Winter Is Coming (Fageda d’en Jordà, Catalonia)

Posted on February 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Winter Is Coming (Fageda d’en Jordà, Catalonia)
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I have been trying to capture Jordan’s Beachwood in its best fall colors, but it is beginning to seem an impossible task. I visited this forest two times this year. My first trip was made at the right time of year, but the weather had other plans. On that visit, the forest still looked like summer.
After that, I had to travel for a few weeks. When I returned, I knew it was too late. However, I still wanted to visit the forest. When I did, almost all the leaves had fallen, announcing the arrival of winter. It was good to feel the cold on my face, especially since my travel had been to warmer countries.

Which do you prefer: winter or summer?

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Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)

Posted on January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)
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I found photos of this beautiful inlet while surfing the Internet and was surprised to see the location: it is just a 10-minute walk from one of the main beaches in “Lloret de Mar,” a popular holiday resort between Girona and Barcelona.

The translation for “Cala dels Frares” is something like the “Inlet of the Monks.” As far as I know, this spot has nothing to do with the religious men. I do not know the reason for this name, but perhaps it refers to the large rocks on the coastline. I only focused on one of the “monks” in this photo, but there are some more, making this a great spot for photographers. The left part of this large rock looks like a head, doesn’t it?

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The Rocca Sforzesca (Imola, Italy)

Posted on January 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The Rocca Sforzesca (Imola, Italy)
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This is the time of year when I like to review all of my unpublished photos and pull out a few winners. In this case, I chose this image from my last visit to Imola, but I will probably publish a few more from another places in the upcoming weeks.

This beautiful castle was constructed around the 14th century, in the province of Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of north-central Italy.

In the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was used at a prison for Nazi criminals. The castle was restored 50 years ago; today it serves as a museum, an open-air theater, and as the Head Office for the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro.” Since its restoration, many important art exhibitions and musical performances have been held in this beautiful fortress.

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Jiading Confucius Temple (Shanghai, China)

Posted on January 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Jiading Confucius Temple (Shanghai, China)
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Not far from Nanxiang Town is the Jiading Confucius Temple. I was not able to visit it during the day, but I was happy I was able to capture this beautiful gate at night.

The night in question, I was with a friend of mine who is a great photographer. He did not get out his own camera, but he helped me light-paint this scene. The image you see here is the result of combining an HDR light-painted scene with three manual photos taken with different exposures.

Jiading is known as a “state of education” and the Confucius Temple stands as the source. With a strong background in culture and education, it is also known as the birthplace of talents and men of letters.

The Temple was constructed during the Southern Song Dynasty (1219), and has been massively renovated during the last 800 years. As a result, it has been quite well preserved. Today, the temple also holds the newly opened Shanghai Museum of the Chinese Imperial Examination System.

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A Winter Morning (Roureda de les Tàpies, Catalonia)

Posted on January 4, 2015 Leave a comment

A Winter Morning (Roureda de les Tàpies, Catalonia)
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I took this photo last winter, on a cold morning. The ground was completely frozen; each time I moved, I could hear the sharp crack of the leaves under my feet. I did not plan on stopping, but when I saw the rising sun behind the oaks, I could not resist.

These century-old oaks are 2–3 meters in circumference and 20 meters high. They are unique in the zone because, in the past century, the commercial use of wood has increased the establishment of pine trees in the surroundings.

You can find this small wood near “Les Tàpies,” an old farm belonging to Calders, a province of Barcelona in Catalonia.

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Sunken Palace or Basilica Cistern (Istanbul, Turkey)

Posted on December 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarayı (“sunken palace” in Turkish), is the largest covered cistern in Istanbul City. When I entered the cistern, I could not believe it: the place is enormous! At 140 m x 70 m, it could hold 80,000 cubic meters of water. It is supported by 336 columns and many carp and goldfish swim around the base of these columns.

It was thought to be built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and expanded by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. The water in the cistern came from the Belgrade Forest using a sophisticated system of dams, reservoirs, water towers, and aqueducts during the Byzantine and Ottoman times.

The cistern’s name is quite appropriate—it is beautiful and looks very much like a palace. If you have the opportunity to visit Istanbul, you do not want to miss it.

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Merry Christmas

Posted on December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Merry Christmas

Christmas holidays are here once more and another year has almost passed. I think now is the perfect time to thank you for your support during these last twelve months.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Bon Nadal a tots i a totes!

 

 

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