Month: March 2017

Seafront | Durrës, Albania 2017

My trip to Albania

I’ve had the opportunity to do a business visit to Albania. One of the smallest and poorest countries in Europe.

I traveled from Norway via Istanbul. The Istanbul-airport was very busy and I didn’t understand much of the language. Anyway, I urged for a beer and found a place where I could pay with card. And the beer was tasty! – I can really recommend Efes.

It was a long day. I started from Oslo – Norway Sunday at 11 am and arrived Durrës in Albania 11:30 pm. It’s just a 30 min drive from Tirana – the capitol of Albania. So, I literally dived into the bed and visited dreamland for some hours. It was all dark  when i arrived, so a peek out told me that it was a sunny morning and the hotel was situated close the seafront.

City of contrasts

Seafront | Durrës, Albania 2017
Seafront | Durrës, Albania 2017

The seafront seemed to be quite modern. But looking closer one could see that people had to use what’s available to earn their living.

 

Seafront | Durrës, Albania 2017
Fishermen at the seafront | Durrës, Albania 2017

Obviously Durrës is or has been a tourist area with beaches, restaurants and hotels along the seafront. Maybe it was low season or bad times; Abandoned pedaling boats – originally for tourists – was an important tool for the fishermen.

 

Fishermen | Durrës, Albania 2017
Fishermen in the morning| Durrës, Albania 2017

But, I must say it was a beautiful view to watch the fishermen doing their daily routine under the blue sky on the blue ocean.

Read more about the everyday life in Albania

 

Why I love this picture – Misty winter morning

Another look at one of my images from earlier days. This time, an image from February 2012. This was a crispy cold Sunday morning. Minus 9 degrees centigrade at Krokstadelva, Norway. The river was still open and created this wonderful mood.

I know it’s a long time since I shot, this. But it is one of my favorites. I had a very tranquil time when shooting this. It was early Sunday morning with no traffic. And with the snow it was totally silence. So, I nearly had a Zen-moment.

I used my Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 mm kit-lens on a tripod. Exposure: 1/8 sec at f8 and ISO200. If you’re interested in more from my moments from monochrome landscapes, please go to my portfolio.

 

The tree of silence bears the fruits of peace. – Arab proverb

From the tree of silence hands the fruit of tranquility. – Peruvian proverb

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