Photos

Photos, all made by me, about any topic that encouraged me to take the camera out of the bag.

2019

Hongcun bridge closeup

Hongcun bridge closeup
As mentioned before, I don't think there's a chance to take an image if the bridge only. However, if you're early and patient enough, an opportunity might present itself when only people who actually fit the settings are on the path. I know the... Continue »

Hongcun bridge

Hongcun bridge
I firmly believe that it is now impossible to take a picture of the bridge in Hongcun without people already occupying it to take a selfie. Or a lot of selfie. And one more selfie. This was taken 07:05 local time, about an hour after sunrise and... Continue »

Sunrine in Hongcun

Sunrine in Hongcun
Just the sun rising above Hongcun with misty mountains in the background. Nothing special apart from the idyllic and near perfect conditions to feel how China probably was a few hundred years ago.

Sunrise at the Moon Lake in Hongcun

Sunrise at the Moon Lake in Hongcun
The Moon Lake is in the middle of Hongcun and is the "belly" of the water system running across the town like veins. It has fisn, snails, shellfish, and a lot of special plants that filter and clean the water. We tried to get out here early as... Continue »

Empty morning in Hongcun

Empty morning in Hongcun
Want empty streets in Hongcun? Sleep inside the town, because it's loked from visitors till 7am. And get up around 5am. If you do so, you'll meet adorable cats loudly welcoming you and a crispy morning, with unique street views.

Saturday night in Hongcun

Saturday night in Hongcun
If you go somewhere for a week or a bit more it's inevitable to have a Saturday night included. Saturday night at any heavily tourist populated are can be bad, but Hongcun was a lovely suprise: it was lit with lampions, everything was open till... Continue »

Couple in the sunset in Hongcun

Couple in the sunset in Hongcun
There were so many people staring into their phone, or taking selfies - except them. This young couple took a photo of the place, and not a selfie.

Sunset in Hongcun

Sunset in Hongcun
Hongcun ( 宏村 ) is a small, old village in Anhui province - and it's location of the opening scenes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This fact made Hongcun one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in China. I saw images from before... Continue »

Working on the Emerald Valley

Working on the Emerald Valley
Swarms of tourists are usually bad in a scenic area, but at least in this very case, it shows how well the Emerald Valley is maintained.

The greens of the Emerald Valley

The greens of the Emerald Valley
There is a good reason why the Emerald (or Jade) Valley is called like that: there are hundreds of different shades of greens all around, including the ponds themselves.

Emerald Valley

Emerald Valley
China has a system to rank scenic areas, which takes capacity, beauty, historical importance etc. into account. The AAAAA spots, like Huangshan, are the nicest, largest, most crowded places in China, because everyone hears about them. Regardless of... Continue »

Huangshan - stairs and tourists

Huangshan - stairs and tourists
Our 2019 visit to China was the first time ever that even with patient waiting it was impossible to get a view of the scenery without people. So I kept the people. At least they make the steepness of Huangshan is visible.

Huangshan scenery 4

Huangshan scenery 4
The deeper you go into the rear valley, the wilder, the more alien the landscape becomes in Huangshan.

Huangshan scenery 3

Huangshan scenery 3
These mountains with the flowers and the spectacular pines are worthy of being the topic of so many chinese landscape paintings.

Huangshan scenery 2

Huangshan scenery 2
A view of the rear valley from the scenic route of Huangshan.

Huangshan scenery 1

Huangshan scenery 1
A view of the front valley from the scenic route of Huangshan.

Huangshan Panorama 2

Huangshan Panorama 2
It's nearly impossible to properly capture landscape with "deep shadows and brilliant highlights", but I tried to do my best. Non-HDR, multi picture panorama put together with Huggin.

Huangshan Panorama 1

Huangshan Panorama 1
Huangshan is a unique place. It's also vast, surprisingly long to walk, and even after the Golden Week it's still packed with people. Regardless of that it's beautiful.

Tangkoucun 汤口村

Tangkoucun 汤口村
Tangkoucun ( 汤口村 ) is the small town at the feet of Huangshan mountains - this is where the bus to the scenic area takes you to. If you get here in dark, it's certainly not one of the most welcoming looking places, but it gets a lot nicer in light.

Greens of West Lake

Greens of West Lake
The West Lake itself is a big, open water, but around it, especially in the corners, there are wonderful, smaller areas, filled with lush greens, and sprouting lotus.

Hangzhou West Lake at night

Hangzhou West Lake at night
The West Lake in Hangzhou is probably one of the most visited tourist spots in the whole of China. Apparently it's true beauty only appears when there's mist and fog around - having had a clear night when we were there, it seems fairly true. Without... Continue »

Bamboo Pattern

Bamboo Pattern
Taken at Yunxi Zhujing, Hangzou.

Bamboo Lined Path

Bamboo Lined Path
Yunxi Zhujing is one of the less visited, smaller attractions of Hangzhou. It's easy and possible to get there by bus from the West Lake, and it's a nice escape from the swarm of tourists at the big highlights around.

The tea house building of Dojo Stara Wies

The tea house building of Dojo Stara Wies
On my attempt to re-create a photo I mistakenly shoot as video - and therefore only have it in a small resolution[^1] - I got up early on my second day during our visit to Stara Wieś as well. No rain, no sleet, lovely sunshine. And cold. And wavy... Continue »

The sauna building and the tea house of Dojo Stara Wies

The sauna building and the tea house of Dojo Stara Wies
Along the previous picture, this is another perspective on tea house and the sauna building at Dojo Stara Wieś, with a lot of sunshine at a dazzlingly cold morning.

Panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

Panorama of Dojo Stara Wies
Before saying goodbye to Stara Wieś, I wanted to make an image of the whole little village. This should have been made either earlier in the morning, or much later, at sunset, but when you go there to train, one can't simply run and leave the class... Continue »

Snowy panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

Snowy panorama of Dojo Stara Wies
When you expect the same weather one year apart on the same spot in Central Europe, it usually doesn't work. I deliberately got up 5am to make use of the incredible water surfaces next to the houses at Dojo Stara Wieś, only to realize that this time... Continue »

Snowy morning between the houses at Dojo Stara Wies

Snowy morning between the houses at Dojo Stara Wies
Same morning as the previous image[^1] about the lovely dojo at Stara Wieś, with it's curving roads across the fantasy Japanese village. [^1]: https://petermolnar.net/stara-wies-dojo-snowy-rooftops

Snowy rooftops of the living accommodations at Dojo Stara Wies

Snowy rooftops of the living accommodations at Dojo Stara Wies
A year later to our previous visit[^1] we repeated our Spring Retreat with Pa-Kua[^2] to the magnificent dojo at Stara Wieś. On the contrary to last year's glorious ~23°C, the first morning was gloomy, with sleet and snow. At least it was... Continue »

Antico Borgo in Galtelli

Antico Borgo in Galtelli
Galtelli, the old capital of Sardinia has extremely narrow and quite steep streets, with adorable places to stay at; this is one of them.

Dune di Piscinas

Dune di Piscinas
One of the nicest little beaches on Sardinia, which we got to by a little walk, across the dunes.

Drought

Drought
Spikes, dry dirt, heat - although it's a bit of an illusion. This was next to a stream, on an area which only gets wet during spring, but it was right next to fresh water.

Gorropu Gorge

Gorropu Gorge
Gorropu Gorge is gigantic, peaceful, quiet, and quite steep to get to when walking. There are signs up at the top of the hill before starting to descent that it's no a light walk, and I have to admit, it's a decent climb down and then up, but it's... Continue »

That is not a snake

That is not a snake
That piece of driftwood genuinely scared me when I spotted it through the rocks. The moment you move or zoom closer, the illusion disappears.

Reptile

Reptile
This little fellow was staring at me after a rain at Sardinia, in a small forest of olive trees, covering ancient ruins of disturbingly sharply designed sacred wells[^1]. [^1]: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/well-of-santa-cristina

Not Ireland

Not Ireland
This is a deceptive image: from all I know, this should be in Ireland. Reality says this is on the semi-island of Sardinia, below Tharros.

