Photo of the Day: 16
We've already established that I like to play around and try different things each time I go out to take pictures, and at my seaside village in Bulgaria - Emona, there's not shortage of things to photograph. This particular time, I went out with a completely different intent than this photo - and that was to try to take pictures of the (semi-)wild horses that live there, but more on that in tomorrow's story!
Anyway, I tend to go on tangents a little bit about this place in general, but I've even vlogged about my road-trip with my grandfather going there last spring, so watch that if you haven't seen it:
Back to talking about the photo of the day - as I was walking up this dirt road (which is pretty much the only kind of road in or around that village), I couldn't help but look back at the scenic view that never gets old for me. What's so amazing about this palce is that it's on a cape, which is actually the very end of the Balkan mountain range, where it meets the Black Sea. So in that regard it's a phenomenal place - you're at a high vantage point more than a couple of hundreds of meters above sea-level, but the sea is right there. And it literally feels like it's almost 180 degrees around you because the cape does extend quite a bit.
Even though I'm not much of a landscape shooter, I'm still a photographer and a storyteller, so when I have such a scene in front of me AND my camera in my hand, how can I not take pictures?! However, for me, that means that whenever I do shoot landscapes, I'm much more conscious of what's happening and the frame, and if it doesn't work, I just don't take the shot. In this case, it was a simple exercise in composition with leading lines of the road mainly, and then also the fence and hills kind of converging all towards the centre of the frame. At the same time there is foreground detail in the rocks, but the "background" landscape doesn't loose interest either. If you look at the photo close enough (or on a big enough screen/print) you'd also notice the lighthouse a bit to the left of the main cape hill. Also, I knew this photo wouldn't be part of my portfolio, so I could allow myself the creative freedom to emulate that post-card look, when I processed the RAW file afterwards, which is way more extreme than any of my usual work, but I feel like it fits the character of the village.
Check back in tomorrow to see the horses!
I'll leave it at that.