It was a dream come true to visit one of the most unique cities in the world. However, back in the day I only owned two usable lenses and the widest of them was 50mm. It was fun not only to create photos that are somewhat different from the traditional tourist photos, but also getting back to them after almost a decade. Some of the photos didn’t make it due to my increased standard for technical quality. Some had to stay in despite their poor quality due to their significance and some photos were developed for the first time since they were captured.
At the end of August, I spent a couple of days in beautiful south-eastern Moravia, Czech republic. This region is known for its winemaking and three beautiful towns – Mikulov, which is the heart of Palava region, Valtice and Lednice, which form Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. These towns were the seats of Liechtenstein and Dietrichstein families and are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996. Unfortunately, the weather was mostly unfit for serious photography (read blue sky and no clouds whatsoever). Neverheless, I brought back a couple of photos I’m happy with. Disclaimer: This is a work-in progress gallery and will be updated with new photos once I finish processing them.
In late August 2016 I briefly visited the old mining town of Banska Stiavnica in the heart of Slovakia. Its rich history is closely associated with mining operations and because of its historical importance, it was proclaimed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. I can’t believe it was eight years since my last visit. The weather wasn’t particularly nice for photography, but I managed to snap a few photos I’m happy with. Hopefully my next visit will be much longer and it won’t take me another eight years to make it happen.
In April 2016, I visited Florence for the first time along with some of my friends. The goal was to get to know the city, that is often labeled as the birthplace of Renaissance. Since it was my first visit, I concentrated on the most famous landmarks, such as Santa Maria del Fiore, Basilica di Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and its gardens and more. Despite many beautiful buildings, I found Florence to be a little less “visually rich” compared to Venice. Hopefully I’ll be able to return soon to explore less known places away from the main tourist paths.
In March 2015, I was fortunate to visit Venice again after nearly 8 years. I was looking forward to explore this fascinating city again, but my visit was greatly affected by constant drizzle and rain. Nevertheless, I tried to capture as much as I could. The resulting photos are different than I wanted, but that’s the beauty of life – sometimes we get different things that we want and that’s not always a bad thing. Hopefully I’ll be back to this magnificent city soon.