Mine, abandoned

Mine, abandoned
There are a couple of abandoned mines in Sardinia - this one was turned into a museum, which would have required hours and guided tour to see inside. We were not that interested to inside, but the view certainly had stereotypical lost wild west... Continue »

2018

Stream of Cascada de Los Colores

Stream of Cascada de Los Colores
On the Canary Island La Palma, unexpectedly, there is a lot of water. Some of this water ends up in the Cascada de Los Colores, a small waterfall of red, yellow, and green streams. Soon the stream becomes mostly red, stays like that for a while,... Continue »

La Caldera de Taburiente

La Caldera de Taburiente
The very top of La Palma is the Roque de los Muchachos with it's 2426m height. On cloudy days, this is the view - that pointy thing in the distance is the Teide on Tenerife, way above the clouds, with it's 3718m.

Stargazers

Stargazers
The Roque de los Muchachos host a significant amount and rather important astronomy telescopes. Unfortunately visitors are not allowed up here during the night because even that tiny ligth pollution could distort measurements, but it's certainly a... Continue »

La Caldera de Taburiente panorama

La Caldera de Taburiente panorama
A panorama from Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma at 2426m.

Engawa of the dojo building at Dojo Stara Wieś

Engawa of the dojo building at Dojo Stara Wieś
This is the ourdoor veranda, the engawa of the dojo building itself at Dojo Stara Wieś[^1]. The building hosts three beautiful areas to practice martial arts in a place, which resembles their origin quite well. [^1]: http://www.dojostarawies.com/en.html Continue »

Dawn at Dojo Stara Wieś

Dawn at Dojo Stara Wieś
I had the chance from Pakua UK[^1] to spend a weekend at Dojo Stara Wieś[^2] in Poland. Unexpected as it is, the Dojo is a small village, built for Japanese martial arts, in Japanese architectural style. While it's not the complete fairytale Japan... Continue »

Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom

Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom
Just another abandoned, decaying factory in Budapest.

Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom 2

Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom 2
Empty windows, nature slowly taking over, rubble everywhere - a few decades of decay.

2017

Puertito de los Molinos

Puertito de los Molinos
Puertito de los Molinos has huge, steep, beautiful walls of rock surrounding it; unfortunately it's more or less impossible to climb down on them. We planned to get here by sunset, but it was pitch black when we actually arrived, so instead before... Continue »

Road to Malpaís Grande

Road to Malpaís Grande
The road to and from Pozo Negro is quiet, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to look at: it comes all the way along the black fields of lava which started at Malpaís Grande and ended up at the sea at Pozo Negro.

Pozo Negro

Pozo Negro
Pozo Negro got about 2 sentences in the guide book for Fuerteventura, and most of those 2 lines was that it has 2 pescados, fish restaurants. Well, it did, in fact had nice fish, and if you're there by sunset, like we were, it also offers beautiful colours. Continue »

Mountains of Fuerteventura

Mountains of Fuerteventura
There is a rather empty road on Fuerteventura, the one that goes through Betancuria, in the mountains, to the south, FV-30. I can certainly recommend taking this route if you can: it's calm, outerworldly, with ravens visiting you at the miradors,... Continue »

Peñitas Dam

Peñitas Dam
During the past centuries there were numerous attempts to make Fuerteventura greener again - one of them was the Peñitas Dam. Unfortunately the erosion of the surrounding mountains is too strong, pushing a lot of soil into the dam, making the water... Continue »

A desert of Fuerteventura

A desert of Fuerteventura
The image was taken from the top of Mirador De Morro Velosa, on our way to Betancuria.

Panorama from Mirador De Morro Velosa

Panorama from Mirador De Morro Velosa
When visiting a mirador, one might expect a place to buy coffee next to a magnificent view, but Mirador De Morro Velosa offers a lot more. Besides the panoramic view, the building also functions as a museum about the islands and their origins - and... Continue »

Wine yard on Lanzarote

Wine yard on Lanzarote
On that black slope you can see small semi-circles of stones: those are humiditiy traps with vine in their middle. Wine from Lanzarote is sweet and very nice, and knowing it's growing on a martinan land makes it even more exciting.

Panorama of Timanfaya National Park

Panorama of Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is a vast wasteland of volcanic eruptions happened mostly around 1730. It is unique, beautiful, looks like an alien planet, and quite dangerous to walk on your own. The road on the left is the route the camels take when... Continue »

Layers of volcanic ash

Layers of volcanic ash
Lanzarote has a unique lake: it's completely green, called El Lago Verde. The colour is due to the different volcanic ash falling into the small lake: all these magnificent slopes around it are contributing to creating that green water.

The top of Timanfaya

The top of Timanfaya
At the top of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, there is a building, designed by César Manrique, called El Diablo: it uses completely natural hot air coming from the depths of the Earth to cook. This is the view in front of it.

Stream with oak leaves

Stream with oak leaves
Sometimes the simple, small things, are just as gorgeous: this was in the stream that as flowing down from a gigantic waterfall in Ireland.

A piece of Powerscourt Waterfall

A piece of Powerscourt Waterfall
Only a small portion of the huge Powerscourt Waterfall in Ireland. The place is beautiful, however, it can get very crowded, so taking images of the whole waterfall is very tricky.

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - browns

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - browns
Occasionally it's worth getting off the usual tracks and paths; you end up in abandoned, unmaintained parts of the forest, leading into dark rows of pines all around you.

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - greens

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - greens
Irish forests are beautiful, and all the greens collide before autumn sits in.

Sunset at Kilchurn Castle

Sunset at Kilchurn Castle
At the end of a wonderful organised day tour we visited Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. We a decent weather all the day - given it was winter in Scotland, I was very glad for it, but the sunset was certainly magnificent.

Sunset at Loch Awe

Sunset at Loch Awe
Sunsets can be magnificent all around the UK, but they seem to be astonishing in Scotland - if you're lucky enough to see the sun. We were, thank fully.

Island on Loch Awe

Island on Loch Awe
Sunsets have been photographed so many times that when you see one that's truly outstanding you end up finding yourself looking for excuses why you took the picture. It's simple: it was, in fact, beautiful.

Trees burning in the sunset

Trees burning in the sunset
We passed this tiny island on our way to Kilchurn Castle and back. Going there, they were simple, grey trees, but when the sun was setting, it was lighting up the branches just like it was the colour of the leaves or the trees themselves. You need... Continue »

Mountains around Glencoe

Mountains around Glencoe
There is a large parking lot in Glencoe where everybody stoppes to take pictures. While the view on the opposite is indeed magnificent, if you turn around, you can see just as interesting and just as beautiful landscapes as well.

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland
Clencoe in Scotland is a manificent place, but it feels incredibly distant from what I'm usually used to. Vast, flowing clouds, close enough that sometimes they are just above your head, snow capped, steep (although not too large) mountains all around.

Lizard at La Palma

Lizard at La Palma
La Palma is full of these little fellows, curious, fast, beautiful. If you give them some pressed fruit bars, they come very close.

La Palma - stones on the shore

La Palma - stones on the shore
On the first day we arrived to La Palma we only started to look around and arrived into one of the larger towns rather late. This, however, is never a problem for photographers: we walked down to the part of the shore where only one people was... Continue »

La Palma - Tazacorte

La Palma - Tazacorte
Tazacorte is not a particularly interesting city - although the various, colourful houses are nice -, but the view is exceptional. All those green trees are banana trees; the air is crisp and the sea is magnificent.

La Palma - panorama

La Palma - panorama
I barely ever had any GPS reception on La Palma so it's a little hard to tell where exactly the pictures were taken - pictures indeed, because this is a panorama stitched together from 3 handheld images from a DSLR by Hugin[^1]. I'm extremely... Continue »

La Palma - Teneguía

La Palma - Teneguía
The South-West area of La Palma is the youngest in terms of volcanic activity; there was a huge erosion in the '70s, which formed the land the way it is today. Originally we didn't plan to visit this area for too long, thinking it's not as... Continue »

La Palma - Teneguía sky

La Palma - Teneguía sky
I've seen magnificent skies, but the non-earthy, black volcanic ground, combined with deep blue sky and beautiful clouds is certainly on the list of the outerworld-ish experiences. I did use a polarizer, but I was only trying to capture what my eyes saw. Continue »

La Palma - volcano route next to Enríque

La Palma - volcano route next to Enríque
Note: always stay 2 additional days at a location than you were originally planning and don't plan anything for that 2 days. So whatever you were unaware of, but about learn during your stay, you can check out on that 2 days. Unfortunately we... Continue »

La Palma - view on the volcano route

La Palma - view on the volcano route
There is a footpath on La Palma which takes you through the moon-like landscape of volcanos - the only problem with it is that with all the black rocks, it can get very hot there. This is a view from the South towards North.

