On the seaside in November

Few days ago I was on a business trip near Varna, Bulgaria. After I have finished my work I went to the hotel and all and all it was just a regular night. Or maybe almost regular… After all I had to go and eat something, since in the hotel I had wide selection of Turkish meals, which I didn’t want. So as every normal guy would do in a situation like this i went for a drive in the city center. I decided to enter a few places, but since it was 31.10 ( Halloween ) everything was reserved so I decided to go for the fast-food option: doner! But where ?? It was my first time in Varna so naturally I had absolute no idea where to go to get one … (small EUREKA moment) Foursquare ! I checked some places and I set the address on my GPS. After about 15 minutes and 2 km wasted in search of parking place I managed to find one and to set on foot for the final destination. So far so good 🙂 BUT ! There wasn’t such place and after double checking the address I saw a small misplacement on the Foursquare map and address … the actual place was on the other side of the city 🙂 So i decided to just go for a walk and find something to eat, which was in fact rather difficult, having in mind it was Halloween. With this much people almost every place was running out of options but I managed to find one, bought what I wanted and started the route back to the car, thanks to my trusty GPS, since I had no idea where it actually was :). 

The lonely boat

On the next day I headed back home but before the journey I took the more scenic road through some small seaside resorts. And oh my they were deserted. To be hones this was my first time on the seaside in this time of the year and the one thing that is still in my head is how empty and honestly scary were those places. All of the small shops – closed, the pharmacies – closed, cafes – closed … Everything looked like time has ceased to exist. The only good thing was how easy it was to park near the beach, since there was no one else there. The minute I stepped on the sand of the deserted beach I saw the boat just sitting there all by itself, slightly tilted to the right, and again with no sign of life whatsoever. I don’t know if it’s the best picture of a lonely boat on the beach or the worst, but for me it’s memory of a very special moment.  Fortunately I like the results and how it turned out and in the near future I think I’ll make some kind of big print – like those metal prints that the guys at Adorama.com are offering, to hang it on a wall. 

Back to school

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This is the story of my first ever photo contest that I participated in. It’s organized by Jared Polin – a very capable photographer, who actually have taught me a lot of things with his educational YouTube channel – FroKnowPhoto ( more on this later ). The contest theme was “Back To School” it’s just what it sounds – photos that remind you of going back to school. After about a week of trying to figure out what was this particular thing that always reminds me of school I had an idea (not that original though).

Back To School photo

This is what i have came up with as a final result. The most fun part of this was the moment I realized I have to make some kind of flash diffuser for the built-in flash (since I haven’t yet purchased off-camera one). This was necessary simply because the built-in flash and the 18-200 Sigma I use don’t work particularly good together. There are always some dark spots thanks to the lens that always show on the image when I use the flash.  So I had to become creative. After a little bit of online research I stumbled across the simplest of them all… drumroll …. white sheet of A4 paper. Yep that’s right. Plain white sheet of paper. I have traced the small protective cap for the hot shoe with pencil and just extended a little bit the lines towards the end of the sheet. After that with the help of a scissors I managed to cut the “diffuser” and to mount it on the camera … And voila ! It worked … it managed to diffuse the light perfectly to simultaneously light up the subject in front of the lens as well as to bounce some light from the sealing and the walls and light up the dark spot. Then I had to enter in the contest, which unfortunately i didn’t win but hey .. it’s the first one in my life. Who knows … maybe next time I’ll be more lucky  🙂