Monthly Archives: October 2012

One Night in Split

With only one night in Split there wasn’t much time for rest and relaxation, it was all about seeing as much as I could in the limited time I had. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for a good time but it went surprisingly well and I was lucky enough to be there on a beautiful night highlighted by an incredible sunset and dramatic full moon. I could have spent more time exploring the palace ruins but it had been a long day that included a bus ride from Dubrovnik so I was happy to get some sleep and dream about my next destination, the Plitvice Lakes.


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Exploring Diocletian’s Palace

I had barely done any research on Split so exploring Diocletian’s Palace was more a stroke of good luck than good planning. It was getting late and I was hungry so I set out to find something to eat. While searching for a restaurant I found myself exploring the ruins of an old palace, Diocletian’s Palace to be exact. It was pretty cool but I tend not to appreciate things as much as I should when I’m hungry (I ended up finding a decent pizza place for dinner, in case you were wondering).


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Full Moon Over Split

This best things in life seem to happen be accident, and photography appears to be no different. After recovering from an incredible sunset on one side of the bay I walked closer to the centre of Split, stopping at the marina to take photos of the city at night. The shots looked quite nice but just as I was packing up I noticed a light forming above the hill. I eventually realized (suprisingly slowly) that it was the moon, a full moon! I quickly set up my tripod again and got this shot as the moon sat just above the hills, partially obscured by some hazy clouds. I’m happy with how it turned out and all thanks to a bit of dumb luck!


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The Boats of Split

Whether you’re sailing around Croatia, fishing from a dinghy, cruising to Hvar or showing off your latest super yacht, Split is all about water and boats. With so many on display I couldn’t help but take some photos of my favourites, so here they are, the boats of Split!


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A Sunset in Split

There are sunsets, then there are sunsets in Split, a charming seaside city nestled alongside the Adriatic Sea. I got here late in the day but with only one day to explore it I didn’t even bother checking into my hotel and dropping off my bags until after I’d had a look around. The sun was rapidly falling so I made my way down to the water’s edge and followed the remaining sunlight until it disappeared for good. I arrived at a nice park and walking area at the perfect moment, allowing me to take some great snaps of an almost too good to be true sunset.


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Bus Ride from Dubrovnik to Split

While a lot of people sail around Croatia, my stupidly ridiculous schedule means I don’t have time to lounge about. Instead I’m on the bus, and while no doubt inferior to sailing, there are still quite a few nice landscapes to enjoy. I managed to get this relatively clear shot during the bus ride from Dubrovnik to Split which shows off some of the gorgeous coastline.


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Dubrovnik in 36 Hours

Looking back at my photos I’m kind of amazed I was only in Dubrovnik for 36 hours as I managed to squeeze in what felt like a weeks worth of sightseeing and activities. I loved walking the Old Town Walls, exploring Lapad, climbing the hills above Dubrovnik and strolling along Gruz harbor. The weather really came to the party (in terms of photography anyway) with wild winds, dramatic clouds, heavy rain, intense lightning and glorious sunshine setting a memorable scene. While 3 days to a week is probably a better length of time to spend in Dubrovnik, especially if you want to check out islands such as Mljet, I’m more than happy with my 36 hour adventure.


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Dubrovnik Lights

After the storm was kind enough to move on I managed to get the photo that I had originally set out to get before I was so rudely interrupted by lighting, heavy winds and rain. These are the lights of Dubrovnik looking out over Lapad, Gruz Harbor and nearby islands. It was pretty much night time and I was still on the hill so I packed up and finally headed back to my hotel for some rest, what a day!


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A Storm Over Dubrovnik

With only one full day to explore Dubrovnik I’d planned to take the cable car to the top of the hill and take some night shots of the region from above, only there was a storm setting in and they’d closed the cable car due to high winds. I could have made my way disappointingly back to my hotel in Lapad but instead I thought screw it, if I can’t take the cable car then up just gonna walk up! The fact that a ominous looking storm was rolling in directly towards me was slightly disconcerting but also very exciting. I eventually found the track and made my way up the hill, stopping for photos every few minutes as the storm took shape. Sitting at the top while watching lightning bolts and a thick band of rain dominate the landscape was a real thrill, I got pretty wet but I don’t regret it for a second, just an awesome experience.


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Lightning Over the Old Town

It’s not often I manage to capture lightning so I was pretty excited when I took this picture of a lightning bolt over the Old Town of Dubrovnik. It was a pretty intense storm so there were lots of great photo opportunities and a few nervous moments as the storm rolled in towards me…


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Wild Waves and Stormy Skies in Dubrovnik

Wild waves and and stormy skies were a theme throughout today as dramatic clouds rolled in to Dubrovnik above the angry seas (I should write poetry). How did I get so close without getting wet? I didn’t, I got completely soaked, head to toe, camera included. Great fun though, I love how photography gives me an incentive to do (stupid) things that I might not otherwise do.


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The Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik

I enjoyed the Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik so much that I walked around them three times! The weather was a little wild so the first lap was cloudy, the second stormy and the third sunny. Being a popular tourist destination it was quite crowded but nothing that I hadn’t seen before while traveling around Europe.


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Inside St Saviour Church

One of the first things I saw when I entered the Old Town of Dubrovnik was the Church of St Saviour, it’s around 500 years old and a beautiful space to enjoy. I don’t remember seeing any signs while inside but I couldn’t help but take a quick picture to preserve the memory.


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Night Clouds Over Lapad

After arriving in Dubrovnik to start my whirlwind trip through Croatia I grabbed my camera and went for a walk, with only a day and a half to work with there was no time to waste. I ventured into the hills above Lapad and found some great spots to capture the fast moving night clouds (and a little lightning) as they flew over Lapad and Gruz harbor.


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London, on a Good Day

London has been a wonderful base to experience a European summer and I was lucky enough to time it perfectly with the Olympics. Although I didn’t take any photos of Olympic action I had an incredible time and it was great to see the British people support the event with such enthusiasm and class. I thought I’d put together some of my favourite photos from my London adventure to help relive the good times. There are so many great landmarks and attractions here with everything from the Tower Bridge to Big Ben, the Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Gherkin, Wimbledon, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and so much more all just a short trip on the Underground from each other. Thanks for the memories London, on a good day you can’t be beaten.

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An Evening on the Thames Embankment

As an unabashed tourist I spent a lot of time on the Thames Embankment taking photos of touristy things. This shot was taken on a gorgeous evening from the Golden Jubilee Bridge and is one of my favourites.


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Hammersmith Bridge at Night

Low foggy clouds at night plus high tide and a longish exposure equals a rather outrageous photo of the Hammersmith Bridge over the Thames River in London. It’s certainly doesn’t look like any other photo I’ve taken before so chalk one up for experimentation!


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An Eye to Another World

I’ve taken about a million photos of the London Eye but I think I have a new favourite! I love the clouds in this shot, like the Eye is a window to another world (deep Rene, very deep).


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Meet Me at Horse Guards Parade

Meet me at horse guards parade, that’s what I was thinking when I saw these two people walking towards each other in front of the setting sun. I don’t know who they are but I like to think it’s an important moment in their lives, like a pivotal scene in some rom-com starring Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger. I threw a filter on it and the intense sun rays created a cool lens flare that makes it look a little like I used a fisheye lens, yay for accidentally awesome lens flares!


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Tower Bridge in London

Landmarks don’t come much more photogenic than the Tower Bridge in London. Crossing the River Thames, it is a suspension bridge with a handy drawbridge that allows boats to pass through. It really is a must see while in London and I’m surprised it took me this long to take some photos of it.


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