Just another alley in Bratislava

Do you ever wander down alleys?

I love wandering down alleys in search of images.  Back streets, alleys...they are often overlooked but I think they are rich in photographic opportunities.  Don't you?

find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.  - lawrence k. fish

That is definitely one of my all-time favorite quotes.  It's just so awesome and inspirational, and I happen to think that it's also great advice.  Do I do all that stuff?  Maybe yes sometimes, and other times no.  I'm not going to lie and say I am some total "carpe diem" maniac living life to its fullest.  I do my part, I think, and have a good time, but it's not all fun and games, as the old saying goes.  It just can't be.

Anyways, I didn't really mean to get into all that, just rambling here at the keyboard.  :-)

I was in Bratislava about 2 years ago, and still think about it often.  It's a beautiful town and I found quite a bit to shoot there.  I also wandered a lot of the old back streets and came home with a lot of images like this one that I just happen to really like.  They're not going to get published, and likely will never sell, but I just don't really care.  They're meaningful to me despite their relative insignificance.  Does that make any sense?

Plus, I just happen to like all the detail, texture, and all the lines that your eye follows here.

Oh and before I ramble on too much and forget, here is a screen shot from Color Efex Pro that I grabbed while I was editing this one.  I actually went a little dark on the HDR in Photomatix but after a few filters it's looking good!

Back alleys and dead ends

Here’s another photo in my unintentional-but-super-fun series of alleyways and back streets in Bratislava, Slovakia.  One might think, upon seeing all these shots, that I just skulked around in alleys while there, but the truth is that I didn’t really do that much at all, except for one morning.  I took lots of shots all around the historic center of Bratislava...maybe I should process some to prove it to you.  :-)

I guess this is really proof though - without me saying it - that I just love to shoot HDR photos in these sorts of spots.  Alleyways and back streets usually have a lot of character, and generally since they can be run-down, they make for interesting HDR shots in my opinion.  I find that there are interesting lines, usually some graffiti (which I enjoy shooting) and great texture and detail.  In other words, these spots are just perfect for HDR.  I think I’ll keep doing it.

Off the beaten path in Bratislava

I really like Bratislava.  For a fairly small town, it packs in a lot of awesomeness for a photographer.  It is only about 45 minutes away from Vienna, but I imagine lots of people overlook it.  That’s a shame, really.  It feels like a nice little European village that is just filled with great character.

On second thought, maybe it’s better that more people don’t go there, since over-tourism may ruin some of the charm.  Either way, I enjoyed my visit there and despite sharing a lot of pics from there already, I have many more still to get to.

I caught this HDR one morning while wandering around in their old town historic district.  I started around sunrise, and had the place to myself, or at least it felt that way.  This image was taken on one of many back streets that I explored with my Nikon.  It was a fabulous start to a day!

And here is a Before & After comparison for those interested in HDR - quite a difference!


Back in the alleys

Howdy folks - thanks for stopping by today!  I took the last few days off from the blog due to the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US - which I enjoyed immensely.  I also took a few pics which will find their way here pretty soon.

Today's post is from another back alley in Bratislava, Slovakia.  I took a lot of shots like this while I was in Bratislava, but I find doors interesting in the first place, and when you surround them with graffiti and smash 'em up a bit, I just can't resist!  And for the record, I found Bratislava to be a very beautiful city, so I guess I better show some of that next time I post about this place!

Glasgow grunge

find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.  - lawrence k. fish

The above quote is one of my favorites.  I just love it.  I took that advice when I was walking around in Glasgow, Scotland one rainy afternoon.  I passed by an alley that looked sort of interesting, and immediately doubled-back to explore it a little more closely.  It turned and twisted a couple of times, and didn't really smell great, but at the end of it I found this little scene.  It's well worth it in my book.  Explore dark alleys - words to live by!

An alley in Montreal

New look to the website - your thoughts?

I have been thinking about making some site changes, and had a few things in mind that I definitely wanted to change, but I wasn’t sure when I would get to it.  Last Friday night, I was messing around with it and ended up with this new look.  How do you like it?  Thanks for your feedback, as I really appreciate it.  And thanks for stopping by!

Now, on to the photo - something from my recent trip to Montreal, Canada.....

I had been in Old Montreal for just a short while, and was wandering with my Nikon and checking things out.  It’s the historic district of the city and has a lot of interesting street scenes to photograph (which I did).  There is (obviously) a lot of French influence, and there are cobblestone streets named Rue this and Rue that - it’s cool things like that which I really enjoy when I travel.  It’s also very pretty.  On one street, I was lining up for a shot when I happened to notice this little alleyway off to the side, and decided it was a bit more interesting than the street shot!  I especially like the sign in French, as it adds that little je ne sais quoi....

Back streets and alleyways

It is fun walking around back streets and alleyways, especially in a new place.  In this case, I was wandering around Dallas one evening.  Fortunately there had been a rain storm earlier that afternoon which left everything slightly wet and marginally cooler.  As much fun as it is to shoot “the big things” in new places, to me it is equally enjoyable poking around with the camera, looking for things that get little attention.  Sometimes these “random” images give me a better sense of place than the “big images”.  It is true that you never know what you will encounter, even if you have shot in the same place before.  I have re-shot many places in Austin, only to be surprised how different they appear, and how my approach to a subject has changed the second time around.  As I walked past this alley, I caught sight of that large tower in the distance and thought it could be an interesting shot, especially with the water flowing...