The dock of La Palma

The dock of La Palma
The best excursions and holidays are the ones where apart from the planned, you allocate time for the unplanned, our you're willing to adapt. We were certainly not planning to go out for whale and dolphin watching, but when we stopped at a... Continue »

Cambridge night lamps

Cambridge night lamps
Sometimes, when you live in a beautiful city, you take it for granted, and overlook all the marvels around you. Unfortunately I barely ever wonder in the center of Cambridge during night, but at one day it all felt so perfect, still, quiet, and... Continue »

Beddgelert

Beddgelert
Our third visit to Wales was in autumn, and though I've not yet been there during winter, I can safely state it's always beautiful. Beddgelert is a small community; the name of the place originates from a sad story of a heroic dog. It can offer you... Continue »

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen
The surroundings of Betws-y-Coed can offer numerous attractions, from peaks to abandoned mines, but there is a certain little creek which looks like a place out of myths and fairytales: the Fairy Glen. The whole area is a light trip, but it makes a... Continue »

Tihany

Tihany
It is always hard to take pictures of places you know well: when you've seen places countless times none of the scenery look extraordinary enough to fossilise it for eternity. Thankfully, there are exceptions. This was taken in Tihany, at a... Continue »

2016

Stream at Llyn Idwal 2

Stream at Llyn Idwal 2
Afternoon sun, snow on the top of the mountains, streams wherever you look - Snowdonia is magnificent during spring.

Stream at Llyn Idwal

Stream at Llyn Idwal
This was our very first visit to Snowdonia, and I'm glad we went at the beginning of May: only a month later, these little streams dry up for the summer, and while the view is still magnificent, I liked it better with the numerous waterfalls and... Continue »

Llyn Idwal 1

Llyn Idwal 1
The perfect weather is never only bright sunshine. For us, here, it was some remnants of snow on the top, occasional clouds with the mix of sunshine and a reasonable temperature to walk around. That is the perfect weather.

Llyn Idwal

Llyn Idwal
One can always wish for the perfect weather, yet most of the times, it remains a wish. Not this time. There is a National Trust recommendation to visit Llyn Idwal, which Nora[^1] spotted, and they were right about the place: it's magnificent. We... Continue »

Snowdonia

Snowdonia
When you realise there is a bank holiday coming soon, and you have no plans yet even though weather looks promising, you start looking for options. In our case the usual destination is the Peak District, but it was sold out, so we had to look... Continue »

Winter meets Spring

Winter meets Spring
Sometimes winter is long; sometimes there is snow in May in Wales. Sometimes one mountain is still covered in snow, when the other reached spring already. No edit, just crop.

Monkeys of nothingness 2

Monkeys of nothingness 2
I love prime lens. They are small, sharp, and by removing a step to think about - no zoom - they let you think more of that actually is going to be in the picture. ( Although this may not be true in general, only in my case. ) But primes can become... Continue »

Monkeys of nothingness

Monkeys of nothingness
There are moments in your life which you never expect, never anticipate to see. Even if you've seen countless brilliant photographs or numerous magnificent movies of nature, you don't expect to see a Buddhist temple, with a monkey family, buried in... Continue »

Elephant Bathing Pool - Xixiangchi Monastery

Elephant Bathing Pool - Xixiangchi Monastery
According to the legend, this was the spot where Samantabhadra stopped his elephant to have a rest in a pool on his way to the mountain top - thus the name. Imagine an ancient monastery, with only a handful a people, up in the clouds, with red... Continue »

Waterfall at Emei Mountain

Waterfall at Emei Mountain
Imagine 20km stairs ahead of you and it's already dusk - that is the point you realise you _will_ spend your night at a monastery, but you still need to hurry to get there before everything turns pitch black and you're left with the monkeys. So... Continue »

A waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion

A waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Pavilion it a fairly central point at Emei Mountain: 4 main routes merge here, and it's also the closest place to go and see monkeys from. It also hosts numerous small/medium waterfalls, such as this one.

Emei flowers

Emei flowers
Arriving at the top of Emei, at 3099m wasn't as elevating as we expected - mostly due to the thick fog. Given you're sitting inside a cloud, it is reasonable, but takes away one of the most magnificent scenery you could experience. However, it... Continue »

Mount Emei crab

Mount Emei crab
This is obviously a crab. What's interesting about it is that it's sitting in reinforced concrete, that was made to look like wood, and that it's currently on a mountain, around 2000m. This was the second little fellow we met - I managed to scare... Continue »

Greens of Emei 2

Greens of Emei 2
Emei Mountain: the home of the first ever Buddhist monastery in China - according to the legends. Countless stairs with barely anyone on the routes where monasteries are still alive and breathing.

Greens of Emei 1

Greens of Emei 1
Emei Mountain has countless waterfalls - and besides their numbers, they are huge. During spring, the whole mountain turns green, all variations and combinations of green; the air is heavy, but clean, and the noises of the forest are distant and... Continue »

Qingcheng gulch

Qingcheng gulch
I was expecting many nice temples and carefully maintained steps on the front side of Mount Qincheng, but not hundred meter deep gulch; and while I prefer to shoot images like this without people on it, in this case, to show the real sizes.

Taoits Temple on Mount Qingcheng

Taoits Temple on Mount Qingcheng
I think these temples on Mount Qingcheng are always exceptional, but the mist and the rain adds to the mystery for sure. It's both a bless and a curse to be in a place like this with bad weather: minimal amount of tourists, compared to the normal,... Continue »

Golden Dragons

Golden Dragons
What do you do when you're finally in China, but there's a massive rain over the whole territory that's within range? You go visit a mountain that is full of temples. Temples have roof, and that is good, and they also have and incredible atmosphere... Continue »

Erwang temple garden

Erwang temple garden
Most of the monasteries and temples have areas where people can gather and sit down - for tourists, this can be a bless. We were at the very and of the day and only a few of us stayed this long, so I could take a peaceful image of the place.

Erwang Temple

Erwang Temple
Most of the places which are easy or relatively easy to reach are packed with tourists on many days. It's really hard to make a picture where the people don't disturb the scene too much. As for the angles: I decided not to cut the image, because... Continue »

Anshun Bridge

Anshun Bridge
The Husband and Wife bridge that overlooks the river Min, with the Qinyan Tower in the back. Unlike most of my pictures, this was given a little contrast and color, since we had a hazy, late afternoon, when everything becomes a little too gray.

Dujiangyan at night 5

Dujiangyan at night 5
We weren't expecting this many lights in the city of Dujiangyan. It still stuns me that unlike most cities in Europe, Chinese cities love extensive night lights and since they are mostly LEDs, it's not even expensive. I have no idea what this... Continue »

Dujiangyan at night 4

Dujiangyan at night 4
We weren't expecting this many lights in the city of Dujiangyan. It still stuns me that unlike most cities in Europe, Chinese cities love extensive night lights and since they are mostly LEDs, it's not even expensive. I've never before seen rivers... Continue »

Dujiangyan at night 3

Dujiangyan at night 3
We weren't expecting this many lights in the city of Dujiangyan. It still stuns me that unlike most cities in Europe, Chinese cities love extensive night lights and since they are mostly LEDs, it's not even expensive. I love that even the temple on... Continue »

Dujiangyan at night 2

Dujiangyan at night 2
We weren't expecting this many lights in the city of Dujiangyan. It still stuns me that unlike most cities in Europe, Chinese cities love extensive night lights and since they are mostly LEDs, it's not even expensive. This was a covered foot... Continue »

Dujiangyan at night 1

Dujiangyan at night 1
We weren't expecting this many lights in the city of Dujiangyan. It still stuns me that unlike most cities in Europe, Chinese cities love extensive night lights and since they are mostly LEDs, it's not even expensive.

