Don’t be angry with the rain. It simply doesn’t know how to fall upwards.
After I’ve seen a gazillion of daffodils on a picture that a friend of mine posted on facebook, I decided I need to see them in person as well. By the way, daffodils are flowers that are called narcise in Slovene. Oh and yes, I know gaziliion is not a real number, but it really sounds alot. :D
Traditionally, May is the month of daffodils in Jesenice or more precisely on Golica, which is a hill above it. The whole town lives in sign of the flowers for the whole month and you can see stickers and graffiti everywhere, they even select the Miss od Daffodils. :D The way I look at it, it’s a real contrast or even jin jang for a town like Jesenice, which are most known for being one of the biggest and most known iron sites in Slovenia and that gave them a sort of a “gray feeling”, so I think a month of flowers is a really positive thing. But don’t be mistaken, even though they call it “the month of daffodils”, in fact you can only see most of them just for a few days in the month, so when I saw the picture, I knew I had no more than two or three days until they’re gone. I was still a bit too late though, lots of them were dead already. Still, it was a nice day. :)
Oh, and a little reminder for all of you to remember,
Last night, somewhere around 9pm, Alice Russell held a concert together with Quantic and his Combo Barbaro here in Ljubljana. Unless your taste in music is very specific, you probably have no idea who I’m talking about right now. Don’t worry, I had no clue who I am going to shoot yesterday either, but it turned out to be a pretty good concert actually.
So, first off, a little info about the musicians. Alice Russell is a British soul singer who worked together with many famous artists, Will Holland on the other hand, who is also known as Quantic currently lives in Columbia, where he started a funk/jazz group named The Quantic Soul Orchestra.
Even though I personally enjoy listening to jazz, specially late in the night when everybody else is asleep already, the primary reason I was there last night wasn’t to enjoy the concert (still, I really did :)), but to take some photos for a website that I usually work for. You can check my other galleries from various concerts on this website: http://www.studentarija.net/infoscena, but you’ll have to search for a bit, because I’m not their only photographer, which means all of the galleries aren’t mine.
Maja and I arrived about half an hour early, just so we could “take it easy” and slowly pick up our PRESS passes. Yes, it’s the thing that you wrap around you wrist and it suddenly lets you go to places a normal visitor isn’t allowed in, but most importantly, you’re there for free. It’s fascinating, how a just simple bracelet makes you feel so awesome that you almost want to wear sunglasses. Usually, I always drink an Erdinger Weissbier before a concert and it’s probably the only real tradition I’ve ever had, but you got to admit it, it’s a really tasty one. This time though, the bar outside was full. There were soul addicts dressed in vintage clothes everywhere around us and you could almost sense that late 60’s or early 70’s feeling somewhere in the air. Unlike me, their passion and desire wasn’t beer but rather red wine. Eventually, I accepted the fact that I’m going to have to enjoy my drink inside, so we moved upstairs. I also had to show the contents of my camera backpack to the security personel at the entrance, probably for drinks, because I’m pretty sure I don’t look like a terrorist. Or do I? :D
The concert started instrumentally without the vocalist Alice on the stage, but to be honest, the band itself is already good enough, so Alice was just an extra bonus, if I may call her that. Don’t get me wrong, I think her voice is more than great. The songs on the setlist we’re most likely written down in that order strategically, since they we’re progressing from the slower ones to more and more lively rhythms, that just make you wanna move your feet. On account of the fact that I forgot to ask the staff if there were any limitations for the photographers, I wasn’t aware that I only had first 3 songs to shoot (which is up to the band to decide) and since I’m usually allowed to shoot for the whole concert, I took things easy, thinking: “First few songs I’ll shoot some shots of Alice and the back vocalist and then I’ll slowly move to the members in the background”. By the time the security guy came to tell us our time was up, I had only about 20-30 pictures, and they very mostly images of the 2 persons in front. :D Still, we learn from our mistakes they say, so it’s a lesson well recieved and I’ll sure be asking for the restrictions the next time. :)
To sum everything up, the concert was great and here are a few photos from it:
And just when you thought I already gave up with my blogging project, here I am. :P
Last week, me and my friend Sara decided we should take a road trip and go see one of our country’s diamonds, the Blejski Vintgar. Perhaps you’ve already heard of it, specially if you’re from Slovenia but for those who haven’t, a vintgar is some sort of a smaller canyon and obviously Blejski Vintgar is located somewhere near Bled.
