Czocha Castle – Poland

Another photographic tease from our three-day excursion to some of the many castles which dot the Polish countryside. Czocha Castle began as a stronghold, on the Czech-Lusatian border. Origin of the stone castle dates back to 1329. (Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2N1DkRn). This castle has many surprises, secrets and legends. For an in-depth look at Czocha Castle, visit…

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Poland’s Castles

If you search for castles listed in Europe, you will them throughout Great Britain, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain. Top searches even include Romania and Slovakia. Top searches, however, did not include a country with hundreds of castles in central Europe. That country is Poland. We recently visited five of these marvelous feats of architecture…

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Wilanów: The Versailles of Poland

Friends told us there was a “must see” on our recent visit to Warsaw, Poland.  It was a palace constructed by the King of Poland, Jan Sobieski. The Sobieski Palace should at the top or close to it, on everyone’s Warsaw list. It was constructed in the last half of the 17th century. Jan III Sobieski was…

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Cathedral Island – Wrocław, Poland

“I travel for the experience and photograph to share those experiences” -Me On a recent re-visit to Wrocław, Poland, photographing for my wife’s blog (Why Poland) we made our way to see the churches in the section named, Ostrów Tumski or Cathedral Island to see the Cathedral St. John the Baptist. Once, this was an…

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Carriage Rides in Krakow

One of the great tourist activities in Krakow, Poland is the Carriage Ride. Beautifully decorated and pulling carriages fit for a princess this is a relaxing way to get an overview of the city. For those who worry about the animals, I will say that they are well treated. There are a team of helpers…

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Switching Camera Systems or Tale of the Ancient Photographer

This is not meant to degrade or disparage Canon or DSL cameras or elevate mirrorless cameras. This is also not a camera review or recommendation of systems. This is about my personal experience with both and how the relationship changed as I grew older. It’s more about what I needed, not what I wanted.  Over the…

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My Travels-My Photographs. Places and Faces

Two Years ago when we decided to pack up and move to Europe, I had no idea of what type of photography I would pursue but I knew I would have to be change, compromise and adapt. I wasn’t taking lighting equipment (It would not work anyway due to voltage difference), no umbrellas, reflectors. None…

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My Travels, My Photography

I have never thought about which of my photographs were my favorites. If anything, I keep thinking that the next one will be or the one after that. A while ago at dinner, a friend asked me this question. She had been browsing my website and told me which ones she enjoyed the most and…

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Why Poland? Part 1

When we announced our decision, at what we considered an advanced age, to enter the world of Ex-Pat Life, and move to Europe, people were excited for us. However, when we said where we were going, we repeatedly got the same question, “Why Poland”? An answer of England, France, Germany or Spain, probably would not…

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Through the Lenses

Recapping my five country excursion, (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland) we traveled some 900 miles (each way) with four people in a Volkswagen Golf. One small suitcase per person and my camera bag had to fit behind my legs in the front seat. The biggest impact on gear, saving size and weight, was including the (relatively)…

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