Eating panda 2

Eating panda 2
The face of happiness when you're eating. There's simply not much more to say; we've all been there.

None

None
This fellow was eating with it's back to the people, but soon, everyone else except the two of us left for a few minutes. By that time, I finally got to exchange looks and got a glimpse of it's face.

Chunxi Road

Chunxi Road
In Chengdu, most of the things, especially the shopping oriented areas, are open till 22:00, so late night shopping is by default a thing. I believe there is at least one street like this in every major city in the world, but unlike the usual, there... Continue »

Chengdu Night Lights

Chengdu Night Lights
Unlike the nightscapes in Europe, nightscapes in China is hard. There will be no straight white and red lines of car lights in Chendgu :)

Eastern Suburb Memory

Eastern Suburb Memory
Eastern Suburb Memory: an old TV cathode tube factory, converted into an art and leisure park. Sadly, not everything was lively and open: there were areas, like this, where no one was around and none of the pubs and stores were open. The scene... Continue »

Eastern Suburb Memory 4

Eastern Suburb Memory 4
Eastern Suburb Memory: an old TV cathode tube factory, converted into an art and leisure park. The aforementioned gigantic chimney, well lit to be seen during the night.

Eastern Suburb Memory 3

Eastern Suburb Memory 3
Eastern Suburb Memory: an old TV cathode tube factory, converted into an art and leisure park. Those are real windows, with glass, not blanks, and the reflections is about the gigantic chimney behind me. I ended up doing significant perspective... Continue »

Eastern Suburb Memory 2

Eastern Suburb Memory 2
Eastern Suburb Memory: an old TV cathode tube factory, converted into an art and leisure park. This area was said to be the most authentic part, with all the original parts. It looks exceptional in the night.

Eastern Suburb Memory 1

Eastern Suburb Memory 1
Eastern Suburb Memory: an old TV cathode tube factory, converted into an art and leisure park.

Up in the Sky 2

Up in the Sky 2
Taking photos from an commercial airplane is hard, and I barely ever succeed. This time, probably above the Altai Mountains, I got luck and was able to take some slightly surreal views. I only modified some colour and contrast here; the effect is... Continue »

Up in the Sky 1

Up in the Sky 1
Taking photos from an commercial airplane is hard, and I barely ever succeed. This time, probably above the Altai Mountains, I got luck and was able to take some slightly surreal views. I modified some colour and contrast here; also cut some from... Continue »

Jinli Street at night 3

Jinli Street at night 3
Jinli Street in Chengdu - this is how a shopping mall could have been 2000 years ago. If you decide to visit this place, go late, on a weekday, preferably afte rain; otherwise it's packed with hordes of tourists and locals.

Jinli Street at night 2

Jinli Street at night 2
Jinli Street in Chengdu - this is how a shopping mall could have been 2000 years ago. If you decide to visit this place, go late, on a weekday, preferably afte rain; otherwise it's packed with hordes of tourists and locals.

Jinli Street at night 1

Jinli Street at night 1
Jinli Street in Chengdu - this is how a shopping mall could have been 2000 years ago. If you decide to visit this place, go late, on a weekday, preferably afte rain; otherwise it's packed with hordes of tourists and locals.

Lake before Wuxian

Lake before Wuxian
Just before we reached the end of our 2 days descent of endless stairs of Mount Emei, we reached a lake before the Wuxian car park: it had a surreal, still surface, with incredible, dream-like reflections.

Here comes the silence

Here comes the silence
This is another view of that morning in Amsterdam, when rain, snow and sunrise happened together.

Apocalypse

Apocalypse
Starting the day with brilliant sunshine, arriving in the office café to have your first coffee of the day, just to look outside and see rain, quickly turning into snow while still having the sun in the back - I'm not convinced this is normal weather.

Amsterdam - Morning at RAI

Amsterdam - Morning at RAI
It may not seem like, but was taken at a morning, when people started waking up and getting into the city. I don't usually do this, but I cropped the image a little, dropping the very bottom of red tail-lights, and the very top of not too... Continue »

Amsterdam - Night at RAI 2

Amsterdam - Night at RAI 2
Same hotel, slightly different view of the RAI station in Amsterdam, at afternoon rush hour, when everyone is trying to get home in their cars. The only strange feeling it gives away is that this could be in any big city, in any country. Is the... Continue »

Amsterdam - Night at RAI

Amsterdam - Night at RAI
On my last visit to Amsterdam I stayed at a different location, much further from the central I usually do. I wasn't expecting to have a view, but for my surprise, I got this. Much city. Such sky. Wow.

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
Close to Cambridge there is a place, named Anglesey Abbey. It has a unique surrounding, something called a winter garden: species and plants from all over the world that are the most extraordinary during the not too cold winters in East of England.

Autumn in February

Autumn in February
Even though this view looks very much like it's an autumn scene it was taken in February. The trick is in the temperature: it was way too warm for a February, much like you'd expect from October, so it resulted in a similar toned forest around sunset.

The impossible colours of a forest

The impossible colours of a forest
There are certain colours you believe to be artificial, never to be found in nature. For my surprise, some mosses and lichens have weird, alien level colours, especially when they are combined with dull greys and browns in a winter forest.

Raven of the stairs

Raven of the stairs
This is underneath one of the stairs of Castle Cochem. It's a bit tricky to photograph due to the significant contrast, but it's quite a uniqe view.

Cat's Kingdom

Cat's Kingdom
The cat of Castle Eltz checking up on it's human visitors.

Castle Cat

Castle Cat
Not knowing the place has a winter 'close' our original goal was visiting Castle Eltz - when we learnt that entry is not possible, Nora[^1] started looking for alternatives. This is how we ended up in Cochem and the Castle of Cochem. This is the cat... Continue »

Crown

Crown
I'd been trying to take pictures like this for years, barely ever resulting in anything usable or even remotely similar to what I actually saw. This is one of the exceptions, and ancient red tree in the garden of Anglesey Abbey.

Spot the crow!

Spot the crow!
We were passing by on a street in Cambridge when I stopped to take a picture of the autumn sunset lights. Only after the first shot - which was with the wrong color temperature - I spotted the crow sitting on the roof.

MINE

MINE
When I took this image there was a constant, stormy wind and the seagulls, despite of their efforts, weren't moving at all, just staying at a single point in space in the air. I couldn't tell if the guy, holding up the chunk of chips was teasing... Continue »

into the white

into the white
There was a stormy wind when I took this picture and I was walking for about 10 minutes before finally taking it; holding my breath that the two guys in the pier stay where they are until I reach the perfect angle.

Shades of Herdwick

Shades of Herdwick
If you're not from England, you're not expecting to see a silver coloured sheep. That is until you visit the marvellous Lake District and encounter with your first Herdwick.

2015

Fire Fairy

Fire Fairy
Fire Fairy by Szabina Fogarasi Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány). I could not resist not to... Continue »

Fire Cavalier

Fire Cavalier
Fire Cavalier by Kornél József. Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány). I could not resist not to... Continue »

Fire Witch

Fire Witch
The Witch - green fire - performed by fire juggler Szabina Fogarasi. Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a... Continue »

Fire Warriors

Fire Warriors
Fire Warriors performed by fire jugglers Marcsi Kertész and Kornél József. Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg... Continue »

Fire Shaman

Fire Shaman
Fire Shaman - green fire -, performed by fire juggler István Kertész. Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a... Continue »

Money Capital

Money Capital
London has some interesting features. One of them is the situation when the sun is still up, you're standing at Mudchute Farm, literally next to a pig, looking at Canary Wharf, with lights on already. (And no, this was not edited, this was the... Continue »

Come to England. We have fairyland.

Come to England. We have fairyland.
In case you've ever wondered what could have been the inspiration behind fairytales; all the stories filled with pixies, sprites, the small people; you probably haven't been to the English or the Irish countryside yet.

