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!
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.
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.
I did the post processing in Lightroom and the Silver Efex Pro from Googles Nik Collection.
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 don’t give you of a clear picture of everything, but leave part of the image up to your imagination to wonder about.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
New York is my favorite place for street photography. This is a small part of the shots i did on my business trip last July. They’re all shot handheld with my Nikon D610 and Tamron 24 – 70 mm. Please feel free to comment below.