Category: Travel photography

Welcome to my travel photography posts. This is where I share stories, travel tips, and amazing photography with you from my many travels around the world.

Pier | Durrës 2017

I’m sooo ready!

I lucky living in the northern hemisphere having four distinct seasons. That’s four changes every year. Every one of them makes me wait for – long for – the next season.

After winter, spring is really tempting. The slow rise in temperature and increasing length of day makes me feel giddy, happy, restless and desirous for more sun, warmer and longer days. I’m really ready for that!

This is from my visit to Albania. Spring was already there and reminded me of what is coming to me now. Happy dance!

Broken rod | Durrës 2017

Broken

I captured this image of an art installation in Durrës, Albania. I don’t know if the rod is broken intentionally. Maybe it’s vandalized during the bad times. Anyway, to me it symbolizes the situation there. It’s a poor country struggling to overcome the past. Many dreams are broken.

Kristiansand in antique palette | Norway 2017

Kristiansand in Antique palette

The Easter holidays tempted me to spend some time with my camera and post processing. Kritiansand is a small city in the far south of Norway – the place where I was born. I shot these photographs with my travelling camera – the Sony RX100M5.

 

Kristiansand in antique palette | Norway 2017
Kristiansand in antique palette | Norway 2017

 

I did the post processing in Lightroom and the Silver Efex Pro from Googles Nik Collection.

Kristiansand in antique palette | Norway 2017
Contrasts | Kristiansand, Norway 2017
Silhouettes | Albania 2017

Albanian silhouettes

Complexity is the enemy of clarity. Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood to the viewers. Mostly because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey. I photographed these when I visited Albania some weeks ago.

Silhouettes | Albania 2017
Silhouettes | Albania 2017

 

Silhouettes don’t give you of a clear picture of everything, but leave part of the image up to your imagination to wonder about.

Silhouettes | Albania 2017
Silhouettes | Albania 2017

 

The basic knowledge you need to achieve this, is to place your subject in front of some source of light and set exposure based on the brightest part of the picture. That should be the background.

Silhouettes | Albania 2017
Silhouettes | Albania 2017
Sunset photo | Durrës, Albania 2017

My trip to Albania – beautiful sunsets

Albania is situated by the Adriatic Sea – in the Mediterranean Ocean. The sun setting in the west turned out to be wonderful sunset scenes.

Pier in the sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017
Pier in the sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017

 

People showed up to enjoy the short moment of wonderful views and cool breeze.

Lovers in the sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017
Lovers in the sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017

 

… and of course shoot some good sunset photographs..

Girls in sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017
Girls in sunset | Durrës, Albania 2017
Generations | Durrës, Albania 2017

My trip to Albania – everyday life

When I visited Durrës in Albania it struck me how older men spent their daily life.  I often saw granddads caring for their grandchildren during their day.

Generations | Durrës, Albania 2017
Generations | Durrës, Albania 2017

 

But of course, not every one did. Some just spent their day on the steps of the library.

Library | Durrës, Albania 2017
Library | Durrës, Albania 2017

 

… or meeting friends in the park …

Friends | Durrës, Albania 2017
Friends | Durrës, Albania 2017

 

Previous post on Albania

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.

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