Not that cliche

Not that cliche
There are photographic clichés - there always were photographic clichés, and even if you try to avoid them, sometimes you just flow with it, because there is a reason for their existence: generally, they are nice to see. In this case there was one... Continue »

Tarn in sunshine

Tarn in sunshine
After a long while, when we were returning and passing by the same tarn as earlier, the sun came out for a little while, lighting up all the area, including the still present mist on the other side of the lake. It's a little devastating to realize... Continue »

Tarn in mist

Tarn in mist
Back when I started taking photographs a bit more seriously I came across a professional artist: Adam Gibbs[^1]. Since he is also a mounteneer he gets to places literally noone else does. During our short, three days stay in the Lake District we... Continue »

Horsee

Horsee
We were driving back from a long day in Matlock - apparently we're crazy enough to do day-trips involving ~6 hours of driving and including a bit of walk as well - when we spotted a litte road, with two horses, right in front of a magnificent... Continue »

London Colours

London Colours
I've worked close to this station; used it basically every weekday in the morning and in the afternoon for 9 months, and I've never seen these colours before. London is beautiful at the end of September.

London Illusions

London Illusions
London is the city of illusions; the city that keeps telling you everything is possible, even if your time and resources are pretty limited for that everything. It's just like the reflection of that construction, which takes way too long and will... Continue »

Dead pier

Dead pier
Cankerous posts of an old pier in the lake Traumsee in Gmunden. While the other direction is filled with glamorous, pink-coloured, sunset mountains, sometimes there are other bits and pieces around that can be interesting.

Hütte am Murmeltierweg

Hütte am Murmeltierweg
> About 20 years ago was a marmot couple, probably the great-grandparents of today's residents live in the lush green lawn more attractive than in the barren sheep pasture of Mandlwand. The two dug the first building under the marked on photo stone... Continue »

High Alps

High Alps
This is the place where marmots live. They have a impressive taste.

Spotlight

Spotlight
If you wait long enough in Hallstatt at the lake on a day with sunshine and a few clouds, you'll end up with this view.

Last light

Last light
While sun is setting, this is a usual scene around Altmünster. However, the clouds at the back helped to add to the drama.

Bentley Brook

Bentley Brook
Unfortunately the UK is not famous for endless forests and low-population dense areas - yet, there are many small, hidden and beautiful places. There is a small valley in Matlock, which used to be a quite heavy industrial area in the Victorian age;... Continue »

Lumsdale Falls

Lumsdale Falls
The more time you spend on shooting a picture from the same spot the less chance of a good image you'll end up with. Try to plan it first, imagine it in your head and don't make unneeded shoots, like I did when I tried to frame the waterfall.

Bentley Brook, Lumsdale

Bentley Brook, Lumsdale
Trying to capture water is tricky, since many of us will fall into the trap of too long exposure. I've seen brilliant, multi-long-exposure photographs, which I'm way to far to master at this point, but the not-too-long exposure I'm getting slightly... Continue »

unnamed

unnamed
No story here. Just feel the picture.

Matlock cat

Matlock cat
A horrible habit of ours with my wife what in case we spot a sympathetic animal we try to touch it. In this case there was no need for any tricks, the cat walked right up to us and certainly tried to bewitch us to take her home. Being 200 miles... Continue »

Star

Star
Unfortunately I have no idea what species this plant is, but the shape definitely caught my eye. It's living in the "Conservatory" of the Barbican, which is not for music, but a place which looks like a dystopian sci-fi where nature had took over... Continue »

Twister

Twister
This was taken at an unnamed little forest somewhere around Cambridge, in a forest where anyone comfortably could shoot a gothic horror movie; these are branches of a pine. For years I had trouble cropping my pictures - it felt like cheating. This... Continue »

Disrupted sky

Disrupted sky
At a nice, April day we gathered some friends to go and visit a now disfunctioning aluminium metallurgy, which, as far as we knew, was turned into something like a museum. We learned that indeed, it used to be a museum, for about a year, but was... Continue »

Norwich Cathedral Passage

Norwich Cathedral Passage
The Norwich Cathedral has some very modern, very strange stained glass at the end of the left corridor which renders the area orange and purple during the afternoon.

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral
Nothing special to tell here, except for the story of their leaflets. When you enter a place they usually ask you what language you'd prefer and usually I make the joke that of course Hungarian - for my biggest surprise, they had Hungarian leaflets.... Continue »

A view from Barbican

A view from Barbican
This is a view from a less frequented part of the Barbican. This whole area is like an architecture-history display, but all the modern, straight lines makes it very hard to properly photograph it, especially without a tripod. If you plan to take... Continue »

Frozen moment of the 70s

Frozen moment of the 70s
Brustalism, as in architectural style was still present in England in the early 70s - and Barbican is probably the largest piece of it. It's like a frozen moment of the 70s - and not so surprisingly pretty familiar for those who come from Hungary... Continue »

Astoria Budapest

Astoria Budapest
I've taken this years ago. There are days when you just take out your camera, to finally take some pictures and nothing goes as you expect it; not the lights, not the people, nothing. It was one of those days - until I finally turned around, towards... Continue »

Birds, Rocks, Sea

Birds, Rocks, Sea
I've spotted these rocks at the Durdle Door - it was not even our original destination, but we picked the Day of the British Summer for our journey, which is surprisingly hot, so we ended up next to the sea. The truth is: I had this picture for 2... Continue »

Bird's eye view

Bird's eye view
A friend of our's is living on the 16th floor, which, on it's own, does not sound interesting. What makes it interesting is the view down from his bedroom, to the communal area of the building.

Bath moment

Bath moment
Bath is an interesting city - it's unreal compared to the rest of England, out of place and feels truly ancient. ( Not a big surprise, knowing that is still keeping the original, Roman street layout in the old town. ) This is just a small, everyday... Continue »

Into the sunset

Into the sunset
Also a shoot from Beachy Head; when the sunset is upon the shore the road gets more and more empty. I've spotted the biker going the direction of the curved road, so I waited till the point I could make this picture. The reason for the cut is that... Continue »

Forlorn

Forlorn
This was the second time I tried to photography these forgotten piles in the Seven Sisters Country Park; this time it was successful. Sometimes you need a more stable tripod.

Pebbles

Pebbles
Sea-washed pebbles on the shore of the Seven Sisters

Grass

Grass
I was trying to catch the soft and calming feeling of the Norfolk shores in Britain, so I ended up doing this multi-exposure image of the grass on the beach sand dunes being waved by the wind.

Seven Sisters from Beachy Head

Seven Sisters from Beachy Head
Beachy Head is one of the viewpoints you can see the Seven Sister from - although you need some luck to capture all seven of the peaks in one picture, which I lacked this time.

The Countryside

The Countryside
Sheeps, lighthouse, hills, sunset - all you need for a cheesy countryside picture, yet, I still believe this is beautiful.

Hills from Beachy Head

Hills from Beachy Head
When we first visited Beachy Head we could not stay to enjoy - and photograph - the sunset from that marvellous and exceptional location; this time, we arrived right on time. This area is a gorgeous example of The Stereotype Countryside but it's... Continue »

Baby fern

Baby fern
The Budapest Zoo had been in a pretty bad condition ~20-25 years ago; nowadays it's probably on the list f the best zoos in the whole world. I've found this in the Palm House.

Frozen

Frozen
The Midlands do get some snow and proper winter, but not much. Yet somehow we ended up in the only foggy spot on probably the whole Britain on a Sunday when everywhere else the sun was shining. The trip was worth it regardless of this.

Photographers

Photographers
Peak District, sunset, and photographers.

Lud's Church - Rectangulars

Lud's Church - Rectangulars
Lud's Church is an astonishingly beautiful chasm in the Peak District. You have two paths to choose from to visit it and from one of these the place is literally a hole in the ground. I'm glad we choose the other path. The place itself is similar... Continue »

Lud's Church - Edges

Lud's Church - Edges
Lud's Church is an astonishingly beautiful chasm in the Peak District. You have two paths to choose from to visit it and from one of these the place is literally a hole in the ground. I'm glad we choose the other path. The place itself is similar... Continue »

False sunset

False sunset
It's been a long time since I last photographed sunsets, but this was something different. On the flight from the UK to Hungary we had this scene, where it was hard to tell where the sun actually is. It was 14:50 local time, therefore the real... Continue »

2014

London, Liverpool Street

London, Liverpool Street
I had a day out in London, visiting a few markets around Spitalfields. When I headed back to the station the sun came out for a few moments from the clouds and the street was nearly abandoned.

