A Life of Travel
I read this the other day, and thought it was worthy of sharing.
“A life of travel is a good thing to have. But once you start off on it, there’s no looking back. What traveling does do to you is work its way inside of you, changing you completely as it finds a seat deep within you. It’s a parasite with a greedily voracious appetite. That bastard is hungry. Once the travel bug bites, you’re afflicted for life. Once the wanderlust hits, your feet never stop being restless.”
A Nice Place to Set Up Camp
Cruising around the countryside of Romania with a great friend from my time spent in Alabama left me wanting more. We had pulled off the side of the road, a very inconspicuous place, the kind you might only pull over for if you knew what was down the hill thru the trees. A short walk down to the waters edge opened up to a beautiful lake with a group of folks who were camping on the opposite side. That seemed like a pretty nice place to get away to. Maybe next time, that will be me in one of those tents.
Looks like the computer will live! Taken a little doing, but I’m getting everything back running smooth again soon.
Down the Alley
Baia Mare had some amazing little side streets and alley ways. I was so lucky to have a group of friends to wander around with and show me some of the amazing places. We spent evenings having drinks, eating great food, and exploring all throughout the city, late into the night (against Alin’s swimming coach’s wishes).
Street Lights and Distressed Buildings in Romania
Night was beginning to fall, and exploration continued on the streets of Baia Mare, Romania. These old and cryptic looking buildings really caught my attention, the way the street lights cast long shadows and textures seemed more extreme under the evening light.
So most all the time I know where I was when I go back and process photos, but for the longest time, (and no real reason because I could have asked) I didn’t know what the name of the little farm town where Alin’s grandparents lived was. Finally, I found out it was Berinta, south of Baia Mare.
I put up several posts, so if you want to go back and see them they are here:
The Road to the Monestary
A Step Back in Time
Silhouette in the Window
If you’d like to see it on a map, check it out here. Map
In honor of finding out where I was, I processed a new photo from Berinta. A family walks and rides along a winding road in the hills of Romania.
The Bell Tower
This photo is actually the one that inspired me to do monochrome week. It was originally an HDR image that I processed, but after some time playing with it, I decided that taking away some of the color really made the details stand out. The interlocking beams supporting the tower fade into the upper reaches of the tower, while the enormous bell’s mechanisms shows the strength and history of this aged scene.
Silhouette in the Window
Well, as promised, this week is going to have it’s own theme! That theme will be, monochrome week! I’ve been looking for a way to switch up my style, learn new things and explore ways to make my photos better. Just like the title says up there, experiments and exploration!
To start off the week, an interesting visit to the upper reaches of the bell tower of a Romanian Orthodox church, with a silhouetted figure back lit by an arched window. Not to be confused with a strangely modern and creepy statue, I had my good friend Alin stand in the window while I snapped a shot coming down one of the steep ladders that accessed the bell tower.