At the end of August, I visited the 6th annual Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF 2016) in Sliac, Slovakia. The highlights of this year’s edition were Sukhoi Su-27 (Ukraine), Patrulla Aguila (Spain), aerobatic pilot with unlimited “allowance” Jurgis Kairys (Lithuania), Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team (Czech republic) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Belgium). By far the biggest candy on the ground was Boeing B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Airforce Base in Louisiana, United States, which made its return to Slovakia after 4 years. Unfortunately, the overal experience was lacking compared to last year’s edition, which was mostly very good. Even the weather wasn’t very cooperative, with strong sunshine and backlight that affected most of the afternoon performances.
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.
At the end of July, I visited the beautiful equestrian facility in Samorin. X-Bionic Sphere hosted a four day Equestrian Festival Samorin 2016 and like last year’s Summer Masters 2015, it was a joy to shoot. Althought last year’s event was better organized and with better line-up, I still managed to get some nice photos. The highlight was, once again, a night-session, which attracted hudreds of visitors.
At the end of May 2016, I visited the medieval festival called Rotenstein. The festival is held in a beautifully preserved medieval keep in Small Carpathians called Červený kameň, or Rotenstein in German. Visitors could enjoy lots of shows, including short plays inspired by medieval tales, workshops, falconry shows and jousting tournaments. This was my second visit of the festival and although the program was nice, I think it wasn’t as smooth and well organized compared to last year.