Chimneys

Chimneys
Just a bunch of chimneys on top of the concrete block houses in Hungary with a nice sunset in the back. To be honest, it's a rare scene. This was photographed from my parents window and during the decade I lived here, I've barely seen anything similar.

Autumn fern

Autumn fern
We visited the very middle of the Peak District in the middle of November, hoping that there are still a few, bright autumn colour trees around - we were wrong. By this time of the years the Peak District is already in the winter state, so instead... Continue »

B&W - pines in the mist

B&W - pines in the mist
Sometimes the rude weather we got in Huanglong (黄龙) lightened up a bit and showed us the pines on the mountainside.

B&W - Bottom of a waterfall

B&W - Bottom of a waterfall
There is one waterfall in the Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) where it's possible to walk behind it; it's definitely a different view and feeling compared to the front views.

B&W - Shunan Bamboo Sea

B&W - Shunan Bamboo Sea
During our day in the Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) we had a thick fog. From one point of view it was bad that we could not see many of the marvellous waterfalls but on the other hand the mist gave a unique, mistique and remote feeling to the place.

Shunan Zuhai

Shunan Zuhai
For someone not speaking Chinese at all getting to Shunan Zhuhai, the Bamboo Sea is not as easy as it seems, but due to the kind and helpful locals, our visit turned out fantastic. The Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海国家公园) is a large, true bamboo forest:... Continue »

Huanglong Ancient Temple

Huanglong Ancient Temple
The day we visited Huanglong Valley at first we got snowing. Since we started at ~3800m it's not that surprising that later it turned into sleet and rain. This is how Huanglong Ancient Temple ( 黃龍古寺 ) looks on the inside when it's raining.

Sichuan waterfalls - Marvelous Flying Waterfall

Sichuan waterfalls - Marvelous Flying Waterfall
Huanglong Valley (黄龙沟) is a scenic area in Sichuan with countless, bright blue and green ponds and astonishing waterfalls. This is theMarvellous Flying Waterfall (飛瀑流輝) in autumn. It's usually photographed from the other side, but I've found this... Continue »

Anshun Bridge in Chendgu at night

Anshun Bridge in Chendgu at night
We saw the beautiful Anshun Bridge (安顺桥) from the distance from the bus when we got back to Chendgu (成都) late in the night. Next day we decided to visit it; during the time we were prepairing to take the pictures a photographer lady told us that... Continue »

Anshun Bridge, Chengdu (closeup)

Anshun Bridge, Chengdu (closeup)
A closer view of Anshun Bridge (安顺桥) in Chendgu (成都). Many thanks for the photographer lady who told us that it's much nicer from the other direction. We followed her through the Halloween-themed party places on the riverside and I have to admit: it... Continue »

Huanglong: Jade green pond

Huanglong: Jade green pond
Jade green pond in Huanglong (黄龙). I never really believe these colours exist without any alteration to the pictures, but they are real. Huanglong is one of a kind with it's fairytale ponds.

Autumn in Huanglong

Autumn in Huanglong
A view somewhere near the Bonsai Pond in Huanglong (黄龙), with a not-too-bonsai size, autumn colour fir and the unbelievably blue pond it's growing out from.

Huanglong

Huanglong
Ponds in Huanglong; these blue ponds are said to be the scales of the giant Yellow Dragon that valley is named after.

Huanglong - a view of the ancient temple

Huanglong - a view of the ancient temple
The hundreds of years old Huanglong Ancient Temple from the shore of the Multi-Coloured Ponds in a bit of a snow. Even though this is not the weather you wish for at a visit to a natural phenomenon it certainly has it's own magic when you see these... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: Peacock Riverbed

Jiuzhaigou: Peacock Riverbed
Peacock Riverbed is a part of the Five Flowers Lake of Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟). It has lots of dead trees in deep, rich green-blue water, which changes hue when you're walking around it.

Jiuzhaigou: Multicoloured Lake

Jiuzhaigou: Multicoloured Lake
Taken at the Multicoloured Lake of Jiuzhaigou Valley China, lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), Sichuan, autumn; with all the reflections of the autumn colours, the blues of the water, the small tree on the tiny island on top of a dead, underwater tree... Continue »

Panda Waterfalls, Jiuzhaigou

Panda Waterfalls, Jiuzhaigou
The Panda Waterfalls is the one falling from Panda Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟). We had only one day in the park - where one could easily spend weeks - and we wanted to visit both valleys accessible. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry by... Continue »

Sichuan mountains - a view from Jiuzhaigou Primeval Forest

Sichuan mountains - a view from Jiuzhaigou Primeval Forest
Scene from the Primeval Forest bus stop in Jiuzhaigou. We had a very limited time at this point: it was getting late and we both started to feel dizzy due to the rapid changes in the altitude - the spot I've been standing at is at approximately... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: The Five Coloured Pool

Jiuzhaigou: The Five Coloured Pool
The Five Coloured Pool in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) is the biggest attraction. It's a small lake with 5 different tones of rich blue, a blue which is very, very rare. The crowd is pretty bad around the lake, especially in the middle of the day, so... Continue »

Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou

Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou
This view was on of the reasons why we ended up going to Sichuan for our honeymoon: Nuorilang Waterfall, in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟)...A long time ago, in one of the Chinese chophouses in Hungary, there was a calendar with a picture of this view.... Continue »

Nuorilang Waterfall (part)

Nuorilang Waterfall (part)
Part of the magnificent Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), Sichuan. The water drops from a lake, half covered with plants, so it seems like falling out from the field itself. ..It's nearly impossible to avoid the crowd, but during... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake 2

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake 2
This is the view of Rhinoceros Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) when autumn arrives and all the trees changes into different, burning colours around it. The footpath on the opposite side of the road is nearly empty; if you want to escape the crowds... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake

Jiuzhaigou: Rhinoceros Lake
Rhinoceros Lake is just one of the lakes in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟), in Sichuan, China. It has a deep, fascinating green-blue colour which reflects the autumn painted trees miraculously. The footpath on the opposite side of the road is nearly... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros lake 2

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros lake 2
We spent a day in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) in Sichuan, China. After the first shock of immense amount of tourists at the front gates the walk path beside the beautiful Rhinoceros lake turned out to be nearly empty. This reflection was photographed there.

Rhinoceros Lake, Jiuzhaigou

Rhinoceros Lake, Jiuzhaigou
This is real. There is not a single piece faked on this view. A view from the footpath on the left side of Rhinoceros Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟). Nowadays you have to take the bus in the valley at the front gates. To find this view jump off at... Continue »

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros Lake

Jiuzhaigou: reflections in Rhinoceros Lake
Taken ad Rhinoceros Lake, in Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) in Sichuan, China, At first, even in real life, it was hard to tell reflection from origin.

Morning veiw from a Jiuzhaigou accommodation

Morning veiw from a Jiuzhaigou accommodation
This is the view you get if you wake up early enough in the freezing cold and walk out from your unheated room in Zanghzha, the city made for tourists besides Jiuzhaigou valley. (We did have heated bed, so sleeping was not an issue.)

Shrinekeeper in Qingyang Taoist Temple

Shrinekeeper in Qingyang Taoist Temple
The Qingyang Taoist Temple in Chengdu (成都) is rather a small, ancient village than a temple, from the eyes of a European. This old lady was keeping the incense holder clean and tidy in front of a shrine.

Sunset from Mount Qingcheng

Sunset from Mount Qingcheng
Mount Qingcheng (青城山) is a sacred mountain - and so a popular tourist attraction - close to Chengdu, in China. Instead of going to the much more crowded front mountain, we decided to go to the rear, wilder and less touristy back mountain. It was... Continue »

The lake on the rear peak of Mount Qingcheng

The lake on the rear peak of Mount Qingcheng
In case you climb the rear peak of Mount Qingcheng (青城山) there is a small lake in the way. The only option to cross it is to jump on the ferry which goes from one side to the other. Be careful to reach the last one: after it gets dark, the ferryman... Continue »

Abstract Shore

Abstract Shore
The original plan for our trip was to visit South Wales, but we decided to turn South after Cotswolds to get to the sea as fast as possible due to the very warm summer day. So we ended up visiting the Durdle Door.