Most of the times, when me and my friends decide to take a road trip somewhere it takes for ages just “talking about it” and planning the whole situation and honestly, it mostly doesn’t even end up with actually doing it. Yes, it is partly my fault, because I don’t have my own car. Okay yes, I don’t even have my drivers licence yet. But I’ll have it, someday. I will.
Anyways, this time me and Sara made it happen, damn right we did. We decided to put our deadline on last friday and we took of early in the morning. Hmmm, now that I think back once again, it wasn’t that early really. Sara, who lives on the seaside of Slovenia, which is about an hour from Ljubljana, was supposed to be at my place at nine, but she was still sleeping at that time because “her phone wasn’t working” she said. Well, I won’t go on and criticize her anymore, cause she’s really dear and she’s the one that made it happen, I couldn’t really get there without her.
So yeah, she’s great. :P
Back to our trip. When we arrived at the parking place, first thing I noticed was how colder it was there, and that my summer outfit really wasn’t the best idea. :D We bought our tickets and slowly started discovering the canyon. I’d rather not describe what the vintgar looks like, because a good picture is worth more than a 1000 words… Or at least so they say. ;)
I also had the GPS with me, and because you people read my blog all the time, you now already know why I had it with me. Riiiiight? :P
If your answer was: “so we wouldn’t get lost”, you’re not that far from the truth actually, because honestly I did check the situation from a time to time, but of course the primary reason was to search for geocaches. As any other beautiful place in the world, the vintgar has its 2 caches as well, and as much as I’d love to say we found them both, unfortunately I can’t. We didn’t find any of them actually. :D And before you start judging me, I really tried and I even had some help a bit later from an older Polish woman that was just watching me at first (which was kind of awkward and creepy) but later on asked me: “Did you find it? Because I didn’t!” I was relieved that I’m not the only retard that can’t find a cache whose complexity is rated 1,5 out of 5, but when she told me she was still a beginner, I wasn’t that relieved anymore. :D We gave up pretty soon and tried our luck at the second cache that was located behind the ticket house. Nope, didn’t find that one either. Sara did find a way how to get inside the vintgar without buying a ticket though. Pretty awesome, huh? :D This time we paid, but next time we’re totally going in for free! :P
The next was the “Super Moon” day. I don’t exactly know why and how, all I know is that the moon was about 50.000 kilometers closer to the earth than usual, which resulted in a visually 14% bigger moon. It’s a situation that happens every 30 years I think. Okay.. Is it just me, or is it really every single year, that we happen to witness a phenomenon that is supposed happen every half a century? We must really be lucky, huh? :P
Nevertheless, I like these kinds of situations, because it goes hand in hand together with one of my hobbies, photography. You can already know when you hear of a appearance like this, that there are going to be photographers everywhere waiting for the moon to rise and try to get the best photo they can. And so was I. I was waiting at the Ljubljansko Barje pricesly at 19:47, the time that all the websites claimed the moon was supposed to rise in Slovenia. Funny thing that I realised when I started unpacking my gear was, that I really had no idea where the moon rises. I still don’t. :D With my Nikon and everything set and ready to rock, I waited and waited, but by the time it was like 20:30 or something like that, I still haven’t seen even a single glance of the moon, because the sky was full of dark grey clouds. That sucked and I was really pissed. I packed my gear and went home sort of disapointed, but there was nothing I could have really done. However, I finaly got lucky later at home when I had my few epic seconds of “clean space” between two clouds and the moon just happened to be there, so I took just one shot of it and ladies and gentlemen, here it is.
I’m leaving you with a simple advice tonight,
Always aim for the moon. If you miss it, you may hit a star. ;)