WUT?!

WUT?!
Surprised Snowy Owl in Linton Zoo.

Deer with starling

Deer with starling
Deer in autumn Richmond Park with a starling on it's back.

Red deer in Richmond Park

Red deer in Richmond Park
Red deer in autumn Richmond Park

Squirrel silhouette

Squirrel silhouette
Silhouette of a squirrel in Greenwich.

Industrials - Nolyémi 2

Industrials - Nolyémi 2
Thanks for a kind security guard, we were able to use the Malomudvar, and old, early 20th century mill as our background when we took some pictures for and LD50 ( a now inactive community site ) gallery.

Industrials - Nolyémi 1

Industrials - Nolyémi 1
Thanks for a kind security guard, we were able to use the Malomudvar, and old, early 20th century mill as our background when we took some pictures for and LD50 ( a now inactive community site ) gallery.

Industrials - Lini

Industrials - Lini
There is a relic in Budapest from a previous era, called Csepel Művek[^1]. During its good ol' days, it gave work to 20 000 people, had its own infrastructure, internal post network, and so on. Sadly half of it is abandoned, including some large... Continue »

Summer

Summer
This is one of the rare images I took with an analogue machine. The original is colour, but I knew this was going to be a black and white one in the end. The scan of the negative was done in a common quick lab, the black & white conversion by... Continue »

Stage Twinkles - An angel of Mare Temporis

Stage Twinkles - An angel of Mare Temporis
Mare Temporis[^1] is a historical re-enacting group, focusing on medieval Europe with some occasional additions. This scene was captured at an event in February, held at an artificial ice-skating place to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of... Continue »

Stage Twinkles - Békakirály

Stage Twinkles - Békakirály
"Szabad ötletek jegyzéke" ( Catalogue of free thoughts ? ) is definitely the most depressing, most intimate work of the Hungarian poet, Attila József. A shadow theatre decided to make it a recitation with some additional tones: projected, live... Continue »

Trick of the light

Trick of the light
I took this at Contrast Festival 2[^1], an alternative festival took place a few years ago. Surprisingly after the sun went down it became much easier to take pictures; most probably because the coloured lights became more visible. [^1]:... Continue »

Switch-box

Switch-box
Budapest has some fairly abandoned locations, including most of the areas of the old abattoir. This is a still in use, working electricity-distributor box.

Cacao barrels

Cacao barrels
In Zandaam, The Netherlands, we've came across a few barrels right next to one of the windmills.

Angry Gods

Angry Gods
I've been in storms, seen storms; many kind of them, but not ever before or since one like this. The clouds where shining, like strobes or light bulbs, without a sound. It was terrifying and magnificent at the same time ( and also impossible to... Continue »

Top of the World - Røros

Top of the World - Røros
In 2006 I was lucky enough to be part of a 16 bus-trip in Norway. I've seen miraculous places, including the small town of Røros, with it's abandoned copper mine and the leftover hills of it.

Top of the World - Durdle Door

Top of the World - Durdle Door
Original target: South-Wales. After getting out of the car in Costwolds, we decided to turn down and visit the sea due to the nearly 30 °C outside. Incredibly cold water, beautiful location and view, crazy tourists in top of the hill.

Norfolk Lavender - Late Lavender

Norfolk Lavender - Late Lavender
We reached the Norfolk lavender fields just before sunset, which gave us nice gradient backgrounds. If you ever plan to visit the lavender fields, do it in July; that is the time when they are the most beautiful.

Norfolk Lavender - Tortile Tongue

Norfolk Lavender - Tortile Tongue
Red Admiral butterfly feeding on Norfolk lavender. Slow and calm, probably due to being soothened by the lavender :)

Norfolk Lavender - European Peacock butterfly

Norfolk Lavender - European Peacock butterfly
An European Peacock Butterfly sitting on a lavender in Norfolk. The are quite slow and relaxed, probably due to the soothing effect of the lavender :)

Peak District in the winter - skull

Peak District in the winter - skull
Originally we wanted to take a photo of the waterfall in the background and only spotted the white skull when we reached it very close.

Peak District in the winter - waterfall

Peak District in the winter - waterfall
We spotted the waterfall from the tourist path way above; the slope was surprisingly steep downhills, but the view was worth it.

Sunrise - Amsterdam winter sunrise

Sunrise - Amsterdam winter sunrise
Working at a Friday after the Christmas Party of the company is not always the experience we're looking forward for; except when we're granted with views like this, a sunrise on a gloomy morning, where our Sun looks dying and sick above Amsterdam.

Trees - death of a pine

Trees - death of a pine
I've captured this in the Slovak Paradise and this is probably the only photo with the Nikon D80 that ever reproduced greens nearly at the same level a Fuji does.

Trees - Forest of ice

Trees - Forest of ice
This was the scenery that made me start taking photos seriously. During a few days of skying in Slovenia, at one of the mornings I saw these threes at the top of the mountain: all of them frozen in ice, all beautiful and surreal, with untouched... Continue »

Trees - Reflections in Norra Lunsen

Trees - Reflections in Norra Lunsen
Norra Lunsen has some deep, truly black waters where it's hard to tell the reflection apart from a normal view. This was the place where I finally understood, why the "little duck bathes in black lake" in a childhood verse.

Trees - Norra Lunsen

Trees - Norra Lunsen
Norra Lunsen[^1] is a nature reserve right next to the Swedish city, Uppsala. A while ago they decided to restore the original, marsh state of the area. You mostly walk on wooden planks and the green "meadow" below you is not grass; it's pitch black... Continue »

Trees - Autumn

Trees - Autumn
Richmond Park in London is a magnificent place, at any time of the year. All the autumn colours, the deer blending into the fading browns and yellows; and scenes like this, scenes with emotions, scenes that makes you stop and wonder for a while.

Trees - Blurry Sandringham

Trees - Blurry Sandringham
Blurry was trendy, so I made it blurry. And the wind of course was blowing too hard not to do so.

Trees - Harridan of St. Marx

Trees - Harridan of St. Marx
There is a romantic period graveyard, St. Marx Friedhof, in Vienna. I was reading a text on the history of the graveyard and by looking up from it I saw this "tree", this witch, guarding the dead.

Trees - Nymph of the Peak District

Trees - Nymph of the Peak District
During our visit to the winter Peak District, I saw this tree - I'd rather say, this dryad, this wood nymph. No wonder there are that many legends and myths of woodland creatures.

Hidden world - resting ladybird

Hidden world - resting ladybird
We arrived in Norra Lunsen, a natural reserve in Sweden - according to the local tourist information, it's the middle of nowhere yet it's literally on the edge of the city. After sitting down it only took a few minutes to notice all the small,... Continue »

Hidden world - natural fractal

Hidden world - natural fractal
Ferns leaves are natural fractals; little miracles of the world.

Hidden world - pine cones in Norfolk forest

Hidden world - pine cones in Norfolk forest
Lichen is common in a fir forest, but I rarely encounter this much covered cones.

Hidden world - orange mushroom

Hidden world - orange mushroom
At the London Wetland Centre there is a small area that resembles Iceland, with a wall made of stones and lots of moss. I've found this little, orange mushroom there.

Hidden shapes - Orders

Hidden shapes - Orders
Pine branches that reminded me a fairy king, giving order to the audience.

Hidden shapes - Earthworm Jim

Hidden shapes - Earthworm Jim
A black, frost-bitten berry that reminded me way too much of "Earthworm Jim".

Moss

Moss
We had some moss growing in the same pot the red mint is living in, so I took a few shoots. The colourful spots in the background is the mint itself. Shoot with an 50mm 1.8 + Raynox DCR 250.

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals! No, I'm not!

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals! No, I'm not!
While the Holland tulips are world-famous, the Norfolk tulip fields are quite nice as well. Sometimes the beautiful, single colour rows are spotted with different dots of odd ones out :)

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals!

Norfolk tulips - You're all individuals!
When we'd read about the tulip fields in Norfolk, we immediately wanted to visit them. Lucky with the time of the year, we managed to get there, although finding it is a bit tricky: you can spot them from the highway, but finding the road that... Continue »

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal nursery

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal nursery
Beauty of Norfolk: when you can walk ~5 meters close to 3 baby seals and take a picture like a boss.

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal

Seals in Norfolk - baby seal
There are some shores in Norfolk where you can literally walk right next to the seals, all year long. They are lovely creatures - as long as you keep your distance -, especially the fat little babies, just lying, sleeping, playing around.

Peak District in the winter - valley

Peak District in the winter - valley
The Peak District is about what it's name states: peaks. During the winter, it's nearly abandoned, with only a few enthusiasts out there, it's quiet, peaceful and beautiful.

Peak District in the winter - sunset scenery

Peak District in the winter - sunset scenery
Watching the sunset from the top of a hill is always beautiful, until you realize, you'll need to get down in the dark. But is was definitely worth it.

Peak District in the winter - daylight with the Moon

Peak District in the winter - daylight with the Moon
Still bright, blue sky above the peaks could even be called a common view - but not with the Moon shining bright already.

London at night - The Cheesegrater under construction

London at night - The Cheesegrater under construction
Foggy night, skyscraper construction site, all the post-apocalyptic scene you can wish for.

London at night - Lloyd's Building

London at night - Lloyd's Building
I'm in love with the Lloyd's Building[^1], especially with the night lights on. It immediately puts you in an 80s cyberpunk movie. [^1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd's_building

London at night - Heron Tower

London at night - Heron Tower
I've worked a few month in the City of London; some of the buildings you see during the day become very different during the night.

South-West England - a Dartmoor pony

South-West England - a Dartmoor pony
Dartmoor[^1] is a strange place. It has a very disturbing, very dark atmosphere while lovely little wild ponies roaming around on the fens. [^1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmoor

South-West England - the sea behind Minack Theatre

South-West England - the sea behind Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre[^1] is a surreal place: until you learn it's story you're sure it's a leftover from the Greek times. It's surrounded with Mediterranean plants, the sea is deep blue and green. These are the cliffs right behind the stage. [^1]:... Continue »

South-West England - Puzzlewood

South-West England - Puzzlewood
At the bottom of Wales where the border meets England, there is a large forest - UK large, not Germany large - named Forest of Dean. Nearly in the middle of it there is a small area, Puzzlewood, which preserves the ancient times. It is a small,... Continue »

South-West England - Waterfall of Tintagel

South-West England - Waterfall of Tintagel
Tintagel[^1], the mythical birthplace of King Arthur has everything you'd ever need to shoot a complete movie: sea, waterfall, ruined castle, caves, which disappears with the high tide, green land. It's magical, beautiful and lovely; if you have the... Continue »

Northern Ireland - The end of the rainbow

Northern Ireland - The end of the rainbow
We all know that at every end of every rainbow, there is gold from the leprechauns. This leprechaun found a pretty safe spot for his wealth.

Northern Ireland - shadow of a rainbow

Northern Ireland - shadow of a rainbow
Norther Ireland is strange, especially when in comes to rainbows. We were on the road, right after a strong rain and soon after we saw this scene. The shadow is from the mountain that was right behind us, but is perfectly met the end of the rainbow.

Northern Ireland - Miraculous stag

Northern Ireland - Miraculous stag
We were heading back from the magnificient Antrim Coast through the very distant feeling Glens and stopped for a little rest in Ballypatrick Forest. Soon after we started walking, we spotted a stag, right in the last lights of the sun. It was kind... Continue »

Northern Ireland - The Dark Hedges

Northern Ireland - The Dark Hedges
Long before this place was "featured" on Game of Thrones, we spotted this place with the help of the images in Google Maps. We already had an approximate plan what to see and visit in Northern Ireland when we were planning our trip when an image of... Continue »

Northern Ireland - Dunluce Castle

Northern Ireland - Dunluce Castle
> part of the castle including the kitchens fell into the sea; seven cooks went with the kitchens but an itinerant cobbler was said to have survived in a corner of the vanished room. > \-- http://www.northantrim.com/dunlucehistory1.htm There is... Continue »

40s #2

40s #2
Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s #2
Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s #2
Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

40s #2

40s #2
Conceptional shoot to touch the feelings of the 40s. Concept: Boglar Olah, http://peruzzi.hu/ Model: Nora Hamucska

Ilford pan 100 - Nóra Hamucska

Ilford pan 100 - Nóra Hamucska
We decided to have a special photo excursion with some friends by all of us bringing an analogue camera beside the digital ones. I brought a Contax RTS[^1] with Ilford Pan 100[^2] film; I was very pleased and quite surprised how exceptionally good... Continue »

Runaway - Wanderer

Runaway - Wanderer
Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary. Model: Nora Hamucska

Runaway - Stampede

Runaway - Stampede
Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary. Model: Nora Hamucska

Runaway - Huntress

Runaway - Huntress
Part of a fantasy set based on the feeling of “runaway” at Hungarian National Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary. Model: Nora Hamucska

Slovenský raj - Road in the mountains

Slovenský raj - Road in the mountains
Still in the Slovak Paradise we decided to have a bit more relaxed day ( most of our clothing needed to dry anyway ) and take a look at a small town’s architecture. For that, we needed to cross the mountains on a very, very winding very small road,... Continue »

Slovenský raj - Forest view

Slovenský raj - Forest view
This scenery is in the way from Stratená to Dobšiná, the Ice Cave, and this was the exact location where we found some bear footprints on the ground. I was pretty scared to stop taking pictures, but the view was just too majestic to leave it behind... Continue »

Slovenský raj - Waterfall

Slovenský raj - Waterfall
Whenever I have the chance to visit a “proper” pine woodland I try to find the small streams, hidden in the depth of the forest. It usually involves getting off the trails ( although finding the trails in the Slovak Paradise might be a problem in... Continue »

Slovenský raj - Mist after rain

Slovenský raj - Mist after rain
After we've experienced one of the heaviest rains I've ever seen the firs slowly started to appear from the mist. I had to ask Nora to hold my rain poncho over the camera and the tripod while I took the picture, since the rain was still falling and... Continue »

Slovenský raj - Dedinky Lake

Slovenský raj - Dedinky Lake
The Slovak Paradise is a mountain area in Slovakia, Central Europe. We visited it in the summer ( I know, the pictures look like it’s autumn ) and had some wonderful trip around. We even found some bear footprints which is pretty frightening when... Continue »

2013

Ireland - Spring Wicklow

Ireland - Spring Wicklow
During our few days in Ireland we visited the Wicklow Mountains. Unfortunately there is one single bus to the place which does not leave early and our time was very limited; if you can, go by car. These very taken in May, so the colours are the... Continue »

Ireland - Kevin's Kitchen

Ireland - Kevin's Kitchen
Kevin's Kitchen, ruins dating back to the 12th century. This is not HDR; the lights are actully like this in Ireland most of the time. We were just about to leave the magnificent Wicklow Mountains behind; the bus was about to leave in 10 minutes.... Continue »

2010

Autumn Impressions - Purple Mushroom

Autumn Impressions - Purple Mushroom
I've found this little fellow on an autumn excursion; I've never seen a purple mushroom before this.

Autumn Impressions - Blooming moss

Autumn Impressions - Blooming moss
"Flowers" of a moss. I brought my camera with me to work a few times when I walked from the office through a hill in Budapest; I've found these on a small fence.

Autumn Impressions - Peeking snail

Autumn Impressions - Peeking snail
One of my previous workplaces was located very close to Tabán in Budapest and sometimes I walked a fair distance to clear my head. There was a location during the walk where I regularly saw moss and small snails so I decided to take my camera with... Continue »

Sunrise - Hungarian National Graveyard

Sunrise - Hungarian National Graveyard
When the October weather reached it's peak beauty, I decided to get up early enough to catch the sunrise in the Hungarian National Graveyard. Though I ended up with miraculous images, it was a bit cold, and I wished sunrise would last much... Continue »